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At the end of my tether

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by nathcrow, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. nathcrow


    Joined: 11 Jul 2006

    Posts: 1

    Hi, around a month ago I pretty much put together a new PC. New case which came with a PSU, new mobo, new gfx card, 2 new sticks of 512mb corsair RAM. The only 3 things that weren't new were the CPU, CD drive & a HD that contained my preinstalled OEM version of XP.

    Everything was fine for around 4 weeks, then last week I started getting blue screen crashes, lots of blue screen crashes. Until eventually on Friday I tried to boot and saw "windows/system/config is missing or corrupt" & could get no further.

    because my copy of XP was an OEM version I didnt have the disks and the recovery program no longer worked as I had changed the mobo. So I had to get a new copy of XP (I also grabbed a new 300gig HD at the same time)

    This brings us up to saturday, I formatted both HDs and attempted to install XP, at around 70% of the initial "copying files" stage I kept getting an error saying various files were not copied correctly, I also had a number of blue screen crashes during XP setup.

    Eventually after around 8 hours trying I got XP installed. It ran for around 2 hours but was acting strangely (I have some DVD image files on an external HD and some of these would not install), then I got a blue screen crash, I rebooted and after a while the PC just reset itself and rebooted, no blue screen this time. After this reboot XP took ages to start up and all kinds of strange things started happening, with programs acting very strangely. Then it refused to boot in anything except safe mode.

    I reformatted the drives today and reinstalled XP, using a different CD drive as someone suggested that the CD drive may have been at fault and may have caused the XP installation to have been corrupt (bearing in mind that it took 8 hours to get XP to install the first time)
    Today it installed first time, everything was fine for around 5 hours, then around an hour ago it reset itself again, no blue screen, just suddenly rebooted.

    I am thinking it has to be either the PSU or the CPU. The PSU is a 350W that came with the case, it is only 4 weeks old but is a cheap one, the case & PSU were only £30.
    The CPU is a 2.4ghz Celeron, it is around 3 years old and I have been playing Oblivion a lot recently which means the CPU has been under strain.
  2. semi-pro waster

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    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Welcome to the forums. It could be the PSU or CPU but I'd probably be looking more to Ram personally, have you tried running memtest86? I could well be wrong but from experience Ram has caused a few similar problems for me.
  3. Imy


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

    Posts: 2,771

    Location: Nuneaton, UK

    Try lowering your memory timings - that fixed a similar problem for me once. My motherboard didn't like my Corsair memory running at its default 2-2-2-5 timings and I had file-copy errors when installing WinXP.

    Can't hurt to try.
  4. Stelly


    Joined: 5 Oct 2005

    Posts: 11,058

    Location: Liverpool

    you can run oblivion on a Celeron? well I never :)

  5. -|ScottFree|-

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

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    I would say it is definately memory related.

    Take one stick of memory out and try to reinstall, if you get the same problem installing try the other stick. In most cases I know this seeems to be a memory problem.
  6. InvaderGIR


    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    Deffinatly memory.

    I had this sort of problem with a brand new pc I'd built, took me ages to work out that it was the RAM.
  7. xirokx


    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

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    Location: N.W London

    I agree test memory with memtest 86+ and also make sure your RAM sticks are in the correct slots on your mobo...
  8. S.T.F.U


    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 154

    Location: Liverpool, England

    Errm I might sound a bit n00bie here but arnt you supposed to always install a fresh copy of windows once replacing the Motherboard? Something to do with the drivers conflicting or something? :o
  9. Imy


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

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    Location: Nuneaton, UK

    Yeah you should really unless the replacement motherboard is the same.
  10. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

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    seconded, always, always re-format when installing a new mobo.... no exceptions
  11. Pulseammo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

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    Try the memtest see what it brings up, next guess after memory would be a dodgy psu then a dodgy sata / ide controller and or cable.
  12. semi-pro waster

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    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    It is better to but it isn't always necessary, Windows is a funny old beast and can cope with a surprising amount of changes at some times and falls over at the slightest thing at others. If I was transplanting drives from one PC to a new one then I'd want to format to minimise the chance of redundant drivers/driver conflicts but plenty of people just sling the drive in without a thought and it works :)
  13. HicRic


    Joined: 13 May 2006

    Posts: 287

    Location: england

    Yep, shocking performance though, especially in cpu-heavy areas like towns and battles. :eek: I hate my celeron... :(