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PC crashes under moderate to heavy load always

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July 13, 2011 6:05:43 PM

Hey guys just wondering if anyone can help me get starting on trying to diagnose my pc problem... my pc seems to crash anytime there is a moderate load... is there any programs or software i can try to help find the problem?

Thanks for the help

RCB

July 13, 2011 7:59:53 PM

Check the CPU and GPU cooling fans. One or both are likely clogged with dust or are not working properly.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2011 8:32:49 PM

Please provide your system specs. A crash like this could be heat-related, or due to an inadequate PSU. What is the brand and model (not just wattage) of your PSU?
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 13, 2011 8:41:03 PM

If all else fails, run several cycles of memtest to make sure its not memory related.
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July 14, 2011 10:23:10 AM

here is a bit more info.. at first i noticed it would crash randomly while using ps3mediaserver (usually when serving up an mkv hd file). now it seems to happen quite often, if im downloading a few torrents, unzipping a rar and maybe watching a youtube vid at the same time will crash it..

when it crashes i get a blue screen about windows is shuting down to prevent damage or something and it says dumping memory... when it reboots i get a little pop up saying windows has recovered from a serious error and i can click to check for solutions online (of course there are no solutions)

my pc specs are:

CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
mobo - ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX
ram - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333
PSU - Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W

thanks again for any help

RCB
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July 14, 2011 10:28:56 AM

Sounds like either heat or bad memory.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 3:08:41 PM

Indeed, sounds alot like a memory issue.
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 14, 2011 10:10:13 PM

If it is generating BSODs, it is probably memory. Reseat your RAM. Run memtest86 on it, and/or Prime95. Try it with one RAM stick at a time.
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July 15, 2011 7:32:56 PM

well ive done a few cycles of windows memory diagnostic and memtest86+ and both say no error or problems...is there anything else i could try?


RCB
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2011 7:41:05 PM

Run the system with only one stick installed in slot one. Do this with each stick and see if the crashing persists.
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July 15, 2011 8:47:56 PM

Well when I run prime95 with both sticks installed it crashes almost instantly but with only 1 or the other installed prime95 runs fine.. Can anyone offer any insight to this?

Thanks again
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July 15, 2011 10:56:27 PM

I changed some setting in the bios seems to be running more stable now..
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 15, 2011 11:19:48 PM

DJRCB said:
I changed some setting in the bios seems to be running more stable now..


Glad to hear it!
Keep us updated!
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November 18, 2011 11:03:44 AM

DJRCB said:
I changed some setting in the bios seems to be running more stable now..

Please state whate changes did you make in BIOS, I am facing a similar issue.
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November 24, 2011 5:48:26 PM

i think i set everything back to default..
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