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February 27, 2010 6:54:30 PM

Hi. I just finished my first new build. Everything was running fine for a while. I was messing around with BIOS- trying to overclock and whatever other stupid things I could find to do. Not sure if I messed something up there, or someplace else. I have returned BIOS to its default settings, but the problem still persists. The problem started when I was playing a game. T^he thing would just freeze up and the computer would shut down. I would get to the blue screen right before,which goes too fast for me to even read what it says to write here. Something about shutting down to protect the comp, and I should check if hardware is installed properly, etc... Anyway, it seems to only happen with games, although I tried writing this once before and it happened then too.

Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!!

(The rig):
Mobo: MB ASROCK M3A770DE 770+SB710 RT

CPU: CPU AMD|PH II X4 955 3.2G AM3 R

video card: VGA MSI|R5850-PM2D1G OC HD5850 R 1 MSI 626 913 0828

Data HDD: HD 640G|WD 32M SATA2 WD6400AADS

Primary HDD: 150GB SATA 10000 Rpm 16MB Cache Drive

Windows 7 64bit

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February 27, 2010 6:57:56 PM

What is your PSU?
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February 27, 2010 6:59:06 PM

AMD Phenom X4 955 @ 3.2 GHZ (had it up 5%, 10%, then dropped it back to factory settings)
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February 27, 2010 7:00:37 PM

Boot Problems

Have you read this and tried everything on this thread first? Covers about 90% of the issues you might run across.
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February 27, 2010 7:02:35 PM

Not your CPU, I mean your power supply unit
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February 27, 2010 7:08:48 PM

Sorry- PSU is PSU ROSEWILL| RG630-S12 630W RT

I was actually typing a response when the thing died again. I dont know what I did but I really f'd this up. I read about the comp not booting, and see there may have been one or two careless errors with the assembly. If it matters, the thing boots fine. Just that it keeps shutting down and rebooting. I thought it was just a prob with the videogame I was playing, but I see it is much worse for sure.
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February 27, 2010 7:20:05 PM

Unplug the machine, remove CMOS battery...leave to 10-15 minutes before putting back.

Disable auto restart

Sound like you have an over temp / over volt issue if it is shutting down to "protect"
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February 27, 2010 7:26:21 PM

Hm, I thought it could have been a PSU problem because when the GPU is stressed (playing a game) your computer could have possibly shut down from inadequate or inefficient power from your PSU. From what I found out, that PSU should be enough to power your 5850. However, Rosewill is generally not a good PSU manufacturer.

That being said, if you've already gone through the boot problems thread, you may want to try swapping your PSU out.
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February 27, 2010 9:22:58 PM

Thanks for the info. The only thing I know I did right was installing the cpu and heatsink. I didnt add thermal because it already had some stock. I had been regularly monitoring the temps all around, and never got over 41c. I also reset the ccc to whatever was stock settings. But as of late the thing is rebooting without even playing games. I also have no idea what cmos is, never mind how to take it out. someone had mentioned a couple of potential issues with my building job... so I am thinking I have no choice but to take apart and re-assemble. I am just afraid my beginners luck will have run out. I really believe it has something to do with settings, cause I had messed around with a lot of stuff without really knowing what I was doing.
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February 27, 2010 10:53:45 PM

Hey guys

I took the entire computer apart, and rebuilt it from scratch. No problems that I could find.

Still have the problem when I try playing this game. Get this message:

[String.."/savegames/005/savegame.info"]:1:invalid control char near 'char (0)'
Press "retry" to debug

I hit retry a few times, and it will just go to the blu-screen and then shut down/ restart.

Definitely has to be a config problem or something. I am sure all the components are compatible, so it must be something I was messing around with in the settings or bios or something.... Any new thoughts??
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March 1, 2010 1:27:01 AM

thefattyman said:
I also have no idea what cmos is, never mind how to take it out. someone had mentioned a couple of potential issues with my building job...


Download a PDF copy of your MoBo manual .... search on CMOS and it will show ya what ya need to know.
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