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August 23, 2006 5:16:36 AM

I'm asking for help on a recent build i did for my father.

AM2 3200
Asrock mb
1gig ram 533 (1 stick)
7600gs
DVD/CRW
(for word, internet and slight gaming use)

For some odd reason everytime the pc starts it reboots then you have to start it all over again. :?:

It starts normally for the second time. But if its been off for more than an hour it requires two button presses to start.

Its weird, like something is tripping the system.

Tried changing the bios settings. loading defaults and everything i can think of.

I think its the power supply. It came with the case :oops:  but even removing the vidcard and dvdrom to relieve the ps, the problem still occurs.

Help :?:

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August 23, 2006 5:44:15 AM

hmm, that sounds strange indeed. could it possibly be the front pin connectors hooked up incorrectly? maybe the pwr pins are flipped or crossed with the reset pins? look into those to see if that may be the issue. otherwise i dunno.
August 23, 2006 8:43:10 AM

Hmm... I dont think so but will try it anyway. Need any suggestion that can be given so that i can try it out when i head out to fix it again.

My father is using it right now even with the quirk.

BTW can there be any lasting damage from this, dont you think it would damage the pc in any way?

Since he is using it.
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August 23, 2006 8:49:41 AM

Can you give brand and model info for *everything*, including case, power supply, RAM, CPU, drives, MB, etc? Thanks!
August 23, 2006 9:24:55 AM

Ok heres the thing. I left every piece of documentation with my father.
And as far as i can remember the parts are:
Inno 7600gs
1gig stick of "value" ram
seagate 80gb hdd
Asrock Microxt AM2 Mb
AMD AM2 3200+ Orleans
Any more detail then id have to look or ask my father to look,
Which would take about as long as me going there (2hrs) and also
would just frustrate the h*%$ out of me :wink:

Sorry. :(  Will go this weekend.
Will try to post then.
Or ask Dad :?
August 23, 2006 9:58:47 AM

Quote:
Ok heres the thing. I left every piece of documentation with my father.
And as far as i can remember the parts are:
Inno 7600gs
1gig stick of "value" ram
seagate 80gb hdd
Asrock Microxt AM2 Mb
AMD AM2 3200+ Orleans
Any more detail then id have to look or ask my father to look,
Which would take about as long as me going there (2hrs) and also
would just frustrate the h*%$ out of me :wink:

Sorry. :(  Will go this weekend.
Will try to post then.
Or ask Dad :?


When I've had weird startup problems, its either been power supply or mobo (capacitors in both cases) I'd suggest trying a known good power supply, and looking at the capacitors on the mobo to see if any are bulging on the end. I fixed them all by spending money :cry: 
August 23, 2006 10:13:27 AM

Looks like your motherboard reboot for some security/PSU default reason.
You should first check if the fans from cpu/chipset start correctly or if you have any bios setting to let the computer manage the fan speed , if so disable it , might be the fan doesn't start well and the mobo detect a high temperature too fast. It might also help to flash the bios, i guess.

If that doesn't work then yes , i would go for a change of PSU, i wouldn't think it due to low wattages , but morelikely a faulty one.

And in the end if you still meet the problem , you might consider to replace the motherboard.

Good luck on this.
August 23, 2006 10:34:58 AM

:sigh: there goes my weekend

Thank for the replys. will try them all (if possible).

Any more outhere with ideas.

or the answer to my question if this would be harmful to the pc between now and sat.
August 23, 2006 11:57:30 AM

For the harmful part , your pc should be ok as long as your father doesn't switch it on many times a day. What harms the components , besides variations in voltage ( which doesn't seems to be the cause of your troubles , as once your booting bug is over your pc is stable ) is heat variation, so better avoid to keep switching it on and off.
August 28, 2006 4:09:00 PM

Thanks every one.

The problem wasnt the pc but the voltage regulator he used. :oops: 

It was quite old and could not handle the sudden power draw of the pc.

Replaced the 500watt votage regulator and the problem was gone. :wink:

But he still says he is keeping the thing saying its quality stuff :roll:

Thanks again. At least its good to know that my build per se wasn't faulty.
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