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Windows 7: URGENT! My baby (computer) died :(

17 Apr 2009   #21
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

Looking at the results, it's either power supply or CPU/motherboard faults.


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17 Apr 2009   #22
Bryce

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100
 
 

Well calling Best Buy didn't help at all. Tiger Direct wants freaken $129 to just test it and there's no other computer stores over here. I'm at a lost of what to do and I can't just run out and buy a new power supply, cpu, mobo. Is this someone's way of telling me I shouldn't be on the computer, it's ****en killing me.

On another note some good news: 2 of my front fans weren't working and I don't know how I missed em, but I hooked those up to and damn did it blow some dust every where.
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17 Apr 2009   #23
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Bryce,

It could be possible that your PSU is failing. To temporarily reduce the load, and also as part of the system debugging procedure, you need to reduce your system to the bare minimum. As we are interested in whether or not your motherboard is still functioning, disconnect ALL drives from both PSU and motherboard. Remove all but 1 stick of RAM. Power up and reboot. If you get a display on your monitor, power off and add one component at a time, starting with the RAM. Gradually add the components in this way until it fails to show anything on your monitor. Verify this by removing the last component you added. Remember to physically unplug your system from the mains supply before disconnecting and reconnecting components.

Please let us know how you get on.
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17 Apr 2009   #24
rkseagle

Dual boot WindowsXP/Windows 7
 
 

I have seen systems that shut down whenever the heat builds up too much on the processor. (My Dell will not run without a fan for more than 2 seconds)

Just a suggestion - try removing the CPU fan and replacing the contact paste with a better conductor paste (such as Arctic Silver 5). If the CPU is getting too hot with the overclocking it may have destroyed the original paste and is causing the system to hold during boot.

I highly doubt Windows 7 7077 has anything to do with the problem.

Hope it gets better... soon...
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17 Apr 2009   #25
Bryce

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100
 
 

I do vaguely remember it shutting off and rebooting in Vista x64 back in Feb. of this year I think it was. I was gaming (UT2004) and it just rebooted. But I think that was because the GFX card was at like 79C or something. That's also when I moved it to a cooler spot and ran sideless.

@Dwarf: I'll try that now. So, just the CPU, GPU, 1 stick of RAM first and then add from there.

Also, Best Buy said they do do a free test on it so I might run out there in a bit just to see what they think it is. I do hate going over there though and I almost always dog em about something
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17 Apr 2009   #26
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rkseagle View Post
I have seen systems that shut down whenever the heat builds up too much on the processor. (My Dell will not run without a fan for more than 2 seconds)

Just a suggestion - try removing the CPU fan and replacing the contact paste with a better conductor paste (such as Arctic Silver 5). If the CPU is getting too hot with the overclocking it may have destroyed the original paste and is causing the system to hold during boot.

I highly doubt Windows 7 7077 has anything to do with the problem.

Hope it gets better... soon...
That suggestion is certainly worth a try. Just a word of caution, though. Make sure that you clean the top of the CPU and the bottom of the heatsink thoroughly to remove ALL traces of the old Thermal Interface Material (TIM). When replacing TIM, place a very small amount on to the CPU and spread it out over the top of the chip. Whilst you have got the heatsink removed, check and clean the fins of the heatsink itself, and also the fan to remove any dust that has built up. Reattach the heatsink, and don't forget to plug the fan in to the appropriate header on the motherboard.
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17 Apr 2009   #27
Bryce

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100
 
 

I did clean the heatsink and all the fans in the computer, but there's no thermal paste so yea. I kinda still got the stock heatsink and it's push pin type. It's been doing so well keeping cool to until now if it is overheating
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17 Apr 2009   #28
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

It needs thermal paste on it before even trying anything further otherwise the CPU is probably as good as dead. DONT try running it without it!!!

Edit: did you wipe it off whilst cleaning or has it all just dried up due to the heat?
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17 Apr 2009   #29
Bryce

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100
 
 

See, I didn't know that when I built it, was kinda my first unassisted build lols. I thought the paste just held the heatsink on the CPU.

Well, I know now to use thermal paste if that was the cause.

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!!

EDIT: If the CPU is dead I just go out and buy a new one right? Does the warranty cover me being stupid and forgetting the thermal paste on it? I'm already looking at CPUs now lol. I might get a quad-core if I can get one for ~$180 that's highly OC'able and get a good thermal paste tube and cooler for it. I vow never to let this happen again. I feel like an idiot

What's thermal paste do then? I thought it just held the heatsink ontop of the CPU.
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17 Apr 2009   #30
Orbital Shark

 
 

Thermal paste helps conduct the heat, drawing it from the CPU and thru to the heatsync. Without it a heatsync will struggle too much to disperse of the heat on it's own.
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