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February 12, 2012 12:47:53 AM

I just built a computer, after I put it together and turned it on I figured it was time for an OS. I put in my copy of windows 7 and it randomly froze at the starting windows screen. i reset my computer multiple times and it freezes random spots during the installation. I figured it was my disc. I flash drived a copy of Linux and it also froze randomly. Now for my trouble shooting. I went into the BIOS and when i ran the disc my cd/dvd player was the first to boot when i used the flash Linux my USB was the first to boot. I took out all my ram but one and no help. i ran memtest86 and found no errors. I booted Linux from my flash drive with my HDD disconnected and again froze. Now my last thing is i took out my motherboard and processor and used an old motherboard and processor from my old computer and it worked fine linux installed fine and everything. so i believe my problem is in my processor or motherboard. Is there anything i didn't try or do i really have to RMA my motherboard or processor? my set up is the follow:
case: antec nine hundred
motherboard: amd msi 890fxa-GD70
cpu: amd fx6100 6core
ram: 2x 4gb gskill ripjaw 1333
gpu: geforce gtx560
power supply: seasonic 650W
HDD: seagate 1tb

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February 12, 2012 1:23:37 AM

It sounds like your processor is overheating. Make sure your heatsink fan is running and facing the right direction. If it already is, I'd make sure the power supply is rated high enough to handle what it's trying to run.
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February 12, 2012 1:26:46 AM

Yes the heatsink is running and the temp never goes above 35
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February 12, 2012 2:27:42 AM

what is your bios version you need this one for your cpu 7640v1B.zip
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February 12, 2012 2:36:52 AM

I'm not sure its the default bios i dont know how to upgrade my bios
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February 12, 2012 2:39:44 AM

You would probably need another amd processor with the same socket to upgrade the BIOS first (only applies if your current BIOS version doesn't support the FX). I don't think it's your PSU that is causing the problems. Probably mobo or processor as DrAwesome mentioned earlier.
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February 12, 2012 2:45:42 AM

just checked my bios is 1.13B2 110911
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February 12, 2012 3:11:10 AM

Guys i think i found the problem like hpdeskjet and scout_03 said i need to update my bios i looked on the back of the mb box and my fx chip is no where to be found on the cpus..... it only works with a bios update is there anyway to update the bios without getting another chip?
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February 12, 2012 3:25:57 AM

Try it with your CPU, I'm fairly certain it will work correctly if it POSTs successfully...
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February 12, 2012 3:43:16 AM

quicksand10 said:
Try it with your CPU, I'm fairly certain it will work correctly if it POSTs successfully...


Yes, sorry about the whole needing another AMD processor thing. That is usually for people who can't get to POST with their FX CPU. Anyway, if updating your BIOS doesn't solve the problem, I wouldn't rule out a defective hard drive if you got it brand new.
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February 12, 2012 3:46:17 AM

i wouldnt say its a defective hd because of two of my troubleshooting methods one the disconnecting it and trying to boox Linux and the other of using my old processor and old motherboard with my hdd connected and it installed Linux fine but i'm not exactly a pro at this stuff so maybe. and also is there any other way to update my bios without another cpu? only other cpu i got is a sempron which wont fit in my cpusocket
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February 12, 2012 3:49:37 AM

Your motherboard support M-Flash, which, if I remember correctly allow to boot from a downloaded BIOS on an USB drive. Once booted, you could flash the correct BIOS in the BIOS chip
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February 12, 2012 3:56:50 AM

aninjacheezit said:
is there any other way to update my bios without another cpu? only other cpu i got is a sempron which wont fit in my cpusocket


Try flashing the BIOS with your current CPU, it should work since you're able to POST. :) 
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February 12, 2012 5:06:43 AM

how would i flash bios from a flash drive??
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February 12, 2012 5:13:33 AM

aninjacheezit said:
i wouldnt say its a defective hd because of two of my troubleshooting methods one the disconnecting it and trying to boox Linux and the other of using my old processor and old motherboard with my hdd connected and it installed Linux fine but i'm not exactly a pro at this stuff so maybe. and also is there any other way to update my bios without another cpu? only other cpu i got is a sempron which wont fit in my cpusocket


I'm not a pro either haha. I'm leaning towards bad motherboard (freezing while booting Linux from USB) if your BIOS update doesn't fix anything. How many passes did you run Memtest for? Most people advise at least 10 passes or something in that range.
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February 12, 2012 5:21:14 AM

not sure how many i let it run all night i fell asleep :/  it was close to 100% done when i woke up
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February 12, 2012 6:44:30 AM

well guy thanks alot scout_03 was right i needed a bios updated thank and thanks hpdeskjet for the link for the m-flash helped alot ill post back within 24hours so itll have time to run
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February 12, 2012 6:09:34 PM

Best answer selected by aninjacheezit.
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February 12, 2012 9:56:10 PM

@ hpdeskjet sharing this one with you,learn something new
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