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Old 11-25-2004, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Crystal 500W power supply but...

I was watching the BIOS hardware monitor, and my 12V and 5V power monitor's turn red about every 2-3 seconds, with a volage of 10.5 and around 4, respectively. I know that's bad, but could it be the cause of all my troubles? What happens is that, when I'm booting up windows, or even just surfing the web or gaming, my computer will just stop responding. It's as if it's off, not sending out any signal (i've checked on a few monitors, it's not the monitor), but it's still on. Sometimes when I reboot, it says overclocking failed, while I was not overclocking. For the last three months (since I've built it), it has always had chronic stability problems, it would turn off about once a day. I brought it home for the holidays, and now I cant keep the damn thing on for more than a minute, if it even makes it to the windows screen.

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Old 11-25-2004, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What are your system specs?
I think you need a new PSU.

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Old 11-25-2004, 01:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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AMD 64 3000+
ASUS K8V SE Deluxe
GeForce FX 5700
1.5 GB Ram

Okay so I made a boot disk by following the explanations on the microsoft website, and was able to boot it in safe mode, no problems at all. I don't know what to do now...but here is my hijackthis log if it helps:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 8:04:28 AM, on 10/30/2004 (I reset my BIOS and didn't change it yet)
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Documents and Settings\Eric\Desktop\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHelper.dll
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\System32\msdxm.ocx
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Smapp] C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [CleanUp] CleanUp.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [SpkrCnfg] DSndUp.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background
O4 - Global Startup: Cisco Systems VPN Client.lnk = C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\vpngui.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) -
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Old 11-25-2004, 09:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well I got it fixed, if anyone has this problem, it's definitely with the power. I plugged the power cord into a transistor with a rheostat, in which I upped the voltage to a constant 125V. Using that, the motherboard voltage, instead of varying from 11.9 to 10.3, stayed within .1 Volts of 11.3V. Basically, it's the PSU. Thanks for the help.
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