I have been having a long stand issue with my custom built PC. It is about a year and a half old and is no longer under any warranties
The issues are random BSODs that are listed anywhere from
IRQL_SOMEThHING OR OTHER
other BSOD driver/file errors include
The BSOD and game crashes occurr randomly and with any game that will decently challenge the GPU.
I have searched far and wide for solutions. Here is what I have done so far to attempt to fix the issue.
1. Replace the Motherboard
2. Replace all the memory
3. Relocate RAM to other slots
4. Clean out any dust from EVERYTHING
5. Installed fresh Windows Vista 32bit
6. Updated all drivers for EVERYTHING(trust me =) )
7. Rolled back certain drivers like the video card driver just to see
8. Disabled onboard sound from BIOS
9. Updated BIOS
10. Checked GPU/CPU/CASE temperatures and everything is normal - although I had to unlock my Video cards fan speed in order to reduce heat
11. I have two identical video cards for SLI use and tested both out separately
12. installed all updates to Vista including the newly released SP2
13. adjusted memory timing and voltages for all components
I recently found another forum with someone having some problems with their computer and they were told to replace the PSU.
I have already replaced some parts and this time I would like to make sure of the problem before I go and purchase MORE things.
I opened up my PSU since warranties are no good anymore and I began looking for any signs of problems, namely, capacitors that have either leaked or vented. I am attaching a picture of the capacitors because i am unsure what the liquid/goo is that has appeared inside. You can see Yellow and a few brown spots. I have seen pictures of other capacitors that have leaked and this browness looks a bit different. There is no venting or swelling the front capacitor closest to the camera looks a bit tipped/slanted which means the bottom might be where things are leaking. but I would like some people who are experienced in identifying leaks and circuit breakages. Hopefully the pictures are large enough to see the spots and thank you for even reading all this text. I am very knowledgable when it comes to custom building and such, but for some reason I never wanted to believe the PSU was the problem since I spent so much on it to begin with because i understand how important it is to the overall performance of a computer.
This is my setup
PSU: Rosewill 750W
Motherboard: Asus M4N82 Deluxe
video cards: Nvidia Geforce 8800 GT
CPU: AMD 64 6000+