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Not sure where to post this, because the issue is hardware related. I'm typing this from my phone so I appologize for sloppiness.

Basically when my pc suceeds in booting (it 'crashes' after welcome sometimes), it can be used for either a few minutes then 'crash' (even in safe mode), or if I run a game it also 'crashes' asap.

When it 'crashes' I lose display from any monitor I've tried and the last bit of sound loops over and over through my headphones.

Power supply and pci cards are all functioning I've transplanted and tested them. I honestly think it may be my mobo or cpu, but the cpu temps appear cool and every piece of hardware feels cool.

Anyone got any ideas? I don't have a mobo or anything I can transplant to test if that's it.

Just a heads up I scrapped my overclock too so it isn't that.
Edited by Jimi - 6/7/10 at 6:05pm
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Not sure where to post this, because the issue is hardware related. I'm typing this from my phone so I appologize for sloppiness.

Basically when my pc suceeds in booting, it can be used for either a few minutes then 'crash' (even in safe mode), or if I run a game it also 'crashes' asap.

When it 'crashes' I lose display from any monitor I've tried and the last bit of sound loops over and over through my headphones.

Power supply and pci cards are all functioning I've transplanted and tested them. I honestly think it may be my mobo or cpu, but the cpu temps appear cool and every piece of hardware feels cool.

Anyone got any ideas? I don't have a mobo or anything I can transplant to test if that's it.

I'd swap out the ram if you have extra ram to do it and go from there. Also, if your mobo is putting out error codes, try to look them up and they'll tell you what's going wrong.

Hope this helps some and sorry to hear about the troubles.
    
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I'd swap out the ram if you have extra ram to do it and go from there. Also, if your mobo is putting out error codes, try to look them up and they'll tell you what's going wrong.

Hope this helps some and sorry to hear about the troubles.
The ram passes the memok! tests on the mobo, but I don't have anything I could replace it with. Where would mobo error codes be?
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The memOK test is more of a storage volume scan, rather than a diagnostic scan. Could you boot from a floppy drive or jump drive? If not, grab a blank CD-Rom and burn a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD at a friend's place. These are all means to testing your RAM with Memtest(86+)

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Thanks for the tip about UBCD. It looks extremely useful.

By the way, what makes u guys think its my ram?
Edited by Jimi - 6/7/10 at 6:32pm
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It's the next logical step after overheating issues. As your OS loads all sorts of processes, it is taking up more RAM addresses. You might have a bad chip on a RAM module that is being addressed higher in the stack.

For the sake of conversation, let's say this IC is addressed above 1.5GB. If your OS idles and consumes 1GB of RAM, you won't notice the bad IC. When you load a resource heavy app, like a game, that bad IC is called upon and doesn't answer.
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Does it crash if you run at stock speeds...? Or in safe mode?

If possible, I'd check Windows Event Viewer | System Log, in Safe Mode, and see if it identifies a driver issue.

I'm personally more inclined to think that it's something related to graphics card... but that's me
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I am running at stock speeds. I don't think its the graphics card because I was able to transplant it and it worked fine in a dell OEM. also, sound crashes and its not like the display is just being killed.

when I run CPU and memory tests, everything shows up as fine. the only thing in the system logs were from me shutting off the power suddenly. I tried removing ram etc... the works

it happens in safemode.
Edited by Jimi - 6/7/10 at 10:13pm
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What's your voltages like? How many sticks of RAM? you have 8 gb on a tri-channel?
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I am running at stock speeds. I don't think its the graphics card because I was able to transplant it and it worked fine in a dell OEM. also, sound crashes and its not like the display is just being killed.

when I run CPU and memory tests, everything shows up as fine. the only thing in the system logs were from me shutting off the power suddenly. I tried removing ram etc... the works

it happens in safemode.
The reason I brought up the graphics was because your symptoms are practically identical to an issue I experienced 10 years ago (yes, 10 years), with my old slot-1 P3-500. It was installed in an Asus P2B motherboard, with a Creative NVidia TNT2 32MB graphics card.

The silly system would crash constantly, with the exact same symptoms you described, whenever I launched an OpenGL game - Quake 3 Arena, in particular. Turns out that it was ultimately isolated to the AGP 2x port being unable to provide enough power to the TNT2 card.

The issue went away when I upgraded to the first of the Socket-A Athlon 1.0GHz systems with AGP 4x slots in the summer of 2000.

The old P3-500 ran Q3Arena perfectly fine with older 3DFX Voodoo Banshee and TNT1 video cards...

Okay, kind of a really old experience... but that's what I thought of when you explained your situation...
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