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More instabilities from my Venice. Yesterday I got three freezes in an hour's time, just at random and for no reason. Fingers crossed it makes it past christmas still functional enough to use...No freezes before or since, it's been running pretty good, but those three random freezes were strange...they came 30 minutes after I played the last half of Episode 2, without any problem, and happened with only Firefox and MSN running...
TestECull, are the freezes occurring at stock clocks as well?

Have you performed any diagnostic checks on your memory and hard drive recently? Perhaps the crashes were due to an application error in the HL...it's possible.

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Yes, I reset it to stock clocks when my massive overclock got unstable, to try to slow down the spiral. I just got a bluescreen about 15 minutes ago, with a two-day interval between te BSOD and the latest freeze. Funny thing, 30 minutes prior I rebeat the L4D demo and it ran flawlessly...am I seeing a trend here? Runs a Source game flawlessly for as long as I want it to, thirty minutes pass, error. :\\ And no, I haven't run any hdd tests, but I'm also booting off my rather new, <1yr old, WD 160 so I doubt that's the problem...as far as memtest86, might be a good idea and if I can get a bootable flash stick(As I have no functional floppy drives) or if I can remember how to use Vista's dos-based memtest app, I'll probably scan my ram this weekend.

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Originally Posted by HothBase View Post
Are you sure it is the CPU that is causing instability? How come? What happened to it?

For two and a half weeks or so, I was running it at 2761mhz and 1.65vcore on air, rock solid too. It started to get unstable, I instantly reset it to stock and it's been useable.


My core is damaged, tho, and I can only hope there's enough of it left come January to try a 2.8 or 3.0 suicide run into Windows. If there is, I will most certainly upload all kinds of pix, bios screens and CPU-z dumps to see what I can get out of it before the core is 100% fubar, provided this xmas I get enough money to replace the platform or CPU.
Edited by TestECull - 11/7/08 at 2:03pm
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Alright, figured I'd turn to my 939 brothers for this one. Nobody else seems to know of anything.

But would any of you guys happen to know of a Windows Equalizer I could use to limit certain frequencies (specifically 60Hz)? I don't need an EQ for Winamp, or WMP....just Windows in general. So I can limit that frequency in games and stuff too, just everything. If you do...please post here or here. Help is appreciated, I've already tried a few options already.
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I miss having a decent PSU....that is all
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TestECull, I can't imagine two weeks at 1.65volts leading electromigration so quickly. It takes months sometimes years for that to occur.

Just because your WD 160GB drive is brand new doesn't mean it can't be bad. I've received drives from WD that were bad out of the box. Please download the Western Digital Diagnostic tools and burn them to a CD. Boot to the CD and please perform a surface scan on the drive. You can download these tools by going here: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...sid=30&lang=en.

As far as I know memtest86+ can be burnt to a CD. You can download the .ISO by going here: http://www.overclock.net/downloads/1...memtest86.html. Burn it as an "image" and boot to it. Run tests 5 and 8 each for at 20-30 minutes.

Let us know

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Alright, figured I'd turn to my 939 brothers for this one. Nobody else seems to know of anything.

But would any of you guys happen to know of a Windows Equalizer I could use to limit certain frequencies (specifically 60Hz)? I don't need an EQ for Winamp, or WMP....just Windows in general. So I can limit that frequency in games and stuff too, just everything. If you do...please post here or here. Help is appreciated, I've already tried a few options already.


It should be in your sound drivers if Creative's driver labs didn't fail at life...




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TestECull, I can't imagine two weeks at 1.65volts leading electromigration so quickly. It takes months sometimes years for that to occur.

Just because your WD 160GB drive is brand new doesn't mean it can't be bad. I've received drives from WD that were bad out of the box. Please download the Western Digital Diagnostic tools and burn them to a CD. Boot to the CD and please perform a surface scan on the drive. You can download these tools by going here: http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...sid=30&lang=en.

As far as I know memtest86+ can be burnt to a CD. You can download the .ISO by going here: http://www.overclock.net/downloads/1...memtest86.html. Burn it as an "image" and boot to it. Run tests 5 and 8 each for at 20-30 minutes.

Let us know

Good luck

I will test everything tonite or tommorrow...I forgot to mention the year or so I went with it at 2.6ghz and 1.55v, across two motherboards no less...I am still running a gigstick the P5GD1 had, so there is a strong chance that motherboard damaged that stick like it did the other two I stuck in it...if that stick of ram does turn up bad, I know it's not the CPU causing these errors and might inch back up the speed scale again. :\\ I just dun wanna re-OC it unless I'm sure the core is undamaged, atleast for a couple of months.


Edit: Installing WDDiag right now. Will run a SMART scan, and if it reports errors post back and try to figure out what to do...if that shows healthy, I'll run an extended scan, which will take bloody forever...if it crashes while scanning, will that fubar my drive? It's about three gigs from full and crammed with stuff i dun need to lose/can't exactly redownload/etc...:\\


Edit 2: My 40gig IDE drive failed SMART before I even hit a button, raw read error rate. Passes on all other tests, and the red column is 'Value', at 200. I'm not booting off it(I have quite nicely fubar'd the install of windows on that drive, it couldn't boot even if it tried). Is it possible that it's still causing problems?

Screenshots of test results on the 40:





Edited by TestECull - 11/7/08 at 5:54pm
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Given that both drives are entirely full (or nearly so; 3.8% and 6.4% free respectively.) I would seriously recommend getting another HDD. Ideally, you will get one big enough to take both drives and then you would only need the one. Further, you usually want to make a new drive twice as big as you currently need for growth. So, if you have the money, you are looking at the 400-500 GB range.

I know with XP, you are incapable of defragmenting a disk that is more than 88% full while maintaining peak stability. I do not suppose you have auto disk defrag turned on? If so, it might keep trying to defrag whenever you go idle, causing it to crash.

"It should be in your sound drivers if Creative's driver labs didn't fail at life..." -TestECull

Yeah, they do. You cannot even use the native Vista drivers for Creative. They phail epically.
     
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I want to get a 1tb drive, but I'll have to do with whatever I can get. The 160 passes all SMART tests. I'm thinking about doing a full scan for bad sectors on the 40, tho...Hopefully nothing crucial on that drive is fubar'd. If it gets enough errors I'll swap it to my mom's box, back up everything but the windows install and zerowrite it. :\\
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I want to get a 1tb drive, but I'll have to do with whatever I can get. The 160 passes all SMART tests. I'm thinking about doing a full scan for bad sectors on the 40, tho...Hopefully nothing crucial on that drive is fubar'd. If it gets enough errors I'll swap it to my mom's box, back up everything but the windows install and zerowrite it. :
TestECull, I strongly recommend running a full surface scan on both drives outsideof the OS. Please burn the diagnostic tool to a CD and boot to it. Just FYI, SMART isn't always 100% accurate. SMART might of also failed because it may not have been enabled in the BIOS.

That EB drive is pretty old also. First introduced in 2002 at 5,400RPM with 2MB of cache. Perhaps it's MTBF (mean time before failure) is near.

Please follow up with us on the memtest results, I think we're a bit curious.

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Sad to say that my 939 rig is no more.
My DFI Ultra D mobo pci slot is dead.
Will part with pieces if anyone is interested. PM me for HZ's or 3700 Sandy.
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