Hey guys, I ran prime95 with my new CPU (p4 northwood 3.4ghz, previously 2.8 ghz) with the large FTT test (the one that tackles power, CPU, and memory heavily) and had a system crash. It's also been crashing with various game benchmarks.
I think the problem is that my motherboard is having trouble either supplying or regulating enough voltage for BOTH my memory and CPU.
I'll give you guys a timeline of my upgrades, which thus far have their own threads on this forum.
Thanks mi1ez. I removed the CMOS battery for 10 mins last night. When I plugged everything back up, I got zero errors in prime95!
However... this morning everything went back to being really unstable. I have a few benchmark programs that were crashing my system.
I know the problem has something to do with the memory side of my motherboard. Whenever the CPU and memory are chugging near full load, the memory gives out (I know this because when my comp restarts it mentions memory failure).
Maybe the small volt mod I did to my memory voltage regulator made my motherboard unstable? Or maybe I need to give another 0.05v or so to the memory? I think it may be the latter because my system is pretty stable with one stick in. But maybe my mobo just can't handle the higher memory voltage because it was designed to stay around 2.5v. I can't key voltages into the BIOS, thats why I did the mod.