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JTJersey
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      10-12-2007
On Mon, 08 Oct 2007 16:34:42 -0700, cJ wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I recently built a new PC based on the hardware below. I have had
> instability issues with this system. I have contacted the motherboard
> supplier for support (thinking that may be a likely cause) but wanted to
> open it up to the group in case someone has had similar issues. Any help
> is appreciated! Thanks.......
>
>
> Computer configuration
>
> Case: Antec Sonata II with 450W power supply CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
> E6300
> Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
> BIOS: Version 0703 (latest available) Memory: 2Gb (2 x 1Gb) Kingston
> PC5300 DDR2 667Mhz RAM Video: EVGA GeForce 7100GS PCI-E
> Hard Drives: Western Digital 80Gb (SATA channel 1)
> Western Digital 300Gb (SATA channel 2) External USB 120Gb drive
> OS: Windows XP Pro (32 bit)
>
>
>
> Issues:
>
> Frequent corrupt files (mainly JPGs on WD300 but has occurred on various
> file types on all 3 drives)
>
> Spontaneous reboots with errors like "NTFS.SYS -
> page_fault_in_non_paged_area" and "irql_not_less_or_equal"
>
> Programs failing to launch and needing to be reinstalled
>
> QFAN control in BIOS resetting itself to "disabled"
>
> Instability
>
> Intermittent noise / interference coming through onboard audio output
>
>
> What tests or checks would be the next to perform? What is the best way
> to diagnose issues like this? Any help is appreciated.
>
> Thank you


Two things I check first, when random rebooting or system instability
occurs, are memory chips and the power supply. On older mainboards I'd
also closely examine the board for swollen or leaking capacitors, but
that shouldn't be an issue here. If you ran a COMPLETE memtest then swap
out the power supply.

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JTJersey
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      11-04-2007
On Mon, 08 Oct 2007 16:34:42 -0700, cJ wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I recently built a new PC based on the hardware below. I have had
> instability issues with this system. I have contacted the motherboard
> supplier for support (thinking that may be a likely cause) but wanted to
> open it up to the group in case someone has had similar issues. Any help
> is appreciated! Thanks.......
>
>
> Computer configuration
>
> Case: Antec Sonata II with 450W power supply CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
> E6300
> Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
> BIOS: Version 0703 (latest available) Memory: 2Gb (2 x 1Gb) Kingston
> PC5300 DDR2 667Mhz RAM Video: EVGA GeForce 7100GS PCI-E
> Hard Drives: Western Digital 80Gb (SATA channel 1)
> Western Digital 300Gb (SATA channel 2) External USB 120Gb drive
> OS: Windows XP Pro (32 bit)
>
>
>
> Issues:
>
> Frequent corrupt files (mainly JPGs on WD300 but has occurred on various
> file types on all 3 drives)
>
> Spontaneous reboots with errors like "NTFS.SYS -
> page_fault_in_non_paged_area" and "irql_not_less_or_equal"
>
> Programs failing to launch and needing to be reinstalled
>
> QFAN control in BIOS resetting itself to "disabled"
>
> Instability
>
> Intermittent noise / interference coming through onboard audio output
>
>
> Tests performed:
>
> SMART check on hard drives, no issues found
>
> MEMTEST86+ run with no issues found
>
> This copy of Windows XP Pro tested on other PC with no issues
>
> I have reformatted and reinstalled Windows 3 times and the problems all
> return
>
>
>
> What tests or checks would be the next to perform? What is the best way
> to diagnose issues like this? Any help is appreciated.
>
> Thank you



Have you tried another power supply?

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Robert Baer
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      11-05-2007
JTJersey wrote:

> On Mon, 08 Oct 2007 16:34:42 -0700, cJ wrote:
>
>
>>Hello,
>>
>>I recently built a new PC based on the hardware below. I have had
>>instability issues with this system. I have contacted the motherboard
>>supplier for support (thinking that may be a likely cause) but wanted to
>>open it up to the group in case someone has had similar issues. Any help
>>is appreciated! Thanks.......
>>
>>
>>Computer configuration
>>
>>Case: Antec Sonata II with 450W power supply CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
>>E6300
>>Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLI
>>BIOS: Version 0703 (latest available) Memory: 2Gb (2 x 1Gb) Kingston
>>PC5300 DDR2 667Mhz RAM Video: EVGA GeForce 7100GS PCI-E
>>Hard Drives: Western Digital 80Gb (SATA channel 1)
>> Western Digital 300Gb (SATA channel 2) External USB 120Gb drive
>>OS: Windows XP Pro (32 bit)
>>
>>
>>
>>Issues:
>>
>>Frequent corrupt files (mainly JPGs on WD300 but has occurred on various
>>file types on all 3 drives)
>>
>>Spontaneous reboots with errors like "NTFS.SYS -
>>page_fault_in_non_paged_area" and "irql_not_less_or_equal"
>>
>>Programs failing to launch and needing to be reinstalled
>>
>>QFAN control in BIOS resetting itself to "disabled"
>>
>>Instability
>>
>>Intermittent noise / interference coming through onboard audio output
>>
>>
>>Tests performed:
>>
>>SMART check on hard drives, no issues found
>>
>>MEMTEST86+ run with no issues found
>>
>>This copy of Windows XP Pro tested on other PC with no issues
>>
>>I have reformatted and reinstalled Windows 3 times and the problems all
>>return
>>
>>
>>
>>What tests or checks would be the next to perform? What is the best way
>>to diagnose issues like this? Any help is appreciated.
>>
>>Thank you

>
>
>
> Have you tried another power supply?
>

Check; an electrically noisy power supply could do this, but bad RAM
can also give similar problems.
If you have two sticks and the MB allows it, try one at a time to see
if there is any significant difference between them.
If the MB does RAM (bank) switching then swapping sticks !might! show
a difference in problems.
 
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