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Confusing system crash: Black screen and terrible sound loop buzz

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Hello, I have been lurking for a while now, but this is my first post. I have been scratching my head for a few days and have gotten no where.

A few days ago, out of the blue on a relatively stable build, my system completely shutoff like the cord was pulled while I was watching a flash video. When I tried to reboot, it would load up to the grub bootloader screen and then go into a restart loop.

My first thought was hard drive failure of some kind, so I grabbed a linux live CD with the intention of saving my files. However, as soon as the OS started loading, I got an error something akin to "Uncompressing files error - System halted". Because it was affecting a live CD and the regular OS, I figured the RAM might be to blame.I pulled one stick out and that caused the problem to worsen. Not even the BIOS screen would come up. So I swapped them, and low and behold, the system boots up fine.

I figured I had solved the problem and all I needed to do was replace the RAM which is still under warranty. However, when I was playing CIv 5, the system crashed again. I got a black screen with that awful buzzing sound of looping audio. I have a considerable number of hours logged in CIv5 problem free, not to mention the problem now occurs in all games, but not on regular desktop application.

It seems unlikely to me that both sticks of RAM are faulty. It seems equally unlikely that my graphics card has failed simultaneously with a stick of RAM. However, if not RAM, then I think it must be my 7950. I have a 650 watt XFX power supply which I am told is both high quality and sufficient to power my rig.

Is there something I can do to narrow down the cause of the problem? All I know for sure is that it's not an overheating problem. All my temps are quite respectable under load. I know the first knee-jerk reaction when dealing with AMD is to assume drivers, but as my machine has been running smoothly for months, I see no reason for sudden driver problems.

Sorry for the wall of text. Can anyone tell me why my computer is imploding?

Thanks
post #2 of 6
Have you checked the memory dump and/or the event viewer to see if any errors occured?
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Yes, I did. I forgot to mention that. In Event Viewer there are roughly ten "Application Errors" which all happened before a crash. There are several applications which caused a crash and an event log error, namely CGMIner, Photoshop, and Civ5. I've had a couple crashes that aren't listed, but all the errors that are there have caused a crash.

I forgot to mention it because I really have no idea what to do with the errors.
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Are you mining while gaming?
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No, no. They were separate times, just the same problem and error message.
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Since mining doesn't really require anything besides a powerful video card I would look into that. Run furmark or something along those lines to see if your computer crashes again. Try wiping drivers completely using driver fusion and installing the latest ones.
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