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New build - freezes on video streaming

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August 9, 2010 11:47:32 PM

Hey there, (system in sig)

I just built a new system a few weeks ago and most everything is working wonderfully. However, I have had 3 freezes and after the last one I figured I needed to get some help as I'm newer to troubleshooting issues.

The first "freeze": Last week, streaming video - speakers stuttered, screen froze, couldn't do a thing, had to force a reboot

Second: Youtube video, stuttering speakers, screen froze, forced reboot

Third: Same as first.

I have checked all my drivers to make sure they're up to date as I figured that would be the first issue. My CPU temp hovers between 31 - 37 degrees. At this point I'm just out of things I know to look for :)  Any help is appreciated and feel free to explain hows, whys and such as it might help me learn and avoid bothering you again ;) 
a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 12:23:05 AM

To solve a similar problem in my new build, I raised the CPU voltage in the BIOS. Working fine now. Make sure you do not exceed the manufacturer's limits on voltage.

I don't think that you will have a temp problem by doing this, but pay close attention to the temps anyway.
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August 10, 2010 12:39:43 AM

What does raising the voltages actually do? I've avoided changing any base settings of the hardware so far.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 12:44:46 AM

Check the event viewer for errors.
Start-->run-->eventvwr.msc-->look at the system and application logs for errors (red X's)
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 12:58:38 AM

Cywren said:
What does raising the voltages actually do? I've avoided changing any base settings of the hardware so far.


Video processing is CPU intensive, and CPU intensive applications require more power - hence more voltage. But keep it within manufacturer's limits.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 1:09:19 AM

Streaming video isn't very resource intensive. Even P4s with onboard video can play youtube clips.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 1:41:09 AM

aford10 said:
Streaming video isn't very resource intensive. Even P4s with onboard video can play youtube clips.


You are right! I was trying to do video capture, editing, and burning on DVDs - it took forever and a day on a P4! Much faster on an i7
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