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Random power downs - A fatal hardware error has occurred

By GTSR1
Sep 8, 2015
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  1. Hi

    Looking for any advise on this one please. For some time now my pc has been having random power offs when gaming, watching videos, logging into windows. Happened when checking email and loading safe mode once. Sometimes lasts for weeks before a power off. Its like a power cut, all power is gone, no rebooting, no BSOD and no warning. After the reboots I just get a windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown, if it logs in without a power off. Event viewer has four entries of A fatal hardware error has occurred see below and attached minidump for today. I have found this weird temporary fix of reseating the GPU card and all PSU connectors may work for a short time. Then randomly it happens again. I am willing to provide any information you may want.

    Things tried:
    1a) ripped out all software 'nvidia' and reinstalled only latest drivers version 307.74
    1b) ran prime95 for a few hours - ok
    1) recently reinstalled windows 7 32bit on different HDD, - Rebooted on test windows index score before SP1 was installed, had not even gone online!
    2) swapped PSU with known working one - no change.
    3) reseated RAM and graphics card
    4) Reset BIOS to factory
    5) Ran with sides of case off and temperatures not showing abnormal - sometimes powers off on logon on a cold boot
    6) have swapped the GPU for a low spec AGP card - all ok for 2 months now but cant do any gaming or intense video. And getting display driver stopped responding and has recovered messages but no power loss etc.

    Spec:
    Software: OS Windows 7 32bit
    CPU: AMD Athlon FX53 (940)
    RAM: 4GB in 1GB sticks all identical - Corsair 1GB DDR400 PC3200
    GPU: Gainward BLISS 7800GS+ 512MB AGP
    DVD: LG IDE DVDRW GSA-H42N
    HDD: Maxtor Diamond Max 11 500gb SATA II
    MB: MSI K8T Master 2 FAR MB AMD socket 940
    PSU: Corsair TX850 850W

    Thoughts:
    I suspect the GPU card but with the event log stating AMD Northbridge I am not sure what it is. If the MB is on the way out I will buy a new system but if its just the GPU then happy to just get a new card. Any help very welcome.

    Event viewer:

    A fatal hardware error has occurred.

    Reported by component: Processor Core

    Error Source: Machine Check Exception

    Error Type: Unknown Error

    Processor ID: 0

    The details view of this entry contains further information
    - System
    -
    Provider
    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
    [ Guid] {C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}
    EventID 18
    Version 0
    Level 2
    Task 0
    Opcode 0
    Keywords 0x8000000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2015-09-08T19:11:52.201171800Z
    EventRecordID 27059831
    - Correlation
    [ ActivityID] {6BA66A9D-375F-4234-8D50-D0CCD9E7D442}
    - Execution
    [ ProcessID] 1788
    [ ThreadID] 3908
    Channel System
    Computer SUPERPOWER53
    - Security
    [ UserID] S-1-5-19
    - EventData
    ErrorSource
    3
    ApicId 0
    MCABank 0
    MciStat 0xf65fe10000010388
    MciAddr 0xa096bbaa8
    MciMisc 0x0
    ErrorType 256
    TransactionType 256
    Participation 256
    RequestType 256
    MemorIO 256
    MemHierarchyLvl 256
    Timeout 256
    OperationType 256
    Channel 256
    Length 864
    RawData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

    2nd error:

    A fatal hardware error has occurred.

    Reported by component: Processor Core

    Error Source: Machine Check Exception

    Error Type: Unknown Error

    Processor ID: 0

    The details view of this entry contains further information

    - System
    -
    Provider
    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
    [ Guid] {C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}
    EventID 18
    Version 0
    Level 2
    Task 0
    Opcode 0
    Keywords 0x8000000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2015-09-08T19:11:55.168945300Z
    EventRecordID 27059832
    - Correlation
    [ ActivityID] {118E889D-EF3E-478F-BA56-655203A3EB3B}
    - Execution
    [ ProcessID] 1788
    [ ThreadID] 1800
    Channel System
    Computer SUPERPOWER53
    - Security
    [ UserID] S-1-5-19
    - EventData
    ErrorSource
    3
    ApicId 0
    MCABank 1
    MciStat 0xff75ffd34fe0dbd1
    MciAddr 0x3dfffdcd2410cc07
    MciMisc 0x0
    ErrorType 256
    TransactionType 256
    Participation 256
    RequestType 256
    MemorIO 256
    MemHierarchyLvl 256
    Timeout 256
    OperationType 256
    Channel 256
    Length 864
    RawData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

    3rd error:

    A fatal hardware error has occurred.

    Reported by component: Processor Core

    Error Source: Machine Check Exception

    Error Type: Unknown Error

    Processor ID: 0

    The details view of this entry contains further information.
    - System
    -
    Provider
    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
    [ Guid] {C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}
    EventID 18
    Version 0
    Level 2
    Task 0
    Opcode 0
    Keywords 0x8000000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2015-09-08T19:11:56.794921800Z
    EventRecordID 27059834
    - Correlation
    [ ActivityID] {455617D7-EDFB-41F8-AD56-74C94876A1C2}
    - Execution
    [ ProcessID] 1788
    [ ThreadID] 3684
    Channel System
    Computer SUPERPOWER53
    - Security
    [ UserID] S-1-5-19
    - EventData
    ErrorSource
    3
    ApicId 0
    MCABank 3
    MciStat 0xf60000000000729f
    MciAddr 0xffd87fffff
    MciMisc 0x0
    ErrorType 256
    TransactionType 256
    Participation 256
    RequestType 256
    MemorIO 256
    MemHierarchyLvl 256
    Timeout 256
    OperationType 256
    Channel 256
    Length 864
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    4th error:

    A fatal hardware error has occurred.

    Component: AMD Northbridge

    Error Source: Machine Check Exception

    Error Type: HyperTransport Watchdog Timeout Error

    Processor ID: 0

    The details view of this entry contains further information.
    - System
    -
    Provider
    [ Name] Microsoft-Windows-WHEA-Logger
    [ Guid] {C26C4F3C-3F66-4E99-8F8A-39405CFED220}
    EventID 20
    Version 0
    Level 2
    Task 0
    Opcode 0
    Keywords 0x8000000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2015-09-08T19:11:56.802734300Z
    EventRecordID 27059835
    - Correlation
    [ ActivityID] {6CDD69EE-F60C-41E1-BB07-F4744B4CFB0D}
    - Execution
    [ ProcessID] 1788
    [ ThreadID] 2256
    Channel System
    Computer SUPERPOWER53
    - Security
    [ UserID] S-1-5-19
    - EventData
    ErrorSource
    3
    ApicId 0
    MCABank 4
    MciStat 0xf611203148070c63
    MciAddr 0x78400838
    MciMisc 0x0
    ErrorType 7
    Length 928
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  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "AMD Northbridge" is a chip (Integrated) on the motherboard. The minidump points to nothing specific. You can try cleaning off the old CPU thermal paste and apply new paste. I imagine that this PC is getting a bit old now
     
  3. GTSR1

    GTSR1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for your reply, I had over looked this. Really appreciate your reply.

    Out of coincidence I recently arcticsilvered the graphics card and the temperatures dropped by 10 degrees! When it happens next I am doing the cpu and northbridge.
     

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