soyo dragon m'board (integrated lan and audio)
256Mb crucial 2100 memory,
ibm deskstar 60gxp
pine geforce 2mx 200 (I know - it will be my first upgrade)
The system boots fine but one in windows it invariably locks up - total system freeze, no blue screen - must reboot.
I noticed it was running quite hot (50C-65C, cpu temp, 40-50 chassis temp). I reduced the speed to 1200 and now it lasts longer before hanging. The +12V rail on my HEC 300 power supply seems to regularly dip to around +10v before returning to +12.28v
Sometimes it hangs immediately on bootup into windows - even from cold after being off all night. It also seems more likely to hang during CPU intensive operations (e.g decompressing a large rar file etc).
What is the most likely culprit? Heat (i.e. get an extra case fan), power supply or faulty chip/memory?
If anyone has ideas on how to test the system to see what the real problem is fire away. I'm quite new to this so I'd appreciate any and all suggestions.
>The +12V rail on my HEC 300 power supply seems to
>regularly >dip to around +10v before returning to +12.28v
there you have it. ALthough the Athlon CPU is not dependant on the 12v (I believe), it really seems your PSU isnt up to the task. Get a decent one, and use your MX a bit longer if you have to. Can you monitor the 5v line ? what are you getting there ?
>50C-65C, cpu temp,
This is very high.. too high I'd say, although I must add my 1.4 survived well beyond 65° and remained stable. I changed HSF anyway, and now get <45°c with a swiftech+pabst HSF. Consider a new HSF, or improve case flow.
>40-50 chassis temp
Hard to believe. 50° chassis temp ???? I think your motherboard monitor isnt reporting the correct value here. 35 would be high and 40 extreme. 50 is never heard off. Even your chipset shouldnt that hot.
---- Owner of the only Dell computer with an AMD chip