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New gaming build booting problems and more

Just built a pc a 2 days ago. I've installed windows 10 and all the drivers I could possibly need for it. Trying to start it is like starting an old car it takes about 2-6 tries to boot it when it doesn't boot the motherboard reads 00. The blue light that used to blink on the motherboard is no longer visible. After a long period of time of usage it has a chance to shutoff and when gaming it takes about 1-2 mins before it shuts off gauranteed. (Shut off as in blue screen) I don't get it, the thing games like a champ and runs great but there is something wrong with it and I need help figuring it out because I'm starting to lose hope for this thing.

Parts:
Intel i7 4790k
Msi gtx 970 gaming 4g graphics card
Msi z97 motherboard
16 gb ram fury
Evga 600B power supply
OS Win 10
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    that power supply is not a great choice for this type of system. that may very well be your issue. never cheap out on the psu! wattage means nothing! that psu is also not made to work with haswell (i7-4790k). return it and buy a better one if you still can.

    also, pull your heatsink off and make sure the thermal paste is evenly spread across the entire surface. make sure it is reattached properly. rule out heat issues.

    you can try clearing the cmos too.
  2. Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?
  3. the psu may very well not be the issue. but, seeing how it is a lower quality unit, i would suspect it first on a system that is having power issues.
  4. N3rdR4ge said:
    the psu may very well not be the issue. but, seeing how it is a lower quality unit, i would suspect it first on a system that is having power issues.

    Fair enough, I can't disagree with that logic. My first thought was power supply as well when reading his spec list. I just didn't want to condemn it without some testing and more info.
  5. Hi stroodle01588 :)

    Qcode 00 is a large flag and undocumented as its reserved. so not much help.

    Most common with this code are Failing PSU, Bad cabling or connections, CPU, DIMMS and MB. All will have to be checked.
    First check all connections to MB sockets are secure and occupied. That is 24pin, 8pin and 4pin if you have one.

    Have you checked the PSU.? List the certification. Have it tested or swap the unit out with a know working unit of the same or higher Wattage. In Windows you can check all rails under load in HWMonitor.

    List the P/N of your DIMMs. Run MemTest86+ from a USB stick and try one DIMM in first slot, switch them around to see if the system boots and to eliminate that possibility.

    If then you cannot find the culprit then benchtest the system outside your case just in case you have a short to MB standoffs.
    When you benchtest, you should have it in minimalist state, add one component piece of hardware at a time till you find the culprit. Restart each time till the Qcode advances to AO or AE which means post has handed over to your OS.
    If post halts at another code, report the code.
    If still continuing Qcode 00 then its the CPU or MB. Check for bent pins in the CPU socket and if all is OK then RMA the MB.
  6. Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    whea_uncorrectable_error upon blue screen, I don't believe it's a driver issue it had these problems with/without drivers installed
  7. stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    whea_uncorrectable_error upon blue screen, I don't believe it's a driver issue it had these problems with/without drivers installed



    whea_uncorrectable_error is a shutdown due to Hardware problem.
  8. Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.
  9. stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    In general, when it fails to boot up, there's multiple causes : PSU / MB / RAM

    Did you tested them ?
    RAM : Use one stick on a working slot, test it, repeat with others...
    you can run a Memtest64 just in case.

    PSU : i could give you a tutorial about that, it's not that difficult:

    NOTE : Unplug the power cable ... i am not responsible in case of damage (On computer or On an human being)

    1- Disconnect everything from the Motherboard.
    2- on the ATX Connector (The 20Pin Connector that go from PSU to MB) using a paper clip Follow this Schema (you have to unfold the paper clip)
    3: Plug back and if it start and run properly (Rotating fans) So the PSU isn't defective.

    PSU² : I calculated the needed Power supply needed for your computer and there's no problem, but you should calculate by yourself : http://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
    But 600W is the needed in your case.

    i do not have much idea on Motherboard testing, since with the PSU test, if it fails, the motherboard is (Supposed to be) Ok and if the PSU pass, the motherboard is the cause.

    and if it was for myself, i would check with a multi-meter if it works and supply enough to every component since it's a low grade PSU.

    Good luck with your issues.
  10. stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    Glad to hear that solved part of the problem. So no more BSODs? Now we have to figure out what the issue is on boot, as suggested, check the RAM and PSU first. Now, I still am curious if by "BOOT" you are refering to the POST(Power on Self Test) or booting into the OS. Please do clarify.
  11. Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    Glad to hear that solved part of the problem. So no more BSODs? Now we have to figure out what the issue is on boot, as suggested, check the RAM and PSU first. Now, I still am curious if by "BOOT" you are refering to the POST(Power on Self Test) or booting into the OS. Please do clarify.


    I believe power on self test. The machine turns on 100% of the time but won't do anything or display anything when it decides not to work. I've tested ram in so many combinations I'm positive it's not the ram. My friend is bringing a much better psu over soon so I'll figure out if it's the psu in a day or two.
  12. stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    Glad to hear that solved part of the problem. So no more BSODs? Now we have to figure out what the issue is on boot, as suggested, check the RAM and PSU first. Now, I still am curious if by "BOOT" you are refering to the POST(Power on Self Test) or booting into the OS. Please do clarify.


    I believe power on self test. The machine turns on 100% of the time but won't do anything or display anything when it decides not to work. I've tested ram in so many combinations I'm positive it's not the ram. My friend is bringing a much better psu over soon so I'll figure out if it's the psu in a day or two.

    Meaning nothing at all shows on the monitor? Does the speaker beep once(for like a second) upon boot? If so it has passed POST. Usually, during POST, a screen will come up whenever there is a problem, at least from my experience.
    If I didn't know any better, I wonder if your video card is the problem(or the PCI-E slot it's in). If it's a display issue, and if a display driver helped in one case.... Try switching the graphics card into another PCI-E slot, just a thought.
  13. Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    Glad to hear that solved part of the problem. So no more BSODs? Now we have to figure out what the issue is on boot, as suggested, check the RAM and PSU first. Now, I still am curious if by "BOOT" you are refering to the POST(Power on Self Test) or booting into the OS. Please do clarify.


    I believe power on self test. The machine turns on 100% of the time but won't do anything or display anything when it decides not to work. I've tested ram in so many combinations I'm positive it's not the ram. My friend is bringing a much better psu over soon so I'll figure out if it's the psu in a day or two.

    Meaning nothing at all shows on the monitor? Does the speaker beep once(for like a second) upon boot? If so it has passed POST. Usually, during POST, a screen will come up whenever there is a problem, at least from my experience.
    If I didn't know any better, I wonder if your video card is the problem(or the PCI-E slot it's in). If it's a display issue, and if a display driver helped in one case.... Try switching the graphics card into another PCI-E slot, just a thought.


    The monitor displays nothing. The only thing that happens is all the leds and fans come on along with the mobo reading 00. When it works the mobo reads a bunch of codes ending with b2 and then she launches the os and all is good.
  14. stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    stroodle01588 said:
    Archer27 said:
    Are you able to snag a Blue screen error when it happens? It would be helpful in diagnosing the issue.
    Also about the PSU, it seems to be of decent quality based on reviews, so unless it was defective from the factory, it may or may not be the issue here.
    It'could be a driver issue.
    Does it POST? Or is it a "booting into windows" issue?


    It actually was a driver issue (I hope). I did a clean install of graphics drivers and it seems so work fine now when playing games. I have yet to find a solution as to why my pc takes several times to boot up properly though.


    Glad to hear that solved part of the problem. So no more BSODs? Now we have to figure out what the issue is on boot, as suggested, check the RAM and PSU first. Now, I still am curious if by "BOOT" you are refering to the POST(Power on Self Test) or booting into the OS. Please do clarify.


    I believe power on self test. The machine turns on 100% of the time but won't do anything or display anything when it decides not to work. I've tested ram in so many combinations I'm positive it's not the ram. My friend is bringing a much better psu over soon so I'll figure out if it's the psu in a day or two.

    Meaning nothing at all shows on the monitor? Does the speaker beep once(for like a second) upon boot? If so it has passed POST. Usually, during POST, a screen will come up whenever there is a problem, at least from my experience.
    If I didn't know any better, I wonder if your video card is the problem(or the PCI-E slot it's in). If it's a display issue, and if a display driver helped in one case.... Try switching the graphics card into another PCI-E slot, just a thought.


    The monitor displays nothing. The only thing that happens is all the leds and fans come on along with the mobo reading 00. When it works the mobo reads a bunch of codes ending with b2 and then she launches the os and all is good.


    I think my hunch with the video card might be right, take a read:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/321881-30-system-boot-error
    Poor fellow also had an MSI Board and card, when he swapped in a new card the problem went away.
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