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Recently my computer went nuts, suddenly it randomly rebooted when exiting heavy graphical processes i.e games or even closing some browsers too quickly.

I downloaded the most recent update for the board. Didn't do anything.

I bought some new ram (kingston value 2*1gb sticks) as my old corsair bh5 2*256 was getting rather oldschool. Of course, the problems continued. Maybe the HDD was curupt or going down? Bought a new SATA harddrive. Installing the SATA-drivers (both at the same time and Raid driver and storage controller separatley when nothing worked), Xp-installation refused to format ntfs, even after all reconfigs on bios-settings. After some discussions with friends I moved my concentration towards the power supply unit. Done, a newer LC-Power 550watts unit was installed; should be enough for my rig. Tried booting with my old IDE HDD and I have the problems still as I write this (dont you dare reboot on me). Now, these are the consequenses: my mobo says my fsb span is between 200-550!? my SATA started making lots of strange clicking noisens and cant even be detected as connected. What on earth am I supposed to do?

 

I have tried changing back to old RAM. I dont dare roll-back BIOS because of the rebooting. Can you acctually fry a HDD by letting it format (and freeze at 6% everytime before rebooting)? without the drivers? I', lost guys. please help. :sad:

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Welcome!

You have included hardware specifications in the text, but it would be easier to assist if you could make a signature according to the rules.

 

Nevertheless, when you run memtest how does the RAM perform?

 

What XP CD do you have? Does it include SP1 or 2?

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Recently my computer went nuts, suddenly it randomly rebooted when exiting heavy graphical processes i.e games or even closing some browsers too quickly.

I downloaded the most recent update for the board. Didn't do anything.

I bought some new ram (kingston value 2*1gb sticks) as my old corsair bh5 2*256 was getting rather oldschool. Of course, the problems continued. Maybe the HDD was curupt or going down? Bought a new SATA harddrive. Installing the SATA-drivers (both at the same time and Raid driver and storage controller separatley when nothing worked), Xp-installation refused to format ntfs, even after all reconfigs on bios-settings. After some discussions with friends I moved my concentration towards the power supply unit. Done, a newer LC-Power 550watts unit was installed; should be enough for my rig. Tried booting with my old IDE HDD and I have the problems still as I write this (dont you dare reboot on me). Now, these are the consequenses: my mobo says my fsb span is between 200-550!? my SATA started making lots of strange clicking noisens and cant even be detected as connected. What on earth am I supposed to do?

 

I have tried changing back to old RAM. I dont dare roll-back BIOS because of the rebooting. Can you acctually fry a HDD by letting it format (and freeze at 6% everytime before rebooting)? without the drivers? I', lost guys. please help. :sad:

 

Naw, it doesn't hurt the HD.

What I would do is run memtest on the RAM, for a few hours or better, overnight (or as soon as you get a error). Use the memtest in the BIOS options.

Then once the RAM passes, you can rule that out.

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Tried memtesting nr 5 alot and got no errors for a couple of runs (never tried it over night). No, I forgot about resetting bios before installing the new sticks, but have cleared and removed power and batteries after that. I formated one partition on mu IDE and installed a fresh XP with only the needed drivers; and Counter Strike Source (needed some heavier graphics). It seems the system is stable now. Could have been corrupt drivers for the GPU or something. Now, my major problem is the SATA drive I just went back and returned at my retailer for the second time. As I said, it started making some strange clicking noises. I tried pressing f6 in xp installation with the driver for sata and raid controllers inserted, but the hdd wouldn't format properly (not using quick). When it got stuck I left the room for a couple of hours thinking it could be normal (never had a big hdd as this before and didn't know what would be considered normal). When i got back, I heard mechanical(?) noise as the headers were digging to some rather boring techno beat. I downloaded Powerblast 4.23 and made a bootdisk; the results weren't that good. It found my IDE, but the SATA was just lying there... dead... digging to the sound of its own demise.

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Hello,

 

This power suppy is ~30 euros, = £21.

A cheap PSU.

 

Start from the beginning.

 

Make sure that all 4 power connectors are plugged into the board

# 24pin ATX connector.

# 4pin +12v P4 connector, near the ATX connector.

# Floppy power connector, under the CPU socket.

# Hard drive power connector, on top the chipset fan.

 

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Plug your GFX card in the PCIe slot

# Make sure it is inserted correctly into the slot.

# Connect any power cables to it if one is required.

 

Clear your CMOS for 10 minutes

# Remove the power cord from the back of the power supply.

# Move the CMOS jumper to the clear position and leave it there for 10mins.

# Make sure you move it back to the save position after.

 

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Insert the memory into the Orange slots

 

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Power your PC and enter the BIOS

# Change the following,

GENIE BIOS Setting

>DRAM Configuration..................Press Enter = New Menu

FSB BUS Frequency....................200

LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio..............X 5.0

LDT BUS Transfer Width...............16 16

CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio..............AUTO

PCI eXpress Frequency................100Mhz

K8 Cool 'n' Quiet Support............Disable

Cool 'n' Quiet MAX FID...............AUTO

CPU VID StartUp Value................StartUp

 

CPU VID Control......................1.4v

CPU VID Special Control..............104%

LDT Voltage Control..................1.20 V

Chip Set Voltage Control.............1.50 V

DRAM Voltage Control.................2.70 V

+0.3v if not 3.2v....................Enabled should make mem voltage 2.79v

 

Run MemTest86+.......................Enabled, disable later

GENIE BIOS Setting >DRAM Configuration

DRAM Frequency Set (MHZ).............200 (DRAM/FSB:1/01)

Command per clock (CPC)..............Enabled

Cas latency (tCL)....................3

RAS to CAS delay (tRCD)..............3

Min RAS active time (tRAS)...........8

Row precharge time (tRP).............3

Row cycle time (tRC).................11

Row refresh cycle time(tRFC).........14

Row to Row delay (tRRD)..............AUTO

Write recovery time (tWR)............AUTO

Write to read delay (tWTR)...........AUTO

Read to write delay (tRWT)...........AUTO

Refresh period (tREF)................AUTO

Write CAS latency (tWCL).............1

DRAM Bank Interleave.................Enabled

 

DQS Skew Control.....................AUTO

DQS Skew Value.......................0

DRAM Drive Strength..................Level 8

DRAM Data Drive Strength.............Level 3

Max Async Latency....................6ns

Dram Response........................Normal

Read Preamble Time...................5ns

Idle Cycle Limit.....................AUTO

Dynamic Counter......................AUTO

R/W Queue Bypass.....................AUTO

Bypass Max...........................AUTO

32 Byte Granularity..................AUTO

 

 

If you disable RAID in the bios, you do not need to press F6 and load the RAID drivers. So Disable it.

 

Run memtest for at least 3 hours (all standard tests 1-8).

 

Once done,

Reinstall windows + quick format.

then install the nvidia chipset drivers.

- Do not install the nvidia ide sw drivers

- Do not install the firewall

 

- Then restart the pc and install the gfx card drivers

 

- Do not install the realtek audio drivers. (not needed)

 

And that should be it.

Why not get a better power supply?

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