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I've tried almost everything I can think of and my computer still is not stable.

I've got it, in theory, narrowed down to either my videocard or my PSU that is causing issues.

My problems include:
-Freezing when playing games in Vista and being shunted to the desktop.
-Windows Dreamscene doesn't work ATM which could just be software related.
-Vista will completely lock up and freeze forcing a hard restart.

-XP will reboot while running Orthos, but Orthos doesn't give any errors.
-Same issues as Vista with games failing but it usually causes a reboot without any error messages.

I could try reinstalling the ATI display drivers to see if that will make a difference, but I don't want to run the computer if the power supply is bad.

Is there a program that can test to see if the GPU is just faulty?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is really starting to get annoying.
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I think ATi Tool can check for artifacts, whether that will help I'm not sure

Could be something shorting out inside the case, perhaps a rogue screw or cable
    
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Some of what you said sounds like your psu can't handle your rig. Is it possible you need more watts?
    
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Originally Posted by SpuddGunn View Post
I think ATi Tool can check for artifacts, whether that will help I'm not sure

Could be something shorting out inside the case, perhaps a rogue screw or cable
I've been looking and I haven't found anything yet, I thought it was unlikely because I just a new motherboard but I guess taking the whole thing out of the case couldn't hurt... lol just take a really long time.
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post #5 of 17
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Some of what you said sounds like your psu can't handle your rig. Is it possible you need more watts?
Well I'm not sure, I've got a Back-UPS with an LCD an it shows my computer's watt usage at about 200-300W under load.

Also ATI specifies that:
"450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt for ATI CrossFireX™ with two 6-pin connectors)"

Maybe my PSU is just really overrated?
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How are the voltages on the power supply? Do you have another Graphics card to try?
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This may not be applicable for your sound card, but I had some of these exact same symptoms with my computer just last week and it was the sound card. I took the sound card out and stuck it into a different pci slot and I haven't had any problems since. It was an issue with some creative cards that get messed up with the drivers and people have just switched the slot and the problem has gone away with the Audigy line. Again, this might not apply to your instance, but it's worth a shot.
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How are the voltages on the power supply? Do you have another Graphics card to try?
I don't have another GPU to try I'm on the phone right now trying see If where I bought it from can test it.

The voltages are pretty stable I checked the 5v and 12v through a molex connector with an analogue multimeter and it showed ~12.2v and ~5.3v.

however Everest shows 8.57v which is very strange, although in the BIOS the voltages are all pretty normal.
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This may not be applicable for your sound card, but I had some of these exact same symptoms with my computer just last week and it was the sound card. I took the sound card out and stuck it into a different pci slot and I haven't had any problems since. It was an issue with some creative cards that get messed up with the drivers and people have just switched the slot and the problem has gone away with the Audigy line. Again, this might not apply to your instance, but it's worth a shot.
I'll have to try that.
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Is your system orthos stable?
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