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A few days back I was opening up winamp when my comp chased completely, requiering a PSU switch reset to turn back on. I tried to turn it back on, but it failed. A little while later I got it on and it stayed on for good, until today. It crashed randomly and now I can't turn it back on. I had my opty overclocked to 2.6GHz, but that never gave me problems in the past. The crashing occured even in the BIOS or before it even got to BIOS sometimes. It must be a hardware problem, since it happens randomly before getting into windows, or sometimes in windows.

I reset CMOS because it kept crashing before I could get into the BIOS. That did nothing at all. The crashes are just as random as ever and I can't make it to Windows at all now. Also, after I reset the CMOS, the next time I turned it on the screen had tons of artifacts and crap. I took a picture, but it will be hard to upload since I don't have my main comp to do it on (I'm on my step-dad's laptop). I also got videos of it turning off randomly, which I will upload as well. In the mean time I will run Memtest (if I even can). Can anyone reccommend anything at all? You can't imagine how frustrating this is. There seems to be no reason for this at all.
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post #2 of 20
Back that overclock down. Try a different graphics card if it still acts up.
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Originally Posted by KloroFormd View Post
Back that overclock down. Try a different graphics card if it still acts up.
He said that he reset cmos and turned it back on with problems. So I think that probably got rid of the overclock. Just a guess.
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He said that he reset cmos and turned it back on with problems. So I think that probably got rid of the overclock. Just a guess.
I'm so poor I can't afford to pay attention.

Take a multi-meter to the PSU and make sure it's outputting good power.
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post #5 of 20
Sounds like the PSU is shot.
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If the PSU were the problem then that would be a best case scenario for me (I've been thinking baout getting a new one). I don't have a multimeter, nor do I have another PSU to try. Is there any other way to check?

P.S. Here is the screen corruption. I don't know if it is related because it has done this in the past, but it is strange, to say the least.
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post #7 of 20
Well it is definitely some kind of hardware problem. I would unplug all the motherboard power connectors and plug them back in to make sure nothing has worked loose. If that doesn't make any difference, I would remove the video card and memory and reinstall them. Temperature changes over time can do strange things. Expansion........contraction.......you never know. Give those a try.
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Originally Posted by Muftobration View Post
If the PSU were the problem then that would be a best case scenario for me (I've been thinking baout getting a new one). I don't have a multimeter, nor do I have another PSU to try. Is there any other way to check?

P.S. Here is the screen corruption. I don't know if it is related because it has done this in the past, but it is strange, to say the least.
If you can't even get into BIOS to check voltages there (which even those readings can sometimes not be trusted) I'd say w/out a volt or multimeter, no other way of reading the voltages unfortunately.

About that screen corruption, not 100% sure on this, but might that be related to a potentially undervolted video card? (someone else verify this if possible)
    
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post #9 of 20
you have an aspire psu....enough said get a new psu
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post #10 of 20
Aspire PSU's are known to be bad for overclocking! I had exactly the same problem with my aspire 420watt psu!

Solution to my problem...getting a new PSU!

Just remember...it only takes a crappy psu to burn your entire PC up! So it's always wise to invest in quality psu's
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