So I finally got the X2 3600+ and installed it in my older Socket 939 computer. Everything loaded great, Windows was reactivated, and I thought I was good. 3DMark06 ran at the level it should have, and games seemed faster.
But...I get random lockups. The system will suddenly freeze, the mouse unable to move, Ctl+Alt+Del doing nothing, requiring a reset. It happens most frequently with HDD scanning programs (AV scan, Ad-ware scans, defragmenters, disk cleanup)--every time. While I originally thought this infrequent lockups browsing the internet (such as the first time I went to write this message), and playing games occurred as well. Obviously, this is annoying, and I would like it fixed. If anyone could help me, or recommend something to download, I would be most thankful.
AMD Athlon X2 3600+ (changed from an Athlon 64 3200+)
2 GB Corsair ValueSelect
Evga 7600GT CO
Seasonic S12 380
Western Digital Caviar 80GB
This is not heat-related, since I have runCoretemp and check its reading with the BIOS to ensure accuracy. I get 21-25 C idle, and 40C max when playing Oblivion.
It is using the standard heatsink with Arctic Cooling MX-2.
The BIOS version is P1.50, which I would assume is the same thing as 1.50 here. Considering the release date of the 1.50 and the date CPU-Z gives me are 2 days apart, I am near certain that is the version. However, if you do look at the BIOS updates past 1.50, you will see that they do nothing to improve a Socket 939 dual core processor. All of them either fix something related to AGP, or add support for AM2 with their "add-in" processor board. Could someone look through the BIOS upgrade list that I linked, and tell me if I am right in thinking the BIOS is not a problem?