Jimbob said:Hey y'all.
Having just built my pc with some new bits, new motherboard and hard
drive i'm having a problem. My PC keeps restarting at random intervals,
while playing games and also when just general activity. It doesn't seem
to be heating problems, the CPU is running at around 30c and the system
temp is about 35c. All fans are running, it even restarts with the case
open. I've tried swapping my RAM to see if one of the sticks was faulty
but still does it. I don't even get a bsod, i have the 'automatically
restart' option unchecked too. Power supply is ample i believe, at 550w
so i don't think it's a power problem as i didn't have this problem in
my old build.
The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L.
Graphics card is a 8800gt 512mb pci-e.
Sata hard drive @ 250gb.
XP Home SP3.
core 2 duo 6400.
I don't have a cd burner or floppy drive so i can't use memtest.
The event viewer doesn't show any errors either.
Any one have any suggestions?
First thing I'd check, is what version of BIOS are you running.
Gigabyte shares a common problem with other makers, in that
the board probably won't be well tuned when using "All Auto"
settings, until the fifth BIOS is released. By then, they've
sorta got their act together. For some people, a change in the
BIOS makes all the difference.
I'd start by looking at that, and if you're still having problems,
come back and we'll cook up a test plan, including bumping RAM
voltage and the like.
Also, if you want some more testing tools, try this one. When it
asks, you don't want to "join GIMPs" and just want to run the
Torture Test. Using the custom setting, you can dial down the
memory to be tested a bit, which will allow you to do a few
other things on the machine, while Prime95 is running. This
version of program supports more than one thread, and on my
P4 3GHz with hyperthreading, it runs two test threads. I was using
it today, as described, to test the new RAM I got. (Dialed the
memory allocation down about 50MB, so I could run a newsreader.)
This'll warm up your CPU a bit. Best thing about my new RAM,
is it didn't need any voltage boost to work, and is running
quite cool as a result.