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Overheating somewhere

By Romulus
Aug 23, 2007
  1. I cant identify the problem..but I have reason to believe my computer is either overheating on my vid card or my pcu..problem is..both fans work..I have 2 fans on the case, one on vid and the pcu fan.

    Problem: When I play SOME games I start to hear a beep about 5 mins into it. And if I play too long while it beeps, my comp shuts down. But other games like...World of Warcraft are fine at full settings. At default most games I play pic the best settings and yet I still get this BEEP noise. Ive cleaned out my comp so there is lil to no dust..all the fans run..So im at a loss. Ive run a temp test, and everything is fine

    Help?
     
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    What games do cause it to shut down?
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    What kind of memory do you have, and what capacity?
     
  4. check your power supply. what kind of wattage do you have?

    and what is your exact setup?

    run a dxdiag and tell us your specs and we can start figuring things out. just in case you dunno how to do that, start-->run--> and type dxdiag.
     
  5. Halos

    Halos TS Rookie Posts: 27

    One other suggestion that I would say is to check the CPU fan/heatsink connection and also to make sure you have some thermal grease in between the CPU and the heatsink. Sometimes the grease will dry out and this can cause serious problems with overheating. Also the beeping is likely to be something that your BIOS is watching, hence the beeping, which would come from an onboard speaker, garaunteed that you would hear it.
     
  6. Romulus

    Romulus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Heres my setup.


    System Information
    ------------------
    Time of this report: 8/24/2007, 01:06:27
    Machine name: SEAN
    Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.070227-2254)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
    System Model: System Product Name
    BIOS: BIOS Date: 01/02/06 09:32:54 Ver: 08.00.12
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
    Memory: 2048MB RAM
    Page File: 437MB used, 3502MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode

    ------------
    DxDiag Notes
    ------------
    DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Music Tab: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    Network Tab: No problems found.

    --------------------
    DirectX Debug Levels
    --------------------
    Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: Radeon X1900 Series
    Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
    Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x7249)
    DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_7249&SUBSYS_0B121002&REV_00
    Display Memory: 512.0 MB
    Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: SyncMaster 931BW/906BW , SyncMaster Magic CX931BW (Analog)
    Monitor Max Res: 1440,900
    Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
    Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6683 (English)
    DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 3/14/2007 18:57:34, 267776 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    VDD: n/a
    Mini VDD: ati2mtag.sys
    Mini VDD Date: 3/14/2007 18:57:15, 1986560 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-3109-11CF-A969-182BA1C2CB35}
    Vendor ID: 0x1002
    Device ID: 0x7249
    SubSys ID: 0x0B121002
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV8_B ModeWMV8_A ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A
    Deinterlace Caps: {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    {3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
    {335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
    Registry: OK
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
    DDraw Test Result: Not run
    D3D7 Test Result: Not run
    D3D8 Test Result: Not run
    D3D9 Test Result: Not run

    -------------
    Sound Devices
    -------------
    Description: Realtek AC97 Audio
    Default Sound Playback: Yes
    Default Voice Playback: Yes
    Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0059&SUBSYS_812A1043&REV_A2
    Manufacturer ID: 1
    Product ID: 100
    Type: WDM
    Driver Name: ALCXWDM.SYS
    Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5900 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    Date and Size: 8/19/2005 02:31:52, 3644800 bytes
    Other Files:
    Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    HW Accel Level: Full
    Cap Flags: 0xF5F
    Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 192000
    Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 26, 25
    Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 26, 25
    HW Memory: 0
    Voice Management: No
    EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: Yes, Yes
    Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
    Registry: OK
    Sound Test Result: Not run

    ---------------------
    Sound Capture Devices
    ---------------------
    Description: Realtek AC97 Audio
    Default Sound Capture: Yes
    Default Voice Capture: Yes
    Driver Name: ALCXWDM.SYS
    Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5900 (English)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Date and Size: 8/19/2005 02:31:52, 3644800 bytes
    Cap Flags: 0x41
    Format Flags: 0xFF


    Games list: Two Worlds Demo, Medal of Honor Airborne, sometimes Titan Quest at high settings..but ive never had this problem. something is prolly old..that grease explanation sounds interesting.
     
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Can you give us your power supply specs? We need the Brand, watts, and the Amps on the 12+ volt line. This info should be listed on a sticker located on the power supply itself. You will probably need to remove the computers side panel to view it.

    One other question, is this a "store bought" system? If so, did you add the graphic card later on?
     
  8. Romulus

    Romulus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No I build my comps. Im just not that comp savey.

    And the wattage is...480 12v is 0.8a. its a demon silver chrome
     
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    I guess I am rather tired, or just plain stoopid tonight, but I don't see anything in your system list from DxDiag that describes in detail the motherboard, the memory, the video card, infestation removal software, hard drive, or the power supply... six of the areas most likely to cause this problem... the ones that give consistence to our evaluations.
    Could you use Everest, or CPU-Z, Belarc, or just offer more detail.
    It appears you have an ATI Radeon AGP video card, and 2 GB of RAM of unknown latency and timings, on an unknown motherboard.
    It would be helpful to know the beep pattern, which would then be possible to evaluate if we knew the motherboard.
    Have you run MemTest86 for four hours or 7 passes? Have you changed the video drivers? Why do you think it is a heat issue, when you have 2 + 2 fans running? What have you changed recently? What does your event viewer say, if anything, as to the repetitive nature of the failure? How old is the cpu fan? is it variable speed? Any chance it is slowing down?
     
  10. Romulus

    Romulus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm..that last post confused the **** out of me, no offense..lol

    The full diag doesnt fit..Ill have to post it piece by piece I guess.







    Hopefully something is in there.. And I think its overheating cause it only does it on high graphic games..even if I turn the settings down..I can hear my comp get louder in terms of the PCU running and seems like its chuggin. I dont lag or anything in the game but it starts to beep..its maybe every 30 secs or so
     
  11. Romulus

    Romulus TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I noticed something new. I DLed the trial for Tabula Rasa..ran it at full settings..now it started to beep again..BUT I got the game into Window mode..it ran fine, no beep, no problems..So now im really confused.
     
  12. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 527

    I didn't read all the posts above but if your cpu gets too hot, some pc's do have an overheat alarm setting built in and when it exceeds whatever the warning temperture is, it beeps to let you know. If a cpu gets too hot it will shut down just like an overheated car will just quit. World of Warcraft probably doesn't work your system as much as this other program, that's probably all that is. If you can watch component tempertures as your system is going thru it's different paces, you will notice as the workload goes up, things will get hotter.
     
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