My home built pc crashes often with media playing. Video editing, Youtube, and iTunes crash it every now and then. It will even crash (restart) if the pc is left running at an idle with no programs open, just not as often. Games like Borderlands, Saints Row: The Third, Metro 2033, and Rage (all steam) crashed constantly. However, setting the affinity to only the first two cores helped dramatically with Borderlands. Yet some games like L4D2, Assassin's Creed 2, and AC: Brotherhood play with less disruption. Transferring large files (4+gb) from a USB to hard drive will crash it often too, the front USB moreso than the motherboard USB. The error screen is shown below after the crash. I built this pc over 2 years ago with all new components besides the multimedia/disc drives and it has always had this issue.
I ran memtest for 7 hours with no issues. Cool and quiet is disabled in Bios. Updated Nvidia drivers. My next guess is to borrow a GPU. Any help or educated guesses are appreciated.
Time of this report: 9/25/2012, 15:10:25
Machine name: PC
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.120504-1619)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer - custom built
System Model: System Product Name - Motherboard ASUS M4A78T-E
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/14/09 11:56:20 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 440MB used, 4771MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode
No overclocking. So the motherboard just has a random hiccup every now and then? Its odd to me that it won't lock up at all certain days, and others it will crash just from a Youtube video. Temps never raise above 50C, usually mid-low 40's.
For those interested, I believe I fixed the issue. I have not had a crash in the last month besides a mod in Fallout 3 causing one. I did two things: switched the ram to the DIMM 2 slots and moved the graphics card to the 1st slot. I believe it was the graphics card being moved as I had tried moving the ram a long time ago with no success. According to my motherboard user guide, there is a difference between the placement of a single graphics card and two together. I wish I had read that back when it was assembled by a friend. Thanks for the single response I got which did help me use some trial and error.