Re: What's going on!?? Power supply crapping out?

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Subject: Re: What's going on!?? Power supply crapping out?
Name: Hugh
Date: 8/27/2004 5:43:50 AM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Re: What's going on!?? Power supply crapping out? posted by Bob

Hi Bob,

Thanks for giving this some thought. You are right about the fact that my problems could be related to bad ram or video card, however, since I do not have another ram stick, or video card (at least for the moment), I'm kind of stuck. I'm certain that everything is pushed in right though.

While I can't change the video card, I'm certain that it's working fine. I've been using this card for about 2 years and I've had no problems whatsoever. Furthermore, the type of error doesn't look like a video card error, because in this case the screen usually locks up, or the display gets corrupted.

It might be the ram though, so I'll try to find a ram testing software on the net.

However, all things considered, it still looks like its the CPU voltage that's the culprit. If I increase VCORE to the max of 1.7V in the BIOS, which actually produces a VCORE of ~1.53V, the system is stable, even when running 3dmark. If I try to overclock the processor, at this new voltage, I eventually get the same sort of error as I previously had at the lower one. So there are two possibilities in my mind:

1) The reported VCORE is wrong, and the cpu is actually getting whatever I'm setting VCORE to be in the BIOS. This means that my CPU is a POS, and can't run using stock core voltages.

2) My power supply is crapping out. The weird thing about this is that it shouldn't have any problems. I've tried disconnecting everything except the video card, ram and cpu, but this doesn't seem to affect the displayed VCORE. This seems to indicate that the power supply is fine... yet, when I up some other voltages in the BIOS, like chipset, agp and ram, all in the same time, the VCORE really seems to drop. In this case, I've actually received a warning from the windows motherboard monitoring program telling me that VCORE had dropped below safe levels of 1.4V (it was at 1.35V)... maybe somethings wrong with the MB?

Anyway, I should be getting a new case soon, and the one that I want (antec sonata) comes with a 380W powersupply. When I get this case, I'll try using that power supply and see if it makes any difference.

Whew! That's it for now. Thanks again for the reply,


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