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Old 02-18-2006, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an older computer that I have been using as a server but it has been dying......
I have tried formatting it multiple times with multiple operating systems and still get BSODs and freezes.......

Here is what i have

Intel P4 478 2.0gz
2 x 200gb Seagate ATA
1 x 400gb Seagate SATA
Promise SATAII150 TX4
Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum Ex
Hercules 3d Prophet III(GeForce 3) Ti 500 (AGP)
Intel 10/100 VE Network Card

I have tried everything I know.......
I have switched bios settings from plug and play to no.....
I have played around with IRQ and slot assignments.
I will supply my bios settings if you wish.....

Here is what happens.......
Windows boots, about 60 seconds after boots, it freezes....
sometimes it restarts......
sometimes it even freezes while windows is loading(just black screen).
This usually happens after using windows update, installing diskeeper or alcohol 120.....
this did not used to happen.....
The os im trying to install is windows xp sp2.....
or windows server 2003....
both yield same results......
but bart pe doesnt, and linux doesnt either.....
i have tried removing the sound blaster....
no luck....
i have had minor problems with this setup since it came into existance...
i have never had any problems on my 2 amd machines...
its not overheating because I have 4 5.25 bay coolers, and a star Ice on the processor.....
could it be the power supply???
how can you tell if it is...
if it were the power supply then why is knoppix, unbuntu, and bartPe run smoothly...

Also, I tried it a minute ago and it gave me a BSOD error like
"A wait operation, attach process, or yield was attempted from a DPC routine."

Could it be the MBR? Is there any way to clean the mbr or check it for consistency...

Has anyone had these problems with a similar p4TE setup.....

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Old 02-19-2006, 12:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ive just had almost the same problem on a used computer I just got. I just went through this same problem tonight. I had to reset my bios to a lower CPU setting and it worked fine. Dont know if this will help but maybe.If you have more than 1 ram chip you could try to remove one.but it looks like you only have one.

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Old 02-19-2006, 02:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a bad PSU or Bad MEM stick
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have solved it, or at least, I think I did.
I checked the PSU voltages in the bios...they seem pretty stable....unless you guys want to give my advice and comparison to your electrical stability...
Here they are...
These are some intervals over time that I illustrate that my bios displays if you sit there and you look at the voltages.
I have marked all the voltages displayed over a 10 minute period...and these voltages do repeat regularly.





I was told by a friend in ECE is that the freezing could be the ram...and he recommended a bootable program called Memtest86 which I ran all night and got about 200 error and there was bad ram indecated. My rambus was non-ecc. I just ebayed some kingston 1066 ECC 512 to replace that 512 and Ill see what happens. If the guy selling it is lying about using it for only 1 week, then i can find out easily by running the memtest on his ram......

If your interested in using Memtest86 you can get it at the below link.

Anyways....please comment and compare my voltages to your voltages.
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