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This is a computer I'm gonna make a server out of eventually, but right now I'm using it as a computer to LAN with when I have mates over.

Specs:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper N520
Motherboard: ASUS P5Q PRO Turbo, P45, Socket-775
RAM: Corsair TWIN2X PC6400 DDR2 4GB KIT CL5 (x2)
Graphic Card: Gainward GeForce GTX 470 1280MB PhysX
PSU: Chieftec 500W (don't remember the spesifics)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar® GreenPower 1TB (Have checked for errors and there are non)

Only thing clocked is CPU. Specs are as following:
CPU Ratio: 8
FSB Frequency: 463
Vcore: 1.28750v
PLL: 1.5v
LLC: Enabled
C1E: Enabled

When the computer has been off for lets say atleest 5 hours it freezes 1-3 times every time.
If I do a restart it boots just fine. (freeze happens either at windows boot screen or seconds after boot is done)
Also, when computer haven't been on for long (1-2 hours) it sometimes freeze for 3-5 sec (work light goes crazy)
then start working just fine again. (I can live with this since it don't happen to much and don't happen after
computer has been on for more then 2 hours)

Just wondering if it might help if I maybe raise the PLL or something? (with the boot freeze)

I know it's old but it I did Tomb Raider on it (with GTX 680 non OC) just fine (never under 30fps with ultimate settings)
So still a usefull computer.

PS: Been running this clock with these problems for a year now and it's working fine.
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I know this is fools advice, but check your event viewer under the system menu for any critical errors. Sounds like this could be a problem with the HDD. Do you have a spare one you could pop in?
Download Defraggler and check the health status of the drive. It could be that there's a corrupted segment or some cycle errors.

Have you ruled out any BSoD crashes?

From what you have told me, it sounds like the PC is powering on fine, however the HDD is failing to cycle/read properly.

Power down the PC, turn the PSU off and power on the PC to drain any residual power from the capacitors. Now remove the CMOS battery, wait ten seconds, replace it and power the PC back up.

Let me know how it goes.
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3 boots usually means that some form of OC protection is kicking in and downclocking to stock for you, even if it doesn't tell you. Bump the volts or pull back a little.
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Originally Posted by poizone View Post

3 boots usually means that some form of OC protection is kicking in and downclocking to stock for you, even if it doesn't tell you. Bump the volts or pull back a little.

Yes and also check that you don't have an one of e-z overclock type things activated in the BIOS and also your regular overclock with it by mistake. I did that before and it was causing my computer to reboot 3 times in a row before actually starting.
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Originally Posted by GreenNeon View Post

I know this is fools advice, but check your event viewer under the system menu for any critical errors. Sounds like this could be a problem with the HDD. Do you have a spare one you could pop in?
Download Defraggler and check the health status of the drive. It could be that there's a corrupted segment or some cycle errors.

Have you ruled out any BSoD crashes?

From what you have told me, it sounds like the PC is powering on fine, however the HDD is failing to cycle/read properly.

Power down the PC, turn the PSU off and power on the PC to drain any residual power from the capacitors. Now remove the CMOS battery, wait ten seconds, replace it and power the PC back up.

Let me know how it goes.
It's not the hdd. The one I'm using now is the 3rd I try. I have also checked for errors and the hdd is healthy as can be.
I don't feel like clearing bios settings. If that's what I have to do I'll just live with the problem I got and never turn it off tongue.gif (since no freezes happens when it's "warm")

EDIT: I haven't checked the event viewer because I don't know about it tongue.gif (I got bluescreenview for bsods but there are no entries in there)

Quote:
Originally Posted by poizone View Post

3 boots usually means that some form of OC protection is kicking in and downclocking to stock for you, even if it doesn't tell you. Bump the volts or pull back a little.
I'm gonne try that. I think I might actually have taken the volts down a bit this one time I was using it for folding and it got a bit warm tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by RavageTheEarth View Post

Yes and also check that you don't have an one of e-z overclock type things activated in the BIOS and also your regular overclock with it by mistake. I did that before and it was causing my computer to reboot 3 times in a row before actually starting.
I have no idea what "e-z overclock" is tongue.gif
Edited by Kman3107 - 3/27/13 at 10:28am
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It's not the hdd. The one I'm using now is the 3rd I try. I have also checked for errors and the hdd is healthy as can be.
I don't feel like clearing bios settings. If that's what I have to do I'll just live with the problem I got and never turn it off tongue.gif (since no freezes happens when it's "warm")

EDIT: I haven't checked the event viewer because I don't know about it tongue.gif (I got bluescreenview for bsods but there are no entries in there)
I'm gonne try that. I think I might actually have taken the volts down a bit this one time I was using it for folding and it got a bit warm tongue.gif
I have no idea what "e-z overclock" is tongue.gif

It's a feature in a lot of BIOS's where you can just choose what you want for an overclock and it will do it for you. I don't remember what it is called. It's like an automatic overclock. Most overclockers (including myself) would never use a feature like that, but I actually set it by accident in my BIOS before and that combined with my manual overclock caused it to triple boot.
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Originally Posted by RavageTheEarth View Post

It's a feature in a lot of BIOS's where you can just choose what you want for an overclock and it will do it for you. I don't remember what it is called. It's like an automatic overclock. Most overclockers (including myself) would never use a feature like that, but I actually set it by accident in my BIOS before and that combined with my manual overclock caused it to triple boot.
Holy crap. Bet that didn't go to well tongue.gif I only have the manual oc. I have the "e-z" thing, but it's grey now that I have manual clock (can't go in there).
Bumping the voltage one noch didn't help and I don't remember how high I can take the voltage and the cpu is a couple years now so think I'm gonna go back on the clock instead.
I'll update as soon as I know something new. (or if I just give up for now tongue.gif)
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