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Old 11-09-2003, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Random Crashing...HELP!!!

I've been having a lot of problems with crashes/ram dump errors lately. More-so the Crashes. My sytem will shutdown anytime I try to run video, burn cds, pretty much anything other than general web browsing/word processing. I have no idea where to start with this. I have formatted/reinstalled XP, and that didn't help. I've swapped video cards, nothing... Could it be a faulty HD??? (its getting old) Please....someone...anyone...HELP ME!!!
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i dont have nearly enough expertise to answer your question, but i'm almost certain anyone who does would need to know a little more about ur system. what type of computer it is and stuff, or if it's a custom job.
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Old 11-10-2003, 05:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, Ill try to remember (this system is at my parents' house:
ABit k7 (without raid)
AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1 Ghz
512 mb pc100 sdram (zuess components)
Western Digital 30gb 5400 HDD
Soundblaster Live! Value
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Its a custom job...

Hope this helps! Please save me!
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Random crashes might indicate that there's something wrong with your RAM. Here is a link to a good RAM tester..

http://www.memtest86.com
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Old 11-10-2003, 09:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When you boot the machine, do you get a message about battery voltage? If you do, then your problem is most likely the CMOS battery. I've seen that happen when the CMOS battery is bad.
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maybe the Power supply is "skipping" or something
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Could be? I have a crappy "Deer" brand power suply. Could it be that there's a lot of dust built up in there that slows the fan down?
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have you got another spare PS lying around or something?
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