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post #1 of 8
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This should be a good one.

So I made a homemade test bench. I plan on modding my case, but I didn't want to be without my computer for the duration of that time (and I really don't want to rush it either) so I figured I'd make myself a nice test bench to set it on. Whipped it up over the break and just tossed my computer on it yesterday. It works rather nice, the only problem is the rather short length of my PSU cables (that I couldn't plan for because I had no access to that info over the break) but such is life. All in all it looks good and the temps are pretty great. I also cleaned out a ****load of dust but the CPU temps without my push fan on don't really get above the min, and the GPU is at 40 right now (it was at about 60 in the case that was dustier than I would have liked.) I'm babbling though, onto the issue at hand.

I put everything on and it didn't work. But that was because I forgot to plug the mobo power in. Plugged that in and it booted up. All is well. Friend came over (who is a Mac user) and we sat down to play some video games and as we were about to start my computer BSOD'd. Now, thinking about it, I've been rock-solid for QUITE some time now. I've had a freeze or two but nothing serious. The BSOD code was a 3B though. He sat there and said "I'm not gonna say anything" because he's a smarmy a-hole, but I was baffled. It seemed like a driver issue... but I didn't really do anything that wasn't physical.

My GPU and sound card are sitting in a little less solidly than I would like, but that's all I can see that's wrong. Temps are great. I'm gonna fix the GPU/sound card issue the best I can in a few hours when I get the time, but as of right now I'm stumped. I've been on for about 20 minutes with no BSOD so far.

Another thing: it will... reboot cycle? One time it logged me into a profile I'd never seen before that looked like it was Windows 98. And it also turned off my no restart after a BSOD as well. Last night, after it restarted after a BSOD, it would load to the login screen and then restart after about a minute and it would just keep doing that.

I'm at a loss for what's going on and any and all help is going to be greatly appreciated.

Also, I installed WhoCrashed if anyone's interested in that info. The crashes are mainly 3B's though. Got a 7E once, but it's been a series of 3B's (that I've seen, anyways).
post #2 of 8
Some pics of your test bench setup would really help.

The windows 98 was probably safe mode in windows 7. Check for shorts, etc, the usual, and just to be sure, your temps are all under control?. The constant reboots sound suspicious....
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Do you have standoffs installed? Its probably shorting out somewhere.

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post #4 of 8
After reading other posts about the 0x3b BSOD with Windows 7, there are several things to check.

1.) First check for current drivers.
2.) if you can get into your startup settings, turn ever thing off that starts up with Windows 7 (seems some firewalls and antivirus casue this bsod)
3.) check all connections to the board and look for anything shorting out.

Try these things, and come back and let us know.
post #5 of 8
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I got a few hours out of it before a 7E error code. I'd just left it since I posted this and left nothing running but the OS itself (just to see). I had a few IE windows open but nothing big. I also watched some videos on NFL.com without issues so this seems odd.

@Shozzking: I do have standoffs installed, but only underneath the holes. Would you recommend putting those little red things between the standoffs and the mobo just in case? Not sure what they are exactly but assuming they're non-conductive?

@h00chi3: 1) I haven't had an issue for months and nothing changed so I don't understand the driver thing. This seems like it SHOULD be some kind of hardware issue since that's all that changed. But it seems increasingly like a software issue of sorts. At least in my opinion. But your guess is probably better than mine. 2) I can get it to start up, it was just cycling last night for whatever reason. 3) How would I notice anything shorting out? Before when I had a standoff underneath the mobo itself I couldn't even power the computer up, so if something is shorting wouldn't that be the result? No boot?

@railfan844: Pics included.

I'm gonna go now and solve the issue of the GPU/sound card not sitting in very well and I'll get back at this then.

And of course, thank you.
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Problem identified I do believe.

It seems to be RAM related. I've got 2 sticks of 2GB and at some point in the transition something must have happened. I caught on reading a post in another forum on the error codes and the guy said he could pass memtest but he failed Prime95 blend tests. So I fired up a blend and BANG -- fail. Tried it again and it failed after a few seconds.

So then I tried to see if it was one stick or both. I figured one since I had some functionality for varying lengths of time. I tried the first stick and it lasted a couple passes/tests and then tried the second. I attempted to open IE before running Prime (to check for updates here) and then the whole computer froze. A second boot attempt brought me to some wonky login screen like my GPU driver was uninstalled. A third just hung period.

So I'm back on the first stick, trying Prime again. The first test failed but that's as I was trying to bring up the menu to switch to the first window. This has happened once before to me when I went to stop a test after ~20 hours, so I ran it again. It's currently on the second test so we'll see.

Either way, it seems like a RAM issue. Hope it's not a dying mobo or anything. I still don't think it's software-related but I've been wrong before.

By the way, 2GB of RAM suuuucks.
post #7 of 8
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Scratch that. It seems that either both sticks are on the outs or the mobo is going. I also booted into safe mode to try to fool around and it lasted about 20 minutes or so before conking out. Yaaay.
post #8 of 8
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So I've been battered with various error codes (7E, 24, 34, 109, 3B) the last 18 hours or so and I'm no closer to figuring out what's wrong than when I started. I also tried to update to 266.58 for giggles and it absolutely failed. I uninstalled the old 260.99 and my computer won't let me install one. I get a 7-zip error or something.

My courses of action so far are this: attempt a reformat or migrate to old case.

Haven't decided the order yet, though.

Could starting up my mobo without the 8-pin mobo power hooked up damage anything? I also moved my GPU to a different slot and then back again. Could this have ganked something up?
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