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Firstly just signed up and my first post, hi.

Ok, I've been running an AMD XP2500 quite happily for about 18 months now, but about a week ago I was getting random reboots of the PC after a 'right click' on something random. This went on to either left or right clicks and then on to purely random and nothing clicked on! ...

I have 2 x 512 DDR Dual Channelling so thought I'd remove a stick and see how we go. Same thing so swapped to the other and again the same random reboots. I ruled out the RAM at this stage.

Next step was to drop the Memory Speed from 200MHz to 166MHz and I 'think' I was running at stock XP2500 then, but altho the reboots were less frequent, they still occurred.

Now I dropped to 100MHz and the PC 'appears' to be stable.

As I say its ran fine for roughly 18 months and the PC is on 24/7.

Setup is:

XP2500 run as XP3200

2 x 512 PC3200 DDR SDRAM

Asus A7N8X v2.0 Deluxe

Radeon 9800 Pro

2 x Raptor HDD's running Raid 0



Have I fried my Processor ?!?


All help most appreciated ...
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post #2 of 14
try upping the vcore by 1 incriment and stay at the stock speed, that is a pretty old cpu and u say its been running for 18 months, it prolly degraded a little bit and needs a bit more juice, totally normal.

Forgot to say welcome...lol its 6:07am...ahhh

oh btw in your system specs, it says "Cooling", your answer made me laugh. omg....funny

i just looked at your "Case" answer....lol dude either im up too late at night or its really funny...
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post #3 of 14
HI and Welcome to the Forum
First. got to the USER CP @ top of page to get to your system specs and fill em in.
I'd take a good look at the PS stability on that issue.
    
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post #4 of 14
Hmm.. may be shall add some vcore cause it's 18month already and probably it will drop some compare to before... if scare too hot.. change the cooling system to better one aswell ^.^ I guess you not yet fried ur processor.. if fried.. sure nothing show when boot up
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post #5 of 14
Do you have a monitoring program running that you can check your cpu temp and vcore voltages? I agree that an aging power supply might be getting unstable, but you might wanna open up the case and check for dust bunny demons in the fans, heat sinks, etc. I have an old 586tx system that was running for a couple of years with no problems until recently. Went inside an started checking around. Among other things, I found that the cpu heat sink was almost completely choked off by dust accumulation. You couldn't see it from the front, the fan appeared to be running nornally, but when I took the fan off of the heatsink, all of the fins had almost completely filled with dust, so no airflow, henceforth very little cooling. Found similar problems with voltage regulator heatsinks, case fans, power supply fan, you name it. After a time consuming bit of housecleaning, all seems to be fine again. I suspect this might be a problem for newer systems as well, with higher capacity heatsinks topped with larger fans that push higher cfm's of air across them. Mebbe a little more maintenance is in order...after a few months, check them heatsinks!
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post #6 of 14
If the other suggestions above fail you, also try running memtest on your ram. random reboots are often ram problems (although they usually start right out of the gate). you can download a bootable version of memtest 3.2 onto a blank cd and reboot. let it run overnight and see if any errors pop up. If you eliminate ram being the issue then you can concentrate on other components.

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post #7 of 14
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Ok thanks for the repies and welcome ...

I gave the PC a spring clean the other day, but forgot to have a good look at the PSU ... ... I'll take the hoover to it now. To be honest I've gone through a few with this system, and current one is 460W which is higher wattage than the prev ones at 350W, and it's probably only 6 months old!

I've just noted these figures in the BIOS if any help:

CPU External Frequency - currently 100MHz to run (was at 200MHz when ok)

CPU Frequency Multiple - 11.0X

System Performance - Optimal

CPU Interface - Optimal

Memory Frequency - Auto

Memory Timings - Optimal

SDRAM Active Precharge Delay - 4

SDRAM RAS to CAS Delay - 2

SDRAM RAS Precharge Delay - 2

SDRAM Cas Latency - 2.5T

FSB Spread Spectrum - 0.50%

AGP Spread Spectrum - Disabled

CPU Vcore setting - Auto

CPU Vcore Setting - 1.650V

Graph Aperture Size - 64MB

DDR Ref Voltage - 2.6V

AGP VDDQ Voltage - 1.5V

AGP 8X Support - Enabled.

I've just noticed after typing all this that they are stock settings ...lol. I had to load them to get the PC to run stable.

Right, where's that hoover! ...
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Ya' might wanna be carefull with that Hoover in your computer case.....gotta bad feeling about static jumpin' off the nozzle. Might wanna clean by hand or get a couple of cans of air blaster spray. Just my 2c worth.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by harvshark
Ya' might wanna be carefull with that Hoover in your computer case.....gotta bad feeling about static jumpin' off the nozzle. Might wanna clean by hand or get a couple of cans of air blaster spray. Just my 2c worth.
Yeah I know this isn't good, but have done it many times ... ... and always been ok. Air Blaster Spray sounds good tho.

Ok, I just cleaned out the PSU as it was a tad dusty in there.





All back together and running as XP3200 again, see how long we go for!
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post #10 of 14
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PC has been running long enough to warm (albeit NOT driven) and these are the temps I'm getting.

(seen a lot higher tho!)

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