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What is the Cause Of This Error NMI_HARDWARE_FAILURE

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June 18, 2014 2:26:39 PM

I have been struggling with this error for a few hours now...I'm guessing it has something to with external hard drive, but I'm not sure
a b ) Power supply
June 18, 2014 2:29:14 PM

Let's see your specs.
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June 18, 2014 2:33:15 PM

NMI_HARDWARE_FAILURE
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a b ) Power supply
June 18, 2014 2:45:59 PM

Since I have no detailed specs to go off, I'll just use my crystal ball.

Crystal ball says Power Supply is over 5 years OLD and worn out. New PSU in your future.
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June 18, 2014 2:48:07 PM

Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz
Threading 1 CPU - 4 Cores - 4 Threads
Frequency 1594.04 MHz (6 * 265.67 MHz)
Architecture Kentsfield (65 nm)
CPUID / Stepping 6.F.B / 6.F (G0)
CPU Extensions MMX, SSE, EM64T, VT-x
Caches L1 : 128 KB / L2 : 8192 KB
Microcode 0x00000BA
Temperature 54°C
Voltage 1.325 Volts
Type Stock
Motherboard
ModelDell 0GM819
BIOS Dell Inc. - A22 - 06/11/2012
CPU Socket Socket 775 LGA
North Bridge Intel Q35 rev A2
South Bridge Intel 82801IO (ICH9DO) rev 02
Memory (RAM)
Size4096 MB
Type DDR2-664 - Dual Channel
Frequency 332.1 MHz (4:5)
Timings 5-5-5-15
Slot #1 ModuleNanya Technology - 1024 MB (5300)
Slot #2 ModuleNanya Technology - 1024 MB (5300)
Slot #3 ModuleNanya Technology - 1024 MB (5300)
Slot #4 ModuleNanya Technology - 1024 MB (5300)
Graphic Card (GPU)
GPU TypeNVIDIA GeForce GT 610 (810 MHz)
VRAM Size 2048 MB (500 MHz)
Miscellaneous
Windows Version Windows 8.1 (6.3) 32-bit
Windows Subver (Build 9600)
CPU-Z Version 1.69
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June 18, 2014 2:50:19 PM

okay if I really do need a new PSU...how can I test it to see if I needed to replace it?
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June 18, 2014 2:50:33 PM

I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't get it to read a FAQ about which computer specs need to be detailed :D 
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a b ) Power supply
June 18, 2014 2:51:34 PM

concernedcomputeruser said:
okay if I really do need a new PSU...how can I test it to see if I needed to replace it?


I don't know if you need a new PSU.

What model # is your PSU and how old is it?

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June 18, 2014 5:27:21 PM

It's A Dell Optiplex 755 Quadcore
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a b ) Power supply
June 18, 2014 7:14:54 PM

Yeah go ahead and replace the PSU. Even if it's not the cause of the problem (I'm 90% certain it is tho), a PSU should be replaced every 5 years anyway. $45 for peace of mind.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $45.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 22:14 EDT-0400
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