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Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 10:24 pm:   

This is becoming frustrating.

My computer will freeze up completely (have to reset) at random times. The only way I can consistantly reproduce the freeze is by trying to burn a CD, however it will also freeze randomly at other times even when the burner is disconncted.

I've just replaced the motherboard and CPU, so as I narrow things down I'm wondering if I got a bad motherboard.

I have a Tyan Trinity KT-A motherboard with an Athlon 1333. The temperature of the CPU hovers around slightly less than 100F; the case temp at ~75F. I tested each DIMM one at a time, it still froze up with each one, so either all four of the DIMMs I had lying around are bad, or it's not that. (there are only three DIMM banks, so only three are in use but I had a fourth one too).

Currently the only cards are an ATI video card and a NIC; I took out the sound card. The video card has updated drivers.

Oh, I'm running WinXP.

Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions for things to try?

My current theories are, like I said, bad motherboard, or possibly bad power supply? I just got the power supply last August, I'll be annoyed if it's bad already. Or maybe it just can't handle the added stuff from the Athlon..? It is at least 300W, maybe 350W, I can't remember and it doesn't say in any obvious place on the supply itself.

How could I test these things out? Try to borrow another power supply, I guess. I may do that soon. What if it's the motherboard; how could I tell that?

Thanks for *any* help. Reply here or email me at acheron at alarak dot com. :)
Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2002 - 7:53 am:   

Hi Kev, have you installed the most recent chipset drivers or perhaps looked around in the startup/register for any software/spyware running that may cause it?
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2002 - 9:01 am:   

It could be the power supply. Is it an AMD approved PS? That way you can be assured it powerful enough to handle the demands on it.
Make sure the heatsink is attached properly.
Possibly the heatsink and fan are not rated high enough.

Check AMD's website for heatsink and powersupply recommendations

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