First of all a belated thank you to all who helped me choose the hardware for my new(ish) rig. The build (back in march, i know it's been a while) went without incident and everything seemed fine. The machine was 48 hrs prime 95 / memtest / orthos stable and all good. Here's the specs:
evga 780i SLI
2 x evga 8800 GTS 512 in SLI
2 x Samsung SH20B dvd burners SATA
1 x Seagate 750GB SATA
4 GB Mushkin Redline 1000mhz
PCP&C silencer 750
Dual boot XP 32 and Vista Ultimate 64
Here's the new issue.
Games (Crysis,Grid,Bioshock) hang frequently, but inconsistently. The whole thing locks up, sound goes into a fast loop, and a hard reset is the only thing that fixes the problem. Upon rebooting, the computer religiously hangs at deticting IDE drives, and will often fail to identify one of the drives if you wait for it to get through the process. The solution I've found to this is to completely power down the machine, and unplug/replug the sata cables for the 2 dvd drives and the hdd. This often corrects the problem immediately, at least until the next lockup.
I'm at my wits end with this one. Preparing for a full reinstall of the os on Wed. and can't seem to decied if it's a faulty hdd or sata dvd drive that is causing the problem. Perhaps it's the Mobo though I'm not sure. I've heard that it may be the SATA cables themselves, although I'm not too optimistic for such a simple solution. The mobo is updated to the latest bios, and the glitches occur in both XP and Vista leading me to believe it is a hardware issue.
Please help me out if you can. I'm prepared to buy a new hdd, optical drives etc if required. This is my fourth build, but I just don't have the time to troubleshoot the whole thing this time.
Well you might have to take the time to troubleshoot this issue or you'll have to shotgun it, which isn't recommended. My first thought is that the mobo is having issues with your SATA HD's, probably something with the connections or something like that. Have you been over the the eVga forums to see if this is a common problem or not? There might be someone over there that can help you with any possible issues. Here is a quote from one of the persons on the eVga forum:
"Yes, some have problems with the Nvidia SATA cables and replacing them seems to fix things. The 15.23 use the Nvidia SATA drivers so if you installed them thats what you have. You can check this in Device Manager in control panel. " eVga 780i Forum link
I'm not saying this is the fix, but you can look around in their forums and see if you have a similar problems that can be addressed.
I can say I one time had a board start acting flaky, not recognizing hard drives, and my burner, then that board went to mobo heaven. Do you have a link to the psu? Perhaps it's not putting out the juice it's supposed to be? I would look at driver issues first though. Then check PSU and mobo.
HMMMMMM,looks like the cheapest thing that you could do is replace the hdd cables,you do not report any error messages so it would seem to be a hardware snafu of some kind,your psu is from one of the best go here just to be on the safe side as to your power needs... http://www.vbutils.com/power.asp....
Bottom line is your system has been working fine since March ,and now it's all snafued,,therefore something has changed or worn out,,if you are using IDE drives then I would most strongly suggest you try new cables,I had the same exact event befoul me recently,wound up replacing them thar cables
and, because I insist on a large case I have to get longer ones to boot,pun intended,this the cheapest fix that comes to mind anything else could be costly,,AND while you are poking around inside your case make certain that you haven't loosened anything,been there too..