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    very similar problems (except for the blackness of the windows screen followed by the lack of bsod and just windows continuing normally) happened to my friend's computer (ati, intel-based). memtest/windows memory diagnostic ran fine dual prime95 also fine scandisk ran fine too voltages looked ok with a fluke oscilloscope several windows reinstalls with different drivers finished giving same symptomes after nearly a month, the hard disk drive failed (seagate sata). with a new hard disk, it all went ok; even now her system is rock stable.
  2. the wattmeter shows 150 watts while in windows and 180 while in doom 3 @ 1280x1024 ultra timedemo demo1, are you sure about this; are antec psus considered unstable? the calculator shows 360 watts for 100% system usage with a quite wild 3 GHz oc thrown in and a 7900 GT instead of my 6600 GT. it's a nicer power calculator than the previous one i've used to consult and show to people, thank you for the link. i know it's a manly (and quite tempting ) thing to have a 1kW psu (i might get a 600w enermax in fact, since i'm considering a new gpu), but i believe it's overkill and the fluke can't be wrong...
  3. upon replacing my winchester 3200+ with the toledo 165, all the problems with windows xp disappeared; i believe they were caused by a very hard to reproduce compatibility issue between the core and the ram (all the hours of memtest, prime95 and windows memory diagnostic with no errors).
  4. when i plug my media elite keyboard into usb i get nothing when i plug it into the adapter and into ps2, the function led is lit up even when the computer is turned off, and it resumes upon pressing ctrl-f5. i'd say it's a DFI problem. i have read the fm about jp5, jp6 and jp7. oh, and about the microsoft updates: guys, i'm really sorry, but you are clueless. gentoo linux here and it should also work without a disk drive.
  5. What exactly should I see in those forums? The RAM + mobo combination is good.
  6. i just put my hands on a dvd movie which regularly restarts my pc in just under 15 minutes of playback so i played it 3 times and it rebooted i then deactivated the m-audio soundcard and the computer managed to play the film with no problem at all
  7. I would like to comment that my system drains 190 - 200 watts from the plug while playing doom3 @ ultra quality: 1280 x 1024, as the technicians at the computer store have measured with a wattmeter. I will maybe change the PSU with a 24-pin one (in fact that's what I kept doing since I built my pc: spending more money on more and ``better quality" components in order to solve the existing problems, but just to hit in more and more compatibility issues, design flaws, "you should get revision xAB230d instead of xAB230db" etc ). I NEED to be 100% sure that playing a movie (dvd, xvid, h264) manages to put more stress on the psu than playing almost each and every next-gen engine-powered game for hours and hours. Is there any chance that this happens because of the power connectors only in movies (700 athlon territory) and not in the more demanding apps like 3d shooters (i often use to play doom3 with firefox, visual studio 2005, eclipse, excel, azureus and utorrent in background, while also running apache and mysql and pvpgn with *some users connecting to me through http, others through pvpgn). The computer runs an apache server (for testing only), mysql server, pvpgn and uptimes 3 weeks at a time (until i install something to require reboot or watch one of those ~special~ movies). Though what you've said is new to me: the people at the store told me not to plug any additional wire into the mobo except my 20-pin wire and the EPS one; will connect the others and see what happens.
  8. Hi there. I have this problem and it quite irritates me. The problem is not: - the PSU: it was tested with a multimeter at the computer store service - dead still at 3.34v, 12.02v and 4.99v for 1-2 minutes in doom3 timedemo. - the RAM: the system runs whole nights of memtest86+ or windows memory diagnostic tool with advanced tests, no errors; 4 DIMMs at 2.8volts (2.83v the multimeter reading) and 2-3-2-5 @ 2T at 400MHz - the CPU: the system runs whole nights prime95 torture tests without error. - the videocard: I have no artifact at all in most recent titles (doom3, oblivion, etc) and the system also runs world of warcraft for hours. The thing is, that after cleanly installing windows xp sp2, 32-bit, and the drivers, updates, the system would randomly reboot (no bsod, nothing in event log, no minidump spit) during movie playback. So to recap, I can play 12 hours of quake 4 in the LAN or can play Prey start-to-end without any glitch, but the system reboots just during video playback. There are movies that won't cause such a behavior, but once a system reboots during a movie's playback, it will reboot again if i try to play that specific movies. More detailed scenarios: 1. powerdvd 6.0 or 7.0 with SOME dvd movies (the decoder is written by cyberlink) 2. powerdvd with h264 movies (still decoder written by cyberlink) 3. avi xvid movies with powerdvd or media player classic (the decoder is a standard shared decoder, ffdshow for example) 4. h264 movies with media player classic (the decoder is a standard shared decoder, ffdshow or nvidia purevideo decoder) * powerdvd is set on hardware acceleration, all video / audio enhancements disabled ** media player classic is set on vmr 9 renderless *** this happens under a clean install of windows, with or without codec packs installed; I have tried combinations nforce-nvidia such as: 6.69 && 81.95, 6.70 && 81.95, 6.86 && 81.95, 6.69-6.86 && 66.93 and 6.69-6.86 && 91.36. My hdds are in raid0 and I have slipstreamed the raid legacy driver from 6.67 driver pack into the windows install cd. Now I have reverted to motherboard driver 6.67 (I think the 20th windows format + install in the last 2 weeks) and couldn't repro the problem in 2 days (but I can't say it won't happen because of its random nature). The onboard module is disabled from bios; all unused stuff is. Is there any chance that my problem is related to the soundcard? (I didn't test without it installed because I got it at the same time with the mobo, but my old gigabyte didn't have that type of problem and i'm inclined to believe that also the dfi doesn't have it with the soundcard uninstall). What else could it be, and how cand i fix it? (i DO NOT consider replacing m-audio revolution with other soundcards, especially not with creative ones)
  9. fixxored. disabled the minimal power management profile for the athlon64 cpu (so that its speed remains constant instead of varying all the time).
  10. 95% it will work check my desc
  11. I've also noticed that when I scroll very quickly in Adobe Acrobat Reader or when I do anything else system/ cpu intensive, the cracking amplifies.
  12. hey i seriously think it's a game issue you're dealing with, and nothing hardware since you can't reproduce it in lab conditions :/ a friend of mine had a critical problem with an x2 cpu and a big fat geforce 7 series card in world of warcraft - he ended up by replacing the cpu with an fx-57 or something (his other solution was going for an ati vidcard, because the problem was between nvidia forceware / geforce 7 and amd x2). off the record - why use marvell lan? nforce4 on-chip is better and doesn't take bandwidth from the bus.
  13. Hi there. I'm having some hard time with my new PCI soundcard, M-Audio Revolution 5.1 . During all playback (media player classic, powerdvd, foobar2000 on kernel streaming or kmixer) I hear some slight random popping sounds from my speakers. Various people said this has to do with PCI latencies but changing those values with a proggie from guru3d.com - pci latency tool only modified the patterns of occurency for those static noses, didn't eliminate them. I've also played with the rather cryptic ``latency" field in my M-Audio control panel, but that didn't completely eliminate the parasites from playback. Also tried in both PCI slots to no avail. My onboard audio module isn't installed, everything i'm not using is disabled from bios, same are the inputs of the soundcard, Windows XP SP2 is just installed with WHQL drivers. On my old and not too shiny Gigabte K8NXP-SLI motherboard I didn't have the same sound issues - but I wasn't pleased with that board. Anyone any idea? Thank you.
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