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post #131 of 254
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Originally Posted by tippy25 View Post
That's quite impressive power numbers. Can't offer much help on the locking problem, though. Perhaps the apps require more power?
I am currently running it off a 500w PSU, i don't think power is the issue...

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Originally Posted by Onions View Post
i like the power usage i wonder if thats gonna change as for your lock up problem i bet it comes down to the chip jsut not having enough kick
edit: ps try unplugging the monitor and see the watts from the wall i bet it gets lower becuase the pc doesnt have to produce an image
the chip doesn't have enough kick? what do you mean? the HD2000 graphics are supposed to be able to play some light games aren't they? and at least be able to run the windows aero assesment?

I will try that after I have the locking problem figured out. I suspect it will not change though since it will still be rendering a desktop, just not sending it anywhere.
post #132 of 254
idk i really do think it will drop o arpound 30w idle from 35w not much but some... as for teh HD2000 it is meant to but i still think that thats the problem... ill move ot the other thread
post #133 of 254
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idk i really do think it will drop o arpound 30w idle from 35w not much but some... as for teh HD2000 it is meant to but i still think that thats the problem... ill move ot the other thread
well why would it hard lock instead of just giving me an error or haveing like 2 FPS?
post #134 of 254
yea idk thats the only thing that stumped me.... it shoudl as you stated just drop to like 2 fps and slow down but its locking up.... doesnt make sense to me
post #135 of 254
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I have a box:



wanna know what is in it?
post #136 of 254
Water cooling st00f?

Edit: wait no, new PSU?
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post #137 of 254
you said screw the HD2000 and got a graphics card
post #138 of 254
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I opened the box!



and inside was a magical M4-ATX-HV Power supply! Now we are getting closer to what this computer will eventually be :









The cable harness:



whats this? more:



OOOOOOO, its a massive power brick! This is to make it so I can work on the computer without having to keep changing it's batteries :



plugged the cable harness into the computer:



this adapter comes with the power brick, evidently some of the Pico-PSUs use a P4 type molex connector for thier input:



inspired by this, I rummaged around in my parts box and found this:





the female end will be hooked up to the M4-ATX-HV, and the male half will eventually get wired up to the battery in the boat so we can easily change back and forth between the different power sources:



hooking up the harness:











these switches control the modes for dealing with battery power in a car computer, I have them set so it acts as a standard ATX power supply:



everything plugged in:







and BAM! power on:



this power supply is evidently far cleaner/more efficient that the old one I was using. which isn't hard to believe, that old temporary one was squealing out it's last breath while i was using it.

here is what the idle power draw looks like now:

watts:



VA:



and CPU loaded to 100% with Prime95:

watts:



VA:



I am VERY happy with this PSU choice. I am glad I was able to convince my professor to push for the purchase.

side note: I also plugged in the Wifi module for the first time today, it works as expected:

post #139 of 254
Coming together nicely mate, keep the updates coming
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post #140 of 254
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Alright, now comes what I spent 90% of my time today working on this project doing:

Remember my Graphics problem? well, basicly, any time I tried to put a load on the IGP greater than what it takes to render a 2D desktop the computer would hard-lock.

having tried everything I could think of as far as drivers and software is concerned and having ruled out the power supply as the cause with this new PSU, I thought maybe the IGP was overheating due to poor thermal paste spread. not likely because my temps were so good, but I reseated the CPU anyway:



used some some AC Ceramic (it works great for so cheap and I have a ton of it):



well, I booted back up with the new thermal paste, and no improvement other than my temps were slightly lower. It still crashed and burned.

My next resort was to try re-installing the OS in case something had gone wrong there. this time I did a USB install with an SP1 disk.

Just to be extra careful, I used all the drivers straight from the Foxconn website except the graphics which i got the latest from Intel's site because the link on Foxconn's site was broken. (fun fact, the Foxconn downloads site doesn't work with Chrome)

after all that effort:

nothing.

it still froze every single time.

By this point I was convinced that I had a bad IGP and would have to RMA the CPU, so I went to Intel. After a nice text-chat with what may have been a robot (not convinced either way) I was told that I could try a BIOS update, but I would likely have to RMA the chip.

well, I had not considered flashing the bios (I have never actually done it before on any build). so, I again went to Foxconn's website, and sure enough, there was a new bios available. Unfortunately, their BIOS flashing guide was poorly translated as well as terribly out of date...

so, I got the wonderful opportunity to fumble my way through guessing how to update a BIOS based on guides for other BIOSes... seems like a good idea right?





well, I did not get a pic of evidence, but eventually I WAS able to successfully flash the BIOS to the newest version!

After messing around with windows start up repair for a couple minutes just to realize I had to set the SATA mode back to ACHI after the flash, I booted up again.

and SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was able to run the Windows Experience Assessment without freezing!

not a bad score for a glorified laptop:



I was even able to crank out some furmark at 2 FPS while loading the CPU cores with Prime95:





full load on GPU and CPUs:

watts:



VA:



and that is all I have for today. I was hoping to get the CPU wet today, but this GPU issue took way too much time to get straight.

I am stoked about this build all over again though now that it is working right these sandy bridge processors are beasts! I kinda want a 2600k now, haha
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