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my newly built pc is having all kinds of problems

By gtafreek24 ยท 46 replies
Aug 26, 2005
  1. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    hey thanks a bunch, im definately buyin that psu, hopefully that should fix the problem. even if it doesnt, your right i should have it anyway, especially since im not done with the building yet. still need to get more mem, and another hd.
  2. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    Good luck. I hope it is just the PSU and not the mobo or HDD as that will delay your build even more.
  3. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    well... a new psu aint doin it for me. the pc still randomly restarts followed by "the system has recovered from a serious error" and lets not forget the BSOD which says somethin about USBPORT.SYS. i think im just gonna give up for a while im just really tired of tryin to figure out whats wrong and trying to fix it. and as ive said before ive tried pretty much everything and i just cant figure it out. so... any comments/suggestions are welcome. oh and btw the new psu is a 500w Colorsit and its more than enough ampage.

    could it be the old hard drive im using??
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    It doesn't sound like a HDD problem, but you may as well rule it out just to be sure. Run powermax on it:

    You can download it HERE

    I would also test your ram and see if there are problems there if you haven't already. www.memtest86.com
  5. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    thanks, i dont really know how to use those but im sure ill figure it out. anyways here is just one of the BSOD messages that keeps popping up:
    can anyone tell me what could be causing this??

    anyone? no? ok how about this one:
    btw when i restart the pc after these blue screens the error report "system has recovered from a serious error" is there right after windows boot up.
    oh and i reseated the cpu and now my games dont crash to the desktop after 30 seconds into the game anymore. now they just crash because of these BSOD errors. oh well at least i fixed somethin.
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    it's pretty likely that your board is bad, especially considering it's manufacturer.
  7. z3rocool

    z3rocool TS Rookie

    Hello, this definetley sounds like either a mobo issue or dodgy memory. How many sticks do you have. If more than 1 you could try taking one out and testing and then swap the other in and test. I built a system last week that had 2 512 sticks in and gave the saem issues as yours. Took 1 out and all okay. Also you may be using the wrong slots for the memory...

    If that all fails then I would get a replacement mobo. Also I would make sure your PSU is a good one. I know you bought a new one but paying as little as you did on a PSU with those Watts means it still aint that good. I often spend at least 50 - 80 pounds on a PSU. Either Enermax or Tagan. People seemto think just cos the wattage is high it a good PSU :(

    Good luck
  8. Tedster

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

  9. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    thanks guys, i appreciate the replies. i sure hope It's not the motherboard. i have one stick of ram i'm probably end up buying another stick of ram to see if thats the problem.
  10. Merc14

    Merc14 TS Rookie Posts: 171

    Is there any way you can disconnect the USB ports? I read a similar thread in another forum and the problem was fixed by disconnecting the front panel USB ports. Apparently the block was bad and it caused all kinds of BSODs and weird behavior. Disable USB in BIOS if you can and see if that fixes it.
  11. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    hey i was thinking exactly that! but i didnt think disconnecting them would work, but since you mentioned it i think im gonna see if i can do that. thanks man im gonna try that, im glad you saw that.
  12. Tedster

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

    you might have plugged the front usb's in wrong, OR there is a short.
  13. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    ok, update: the case i have came with an all in one flash card reader in one of the floppy bays. i disconnected that and the front usb port along with the front headphone and mic jack. and there are no errors so far. i was actually able to play COD for quite a while... until it froze, but thats a minor common problem and other than that no BSOD or random restarts. so far so good. crossing fingers. thanks for the help, and hopefully i wont need anymore.

    though now theres a smaller issue, i have no sound. for some reason if the headphone jack in the front is disconnected theres no sound. but if i must, to fix this i'll probably just buy a sound card.
  14. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    you lost sound because you disconnected the FP port and failed to replace the jumpers as your manual should indicate. these jumpers complete the soundcard's circuits to the rear connectors and without them you lose sound.
  15. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    ok thanks i didnt have any jumpers so i looked for some on my old MB and found the 2 i needed and i now have sound back. well, turns out the fun never ends because now im getting the BSOD with a new message saying that kmixer.sys is causing the problem and the title ranges from that irql not less or equal to page fault on non page area, and after restart i see my good old friend "the system has recovered from a serious error". note that this only happens when i play rainbow six 3 rs.
  16. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    just to clarify, what psu are you currently using and how many watts is it rated for?

    also, you should consider the general low-quality of winfast motherboards. i wouldn't be surprised if the unreliable behavior you are describing is being caused by said board. in any case, i recconed that you get a quality replacement board (they are pretty inexpensive these days for your cpu) based on the nforce2 chipset.
  17. gtafreek24

    gtafreek24 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    its a colorsit 500w and its a replacement for the one that came with the case which was 250w and only had 13A on the +12v. so that cant be the problem at least i dont think it could be.

    edit: i just took another look at my mobo and noticed that the HDD cable was in IDE2 and my DVD roms cable was in IDE1, so i switched those around. and i also noticed that the jumpers on the back of the DVD rom were set for slave so i fixed that. dont know if that will help at all but ya never know, we'll see.
  18. Darkstrider

    Darkstrider TS Rookie

    Sounds Like a RAM problem to me...

    Sounds to like a ram problem to me...

    What brand are you using?

    I swear by Kingston, but many pro builders like myself also like:

    Corsair, Crucial (Not my favorite), Mushkin, etc.

    The RAM market is very similar to the power supply situation.


    Dont expect clear sailing on Kbyte RAM, particularly on a high quality mobo.

    A good example is when a customer requested an ASUS board, but wanted to use this crappy Kbyte PC2700 DDR he bought from Office Max on sale. The board was great but untill we got a good stick of Kingston in there, it crashed all the time and had the same symptoms as yours. Most usually it crashed during video games.

    Sounds like your memory is not refreshing properly and is loosing critical system information like the USB file you refered to. When the system tries to get at that file and can't find it at the address it sent it to, it freaks out and stops the system to protect itself.

    Thats Microsoft for you. Rather than write scripts to recover from this type of problem, they'd rather have the system halt and you loose all of your work! :(
  19. Tedster

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


    I had 3 sticks of ram in my system. 1 crucial and 2 kingston value select. Both kingstons recently went tits up. So I can't say from experience that kingston is good. I have sent them in for an RMA... I hope Kingston stands by it.
  20. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i'd say that corsair modules are the safest bet, but have nad relatively little trouble with kingston as well. corsair shines with thier XMS series...
  21. TheRonMexico

    TheRonMexico TS Rookie

    similar specs, no problem

    Your system specs are almost exactly like mine, excpet the AMD 2.2 ghz i have P4 2.4ghz. I have never had problems with my 5200 FX card, and actually have never had problems that serious(it runs COD2 demo quite crappy though, big problem).
    Try this...
    go to >start>run then type dxdiag. This will give all of your system specs including directx .dll files, you can see if any are damaged or corrupted here. Under the last tab you can display all of your recent errors. This is if you are using the machine that crashes all the time, or else it is useless. Sorry if this is no help. my guess is your OS. :approve:
  22. nice_vans

    nice_vans TS Rookie

    Similar Spec too

    I have a new build of a similar spec doing the same things but everything seems to work fine until I install either XP SP1a or SP2
    Spec. The motherboard came as a bundle and supposedly tested.
    Sempron 2600
    480MB RAM (32 on the onboard video)
    WinFast Motherboard
    80 SATA Maxstor HDD

    Antec Aria 300Watt case
    +5v 26A
    +12v 18A
    +3.3v 27A
    -12v 0.8A
    +5v ab 2A

    All I want to run on it is IIS. No need for a big graphics cards, massive HDD or DVD drives. So Microsofts work around on seems to point to a DVD drive problem so much I as want to point the finger I fear it may be hardware and the motherboard.

    I've now reinstalled XP 7 times, everytime finding it stable, but once SP1a or 2 are installed it gets difficult to get enough time to uninstall.

    Now on install 7 and crossing my fingers.
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