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Windows 7: Spent a year travelling while my desktop at home, crashes upon booting

09 Jun 2014   #61
gregrocker

 

Really glad to hear it.
It's rare enough that testing it is not standard.
Can you tell us what pointed you toward PSU exactly so we can watch for this better?


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09 Jun 2014   #62
Moodus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Honestly what pointed me to it was that after all my research and testing, I narrowed it down to a hardware issue. I tested my HDD and that was fine. Cleaned out my heat sinks, applied new thermal paste, etc. I figured it had to be either the mother board or the PSU.

I was getting a lot of BSOD's, and in Event Viewer I was noticing that a lot of my crashes were due to "Kernel Power Failure" or other Kernel things.

Since the PSU is the power source, and it is also cheaper and easier to install/ take out than the mother board, I figured I'd just swap it out and try.

It worked
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09 Jun 2014   #63
gregrocker

 

Good work!

We'll watch for Kernel Power Failure more closely now.
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09 Jun 2014   #64
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good detective work Moodus, this will be helpful for us and those searching with Google.
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09 Jun 2014   #65
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Moodus View Post
Honestly what pointed me to it was that after all my research and testing, I narrowed it down to a hardware issue. I tested my HDD and that was fine. Cleaned out my heat sinks, applied new thermal paste, etc. I figured it had to be either the mother board or the PSU.

I was getting a lot of BSOD's, and in Event Viewer I was noticing that a lot of my crashes were due to "Kernel Power Failure" or other Kernel things.

Since the PSU is the power source, and it is also cheaper and easier to install/ take out than the mother board, I figured I'd just swap it out and try.

It worked
Hmm moodus mate a good little program to have on to test that sort of stuff is HW Info HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download see my dittty and pic

Using HW Info

You can test the volts on the PSU with HWInfo HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 -Download < download the right bit version andclose the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power sectionwhere you will see what the volts are doing see my pic.

The original right hand window shows themachine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use themain left hand side panel

FOR OTHER COMPONENTS

Open each + down into the componentitself and then click on it - in theright hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds andother essential info that device. See pic for example.


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10 Jun 2014   #66
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

I have learned so much, just following this Thread to its conclusion. Thanks to all involved who helped Moodus I guess, but special Kudos to Moodus for staying with the processes involved, great patience.

This Forum is a special place!
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