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Computer freezes totally

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Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 8:52 am:   

My computer freezes (and is unrecoverable, I have to press reset or power button) from time to time when I play graphics intense games or when watching mpg files.

I have tried replacing ram, network card and graphics card to no avail.

The 5volt reading on my psu is low, It hovers around 4.4v, could this be the cause of the problem??

System spec.

MSI k7t turbo [latest bios v3.3 and 4in1 drivers]
athalon 1.33ghz
256mb ram
freecom cdrw
toshiba dvd-rom
realtek rtl8139 NIC
3d prophet 2 mx400 [official hurcules drivers]
Onboard sound
Maxtor 40gb hdd
Maxtor 12gb hdd

Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2002 - 10:16 am:   

That could be the cause as nominal 5 volt supply is usually 4.7 to 4.9 on load. If you have another supply swap it and check again if the voltage remains low than some peripheral is causing excess load on the PSU.

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