amd 4800+ faulty?
here is what i have installed
amd athlon 64x2 4800+
asus a8n32-sli deluxe
antec 550w truepower 2.0 psu
bfg 7900gtx oc 512mb pci-e
aspire x-cruiser 17" case silver
pioneer dvr-111d 16x dvd+/-r
wd 250gb (7200/8mb) sata
2x dual channel 1024mb pc3200 ddr 400mhz ram
apacer 15-in-1 usb card reader
i am getting random freezes requiring cold restart, sometimes as bad as every 10 minutes sometimes as good as every eight hours. it will just freeze even just sitting idle( no screen saver)
i tried updating all drivers. i have installed windows xp home sp2 and windows xp pro sp2 with the same results.
it was difficult to install the os without freezing, i've even had it freeze in bios.
so i took the system back to the place of purchase, they ran memtest and said i had memory isssues right away so i purchased ocz platinum pc 3200 2 gigs.
same problems alittle less freezing.
hard drive was tested and was fine, same with the graphics card.
so they tell me it might be the mobo. i had installed a liquid cooled heat sink, getting the mounting plate off the back of the asus board was kind of a ***** due to double sided tape. i gently pried the plate of with a screw driver, wasn't too hard i used slow gentle pressure making sure i was nowhere near any circuits. but they said there was some scratches on the mobo so they could not return it to asus. so fair enough, my bad, i say replace the mobo. which they do.
and the system is still freezing.
they said they updated the bios. i told them the could do fresh install of windows, i did not care about my files on the hd.
they tried different heatsinks on the cpu thinking it was a thermal issues, all to no avail.
now they say its the chip itself?
i mentioned i read about different drivers being issues with that mobo such as the yukon lan device, i had already disabled nvidias onboard sound because windows wasn't recognizing it. or perhaps usb drivers?
can a dual core run if one core is damaged(crushed)?
is that a possibility?
if it was core damage would it not even post?
or is it a mere driver problem?
my hair is turning grey.....