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Old 01-18-2007, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible processor problem...

in one of my old computers, I am running an Athalon XP 2000 processor on a Gigabyte Ga-7VA mobo. I have frequently been getting random restarts on it. So the first thing I did was buy a new stick of RAM and took the old one out. Still reboots on its own.. so its not a memory problem. Before the mem test... I had an old crappy heatsink and fan on it.. the temps were high on it.. 64 C.. got a thermaltake heatsink and fan.. works great.. temps are in the 32 C for the CPU. So its not a heating problem. I have narrowed it down to either a bad mobo or my cpu chip is damaged. The only time the computer locks up and reboots is when i do a virus/spyware scan. I usually test if it freezes with Spybot S & D. Is the processor bad even though it boots up and the temps are cool? Sometimes if the computer is running normal.. being afk.. once i come back.. the comp monitor is blank and i move the mouse.. type keys and it doesnt come back up on screen.. have to restart and sometimes it doesnt go past the XP boot up. If I turn the computer off for a few minutes.. then restart it... it boots up fine and runs until i do a heavy virus or spyware scan and it locks up. Any suggestions? Could it be the graphics card??


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Old 01-18-2007, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you check your hard drive? The hard drive runs very hard during scans.

Try a program like cpu burnin to test the CPU instead.

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Old 01-18-2007, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I had a good friend of mine.. great with computers.. tell me to touch the HD and see if it runs hot. I tried that and it doesnt run hot at all. Where can I get the cpu burnin program to test it??
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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did a memtest on the computer.. it went through to test number 2 and at 57% it locked up on me like it normally does with a virus scan. The RAM cant be bad because I bought a new one and took the old one out and it locked up.. now with both chips in it still does it. So i just did a memtest and it locked up while doing it. could the DIMM slots be going bad?
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it really sounds like you need to run a burn-in on your cpu, you can get CPU Burnin as mentioned above at CPU Burnin Homepage
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You may want to try to check your OS. Yup.
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Old 01-18-2007, 10:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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what kind of psu do you have? download mbm and see if your voltages are spiking badly. Give us some upper/lower limits. what kind of graffics card do you have?

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