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Constant bsods, crashes, and failure to post

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November 15, 2012 9:43:55 PM

Hello all, I have been plagued by computer problems on my desktop for over a year now. I was hoping someone could help shed light on my (long and frustrating) situation.

Problem:

BSODs are frequent and happen randomly, with a different error code each time. Sometimes my computer will run fine for hours then after I exit a game will suddenly crash, or it may crash before the login screen is reached. Sometimes the mobo never beeps when starting up, meaning it's failing to post (fans and lights are running).

Another common, random crash I have is where my monitors turn into the image below:



I can try to boot it up and pull the minidumps if anyone feels they would be useful, or at least list the most common error codes.

My Setup: All parts ordered from Newegg Dec 2010/January 2011. My original goal was to build an effective price per performance PC.

Monitors:
1 x ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers


Dual monitor is a 1920x1080 Vizio TV from Target in 2010

Case:
1 x Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Mobo:
1 x ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard


PSU:
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


RAM: original then the new set
1 x CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9


1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model


HDD:
1 x Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive


CPU: bundled with GPU
1 x AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX


Graphics Card: bundled with CPU
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )



Troubleshooting:
I've done a breadboard setup and can get the machine to operate, then slowly add parts back and it might be stable for a day or two then rapidly deteriorate.

I have taken a multimeter and tested my PSU (it's good).

-I have swapped graphics cards with a friend; my system kept crashing, his remained stable.
-I have swapped RAM sticks with a friend and bought a new set; my system kept crashing, his remained stable.
-I installed an aftermarket heat sink, which seemed to cause issues as well (CPU FAN ERROR), and I went back to stock, which was stable for a few weeks after. I do not overclock or stress the computer enough to require more than stock cooling.
-I have swapped hard drives to see if it was possible a driver/software issue (unlikely with my crashes during boot); my system kept crashing.
-I have reseated and redone the thermal paste on the CPU a few times, cleaning each time.
-Along with breadboarding, I have checked for shorts around the case and reseated all the components numerous times.
-I have cleared CMOS and tried underclocking my setup, to no avail, which got my system to start booting properly again, but with stability issues still.
-I went to using just one monitor and one stick of RAM, which did not make a difference. Currently, my mobo will not boot if there are certain slots with RAM in them, but it might boot sometimes if a different combination of RAM/channels is used. (at one point, only one slot worked, then later only the second channel pair, then later the first channel pair)
-Running updates or having programs running or idling does not seem to make a difference, although there is a habit of working alright until I exit a game/program and then it suddenly crashes.

My mobo is the *third* one, the first two I RMA'd back to ASUS for various issues (which still exist, but I'm through dealing with ASUS)

Solution?
As far as I can tell, it's either a bad CPU or bad mobo (leaning towards mobo) (only two components I haven't been able to test in other setups, as all my friends are Intel). As far as I know, CPUs just burn up.

What I'd appreciate from you fine folks would be some confirmation/clarity before I go spend money on a new part that may or may not fix my issues, and any recommendations/advice is welcome.

The best solution is something I can fix, but with the extensive troubleshooting I've done so far, I think that's not possible.
a c 118 V Motherboard
November 15, 2012 10:53:41 PM

did you check witch bios you got one cpu need 2001 and the other need 2003 also try your graphic card in the second pci-e slot there are video sync lines issues
November 15, 2012 11:02:19 PM

I will try that when I get back home, thanks, I never thought of that! I remember checking the BIOS and it was compatible, and I heard you don't want to change that unless you have to.
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November 16, 2012 4:00:07 AM

WOW over a year. THAT says something... YOU ARE PATIENT!!!
BSOD's... clean your registry. Run sfc /scannow in an elevated command promt.
when was the last time you did a Windows update.
Screen shot - either old/corrupt video drivers or the monitor is going out.
and HOW can you have ordered Newegg Dec 2012 parts?
are you running any antivirus? if so what kind?
Do you have remote desktop turned off?
when is the last time you cleared your cache?
November 16, 2012 6:30:17 AM

Majestic One said:
WOW over a year. THAT says something... YOU ARE PATIENT!!!
BSOD's... clean your registry. Run sfc /scannow in an elevated command promt.
when was the last time you did a Windows update.
Screen shot - either old/corrupt video drivers or the monitor is going out.
and HOW can you have ordered Newegg Dec 2012 parts?
are you running any antivirus? if so what kind?
Do you have remote desktop turned off?
when is the last time you cleared your cache?


Thanks, Dec 2010, I edited my post. And yeah, this has been a trying affair. Out of the last almost two years now, I've probably had a working platform 6 months?
I've done sfc /scannow, I've used CCleaner, and I have scheduled the windows memtest.
I update once a month typically (hasn't been stable enough to update for a few months now though).
The crashes happen using the TV as a sole monitor as well.
I run Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D, and MSE (used AVG but switched to MSE)
Remote Desktop is off.
I haven't cleared my cache in awhile I believe.

I will try the above suggestions and post an update tomorrow evening.
November 18, 2012 2:14:43 AM

scout_03 said:
did you check witch bios you got one cpu need 2001 and the other need 2003 also try your graphic card in the second pci-e slot there are video sync lines issues


My mobo came with 2102, but the CPU shows up in full in the bios. I swapped pci-e slots, but within a few minutes of booting up, the computer froze up. I suppose I could flash back to an earlier version, but I think it's okay because it recognizes it.
November 18, 2012 2:26:10 AM

Majestic One said:
WOW over a year. THAT says something... YOU ARE PATIENT!!!
BSOD's... clean your registry. Run sfc /scannow in an elevated command promt.
when was the last time you did a Windows update.
Screen shot - either old/corrupt video drivers or the monitor is going out.
and HOW can you have ordered Newegg Dec 2012 parts?
are you running any antivirus? if so what kind?
Do you have remote desktop turned off?
when is the last time you cleared your cache?


I cleared my memory and internet cache and updated my drivers - they were the issue at one point; two weeks of constant freezing and crashing, then a new graphics driver was released and once I got it installed my problems disappeared immediately (until the mobo went toast).

I'm thinking I should grab a new mobo for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, honestly.
a c 118 V Motherboard
November 19, 2012 2:41:43 AM

what happens that the mobo got toast could it be a power supply surge ?
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