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Hey everyone,

This issue is driving me bananas.

The other day I reseated my HSF. Since then, my system will randomly freeze for about 10 seconds, then shut itself down. It can be rebooted fine until the next time it happens.

I'm quite sure it doesn't happen when its running completely stock, but I have my suspicion that running stock is just merely delaying the crash, compared to overclocked.

I noticed tonight that I managed to get a tiny thin smear of AS5 paste under the CPU, between the pins.... yes I know what you're all thinking "noob". Well it was an embarrassing accident to say the least. I have now cleaned this, thinking it would resolve the issue, however, it hasn't.

I think I may have also managed to knock the NB heatsink quite a lot recently by re-seating my Arctic Freezer Pro which only just fits in.

Has anyone got any ideas? This system has been running fine for months. I re-seated the HSF and then things start going wrong. Temps are fine, too.

I think I'm going crazy

Any help is very very appreciated
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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
Hey everyone,

This issue is driving me bananas.

The other day I reseated my HSF. Since then, my system will randomly freeze for about 10 seconds, then shut itself down. It can be rebooted fine until the next time it happens.

I'm quite sure it doesn't happen when its running completely stock, but I have my suspicion that running stock is just merely delaying the crash, compared to overclocked.

I noticed tonight that I managed to get a tiny thin smear of AS5 paste under the CPU, between the pins.... yes I know what you're all thinking "noob". Well it was an embarrassing accident to say the least. I have now cleaned this, thinking it would resolve the issue, however, it hasn't.

I think I may have also managed to knock the NB heatsink quite a lot recently by re-seating my Arctic Freezer Pro which only just fits in.

Has anyone got any ideas? This system has been running fine for months. I re-seated the HSF and then things start going wrong. Temps are fine, too.

I think I'm going crazy

Any help is very very appreciated

EDIT: I was saying temps, then I noticed that you caught that.... have you tried flashing BIOS just in case? Test your PSU?
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I've tried 3 different BIOS revisions.

One which I know is stable, one which is a tad newer and another that is a Beta. All give the same results.

I haven't tested the PSU yet to be honest. What's the best way to go about that? I can't see the PSU causing many problems. Its about 1 month old and an Antec. I only run 2 HDDs, 1 DVDRW and a X1950Pro. Its never caused problems in the past.
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Just wondering, ..... what are your temps maxing out at when you run a stress test?
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This won't be anything to do with the BIOS and you don't need to reflash it either.

Simply remove the HSF, clean the CPU and try some fresh thermal paste again. Make sure you take care with the paste and do not get it on any of the pins this time and also check that he HSF is securely mounted after you install it again. You may also want to make sure that the chipset coolers are still securely attached if you've been knocking them.

If the above doesn't work then you may have killed the CPU or motherboard.
post #6 of 9
Problem is the PSU, X1950 Pro requires: 450-Watt power supply or greater, 30 Amps on 12 volt rail recommended (assumes fully loaded system).
You have +12V1 17.0A,+12V2 17.0A, they don't add up. Get a PSU with a powerful single rail.
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Problem is the PSU, X1950 Pro requires: 450-Watt power supply or greater, 30 Amps on 12 volt rail recommended (assumes fully loaded system).
You have +12V1 17.0A,+12V2 17.0A, they don't add up. Get a PSU with a powerful single rail.
This hasn't been a problem for the past 5 months though. I've only had this problem since I've reseated my HSF.
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This won't be anything to do with the BIOS and you don't need to reflash it either.

Simply remove the HSF, clean the CPU and try some fresh thermal paste again. Make sure you take care with the paste and do not get it on any of the pins this time and also check that he HSF is securely mounted after you install it again. You may also want to make sure that the chipset coolers are still securely attached if you've been knocking them.

If the above doesn't work then you may have killed the CPU or motherboard.
Right, the CPU is now spotless clean.

The CPU HSF is secure.

The NB chipset cooler is now very secure, plus I've mounted a small fan on top of it.

I'm gonna try and run this again at 3.2Ghz as I have always done without a hitch.

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Originally Posted by rottenotto
Just wondering, ..... what are your temps maxing out at when you run a stress test?
On stock I get no more than 49/50 under load. On 3.2Ghz I get about 58 max. This is running Orthos.
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*fingers crossed*

Its ran Orthos now for 5 minutes, which is the longest so far on 3.2Ghz since its started playing up.

**UPDATE**

Its been stable all night without a hitch downloading and installing Windows Updates. Hopefully this is the end of this problem....
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