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PSU Dead and the fabled blue screen of death

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April 15, 2004 1:51:00 PM

Hey everyone. I believe my PSU (Antec Truepower 430) died last night taking my HDD's with it. I was working on my computer and while defragmenting my C drive, I heard a "click click" and suddenly, my C drive disappeared (in windows). In fact, all the partitions disappeared. It was like my HDD got unplugged while turned on. I have two HDD's in my computer and the 2nd one still showed up. I shutdown and tried to restart, but to no avail....and there was a distinct burning smell coming from my PSU. So After buying a new PSU and installing it, everything seemed to work fine...exept the disk check was correcting bad sectors and I couldn't boot into windows. Everything posted and checked out OK in my BIOS, but it would freeze or reboot on the Windows XP boot screen (with the little scrolling bar). I tried reformatting and reinstalling windows), but I would get the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH every single time I tried to install. Formatting went OK, but installing windows either resulted in a reboot or blue screen. Same story for the second HDD (that didn't disappear). Is this just an HDD problem or are there other factors involved here? Could my mobo or CPU be fried as well?

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, 1GB Geil Platinum PC4000, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm - 26 deg idle.</font color=blue>
April 15, 2004 2:42:31 PM

Without knowing blue screen error code it's throwing, first thing I would suspect is memory. I'd head over to www.memtest86.com download one of the disk immages, and let it run through at least two passes. Pay particular attention to tests 4-7, as those tend to be the ones in my experience that will actually find memory problems.
April 15, 2004 4:34:28 PM

thanks, I'll try it.

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, 1GB Geil Platinum PC4000, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm - 26 deg idle.</font color=blue>
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April 19, 2004 5:58:32 PM

Sorry, ran MemTest86 both at 400Mhz and at 500Mhz for 10 runs each and both speeds are squeaky clean. No errors whatsoever. I tried installing Windows on a new harddrive and still got the blue screen. It formatted OK but once I tried to install windows, bam - blue screen. So does that leave me with a mobo or CPU issue? Or is the Mobo OK because I had no memory issues?

<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, 1GB Geil Platinum PC4000, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm - 26 deg idle.</font color=blue>
April 22, 2004 3:12:04 AM

(copied from my other post in "Hard Disks")

Dude, I'm gonna kick my own ass. Being an Asus die-hard, I've always had faith in ye olde "crash-free" bios, foolishly believing it was the perfect answer to the CMOS jumper manuever. Well lads, when your PSU dies and a harddrive disappears, it screws up your IRQ's somethin' fierce and that little CMOS jumper reset trick works wonders. I thought about it the night everything happened but blew it off remembering Asus's "crash-free" bios. Well, bottom line, all is well and my benchmark scores are as good as ever. Thanks everyone!

Man, I'm a tard. From now on, I'm doin' things old school...

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<font color=blue>Asus P4P800 Deluxe, 2.6C @ 3.25Ghz, 1GB Geil Platinum PC4000, Antec TruePower 430, Swiftech MCX4000 w/Sanyo Denki 92mm - 26 deg idle.</font color=blue>
June 8, 2004 9:44:17 PM

I was thinking of getting antec truepower 480 so i decided to search for reviws of it, and i was shocked all most most review sites gave thumbs up for it, but when i made intensive search ppl who used this more than 4 momths reported failures and in many cases they lost a lot of valuable internal components becaouse it blew up. so i suggest dont buy antec revuew sites only look at it for a couple of says and make judgement on them. i'm reluctant to buy any antec products becaouse of this. they have a huge reptation but if u ask me i choose enermax for 2 fan psu's for 1 fan psu's i go for zalman.
June 9, 2004 9:18:33 AM

Zalman uses Fortron Source internals. I've been telling people for years that Fortron Source power supplies are superior to Antec.

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