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Is this a insufficient PSU issue?

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December 21, 2012 2:57:56 AM

Hi all!

I recently upgraded my computer from a Intel Dual Core E5700 to a Quad 2 Core E9400, as well as upgraded from a radeon 4700 series ( I believe it was ) to a radeon 6600 series.

My computer has a 300w stock PSU unit.

Ive had it running smooth for about a week now, and have made minimal changes, but just today, during gaming sessions ( multibox gaming, pretty CPU/GPU intensive ) the game will hesitate as if loading/frame lagging for a half a second, then suddenly my wireless adapter cuts out. I have to unplug it from the USB then plug it back in to get it to reaquire signal.

After having issues I updated my drivers to current for the wireless adapter.

Im using a Netgear wireless WNDA3100v2.

The Radeon 6600 series says that it requires a 400w PSU, however due to minimal hardware running on my computer ( all stock except for my two upgrades ) all sites I have visited estimate I need roughly a 250w PSU, let alone a 400.

http://www.power-on.com/ha/?key=0513c29e-3ab1-444f-a6ec...


Is my wireless adapter failing? Is my PSU failing due to a week of strenuous load? Where in the world do I begin troubleshooting?

Please when recommending methods to troubleshoot, do keep in mind im on a limited budget, and am a novice at upgrading computers and working with hardware. Whenever I make a purchase, be it a new wireless adapter, a new PSU, or hopefully neither, it needs to be what I need to remedy the problem.

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December 21, 2012 1:59:01 PM

I think that the computer would just shut down if it was power issue. Is it no power to all the USB ports or just the adapter that stops working?
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December 21, 2012 3:33:03 PM

Just the adapter.

I believe I have figured out my problem, the recent windows update caused my drivers to go defunct for some reason for the wireless adapter. Fully updated drivers dont help. Hopefully they have a fix for it soon, until then, I guess I get to have windows updates off. Restored back to the point before the windows update and everything is Hunky-Dory.

So help me god, Ive had more problems from windows updates than I have had from system-crippling viruses in the 15 years ive used computers.
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December 21, 2012 3:34:06 PM

Best answer selected by RHJason.
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December 21, 2012 3:34:29 PM

I guess the fact I am nervous about insufficient power from my upgrades is what made me jump to the conclusion about failing PSU.
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