P4C800 Random System Crashes

Discussion in 'Asus' started by M. Studer, Feb 13, 2004.

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    M. Studer Guest

    Hi all.

    About 2 weeks ago my system started to crash randomly out of the blue.
    (Before it was without any problems for about 6 month!)
    Sometimes the blasted thing crashes during windows-boot, during a game,
    even during shutdown etc.
    I mean that there is in each case a BOD but the system is resetting to
    fast to read the messages.

    My system:
    - ASUS P4C800 (BIOS Version 1015)
    - 1GB Corsair DDR-Dimms (2x512MB) PC-3200 CL2
    - Pentium IV 3GHz/800MHz
    - Seagate Barracuda SATA 120GB
    - Radeon 9800
    - Chieftec PSU 360W (2 fans)

    What I have already tested:

    - Removed the RAM and used each module separately
    - Installed both RAMs in Slot DIMM A2 and DIMM B2
    - Manual DRAM Timing 2.5 3 3 6
    - Disabled all on board devices: LAN, USB, AUDIO.
    - changed the system speed to Normal (from Turbo)
    - unplugged and plugged in all the cables
    - reassembled the computer outside the case

    The voltages and the temperatures seem to be OK (in the BIOS Hardware
    Monitor section). CPU: ~41°C

    I also tried to install a new copy of WinXP on an old Maxtor 40GB
    harddisk to make sure it's not the S-ATA Controller or the Seagate disk
    who causes the problems.
    But the computer also crashed during Windows setup! I never managed to
    install a complete copy of WinXP.

    I noticed that the North Bridge Cooler is getting quite hot. And also
    the RAM coolers.

    To be done:
    - deactivate hyper threading
    - use of a different power supply
    - ......

    So I'm still lost!
    I'm getting the feeling that the motherboard is maybe damaged. But why
    should this happen in a closed case after 6 month?

    Any ideas what I could do?


    M. Studer, Feb 13, 2004
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    M. Studer Guest

    sorry guys. I picked the wrong newsgroup.

    but if you have a proposition - let me know anyway.

    M. Studer, Feb 13, 2004
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    Roy Coorne Guest

    Hi, Matthias,
    Start > Control Panel > System > System Properties > Advanced >
    Startup and Recovery > Settings: DISable "Automatically restart"

    Then there is a message on the BSOD which you may use to consult Dr
    Google or do research in the MS Knowledge Base directly.

    Roy Coorne, Feb 14, 2004
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    Noozer Guest

    About 2 weeks ago my system started to crash randomly out of the blue.
    Check the bottom of the mainboard for a squashed solder blob under the CPU
    Noozer, Feb 14, 2004
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    M. Studer Guest

    Hi Roy,

    Thank you for the advice. But I think the problem must be somewhere
    deeper because I can't install a new copy of WindowsXP.

    I tried it anyway but the BSOD just says nothing. No driver no reason

    M. Studer, Feb 15, 2004
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    Ed Guest

    Ed, Feb 20, 2004
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