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New AMD system stability prob

By Jhamp
Feb 10, 2006
  1. Hello

    I just built my first AMD system and it has been one big headache due to constant system hang-ups and crashes. First off I bought an ECS Nforce4-A939 motherboard with current specs I had several stability problems and system hangs after playing games like:

    Doom 3
    Half-Life 2
    BattleField 2
    Star Wars Galaxies

    After a month on the ECS board I had gotten a blue screen with an error that noted my PC has overheated or had driver problems. So I ignored it turned PC off turned back on and it worked all night. The next day My PC had crashed about every 30min so I decided its time for a new Mobo because it was a cheap 80 dollar board anyway. Anyway I ordered a new ATI Crossfire Asus A8R-MVP board, got it installed and worked great for a couple of weeks then I got my first sytem hang playing Starwars Galaxies since that really is the only game I have tested on it for more than 3 hours every couple days. Well I decided I would take of my case panel completely so my video card would cool down because it had gotten up to 80c playing Half-Life 2 on other Mobo, I figured it was just Video card so I got a Antec fan and hooked it up so it would blow cold air on to my blower on ATI Card. I also cranked fan on card up to 100% with ATI tool so its loud as hell lol. That worked on keeping it cool it was staying 45c - 50c average on Galaxies game. Anyway to get to the problem with the new mobo and pc, again not sure its mobo even, but after hours of play on Galaxies the system will hang sometimes. Most of the time its random, i've even gone to days without a system hang. Now I checked everything on temps all heatsinks are now cool-warm not that hot, I even put the Silver Arctic thermal paste stuff on everything. I had told a few people and they had said the Antec 430 watt could be the problem, they had told me it may be a lack of power to system or even a voltage drop due to PSU being hot. After that advice I seeked further and went to get an opinon from A guy I know at Circuit City, he mentioned the same thing. I had 2 people tell me it wouldn't be a PSU problem and 3 say it was.

    Main questions I am asking here are:

    1. Could this be due to heat problems that I had before that may have damaged Video Card, memory, or CPU

    2. Could it be my Antec TruePower 2.0 430 Watt that I paid 120 bucks for is not enough for my system (Note My Board 24pin and takes square 4pin and another regular 4pin from PSU)

    3. Could it be my PSU my be faulty due to heat damage and is causing voltage drops

    4. Is there anything from my Specs you see that would not be very compatible in my system and cause Unstability

    Please Help me

    Here are my Specs

    Asus A8R-MVP Crossfire Edition
    www.dealtime.com/xPF-ASUS_Asus_A8R_MVP_ATI_CrossFire_AMD_Athlon64_X2_Dual_Core_Skt939_PCI_E_x16_DDR400_SATA2_Firewire_Giga
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core-Processor 3800+ Socket 939
    ATI Sapphire X850 XT PCI-E(520Mhz Core Memory 2X 540mhz)
    Kingston HyperX 3200 1GB 400Mhz
    Maxtor 6L250R0 250GB 72000RPM
    Creative Audigy 2 Sound Blaster platnium (With Seprate sound Deck)
    ANTEC TruePower 2.0 430 Watt
    1 Blower Fan
    3 12V Fans

    For those who need all the Information

    Operating System
    Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

    Processor
    2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
    128 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    Main Circuit Board
    Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. A8R-MVP Rev 1.xx
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0201 11/04/2005

    Drives
    250.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    220.94 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    SONY CD-RW CRX320EE [CD-ROM drive]
    SONY DVD RW DRU-800A USB Device [CD-ROM drive]
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    Maxtor 6L250R0 [Hard drive] (251.00 GB) -- drive 0, s/n L592X6JG, rev BAH41G10, SMART Status: Healthy

    Memory Modules (This is Wrong only have Dimm 0 & 1 filled)
    1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM0' is Empty
    Slot 'DIMM1' has 512 MB
    Slot 'DIMM2' has 512 MB
    Slot 'DIMM3' has 512 MB

    Printers
    hp psc 1310 series on USB001

    Display
    RADEON X850 XT [Display adapter]
    RADEON X850 XT Secondary [Display adapter]
    DELL E172FP [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n M16093AV8NNL, October 2003)

    Controllers
    Standard floppy disk controller
    ALi M5229 PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]

    Bus Adapters
    ULi SATA/RAID Controller (M1575/M1697)
    ALi PCI to USB Open Host Controller (3x)
    Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller

    Multimedia
    Creative Game Port
    Creative SB Audigy 2 (WDM)
    Logitech Microphone (Messenger)
    MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
    Standard Game Port

    Power Supply Unit
    Antec TruePower 2.0 430 Watt

    Communications
    1394 Net Adapter
    1394 Net Adapter #2
    Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Dhcp Server: none responded
    Physical Address: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
    Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC
    primary Auto IP Address: XXX.XXX.X.X / XX
    Gateway: XXX.XXX.X.X
    Dhcp Server: XXX.XXX.X.X
    Physical Address: XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX

    Networking Dns Server: XXX.XXX.X.X

    Other Devices
    OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    ATITool Driver
    HID-compliant consumer control device
    HID-compliant device (2x)
    USB Human Interface Device (3x)
    hp psc 1310 series
    Logitech QuickCam Messenger #3
    HID Keyboard Device
    Logitech HID-compliant Cordless Mouse
    Generic USB Hub
    Logitech USB Camera (Messenger)
    USB Composite Device (2x)
    USB Mass Storage Device
    USB Printing Support
    USB Root Hub (4x)
    psc 1310 (DOT4PRINT)
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    All I can say, is you get what you pay for. Buying a quality motherboard is essential - perhaps even more important than the CPU. When I bullt my last computer I had nothing but trouble with the ASUS motherboard I purchased. I switched to MSI with no problems. It's the second MSI based computer I have had and it runs fine.
     
  3. Jhamp

    Jhamp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This motherboard was around $160 I also read plenty reviews all good ratings aroun 8/10
     
  4. Jhamp

    Jhamp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So this isn't a Power Supply issue
     
  5. YellowC4S

    YellowC4S TS Rookie Posts: 107

    Try bumping your vcore up a notch in bios settings.
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Why don't you install Asus Probe & keep an eye on your different voltage lines while you play games ?

    You can also try to run a memtest (bootable ISO available) to see if your memory is working properly.
     
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