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September 1, 2012 4:04:36 AM

My computer consistently crashes while downloading a Torrent (Don't patronize me about the merits of downloading, I'm more worried about it being a hardware fault.)

My specs are:
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E6750 @2.66Ghz
Asus P5E-VM HDMI mobo
6 gb Ram (2gb Patriot DDR2-6400, 4gb Ballistix DDR2-6400)
GeForce 9500 GT (1gb DDR2)
80gb Maxtor HDD (I just ordered a 1tb Seagate Constellation to replace this)

I bought this computer from a friend a week ago, it had no HDD, so I used dban to wipe the one from my old broken system. Also, this system has been in his garage for maybe two years, and I live in Washington so we've had the full spectrum of temperature.

I am not getting BSOD, the system simply locks up and has stayed there for 20 minutes until a flipped the back switch on the console. If a sound was playing through the speakers when it happens, the sound stalls on the current note. I only have about 11gb of space of this HDD and it seems that it only happens when I cross the 10gb of free space line.

Any ideas/suggestions??

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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2012 6:09:15 AM

Try the simple stuff, use one stick of RAM at a time to rule that out. How are you hooking up to your network? Try an alternate method, swap Ethernet cable for Wireless dongle if you have one. Hope it's your drive and the new one will fix all...(Good choice of HDD..,._)
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September 1, 2012 6:48:40 AM

I'm connected through ethernet, the system has a Linksys Wireless G card. BUT... they never could get it to work. (And that's with 2 Computer Science Engineers in the family) Also, my router is a joke, bought a new Cisco(Linksys) in December, 2 months later it randomly starts dropping WiFi, but ethernet still works... of course they have a BS customer service policy.

I'll try the RAM testing tomorrow. The Patriots were in the machine before I bought it, the Crucial Ballistix were bought on ebay and I installed them Thursday.

Edit: Also, since I'm running Win7 x64, should I try to use 1 stick of the 2gb 2 x 1gb Patriots, or just skip them and attempt one stick at a time with the Ballistix?

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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2012 7:33:04 AM

For checking memory one stick at a time is advised. Using more than one can mask some problems....
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September 1, 2012 6:21:11 PM

Forgot to add, my cpu usage was been really high when doing... well anything really, usually I spend my time watching videos online while it downloads, but then I noticed the cpu usage was at 97-100. I can do this on my laptop, a Samsung R580 (Stock), without any problems.

Also, what am I looking for when using one stick at a time?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2012 7:09:44 PM

You're hoping it will isolate a bad stick which could be causing the problem. Next possibility might be your Network Adapter, could be replaced with a PCI adapter. There again it might all work fine when you install your new HDD...
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September 1, 2012 7:34:26 PM

Well... looks like one of the Ballistix RAM sticks doesnt boot. The system does not boot at all when only this card is in.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2012 7:41:59 PM

Could be your problemo then! Try it in another slot just in case it's the memory controller...
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September 1, 2012 7:51:05 PM

Wow... um... it works in the all slots, except for the first one... the other cards work in the first slot though.

Any ideas?
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September 1, 2012 8:12:28 PM

Sorry for the double post

The stick started working in the first slot... I have no idea, how or why.

Occasionally I get a message in POST that reads something along the lines of overclocking failed press f1 to enter setup. I don't know much about hardware, mostly because I haven't had a desktop to work on, but I've learned all this in about a week lol. But i never set up the CPU for overclocking and I don't know how to fix it.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 1, 2012 8:19:13 PM

OC not my bag either, though I have the facility. Perhaps someone amongst the gamers will help...
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a b $ Windows 7
September 2, 2012 5:42:30 AM

Sound like the stick not in good shape, i'm not familiar with that mobo but it seem it had auto O.C function (usually factory auto O.C not so great).

U could try to disable auto O.C in bios and manually set it.....
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Let make sure something u now had 3 stick or 4 stick?
2 stick patriot 1 Gb, and 1 stick basilik 4 Gb? or 2 stick basilik 2 Gb? the basilik don't work on first slot (yelow)?

Try just using patriot ram see if the frezze still happen......

(Still download the mobo mannual to see if i can get some hint about it)
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September 4, 2012 5:02:33 AM

rdc85 said:
Sound like the stick not in good shape, i'm not familiar with that mobo but it seem it had auto O.C function (usually factory auto O.C not so great).

U could try to disable auto O.C in bios and manually set it.....
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Let make sure something u now had 3 stick or 4 stick?
2 stick patriot 1 Gb, and 1 stick basilik 4 Gb? or 2 stick basilik 2 Gb? the basilik don't work on first slot (yelow)?

Try just using patriot ram see if the frezze still happen......

(Still download the mobo mannual to see if i can get some hint about it)


The RAM is in 2gb (2x1gb Patriot) and 4gb (2x2gb Ballistix). One of the Ballistix wouldn't let the machine complete POST, then it started working. Then... when I put it in slot 3, it said "Overclocking Failed...Press F1 to enter setup." I then removed said stick and reinserted it into slot 3 again, this time the system booted all the way up.

So I resorted to switching the Placement of the Sticks (put Ballistix where the Patriots had previously been and so forth).

I read the Article about overclocking and went into the BIOS and did the overclocking myself and have had no problems since... OTHER THAN my CPU usage is still very high when doing anything. I haven't exactly been able to figure that out yet though.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 5:41:24 AM

If u like u can tried to update the motherboard bios, but if it fine using manual setting than it not necessary....

For cpu usage high, try go to task manager, resource manager, cpu tab. And keep on eyes for program that running in the background (using high cpu).....
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 5:48:58 AM

Launch Task Manager, choose Performance Tab, then Resource Monitor. Have a ferret about in there and see what's hogging your CPU...
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September 4, 2012 5:57:21 AM

So the hog is the infamous monopoly, Adobe Flash Player!!!! well at least its free...

My computer is hooked up to my 32" LCD 720p TV through the DVI/HDMI output on my Geforce 9500 GT. I just realized that I could change the output to 720p through the NVIDIA Control Panel. So question... would it be better to run through the HDMI output on the mobo or the DVI from the card??? Also, would this effect the amount of resources required to send the Video signal???
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 6:15:37 AM

Definitely from the card. if it monitor connected to mobo the graphic card will shutdown it self, then it'll running integrated graphic (bad performance)
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September 4, 2012 6:19:46 AM

Any ideas on how to reduce the amount of CPU usage that Flash Player uses?
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 6:21:59 AM

My flash not used that much try uninstall it and reinstall the flash... (try newest ver.)

There maybe a bug / code error in your flash. reinstall it usually fix the issue
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 7:05:44 AM

flash had universal/lite/online installer as i know. it automatically download newest version..
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September 4, 2012 8:21:59 AM

Tried installing Flash 11.3/11.2/11 but none of them fixed the problem. I probably should mention that I'm using Firefox and the plugin container uses about 15% or CPU, Flas takes about 20-30%, same thing happens when using google chrome.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 8:34:49 AM

Start a new thread on CPU usage and see if that generates some new insights... I normally use Ie both 64and 32 bit open at once and about 12 tabs on view, CPU usage rarely goes above 14% (I do have 6 cores though) With Firefox open it marginally increases to 18%
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a b $ Windows 7
September 4, 2012 9:39:04 AM

U had somewhat old comp maybe it's normal for u, but i'm not owning E6750, so i'm cannot said for sure, but it clearly apps/software problems not hardware problems

edit: u can tried to use waterfox (firefox 64bit) see if it better.. or try reinstalling firefox (beta)...
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September 5, 2012 4:45:44 AM

Downloaded Waterfox, much more stable than Firefox , the CPU usuge stays around 40%with the video playing. At least it doesnt go all over the place like firefox did.

Thanks for all the help dodger46 and rdc85.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 5, 2012 5:32:25 AM

You're welcome, interesting thread...
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September 12, 2012 4:25:23 AM

Best answer selected by icecoldsnake.
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