My computer's been failing for months now, and I don't have the slightest idea why. It fails most often when:
I alt-tab out of a game
I'm running a Minecraft Server
(Uncommonly) When the game I'm playing is switching maps
Again, I have no Idea why it's failing, I've tried:
Installing all necessary drivers,
Sending my graphics card back to get a refurbished one
Replacing my RAM
Replacing my Power Supply
When the computer fails, it shows one color in the background with vertical stripes downward (all the same color) on DVI, or one color if I'm using HDMI
If anyone has the slightest idea what the problem would be, I'd be very grateful to know the answer.
Thanks in advance.
Let's eliminate software issues first. Run CCleaner and do the Clean and Registry both. See how much it finds in the way of registry errors and conflicting junk to remove. If it finds a lot of junk files and reg errors, run it again until it finds nothing. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
I had re-installed windows from scratch 2 days before posting this, and with a clean install, the problem remained.
I Installed all the drivers, did a CCleaner clean, and still had the problem (There were no graphic driver remnants because I just installed windows again).
Now that I think about it, it did slip my mind that I've been through some blackouts without a UPS. My bad..
If it's likely not software, how would I go about testing everything?
Didn't mention it before, don't know if it's useful information, but I'm running Windows 7 (64bit)
Sometimes power outages are accompanied by voltage surges or spikes depending on what causes the outage. Were you plugged in to a good quality surge protector when you weren't using your UPS? Since you already replaced the PSU, I would consider the gfx card next. Temporarily try another card if you can get one. See if the problem still persists. (Since that board has no video ports, you can't use the i5's graphics)
Yes, I bought a UPS on black friday, although before that, I hadn't used one.
I agree, I didn't think the stress test would show much, FurMark and 3DMark made my Graphics card's fan waaay louder
I've installed windows on my hard drive, gonna try running the server to see if it's the SSD, afterwards, I'll see if I can get another hard drive from my dad to see if using a different storage drive alone fixes the issue.