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  1. MemTest doesn't just test if there is something wrong with the sticks - it will also confirm that your BIOS settings are likely to be stable. You should loop test 5 and 8 for a few passes and then allow MemTest to run overnight on all tests to be sure. This will confirm that your sticks are good, and that your settings are correct. Until you have done this, you shouldn't even boot into Windows with your new set of sticks... you're just risking corruption of the OS and a full reinstall...


  2. haha - i wrote exactly this and then didn't actually post... Both of the below are great PSU's, as are their 600W cousins...

     

    This is the typical point your finger at the other guy response you'll get from many hardware vendors.

     

    I'd eBay your two Seasonics to someone that doesn't have a DFI board and replace them with either the Fortron FX-700 or OCZ 700W GameXStream and be done with it.


  3. For the money (ie. free) it is a very good solution. It really depends on how important the data is? If you do have problems with the controller - are you going to lose something you can't live without? If so, then maybe spending the extra is worth it...

     

    I use the nVidia one - and so far (touch wood) i've never had a problem (apart from one of the seagate drives failing that is - and yeah, it was in raid-0 so lost everything... ;o)


  4. That definately sounds like a PSU issue - i assume you've read through alot of the expert cold boot threads...? If you can, try and get hold of something quality like the OCZ GameXtreme or an FSP 600/700... They are over 85% efficient (can't remember where or when i read that though ;o) and supply good, clean power... If you're still having troubles, then it might be time to try another CPU...


  5. This is a little off topic - but I thought the FSP 600/700GLN and OCZ GameXStreams were actually identical internally, with the exception of a blue led included in the fan... Are you saying that this is not the case...?

     

    Cheers,

    ganders


  6. Perhaps when your PSU let go, it fried something?

     

    I'd retest your memory with MemTest, run the other tests again also if you can like Prime etc just to be sure. Also, you might want to run a dianostic over those drives to make sure there isn't something wrong with one of them?

     

    Oh, and with RAID enabled, i'm pretty sure you will only see one drive...


  7. OK, the next update is that i've run the seagate diagnostic tools. I downloaded it and put it onto a bootable floppy - ran it over the 2 drives in full mode and it gave errors on one of the drives...

     

    It eventually came up with an error:

    diag. error code: 40h

    on one of the drives - but no too much info on what this is. You look it up in the User Guide and it just gives a message which indicates "unrecoverable error" which isn't great...

     

    Is it RMA time on the bad drive drive? That's really gonna suck - cause i'll lose all the info on the existing array...damn raid-0...haha


  8. Just bought a new Raptor to run my OS from. Never really liked running it off the raid array anyway, so another good excuse to spend some money... ;o)

     

    Guess it will not turn up until 2moz now - so will probably have to wait until then to try it out...

     

    Cheers for the advice so far...


  9. Oh, had another thought. Suppose one of the disks in the raid array might be going bad? I suppose that would account for it also - although not really account for the lockups while it is idle? There is certainly a strange sound every now and then - almost like a fan or disk spinning with a slight wobble...

     

    Anyone know the standard procedure for testing these hard drives while they are part of the array? Do the seagate tools have that feature, cause I tried a couple and it was having none of it - complaining that the raid controller didn't support the operation...?


  10. Yeah, know what you mean...

     

    I'm actually running an Opty 144 in this rig at the moment. The XP4000 is new also, after problems with some OCZ stuff that i still need to RMA. Now the PSU is new - so i'm starting to run out of options...

     

    GPU is next i guess - but that is a bit more of a pain (bloody 0905 support line - didn't see that one in their 3yrs warranty marketing!)... then i'm going to have to send back the board itself which is just crazy... If after that there's no joy, i think i'm just going to give up on the whole thing and go back to monopoly or hungry hippos... ;o)


  11. Ran 3DMark05 - 7400 odd marks... not real good, but no O/C on at the moment due to the problems i'm still having...

     

    Thing is - it doens't always lock up & freeze right away - sometimes it will run ok for quite a few hours before it has the problem... I'm going to try and just keep it going for a while - but the graphics card seems to be as ok as anything else...?

     

    So, probably still the graphics card? ...or maybe leaning towards mobo? ..or (and i'm totally open to suggestions here) something else?


  12. Yeah, cheers for the thoughts...

     

    @lowboy: haven't tried running 3DMark to check - but i suppose i might as well give it a crack. I'll give it a shot and see just how quick the lockup occurs... side is off and a 12 inch fan blows on it all the time... I don't mind the noise and it keeps me cool at the same time ;o)

     

    @osen: I feel your pain ;o)

     

    I'm going to buy a mid-range card 2moz. I'll pop it in and then see what happens. Probably just go with an ATI of some sort - and then we can see what happens... to be fair i might as well cough up another 50-80 quid for a mobo and build a whole nother PC for the missus... ;o)


  13. Hi, have tried the CMOS clear - and it hasn't made any difference. MemTest in windows basically seems to run as long as it needs, no errors - but eventually the computer will totally lock up. No mouse, no keyboard, nothing...

     

    I'm guessing something must have gone bad - but can't figure what it might be... i'm guessing video card, but maybe something else? Motherboard? Drivers of some sort?

     

    As above, i've already tried switching in a new PSU - the FSP FX600-GLN in my sig - and exact same results.

     

    Any thoughts are much appreciated...

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