Computer Crashes, Will not Turn on for Several Minutes
Over the past 2 weeks my computer has been shutting down like someone yanked out the powercord at random. At first it happened once every 3 days, and by last night it had increased to every 3 minutes.
Clearly something is wrong and I am trying to figure out what exactly. I have attempted some troubleshooting but now I need some help from people with much better experience.
The random crashes generally do not happen when I am doing graphic intensive tasks, generally it happens when i am surfing the web, listening to music or anything like that.
I ran memtest and my Ram passed with no problems
I believe the issue is either my PSU (700W, one year old, forgot the brand isn't a A+ Brand though) or my MOBO (Intel LGA 1155 Model, 2 months old)
The problems began when I replaced by Radeon 6870 GPU with a Nvidia 660TI, but power wattage difference for each card is not too dramatic.
At first, it was just my screen flickering once and a while. Then the random restarts began.
It will crash like the power plug has been pulled out. I will not be able to boot it back up again. I have to turn off the power and wait till all the lights inside the case go out before I can turn the power back on and then the computer.
Last night when it was really bad I removed the GPU, and went with onboard graphics, and the computer still crashed.
Do you guys think this is a PSU issue or a Motherboard Issue?
the first thing I would do is see if I did any changes at all like adding in new hardware or updating software, then I look at your Admin logs to see what shows up to make sure that it isn't some update or even a software that isn't messing around, then lastly I would stress test the CPU GPU and then finally before I would go to bed I would run the mem test over night
I ran the memtest for about 6 hours until it said it was completed.
At this point, the machine will not stay turned on for any longer than 3 minutes it would be impossible to stress test anything.
I also checked the logs, and it called the issue a 'Kernel Power Problem, Event 41' - 'The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first' It logged the same problem for every crash I have had.
As for software, I have not installed any new software that would cause this issue. It rarely even makes it to the desktop for any software to be initialized.
first use cc cleaner to remove ati drivers, if this a problem ...back up data....files, pic's, game profiles and saves.....then get all your current hardware drivers on memstik then format and re-install OS
Thank you for the response,
I removed every last bit of ATI drivers and there was not an issue, but if I can get it running again stable I will reformat and reinstall the OS
by the way what MotherBoard model an bios version @ now
My motherboard model is:
Intel® Desktop Board DZ77GAL-70K Extreme Series
And the bios i believe is updated to the most recent version, my very computer literate friend did that for me while I was bbqing...
I just found a review of my PSU, apparently it is an especially terrible one. I believe it is the most likely culprit for my computers issues.
intel drivers for your mb
BIOS of the following Intel® Desktop Boards: DZ77GA-70K, DZ77RE-75K.
PS or MB is dieing.
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