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post #1 of 11
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So, my computer was running fine for about a year. Then I decided I wanted to sell the computer. I ran derek's boot and nuke to clear the hdd. I used the auto nuke option. I then reinstalled windows, and since the last week I have had two problems.

1 blue screen, It switched before I could read it. It's my first blue screen ever.

2, freezes accompanies by some artifacts. The placement of the artifacts looked checkerboard in nature, and the checkers were some spaced blue lines that ran diagonal.


Any ideas? Also, these things had never happened before. All I did after the HDD clean, was install windows, and the catalyst suite.
post #2 of 11
Check your idle/load cpu and gpu temps and report here. Then run furmark with 8x msaa/xtreme burn/displacement/post_fx and keep an eye on the gpu temp...... see if it causes freezing/artifacts etc. If temp gets above 90c, stop the test immediately. Post the results here.
    
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The blue screen might be driver related. Even on a fresh install something may be conflicting, or you didn't download all of the up-to-date patches from windows?

The artifacts are most likely from the video card. Like Leopold said, run a few benchmarks / tests and observe the temp. Also when you are running the test check inside your PC to make sure all the fans are working and check your fan settings in Catalyst to make sure they are set correctly.
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Ok, I've never run those tests, but there is a first time for everything. It will probably take me some time to get set up and everything, but lets own this problem so I can sell this guy
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I don't know what programs to get for this, or where to dl them. Sorry I'm completely new to this. Could anyone tell me which programs to download to get these tests rolling?
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ok, for the CPU. TO save time righting, here is how I will report core temps for the cpu [hi/low, ... , ..., ..... ]
[core#0, core#1, core#2, core#3] =[40/88, 36/87, 39/82, 37/86]

I stoped the CPU test when these temperature were reached at about 3-4 minutes in. I didn't want to hurt my hardware, and I'm new to this so I'm playing cautious.

using prime 95: In- place Large FFTs (maximum heat, power consumption, some ram tested)


GPU: for both gpu, 35/77
Steady Test Temp @ 75


avg. fps = min fps= 35
max fps = 37

Also, how did my computer do on the tests? I've never tested it before so i am somewhat curious, and I bought the videocard of "new" on ebay but one of the seals was broken so I've always wondered.
post #8 of 11
Ok... lemme start by saying that a load temp of 88c in the cpu is way too much. You should seriously consider investing in a good air cooler (i7 is a very powerful cpu and the stock coolers just cant do the job at full load). Apart from that everything else is fine.
For how long did you run furmark? run it for at least 15minutes with "8x msaa/xtreme burn/displacement/post_fx" options on. It pushes the gpu quite a bit so if there is something wrong with the gpu, it will give artifacts or crash. if during this gpu temp gets above 92c, stop the test. If it runs the test for 15 minutes without errors then your card is fine. The crashes were probably due to a malfunctioning driver. download and install the latest catalyst 11.2, its working fine for me so far. Also make sure that the card is tightly secured to the pci-e slot and the power cords are plugged in properly.
Your system is probably fine, all it needs is a cpu cooler.
    
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post #9 of 11
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Yup it was stable. I think you are right about it being a software issue. I guess auto-repair worked.

And yea still using a stock cooler, If I'm not able to sell this computer I will probably upgrade and get into some overclocking.

Also, thanks for all the help. I had fun running those tests, It was exciting to learn about the programs, and the testing/ techy side of computers. It's actually made me wonder about getting my masters in computer science. So thanks

btw if i sell this computer how much do you think I should ask for on ebay or craigslist?
post #10 of 11
Lol I was pursuing bachelor degree in computer science but then I quit studies for some reasons, less pressure on my tiny brain now
Anyway, since I never bought an i7, I am probably not the best person to answer your question. I think if you create a new thread here ( http://www.overclock.net/main-components/ ) asking for a quote on your sig rig, someone else will give you proper help and you might even be able to sell it off here in OCN, since I stay far away in India I never bought (for huge shipping costs) anything off OCN Marketplace.... but I sincerely believe it to a very trustworthy place. Your sig rig is pretty powerful, I suggest you check the current prices of the components and decide the prices depending on the offered values and current prices. Best of luck and glad to be of any help.
    
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