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Old 03-08-2006, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This has been a big problem for me for the past month or so. My roommate's computer is completly cracked out. Here is a small list:
Slow startup
Freezes on startup
Cannot read Devices on Startup
It lags during normal applications (mouse gets glitchy and windows too)
Crashes when doing normal applications and games.

Ok, just a small list of what I've seen happen. Its basically a brand new computer. MSI K8T NEO running Socket 754, Athlon 64 3000, 1GB of Ram (Cheap *** RAM) Radeon Pro 9800, 2 Western Digital Harddrives.

From what I know BIOS up-to-date. I think its the RAM or Motherboard issue. He's reformated about 8 times already and problem usually reaccurs after couple of days.

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Old 03-09-2006, 12:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My initial awnser to this was "tell him to quit downloading porn. " Because everything that you listed can be caused by vrii.

HOWEVER, you said taht he already reformatted a few times.

My gut tells me its a motherboard issue. the K8T is a cheap product. I have a freind who's K8T went off the deep end and I dont' know what he's using now. Replace it, but don't buy a Gigabyte GA-K8NS. Mine died after 3 months. Get the motherboad in my sig.

Try out a new motherboard and reformat again. if the problem persists, try different RAM.

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Old 03-09-2006, 07:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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something might be overheating or the CPU could be setup incorrectly in BIOS. Have you checked temperatures?
Other than that It might well be the mobo
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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His temps are good...pretty sure he doesn't have a virus, he ran all his programs and scanned yesterday for them...I'm still looking at the MB as the main problem as both of you guys suggested, but I don't have a spare 754 to throw at him to make sure...Thanks for the help guys
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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you said it lasts for a couple days, check his internet history, and his registry (run) list, I have seen that happen a few times where I have "fixed" a pc for someone who I knew didn't damage hardware and it came down to them downloading and/or browsing sites that just shouldn't exist...

if it is deffinitely not a software issue, verify the ram is inserted correctly, in the right slots, sometimes they have to be paired up, if that is correct, then verify with a program like Everest Home Edition ( I love that thing) get a new mobo first since a bad mobo CAN damage the ram, then try the ram if it still persists, and when you get to that point, get higher end ram, make sure it is 100% compatible with the system
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