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My computer will not work. This is getting frustrating

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April 14, 2012 4:30:51 PM

Hi

I've recently encountered some errors with my pc.

These include

BSOD (error codes 0x00001, 0x00008, 0x0000a)
Crashes (fans go into a high powered state, monitor goes blank)
Blue screens (not bsod, just straight blue screens)
After it crashes pc turns


PC = a6745f (pre-built model)

All parts accept HDD and graphics card are aftermarket.

HDD = WD green 1 tb hard drive
GC = nvidea BFG geforce 9800gt

Now, I'll be running memtest, seatools (i ran seatools before, 100% fine)

One thing notable is that my PSU is 300w, and my graphics card says it needs a minimal output of 400w. But I've been running this graphics cARD with this psu for over 2 years.

I appreciate your input! Im a college student and cant afford a new computer :( 
Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
a b $ Windows 7
April 14, 2012 4:39:32 PM

please list all the specs; cpu, motherboard, amount of ram and what brand of psu.
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April 14, 2012 4:55:52 PM

Processor:
Type AMD Athlon X2 5050e / 2.6 GHz .
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core

Mainboard:
Chipset type AMD 780G .

RAM:
Installed Size 4.0 GB / 16.0 GB (max) .
Technology DDR2 SDRAM .
Memory Speed 800.0 MHz .
Memory Specification Compliance PC2-6400 .
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin



Heres a link to the EXACT pc I have (accept for vd and hdd)
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Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
a b $ Windows 7
April 14, 2012 5:33:01 PM

your PSU is tired.
a review of your card with a Q6600 test set up drew 283 watts.
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1458/bfg_tech_geforce_...
your cpu draws 30 watts less:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/850/14/
the (theoretical) 253 watts will get a less than good quality 300watt psu to start failing. the error codes are the other components not getting the power they need.

try getting something like this:
Rosewill RD400-2-DB 400W ATX V2.2 Power Supply $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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April 14, 2012 6:20:54 PM

I ran memtest, the first time my pc froze and made a buzzing sound (I've gotten that before) the second time it crashed w/ a blank screen and fans going into a high powered state.

Should I still buy the PSU?
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April 14, 2012 6:28:32 PM

Did you google your blue screen error codes? They might reveal the problem.
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April 14, 2012 6:37:19 PM

Yeah, I googled the error codes. They're generic error codes, they dont give me any real issue. (they're to broad of an error code :(  )
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April 14, 2012 6:45:51 PM

Also after my PC crashes, it won't turn on for quite a while. I tried reseting the PC by take out the power cord, and turning it on (draining the system)

I don't think that's a terrible thing to do for my pc, is it? D:

It doesn't make much sense that it is a psu issue. If it was, would my pc not just turn on right after it crashes? OR is there a lock-out or timer of some sort that doesnt lte it turn back on?

This is not an overheating issue, I've checked with a bunch of programs. All the temps are normal (or within a safe range)
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a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 7:43:29 PM

It's likely that your PSU did fine for a while even though it was underpowered, but due to capacitor aging, it no longer provided the amount of power required for your system.
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Anonymous
a c 117 U Graphics card
a b $ Windows 7
April 14, 2012 8:23:15 PM

krystalized0 said:
Also after my PC crashes, it won't turn on for quite a while. I tried reseting the PC by take out the power cord, and turning it on (draining the system)

I don't think that's a terrible thing to do for my pc, is it? D:

It doesn't make much sense that it is a psu issue. If it was, would my pc not just turn on right after it crashes? OR is there a lock-out or timer of some sort that doesnt lte it turn back on?

This is not an overheating issue, I've checked with a bunch of programs. All the temps are normal (or within a safe range)


everything does point to the psu. its under powered just by what power your system needs. your components are going flonky and causing error codes and blue screens. the only heat sensor for a psu is to put your hand by the exhaust and if it feels warmer than your room temp by 10c; its hot!

until you use another psu that is NOT suspect, ie a quality one that has sufficient wattage. any trouble shooting is moot. i have seen people insist it can't be their psu ( "my cooler master is 750 watts! it can't be THAT!" :lol:  )and swap out cpus, ram, motherbords and still have problems until they switched psus and like magic the problems stopped.

you KNOW your psu is underpowered. you were fortunate you got 2 years of overloading it. now reality has come up and said, "no more!" so if you want to fix things, lets fix them right.
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a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2012 8:33:21 PM

You need a better PSU.

And you should get a better PSU than the Rosewill that looniam linked to.
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April 15, 2012 4:49:23 PM

How do I measure what size of psu that will fit inside my case? I know I should have atleast a 450w psu, but I don't want to order one that wont fit in my case.
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