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Windows 7: Computer Crashing!


17 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Computer Crashing!

Hi

I have recently replaced the motherboard in my pc with an ASUS M3N72-T Deluxe which i have had many problems with and i have had a lot of help from members of this forum and i have also replaced my processor with an AM3 Phenom X4 965.

I had the system running fine with windows 7 x64 and everything was fine until a couple of weeks ago when it started to crash during games. This would leave me with a BSOD and a rather nasty burning smell inside the computer. I put this down to a gfx card problem because an ATI driver was mentioned in the error report.

I sent the gfx card back and ebuyer accepted there was a problem with it and sent me a new one, the ATI 5770. I thought this would solve the problem however now i still have the burning smell and the computer now crashes but with no BSOD and nothing in the event logs.

It cant be my gfx card overheating because that has been replaced. The bios reports that the cpu is around 40C and so do other programs for monitoring it. It is also not hot to touch. The ram is warm but not hot, so what could it be. The burning smell appears to be coming from near the cpu area however there is nothing to suggest why it may be doing this because it used to play games fine and the temperatures are also fine. Im at a loose end now. Im getting very very very fed up with it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks


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17 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Check your PSU pal
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17 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Overheated mate, When a PC overheats, its freezes, or turns off. Laptops with a broken fan, often smell burnt after used over a period of time, turn your Pc on, run a stress test, and use Cpu-z or so to determine your CPU temp, download Evga precision, it can tune your fan Speed

Thought you mightve checked this, I suggest double check

also try run Evga Afterburner or so, this will stress your PC alot, check the temp then, sometimes the temp can vary from unloaded to loaded by 50degrees, I have experienced it so I know
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18 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks, will try these options although i have stress tested it. In the past couple of days it has started to smell of burning when not running games, which is a bit worrying. From what i can see the temps for the cpu arent at all high. Multiple pieces of software say 40C although it is a bit strange that they all say 40C exactly and dont change. Maybe some of the sensors are dodgey. Would that indicate a screwed up motherboard?

The heatsink of the cpu is warm but not hot so i dont really know what is causing the burning. Maybe the cooler isnt seated properly but it appears to be clicked in properly and the computer had been working fine for about a month before this happened.
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18 Feb 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChemicalAli View Post
Thanks, will try these options although i have stress tested it. In the past couple of days it has started to smell of burning when not running games, which is a bit worrying. From what i can see the temps for the cpu arent at all high. Multiple pieces of software say 40C although it is a bit strange that they all say 40C exactly and dont change. Maybe some of the sensors are dodgey. Would that indicate a screwed up motherboard?

The heatsink of the cpu is warm but not hot so i dont really know what is causing the burning. Maybe the cooler isnt seated properly but it appears to be clicked in properly and the computer had been working fine for about a month before this happened.
None of those things will cause a burning smell, not unless they are getting so hot that they are glowing. You might want to give this,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PooMan UK View Post
Check your PSU pal
serious consideration. If that is what it is, would be a real good idea to replace it with a good quality power supply (not finding a whole lot good about your current one) before it decides to kill itself and quite possibly take your motherboard and/or any other components with it.
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18 Feb 2010   #6

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

Yes, I think you should replace your power supply with a good one Now!!
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18 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ok i will consider replacing it. However it isnt a bad power supply like you are suggesting its an Arctic Power power supply which isnt an unbranded cheapo one. However the burning smell isnt coming from that part of the case so why should it be the psu
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18 Feb 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you're sure it isn't the power supply, then start with removing the motherboard and giving it a good once over top and bottom, looking for any burn marks. If nothing is found then double check all the standoffs before replacing the board, and make sure that they are all in the correct place.
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18 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi

i found my psu was causing the burning smell so i took it apart and just shot the air out with some compressed air. That has got rid of the burning smell however the computer now crashes in a different way. When it crashes blocks appear on the screen however they are relatively transparent.

Event logs report this as application hangs. I will try another psu asap because i suspect this to be the cause of all my problems.

thanks for your help, if you have any more suggestions please let me know.

Thanks
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18 Feb 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Only one, get a good quality PSU, not a no-name like the one you currently have (only good reviews I could find for it are on that ebuyer link, go figure). Something like one of these,

OCZ Stealth XStream 600W PSU - SLI Ready ATX2.2 12cm Fan - Ebuyer

would do very well.
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