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Windows 7: I am losing my mind!

08 Dec 2010   #1
Luddite42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
I am losing my mind!

Ok, in August I built a PC with Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate. It has an Asus M4097XTD (I think) mobo, AMD Phenom II x4 3.4 ghz processor, ATI radeon hd 5830 gfx card, WD 600gb 7200 rpm hard drive, some typical cd/dvd drive, an antec 1200 case with enough fans in it that it actually cools you off when you sit by it, and a Cooler Master 1000 watt PSU, and 2 2GB ddr3 Mushkin RAm at 1330 mhz (I think)

The stupid thing just resbots itself at total random. It may work fine for a few hours, maybe even a day or two, then bam it rebots itself. Once this happens, it will start happening progressively more frequently until the thing is not useable at all for more than a minute or two. There is no rhyme or reason to what the computer is doing when this happens. Sometimes you can play STALKER call of pripyat at about max settings with the card and or processor overclocked and it will run super for six hours. Then other times it will reboot while surfing the net or just idle on the desktop doing nothing at all. It seems to work better during the day than at night, and after a series of reboots it seems to perform better if I just leave it off and go to sleep, then when I wake up it will work again for a few hours.

I have reinstalled Windows three times (and made sure to update from the beta version of the OS I was using to a more legit version). Each time before doing this I used a KillDisk utility from Hiren's Bootkit to write zeroes to the hard drive.

It's never had spyware or viruses when I scan for them

Windows firewall is turned on.

I have taken it to a computer repair store 3 times and they never seem to reproduce the problem, they were able to run furmark and prime 95 for one whole continuos day with no interruptions and I have the logfiles to prove it.

I have tried this computer at three different people's houses and the rebooting still occurs.

I have switched out the gfx card to try an nvidia 8800 GT and that doesn't matter either.

I have already replaced the RAM once and had the voltage settings set to the correct parameters, the last memtest I ran for 9 cycles was fine.

I have tried using an uninterruptible power suply with no change in the problem

Overheating just seems impossible, I have never seen any part in the machine get hotter than 54 degrees celsius during any of my activities. The case has three 120mm fans in the front, two more in the back, and a masive 200mm fan on top blowing right down on the gfx card. Like I said, it actually is cooler than room temperature if you stick your hand inide it while its running.

I thought I had fixed it when I replaced the original 750 watt Cooler Master PSU when I discovered that a small screw had fallen into it, which I thought was causing the PC to randomly short circuit some how. Now I use the 1000 watt PSU as described above. It worked flawlessly for a day and a half before resuming its reboot problem.

Sometimes it works ok when I boot in Safe mode with networking, other times it doesn't. Same goes when I boot through the Linux based ASUS express gate thing that came with the mobo.

It used to go to a blue screen when this would happen, the code usually being 7E, 1A, or 3B. Now it either no longer has a BSOD error, or just flies right by the screen so fast you can't see it, I'm not sure.

None of the bugcheck codes in the event viewer signify anything of importance, and any explanation of the BSOD codes seems to be "well we can narrow it down to hardware, software, the power in your house, and what you wore to work on the twenty-third thursday of the year 2005".

I see two options. Find a priest to perform an exorcism on my PC, or break it up into parts and sell it (assuming none of you can help me.)

Please help, my whole semester has been frustrating and sanity eroding as a result. I have spent probably well over 100 hours messing with it that should have been used to study, and what do you know my grades are underachieving as a result.


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08 Dec 2010   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

At the computer store, did they log in to the PC using a different profile? I'm wondering if you have some sort of power saver setup in your profile that turns the PC off at specific intervals?
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08 Dec 2010   #3
Luddite42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, they made me remove my password so they ould use my profile. The power settings are set to balanced, sometimes I manually turn it to performance mode. Also, I'm using the catalyst gfx driver 10.10. I updated the BIOS at some point but I'm not sure if is still at that version since I'm pretty sure I did the whole Killdisk+ reinstall windows tactic since then.
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08 Dec 2010   #4
Luddite42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry for double post but also occasionally on a rebot, the monitor simply fails to respond or recognize that the pc has rebooted. I wish it did all this more consistently or because of one thing every time, I'm just ready to take a Mac-10 to the damn thing.
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08 Dec 2010   #5
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

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08 Dec 2010   #6
Luddite42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here you go. Check disk actually ran this morning about 2 or 3 hours ago. I use AVG 2011, I don't get why it couldn't figure out thats what I have. My first post has all my system specs. Correction my Mobo is an asus M4A79XTD EVO
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08 Dec 2010   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Luddite : are you aware of the problems that the last AVG update caused to Windows 7 x64 systems? I'm not saying its AVG, only asking to help you narrow down the problem......is yours AVG Free, or paid version?
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08 Dec 2010   #8
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

You have a hardware issue (stop0x124), most likely caused by faulty hardware most probably your mobo
Read this for more information and possible fixes
Stop 0x124 - what it means and what to try

Code:
BugCheck 124, {0, fffffa80050fc8f8, 0, 0}

Probably caused by : hardware
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08 Dec 2010   #9
Luddite42

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was never aware of this AVG issue and mine is the free version. I have done most of the steps in the tutorial already, I just don't have enough spare parts lying around to test all hardware components. Everything is still under the 1 yr. manufacturer warranty. I dusted the thing yesterday when I installed the new 1000 watt PSU.

I currently have all overclocking disabled, though I am confused if this is the culprit because as I said before, the PC sometimes works just fine for seveal hours of intense gaming while the gfx card is overclocked w/ manual fan control using the catalyst utility.
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08 Dec 2010   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

This is the AVG issue....."AVG Internet Security 2011" Dec. 1st Update is PROBLEMATIC!

This may, or may not, be the issue, or part of several issues.....lets see what other more knowlegable folk have to say.
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