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I hope so Daz!!!!

I've got a big party coming up in August and this pc is going to be the sole source of music throughout the day!!
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Well Jonesey, I'm glad things are working.

Now run memtest 86.

Regards,
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Well Jonesey, I'm glad things are working.

Now run memtest 86.

Regards,



Thnaks mirjel, I've e-mailed that page to my home pc and will run memtest tonight.
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get memtest +

here....
the lowdown is here..

if you have a floppy drive you can get the 6th one down ...set the bios to boot from the floppy drive A:

first...then the cd drive then the Hard drive C:
or you can get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go

here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso

burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....


let memtest run for at least 2 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have

to replace the RAM...no errors after 2 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other

tests
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QUICK UPDATE:

Due to other committments and family duties, I didn't have time to do any of the above last night - but I DID switch the pc on and just let it sit there for 5 hours, and the good news is that it didn't reboot once.

I had task manager open for all that time and apart from the odd service spike, cpu usage was idling along at about 1%


I'll follow this up ASAP

Edited by Jonesey, 08 July 2008 - 03:30 AM.

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cpu usage was idling along at about 1%

thats where it should be with nothing running...
after running memtest...and if there are no errors..try running your anti virus to see if its still stable..
still OK...
try running your AV and play a movie DVD AT THE SAME TIME...
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Update:

Downloaded, installed & ran memtest last night.

Could only run it for about 40 minutes as it was late, but after 40 minutes there were NO ERRORS reported.

Tonight I'm going to run it for a bit longer, then if all is ok, carry on with the other things you suggested.



Fingers crossed, and many thanks to all who have so far contributed to this thread.
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Ok - ran Memtest last night for a good 2 hours - no errors reported.

Ran a full virus scan - no errors reported and no reboots all night.

Do you think we've cured it?
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try running your AV and play a movie DVD AT THE SAME TIME...

did you try this yet...
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try running your AV and play a movie DVD AT THE SAME TIME...

did you try this yet...



Yep - all ran without a single blip or complaint from the machine.
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sounds like its fixed... :)
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All achieved simply by cleaning out the fans, heatsinks & power supply.

Ran the pc yesterday from 9 in the morning until 10 at night, played music using WMP all day without a blip.

Thanks happyrck for your input on this.
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Sad to say I had another random reboot last night.

All that was running was a background download.

According to the Microsoft error report, the error was caused by a problem with my cable modem drivers.

So I went to the appropriate site, downloaded the most recent drivers for my system, but when I went to update them, the wizard informed me that I was already running the most up to date version???

Does anybody have any ideas what to do next?
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try using the device manager to uninstall the modem and reboot ...windows will reinstall the modem and drivers...
are you overclocking at all...that cpu and chipset were great overclockers ...
how old is your systems power supply and how many watts...( give me make and model #)
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Hi happyrck

I'm definitely not overclocking

I'll let you know make & model of PSU tonight, but it's about 3/4 years old.
It was nothing special, just a generic thing picked up from PC world when I put this system together.

I did dismantle the PSU in order to give it a thorough clean
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