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  1. A few minutes ago I went ahead and reinstalled the old cpu, the bios was giving it at about 38 degrees at idle and from what I can remember it never went over 50 degrees at load. Btw I tried resetting the cmos and it had no effect.
  2. I reinstalled windows and then did a bios flash and selected the fail safe defaults (not a cmos reset, I might try that now). I've stress tested the cpu for about 30 seconds which was when the temperature reached 70 degrees and was still climbing so i stopped the test. I've had one system restart but that was before I disabled the bios temperature shut down and I've had no restarts since. I've reseated the cooler and reapplyed the thermal paste at least 10 times now and I've tried using 3 differant pastes. I'm afraid I dont have a temperature probe but because of the way my cooler is designed its possible to put my finger on the topside of the heatsink base which is only about 5 milimeters thick. PS - I just ran a longer stress test a few minutes ago and watched the temperature climb to 80 degrees on coreTemp. I had my finger on the heatsink the whole time and while it did become quite warm it was nowhere near uncomfortable and if i have to guess I would reckon it was about 30-40 degress. Surely if the cpu was actually at 80 degress it would have melted? PPS - I dont know if this is relevant but when I switch on the computer for the first time today I went straight into the bios and watched the temperature readings. They started out at 40 degrees and over the course of about 30 seconds they slowly climbed up to 50 degrees and stayed there. I would have thought that the cpu would start out at the ambient case temperature (25 degrees) and then climb to idle temperature, so perhaps this is an idication that the temperature sesnor is faulty? Below is a screenshot of coretemp and smartguardian with the cpu at IDLE. http://img100.imageshack.us/my.php?image=22414695st0.jpg - realise the negative voltage lines are off, but from what I've read they dont really matter and shouldnt have an effect?
  3. All the temps I've quoted are in celcius. I've been checking the temperatures using the bios and smartguardian, speedfan and coretemp. They all show really high temperatures. I've had to disable the shutdown option in the bios to be able to stay in windows for anything longer than 30 seconds. But I figured it might be ok for a while what with the heatsink not been hot. What I'm really wondering is if the temperatures are wrong or right. If they're wrong I can just RMA the cpu and if they're right I can see about buying a differant heatsink. :/
  4. I'm using an old asus star ice asus star ice which is a pretty powerful heatsink/fan combo.
  5. I recently just upgraded my processor from a 3500+ single core to a 4200+ dual core. However when I installed the new processor I kept getting temperature readings of 50 degrees at idle and 75+ degrees at load. I'm using the same heatsink as I was using before with the 3500 and I've tried reapplying the thermal paste/heatsink several times. I suspected that the thermal paste I might be using was out of date so I bought a new tube but I'm still having the same problem. The unusual thing is that the heatsink is cold to touch which would seem a but wierd with such high cpu temperatures. I was wondering if perhaps there might be some known conflict with the SLI-DR motherboard and dual core cpu's. Perhaps the bios add's together the two core temperatures or the temperature reading is inaccurate? Btw I have flashed the mb to the new bios on the dfi website but it's had no effect.
  6. My psu is a 450w Tagan and i have 3 sata hard drives, none of which are in raid. A 76g raptor (disconnected for now), a 300g maxtor (still connected but only because it contains the driver install files) and the new 150g seagate which i have just installed a fresh version of windows on. I've done a full pass of memtest and have had no problems. The same with a 32meg run of superpi. I havnt managed to run prime yet. I dont know for sure what bios version im running, is there any way i can check? There doesnt seem to be a listing in any of the bios screens that i could see. The highest version number bios file that i have on my pc is N4D623-3, so its quite likely that thats the version that I'm running on but I wouldnt like to say that thats defaintly the case. As for my bios settings. I have disabled the dfi boot screen aswell as the onboard raid. I have changed my ram settings so its running at 2.5-4-4-10 and increased the voltage to 2.6v. Everything else is running at the default fail safe settings. I reset the cmos a few days ago when i first started getting the freezes but havnt done it since however nothing has been chnaged since then apart from enabling and disabling memtest. I havnt tried testing the system when its only running on one stick of ram etc, the main reason been that i can not recreate the freezes. They seem to happen more often when im accessing a hard drive but apart from that they can take an hour or two to occur. I have tried copying large files from one hard drive to another but have not been able to reproduce the freezes that way. Cheers for the replies, hopefully we can find out what the issue is . With regards to the acpi that i mentioned in my first post. Earlier today i reinstalled windows as a acpi pc. The long boot times are still there but I have not had a freeze. No way to know if this has fixed things but with the long boot times still remaining it seems unlikely.
  7. Hi there, I originally posted this at boards.ie and one of the members kindly suggested that i repost it here. He mentioned that he had had similar problems and that it was somehow related to acpi. I'm not really sure what that means or why it could be an issue. Hopefully someone might be able to point me in the right direction. Thanks for the help Well as you can probably guess from the title I have a problem with my pc. I've tried everything I can think of and am at my wits end as to what is happening. Hopefully some of you fine folks can help me out. My pc is custom built with a xp3500+, 1gig of ram and a 6800gt running on a dfi lanparty nf4. The problem originally manifested itself with slow boot times. After a while my pc began to experience complete freezes. These would usually take place while i was trying access the hard drive. I ran severall differant hard drive checkers including spinrite and the manufacters own software and nothing could find any problems with the drives. Whenever i tried to reboot after one of these freezes I always had problems. When i looked closely at my bios self check output at startup i noticed that the bios wasnt recognising any hard drives as connected. Around this time i also began to experience a few seeminlgy random bsods (however i think this may be related to another issue). I checked my windows error reports and noted that there were numerous errors listed for one of my hard drives. So i decided to order a new one. While i was waiting for the hard drive to be shipped i ran several differant scans and discovered that my ram was running out of spec. I believe this was what was causing the bsod's and have changed the ram settings so they now pass memtest. I also kept checking the error reports. Just before my new hard drive arrived i noticed that my second hard drive had started generating errors. The chances of two hard drives failing at the same time and both still passing hard drive scans seems to be quite low and i confirmed that this was not the case as when i installed windows on my new hard drive i still experince random freezes and the bios refusing to recognise my hard drives. At this point i began to think about what else could be causing these problems. I figured there might be a chance that might psu was beginning to run under spec and couldnt provide enough power. I plugged out all my case fans and other perhipials but to no avail. At this point I can only think of two things that could be causing these problems. Either the psu is failing and cant provide sufficent power even with unessecary items unplugged, or my motherboard is dieing. However i am by no means certain that these could be the only things causing my problem. I was hoping someone might have some suggestions as to how i could rule out other componants or confirm my suspicions as id rather not spend money on something that I have no gaurantee will fix my pc. Any suggestions or help would be brilliant as I really am at my wits end.
  8. Today i decided to update my bios from 310p to the latest one on the dfi webby (NF4LDB14.ZIP) after i updated the bios i went into the bios to check if all the settings were maintained. In the bios i noticed that my chipset,cpu and pwmic temperatures were reading as -128 degrees C. I rebooted and went back to the old bios (310p). I still get the same problem. After tinkering with settings for a few minutes i noticed that because the board beleived the chipset temp was so low it had stopped spinning the chipset fan (my cpu fan is running off my psu and not the motherboard). I fired up smartguardian (the modified one on this forum) and set the chipset fan to always on and its spinning away now. Thats where im at now. Im not 100% sure if the bios update caused the temperature monitering issue. Supposedly there was a slight burning rubber smell coming from the pc this morning (the morning before i updated the bios) and considering i dont check my temps that ofter, theres a chance that the temperature monitering had failed before the update and the chipset fan had been switched off for a while. This issue has happened before. When i first built this pc the temp monitering chip failed after about a werk. I unplugged the cpu fan and ran it off the psu directly and the temp monitering came back. Its my conclusion that the cpu fan was drawing too much power from the board and this caused the monitering chip to temporarily fail. However it started working properly once i unplugged the cpu fan so i assumed no permanet damage had been done. Can anyone help me? I'd like to try and find out why the temp monitering chip failed and if theres any way to fix it, also if any permanent damage was done and if not, can i continue using the board in its current state without any risk. Thanks for reading.
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