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Ok I'm under the suspicion that my CPU is dead, please correct me if I am wrong.
A little over 2 months ago my computer started acting funny, random lockups and icky BSODs on random system files (apapi.sys and ntfs.sys are 2 I can name). So I did some testing and my ram was failing memtest86 at stock settings. I sent it to corsair and after a month of waitintg they decided that my ram was no longer being made (XMS 1024-DDR400 2-2-2-5) so they upgraded me to XMS 2048 2-3-3-6 (Worth the 1 Month wait!) So I hooked it up into my system and its working great, DDR491 3-3-3-8 2.9v 9 hours memtest86 stable! I go away for a weekend and come back and my computer (which was left on folding) now has all fans spinning but nothing on the screen, something that happens when my mobo doesn't post sometimes.

So I reset the cmos and try to boot again and all i get is BEEEEEEP BEEEEEP...damn it ***. I try other ram (generic dual channel DDR 1024 DDR400 CL3) and I get the same thing. So it hit me...my buddy is having trouble with his memory controller on an Opteron 165 he just bought and is having a kinda similar problem So I put my new corsair ram back in, this time in single chanel mode and it boots!

I kept it like this for a little over a week when it started acting up again, same thing as before, random lockups, re boots and BSODs. So I loweed my overclock down to 2.4GHz at a more than reasonable 1.52v (it only needs 1.45v for this clock) and it worked fine for a while; but now I'm having trouble again. Same thing, only this time my MBR keeps getting ****ed up. So I'm at 1.8GHz now and its still acting funny. I'm gonna Orthos for a while and stuff to see if its def my cpu.

Things I now know:
This ram is stable in my other computer
I tested my PSU with a multi, the 12v is at 12.16 idle and 12.07 load and the 5v is at 5.10 idle and 5.02 load.

I'm getting a job next week (interview is on Wednesday and I was "guaranteed" the job by the director of human resources there) So I plan on purchasing an Opteron 170 to replace my "dead" 144. But to make sure, is there anyway it could be my mobo? I dont have another cpu to test and I think thats the only way to know for sure. I just hope this lasts me for another couple weeks.
post #2 of 28
Sounds like your mobo may be going bad. I used to have similar problems on my K7 ECS mobo. Got so fed up i threw it away and got another second-hand board. Have you tried your CPU on another mobo?
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post #3 of 28
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I dont have any other S939 mobo's and my only personal friend that does moved out of town. I'm debating on it being my CPU (integrated memory controller in AMD remember) and the mobo.
post #4 of 28
Two beeps = RAM failure.

However, its unlikely you have 2 bad batches of corsair ram. And the RAM works fine in another PC & memtests ok. So I think you can rule out the memory being the problem.

Next link in the chain is the mobo. It could be a problem with the memory controller or DIMM slots. So yea, I'd be looking closer at your board..
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post #5 of 28
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No it keeps beeping on an infinite loop, its not 2 beeps.

My sentiments exactly.

The memory controller for AMD is on the CPU rather than the mobo. I've also treid it in slots 3&4 so that rules out the slot problem
post #6 of 28
How long have you had this rig? Perhaps you could try to find a second hand mobo or cpu to test it on. When you find the problem you could always get a new one and give/sell the old one that works to your friends or something. I used the socket A cpu and built a whole new system and sold it to one of my not so well to do friend for less than 30 bucks. You can always find a use for an old PC. Heck, i'm using my old P3 as a print server. In my opinion, its money well spent.
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post #7 of 28
Yeah to me that sounds like your memory controller is deteriorating

Time, perhaps, for a new CPU
    
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post #8 of 28
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I ordered the parts to this rig online on 1/13/06.
I've done a "suicide run" to stabilize 2.8GHz for fun and it took 1.76v! I ran it at that for 3 or 4 hours one day benching and stuff, this was back in March. That is another reason I am leaning towards the CPU rather than the mobo.
post #9 of 28
Maybe in the process, it affected the rest of the components? Perhaps adam144 is right. It may be time for a new CPU. And/or a new mobo. AM2s are getting dirt cheap now.
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post #10 of 28
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I don't want to have to go AM2 right now when I just got brand spanking new RAM. I may be able to get an Opteron 165 from a friend or I'll just get a 170 off newegg. At that point if I need a new mobo, I'll throw in a X-fire board.
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