April 19th, 2005, 09:04 PM
ok, help please
how do i start this...
well. i upgraded my pc.
i installed 1 gig of ram, and put the mb in a new case.
it was fine.
then it started freezeing.
so as i only hada 40gig hdd i ordered a new 200 gig one. so thats whats in now and it's still freezeing.
ok iv'e installed lots of different certions of windows xp pro.
xp with only sp1 works fine untill i run windows update and install the second lot of security updates.
xp with sp2 freezes from the word go.
i've got an amd athlon 2.2 processor
asus via km400 mb
1gig ddr ram
200gig maxtor hdd
at the moment i've got xp pro sp2 installed.
when it freezes it does it for 30 secs or so then catches up with it's self.
then does it evry 20 secs 3 or 4 times then stays ok for about 5 mins then starts over again.
there are 5 fans keeping it cool.
and i've checked all the wireing lots of times altho there could be somthing i'm missing.
any help for somthing i can try to stop this happening would be great.
April 19th, 2005, 09:11 PM
what is your complete system specs?
(including power supply wattage)
April 19th, 2005, 09:17 PM
350w power supply.
what is the program that gathers it and puts it all in one nice handy file for you?
can't remember it's name.
April 19th, 2005, 09:23 PM
This is the best:
April 19th, 2005, 09:27 PM
everest is the program you are thinking of....
but you say you are running 5 fans in your case? and one gig of ram, and a 200 gig harddrive? ......350 watts is way to low to power all of these items.....i would suggest diconnecting all fans but your CPU fan and try it like that.....if it seems stable, try connecting the CPU fan as well....keep connecting your fans until you reach the level at wich your computer acts up again
this might not be the problem, but it's a good troubleshooting start
April 19th, 2005, 09:33 PM
everest aye found it,
April 19th, 2005, 09:37 PM
thing that gets me is it's fine untill i install the security updates under sp1
April 19th, 2005, 09:40 PM
oooh and not all the 200 gig will register...
April 19th, 2005, 09:58 PM
i shall try the power thing tomorrow and get back to you.
April 19th, 2005, 10:03 PM
have you tried running a stress test before installing the security updates?
your 350 watt power supply may not be enough to supply power to all those componets...
your CPU alone can pull 40 - 50 watts, leaving 300 watts to distibute to your 200 gig hardrive (wich requiers alot of watts) your 4 memory sticks each depend on the power supply to run, as does your graphics card and all 5 of your fans....now does 300 watts seem effiecient enough to power all of these devices?? sure it might start up fine with no problems...but the moment you start putting your devices under more and more stress.....(example headers on HD running to run the windows update installation) can cause the HD to pull additional wattage from the power supply...well if the supply is limited than your HD starts to "borrow" power from other comonnets (example= your CPU) since your CPU requires at least 40 watts to run stable, it may start freezing when your other devices begin to use more and more power.
so i suggest you temp. disconnect all fans except CPU, install the updates and see if it still freezes....
as i stated earlier, the power supply may not be what's causing the freeze ups, but it's a good thing to test first....if your system still freezes after diabling fans, then you can rule out the power supply causing the problem....until you try this, you'll never know
April 20th, 2005, 08:09 AM
i'm going to try that,
thanks for the advice aswell.
if it is shall be buying a higher w psu.
April 20th, 2005, 12:58 PM
it works really well now.
so i'm going to have to buy a more powerfull psu.
ok www.scan.co.uk is where i'd buy from can someone say which make is best and what w to go for?
i'm looking at http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=141418 as it's £30
but any suggeestions on a better one or if it won't work with my mb. thanks.
April 20th, 2005, 01:24 PM
ok i'm not going to be cheap.
think this will do me.
April 20th, 2005, 02:17 PM
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