Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel - General › Did RAID kill something else in my computer? *length advisory*
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Did RAID kill something else in my computer? *length advisory*

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, I have a problem that I have been struggling with for the past week and a half and its been stressful trying to diagnose this while juggling my full time job and online classes. I am hoping someone here will be able to offer me some words of experience.

I built my computer last December and started overclocking in February. Everything was going great until a week and a half ago when I decided to try out my first RAID. Once I had my RAID setup I wasn't able to keep my overclock of 3.2GHz due to instability. Things would happen like getting a blue screen when trying to run the HDtach benchmarks, I assumed that maybe my overclock was affecting this and so I went back to stock speeds. I was able to run the short benchmark after this but the system still either hung up or blue screened while running the long one. I thought, okay, my motherboard doesn't like raid, the NB or SB can't handle it due to heat/whatever, no big deal I don't NEED RAID with this motherboard, but I will miss my 3.2GHz, so I reinstall windows on one HDD and go back to my old overclock.

Everything seems to be working fine, I'm reinstalling programs, copying my backed up dvds back to my HDD. I set my OC again and things are good for half of the day until I had windows freeze up on me doing nothing in particular (web browsing + copying files). I think okay, maybe it doesn't like my old OC anymore . At this time I try giving certain things more voltage, set my memory timings to auto, just trying to run it as loose as possible at 3.2GHz, no luck though. So I take it down to 2.8GHz and it runs no problem for a day. I decide to start to go back and figure out my new max OC, eventually I get to 3.2GHz at all of my old settings and run orthos overnight no problem, YAY right?

After work the following day I come home and boot up, start up orthos to run that a bit again, open core temp and firefox to do my coming home routine of checking the internet. The system hangs... frozen, no blue screen. Dammit!

I reboot and instead of a post I am greeted with something that is starting to drive me crazy. Power comes on, fans fire up, and then instead of posting my video card fan goes 100% and the system sits there. I think to myself, I don't know maybe my OC wasn't so good, so I CLRCMOS. Back to default settings in the BIOS and she boots up, but it's not long before this happens again at 100% stock settings.

So I pull out my new 8800gts and swap in my old 7600gt, nothing.
I take out a stick of memory and try it, swap them around, and it works once (this I will call a fluke, because one time I left it overnight, changed nothing and it POSTed and booted no problem, also because I've tried leaving a stick of memory half plugged in on purpose to see if the MB would give me some beeps and it's done nothing but not post and go to 100% GPU fan)

Eventually this week it got to the point where I never got it to post again, swapping out every piece of hardware I have in every combination (aside from the PSU, it would now make me bonkers if that was somehow the problem), dozens of attempted CLRCMOS's so it's hardware replacing time.

The pieces of hardware that I can't change out because I don't have any extras are the CPU and Motherboard. Since this is feeling more and more like a Mobo issue with the non-posting, sometimes working symptoms, I order a P5N-E SLI from Newegg (and 2gb G.Skill HZ's cause I wanted them).

Well, I got my P5N-E last night, installed everything and IT RUNS, so I started to reformat and went out to the bar. I come home and the formatting is at 2% (unrelated maybe, but ***?), I reboot, reformat and go to bed. I wake up in the morning and am greeted by a blue screen... "pfn_list_corrupt" 0x0000004e, YESSs! So I do a little research and find possible memory related issues (of course I am using my NEW memory), so I put in my old G.Skill NQ's and lo and behold setup completes, windows installs and I'm looking at naked XP.

The first thing I want to do is try my HZs again, before I install a single driver or do anything, I reboot to the bios. I figured that maybe I needed to manually set the voltage and timings to 4-4-4-12, otherwise I'll run memtest and start thinking about an RMA. So I set everything, save and reboot, it posts with the NQs in but I shut it off before windows loads because I want to put my HZs in. So I pop them in, power on, and I get no post, 100% GPU fan.... DAMMIT I think to myself, bad memory, I'll go back to the NQs. Pop them in, power on, no post, 100% GPU fan. I take out the battery, change the jumper for CLRCMOS on this board (the manual tells me to do this), reboot and same thing.

I've got my new motherboard and all the same old components and the same non-posting 100% GPU fan-ing paper weight. I tried my other video card, clrcmos again and now I feel sick because it must be my CPU that has gone correct?

What do you think, did raid kill my processor? Am I missing something? Buying a new CPU would be bad right now, I just paid $250 for new components, bought my 8800gts about a month ago, and paid tuition for summer online classes out of my pocket... plus I was planning on getting a quad core this summer so I would hate to drop the cash on a CPU now.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, sorry if it's a little incoherent, I'm hung over, have a paper to write and am pretty sickened by this ordeal. Thanks for any thoughts in advance.
Compy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6300 @ 3.2GHz 24/7 DFI P35-T2R LT PNY 8800gt 2 x 2gb DDR2 800 OCZ ReaperX HPC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M + 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ Samsung SATA DVD-RW Windows XP Home Dell 23" 1080p + Hanns·G 19" 1440x900 LCDs 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek II Eclipse Silverstone OP650 Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
plain-o blue w/gel wrist rest 
  hide details  
Reply
Compy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6300 @ 3.2GHz 24/7 DFI P35-T2R LT PNY 8800gt 2 x 2gb DDR2 800 OCZ ReaperX HPC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M + 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ Samsung SATA DVD-RW Windows XP Home Dell 23" 1080p + Hanns·G 19" 1440x900 LCDs 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek II Eclipse Silverstone OP650 Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
plain-o blue w/gel wrist rest 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 3
sounds like the cpu the way you described it. it just maybe been bad luck... i dunno maybe an option in the bios etc. or the motherboard just called it quits.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PII 965(140w) Biostar TA890FXE asus 6950 shader+voltmod 8 gigs, kingston hyper x 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 1tb f3's and a 1.5 backup. Lightscribe LG Thermaltake FRIO windows 7 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32inch lg g15 650w PCnCooling rocket fiiiash 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G9 king diamond pad or rocketfish Asus d2x 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PII 965(140w) Biostar TA890FXE asus 6950 shader+voltmod 8 gigs, kingston hyper x 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 1tb f3's and a 1.5 backup. Lightscribe LG Thermaltake FRIO windows 7 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32inch lg g15 650w PCnCooling rocket fiiiash 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G9 king diamond pad or rocketfish Asus d2x 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
UPDATE: Well, after taking a break so I didn't explode I came back and hooked up my other power supply and it did the same thing, no post 100% GPU fan. I hooked up my old OP650 again and it posted and I'm in windows now installing a few drivers... I'm going to try the HZs, once to see if they post, then I'm going to run memtest on them. All this assuming I don't get the random non-post dead rock issue.

I'm not an expert but it seems weird to me that it is working now. It's done the exact same thing with 2 different motherboards which would lead me to believe the processor is bad, I assume it's possible but it just seems weird that if it was the CPU it would be working now. I'm confident it's not the ram or GPU though, and have tried all different combinations between my old 965p-S3 and new P5N-E.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

EDIT: Another update: Well the HZs are bad, I can boot to XP but 3 seconds into orthos I get an error and then windows explorer crashes, they are failing memtest badly also. Boo
Compy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6300 @ 3.2GHz 24/7 DFI P35-T2R LT PNY 8800gt 2 x 2gb DDR2 800 OCZ ReaperX HPC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M + 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ Samsung SATA DVD-RW Windows XP Home Dell 23" 1080p + Hanns·G 19" 1440x900 LCDs 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek II Eclipse Silverstone OP650 Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
plain-o blue w/gel wrist rest 
  hide details  
Reply
Compy
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6300 @ 3.2GHz 24/7 DFI P35-T2R LT PNY 8800gt 2 x 2gb DDR2 800 OCZ ReaperX HPC 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M + 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ Samsung SATA DVD-RW Windows XP Home Dell 23" 1080p + Hanns·G 19" 1440x900 LCDs 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek II Eclipse Silverstone OP650 Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
plain-o blue w/gel wrist rest 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Intel - General
Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel - General › Did RAID kill something else in my computer? *length advisory*