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Joe Loftus

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Hi

Currently I am running a Althlon 64 3200+ , 2G 3200 DDR, and a Gforce 6800XT 256MB that is running XP MCE. Also, I have a 400W PSU with one optical drive and two case fans. Now, when I orignally installed MCE, everything was running smoothly, up until recently, when my computer will just randomly restarts. Usually when I am running certain programs, Firefox 2.0 for example, and the Ciy of Heroes game client. I first though it may have been some sort of heat issue, so I purchased a new cpu fan, but I still have the same problem.Then I tried swapping both sets of RAM chips, but to no avail. Now, last night and the night before I left the entire computer running, and it never restarted while I was running IE7. But, as soon as I started to run the CoH Client for about 20 minutes, *bam*. And sometimes what may happen is I will not be able to restart the computer for a few minutes, but usually it will just restart on its own. Is it at all possible that it is a PSU related issue, by it drawing a bit too much power, thus it restarting when I am trying to start up programs that require a bit more power? Or maybe that all my RAM chips or my RAM slots are bad? My only other problem is that the sticks of ram that I have now are the only sticks that I have so I really can't check if it is all of them. Also, is there some sort of diagnostic program when I could check?

I thank you in advance.
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You may want to check your temperatures with a program like Motherboard Monitor or something along those lines. (http://mbm.livewiredev.com)

Since you talk about it not booting up for several minutes I wonder if that could be an issue with the power supply, the other more experienced members would know more. But I think the computer would atleast start booting up then shut back down even if it was too hot. I may be wrong though.

Maybe one or more of the power supply connections is loose? Even if the power supply was getting overloaded.. I still don't think that would make it shut down for a few minutes.. Also, if it were the RAM, I woudl think you'd get plenty of blue screens and error messages :whistling:


Just throwing out thoughts until someone more experiecned answers.

Edited by ADNoland, 11 November 2006 - 04:28 PM.

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that definately sounds like either a heat prob, a mobo problem or a dying psu, download a program called speed fan run it for 1-5 hrs take a screenshot every hour or so and post the results, so we can better diagnose your problem.
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One more thing that happens. When I unplug the adapter from the PSU and try to turn it back on, I don't get a signal right away. Sometimes it takes a few minutes,
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OK, I am running the speedfan program, and according to it, my LM75 Chip is overheating. I'm not entirely sure of what that is though.. here is a screencap of the program.

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here is anohter about an hour later

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10:42 EST

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Ok, I don't know why it is showing 0 RPM for the second (CPU) fan, when it is obviously spinning becuase I can see it spinning, and by juding from the same CPU temps.

Edited by Joe Loftus, 11 November 2006 - 10:53 PM.

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