I got your e-mail. Before we start updating device drivers, let's try 3 more things.Step 1
Boot your computer into Safe Mode
and run Stress Prime. To get into Safe Mode: restart your computer and as soon as it starts booting up again continuously tap F8. A menu should come up where you will be given the option to enter Safe Mode. Make sure it is just Safe Mode
, NOT Safe Mode with Networking
If Stress Prime runs 30 minutes without problems, then we now know it is an OS problem and not hardware. If Stress Prime fails, do step 2.Step 2
and save the file to your desktop.
After the file is downloaded an extract must be done to uncompress the file(s). To extract, right click on the downloaded file and select the "Extract All" option. The extract option will let you choose where the files will be extracted to. To build a bootable floppy go the the folder where the files were extracted and click on the Install icon and put a floppy disk in the floppy drive. The floppy disk will appear to be unformatted by Windows after the install is complete.
To build a boot-able CDROM, download this version
of Memtest and use your CD burning software to create an image from the un-zipped ISO file.
Once you create the floppy or CD, reboot the computer with the floppy or CD in your computer. This should start Memtest. The testing should beging automatically. If not, start it.
The testing cycle will repeat over and over, as long as you let it. Let it run for at least 1 hour. The longer you let it run, the more accurate the results. Let me know if it finds any errors or not.
If it does not generate an error, then we have ruled out hardware and can now focus on Windows (since this program is totally independant of Windows). If Memtest crashes or fails...we can totally rule out Windows. And if that is the case, it sure doesn't look good since we've already replaced the RAM. At this point it could be either the motherboard or the CPU. Or...although highly unlikely...you could have brought a bad stick of RAM.
If Memtest fails, I will see if I can find something that will test the CPU without needing Windows.
Also, if it fails, move on to Step 3.Step 3
Please open up your computer. One possible cause of your problem (which I found with a bit of research) is that one of the fan connectors could be loose and it "thinks" it's sensing a fan failure. If I remember correctly, you said you had a lot of fans? Please check each of them, and maybe even unplug and replug each of them to make sure they are firmly in place.
Another possibility is a bit of solder flash, or a screw head somewhere is shorting something intermittently. Thermal or mechanical stress could make that show up after a period of months. I'd go through and re-seat all connectors and visually check all mounting screws.
Finally, check for bulging or leaking capacitors on the motherboard. This is a tell-tale sign of motherboard failure.
Please report back to me with what happened in each step (if applicable).
Edited by computerwiz12890, 26 January 2007 - 09:31 AM.