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Created On: 02/16/2005 12:39 PM
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 02/16/2005 12:39 PM
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Greg613
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amd 64 3500+
ati all in wonder 9600xt
msi k8t neo2
2x 512 kingston sticks
350 watt coolermaster p/s

I've been having problems during gameplay with my cpu restarting i've read many forum post over this topic. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem because i've read some people upgrade to a new power supply and it still restarts during gameplay. When i get home i'm going to run motherboard program and check everything over. Cpu runs @ 40 C could it got to hot under gameplay ? i have 2 fans +cpu fan

Anyone got anything i can try ? or if getting a new p/s is my best option with this problem?
 02/16/2005 01:43 PM
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Have you run memtest86+' ">http://www.memtest.org/#downiso?

For you, it very well might be the psu, 350 isn't much but it can be enough. The key is quality and even the quality psu mfgs. let some bad ones through. If there are errors in memtest, it still can be the psu causing those errors. It may be a dual channel problem (I believe yours is 939) where the memory just doesn't like working together. The memory or core may need more voltage (both of which I don't like reccomending people play with eventhough its often a proven solution)

I don't mind going out to buy a psu to see if it makes a difference. I know I will eventually use it anyway. But for most if they go out and buy a $100 psu and it doesn't fix it they get really upset and have a delima of returning it or keeping it. Then, in the case of memory errors, go out and buy more ram... trying to find that seemingly mythical magical pair that actually works together.

It may also be a driver conflict. Even making sure bios, chipset and graphics drivers are the most recent may not be enough. Sometimes it gets picky on the order these are installed. Sometimes an older version of the driver actually works better.

 02/16/2005 01:48 PM
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Please give us more details....
The system will give you a BSOD before restarting.....
Post us the exact error message here.

I would only run an AMD 64 3500+ with a 370W Antec True Power PSU....not any lower.
Memtest and Prime 95 are a must as well.


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GA-K8NXP-SLI 939 Rev-F11
1Gig Kingston PC3200 - 1Gig OCZ PC3200
CL 2.5-3-3-6
1T+ HDD
320+250+200+(120x2)
LG DVDRAM GSA 4163B DL
Asus EN7900GS
Antec True Power Trio 550W PSU
 02/16/2005 01:49 PM
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Oh...and in case you do not remember how to check the BSOD.......go into your system properties....Advanced Tab....Startup and Recovery options...and untick automatically restart.

Cheerio

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AMD 64 X2 4200+ Manchester
GA-K8NXP-SLI 939 Rev-F11
1Gig Kingston PC3200 - 1Gig OCZ PC3200
CL 2.5-3-3-6
1T+ HDD
320+250+200+(120x2)
LG DVDRAM GSA 4163B DL
Asus EN7900GS
Antec True Power Trio 550W PSU
 02/16/2005 03:55 PM
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well i'm currently not at home to run motherboard progy but also I get no error when my cpu restarts it'll just be going fine then all of a sudden boom its off
 02/16/2005 06:15 PM
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by off do you mean off or reboots? sounds like it could be psu, heat or a short of some kind. It could also be a bad piece of hardware (mobo, input device, etc) Usually a driver issue has artifacts, lockups or restarts (which can also happen with the above hardware issues).

If its heat, you probably could get a torture test or something like prime95 to deliberately generate heat and monitor the temperatures. PSU related problems often cause other hardware problems such as memory errors.
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