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Old 10-12-2008, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I was messing around today on my computer, all of a sudden it crashed. This computer has been extremely stable and I have not changed any settings at all the past months. I tried to restart it, it would boot up to the Windows screen, crash. I tried again...it would boot up to bios and crash. The longer I waited it seemed the longer it would go without crashing. I finally opened it up, took apart everything, checked gpu, cpu, ram, mobo, etc. I did notice some wetness around my gpu from my liquid cooling system(dried it quickly, problem still occurs though). I stuck some paper to get any water dripping from my cooling system. Now, it boots up fully and loads into Windows...it lasts for about 10-20minutes, then crashes again.

I have not changed or installed any new drivers recently. I have not installed any new software or hardware recently. I'm really concerned and confused about this. The only thing that comes to my mind is:

Video Card Issue
CPU Cooling Issue(yet it is around 40C)
Power Supply Issue

Any help? Here's some information about my setup:

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)

Motherboard:
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2633 MHz (12 x 219) 4200+
Motherboard Name Asus A8N-E (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x4, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (11/25/05)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO (256 MB)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (15452104)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Creative SB X-Fi [NoDB]

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller A190X06H IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller NVIDIA nForce(tm) RAID Class Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA RAID Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA RAID Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller ST3320620AS
SCSI/RAID Controller ST3320620AS
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive NVIDIA STRIPE 596.18G (596 GB)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A
Optical Drive SONY DVD-ROM DDU1615 (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive UR5828Z QNE253A SCSI CdRom Device
SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 610485 MB (230272 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Logitech PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Logitech HID-compliant G5 Laser Mouse

Network:
Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport (192.168.2.2)

Peripherals:
Printer Auto HP DeskJet 930C/932C/935C on

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I have turned ALL overclocking bios settings [off] and returned about all bios settings to factory options. Please, please, help me.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Umm water and computer components don't mix very well.

I suggest you get your cooling system fixed (stop the leaks) as soon as possible before further damage is done to your hardware.
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm going to remove my Gigabyte liquid cooling system and get a good heatsink. Too much trouble and not good enough.
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Thats probably a good idea, water-cooling isn't for the faint hearted. Plus it should only be used on extreme overclocked systems.

A good heatsink is still able to provide nice overclocks without the cost and hassle of water cooling.
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The water most likely damaged something. Hopefully you still have the warranty on the items. Well no need to go crazy and get rid of the unit, fix the leaks and replace the damaged parts
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