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My computer sometimes freezes in BIOS if it loads it at all. On the few times it boots Windows 7 it usually ends up freezing to a black screen. Sometimes it works perfectly, but that is rare. Here is a list of all the solutions I've tried to fix it.

- Clear CMOS
- Replace CMOS battery
- Check RAM
- Using surge protector
- Many restarts
- Reducing OC to stock

I've also noticed a burning smell coming from the power supply (after running for a long time) and if I let it rest for an extended amount of time it will usually boot normally.
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post #2 of 9
sounds like ur psu isnt pushing out enough power to the board e.c.t tbf 350w u could do with a corsair 500w psu would defo say ur psu is knackerd
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You have not mentioned anything about your system temps or voltages. If you cant enter OS, then try to look for those values from the system monitor section under bios. Please report what you see. If the voltages are fluctuating, then try the same with another power supply. Try and see if you can find a spare smps to test with.
    
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post #4 of 9
Have any PCI cards in there?
A wi-fi card I threw in my dad's computer caused it to freeze every single time booting up Windows. Took it out, fixed the problem.

Your power supply may have also kicked the bucket (i.e. not supplying enough voltage to the rest of your parts). I'd try a different power supply. When power supplies die they can take out other parts, but this usually happens due to overvoltage and this seems like more of an undervoltage problem.
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So I decided to step in (I'm his bro, built it for him) and found that when using it's surge protector, it freezes when the CPU and GPU are under full load. When he tried plugging it into the wall, there were no errors and it went smoothly.

Normally I'd let him figure this out but I don't think he would've guessed about load vs idle power draw, or not using a surge protector, which was ne to me to. My sig rig is on a surge protector and works fine.
    
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post #6 of 9
Must be a faulty surge protector, sending an AC current too low perhaps. Replace it maybe.
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Must be a faulty surge protector, sending an AC current too low perhaps. Replace it maybe.

That's what I'm thinking.
    
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At least he didn't buy any replacements to try and fix it. Have to love facepalm seemingly unrelated computer problems.
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post #9 of 9
Can you try a different PSU That would be my best guess and where I would start. Not using a surge protector with an expensive rig is just crazy.... Neighbor hits the power pole holding transformer and blows it, There goes your investment. If a surge protector is faulty typically it will blow the switch... Or not turn on at all.
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