Hey guys I'm new here and I've just purchased a new computer, but I'm having quite a bit trouble getting it running properly.
It's a custom build.
Asking for help on these forums is my second last option, besides from taking it into a store to get fixed. Which would undoubtedly negate any savings I may have made in the first place.
My rig---- everything set to defaults/stock
Intel i7 930 @ 2.8
Asrock x58 extreme motherboard
Patriot signature line ddr3 6Gb RAM kit. 1600mhZ
Ati 5750 1gb graphics card
2x Seagate HDD. 250gb & 1tb
Coolermaster case with 500 watt psu
M-Audio Delta 1010lt soundcard
Lite-on DVD burner (IDE)
Not connected to the Internet
I purchased all the components just this weeken past and at first I didn't have a problem.
I initially installed windows xp 32 bit because that was the only copy of an os I had and I wanted the computer up and running.
At this stage all was well.
When I got around to buying a copy of windows 7 64bit. I then installed that.
This is where I believe my problems began.
Afterwards I installed all my drivers and two games, oblivion and crysis.
Pc ran perfectly for about a day and a half.
Then it began to restart itself during booting up.
It would get as far as the windows 7 logo (glowy balls spinning around) and it would just turn off.
At first I thought nothing of it. Allowed it to restart, ( had the option of a startup repair, I let it run, nothing to it) it booted all the way, and I continued another afternoon of playing games, installing software.
The next day it took maybe 5 goes to finally boot into windows. Sometimes it would blue screen, others it would turn on but nothing would display on the screen, and again with the resets at the windows logo.
It did finally boot properly.
I couldn't stand it anymore, I tried running recovery, startup repair, a memory scan, resetting the bios, reinstalling windows.
All of which had to be done in between random restarts, bsod etc.
I managed to get my copy of xp back on but it still does it.
Once it finally boots into windows, everything runs fine, better than ever even, it's just getting there that is the trouble.
I have no idea what it is software or hardware.
I have noticed that the bios dram isn't the same as what my ram says it should be. But I can't change the settings to those recommended on the packet. This probably isn't the issue though as I had it running quite well before I performed my first install of windows 7.
Anyway, the computer has no os at the moment.
I'm hoping there is an easy fix to this, something I've been to dumb to notice.
I thought about it being the memory or windows files not installing properly.
I did a flash of the bios from v2.40 to v2.50
The reason for this is because my memory wasn't being read properly and I could not change the bios to the settings which are written on the pack the memory came in.
So in hoping a flash would perhaps enable thus support, I decided to give it a go.
Well it didn't work. In fact my memory is being read at an even lower clock speed.
Although, for some reason I managed to install XP.
I performed a few test resets and shutdowns without any problems with booting into the os.
Hopefully things will continue to go well.
Next I'll install windows 7 64bit which appeared to give me the troubles in the beginning.
I went to the store today and exchanged my ram for a Kingston 6gb pack and a blueray combo drive.
Cold booted no problem.
Seems like the ram was the issue.
Of course I won't know for certain for a few days.
Although I'm pretty optimistic about this being solved.