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Troubleshooting progress

We've ruled out RAM, I think. Within this entirely-not-scientific process, anyway. Truth be known, we don't know the truth.

So, if it's not RAM, and it's not the power supply, what else are we lookin' at?

Let's review:
  • System freezes intermittently.
  • In the course of hard-rebooting, system occasionally loses all it's CMOS settings.
  • There were sporadic drops in voltage, but the new power supply seems to have fixed that.
  • There remain occasional spikes in CPU temperature, but system logs show no such thing at the time of freezing.
    (this could mean there are no spikes at the time of freezing, or it could mean the logs aren't written fast enough)
  • If left alone for a few hours, system will freeze up at the windows login screen.
  • I got a message telling me one of my drivers was exceeding it's allocated stack space, and to increase the reserved area for overflow.</ol>So, now we move on, utilizing a subtle combination of intuition and brute force. The "witch hunt" approach to fixing computers.

    Just finished uninstalling the SoundBlaster Live card and all of it's associated software. I hope that's not the problem - this thing gives me 5.1 audio, which would be quite nifty if I had speakers to go with it, but more importantly, it's my only source of MIDI I/O. I'll be somewhat crippled without that.

    Next will be... something else.

    Comments

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    self
    Jul. 14th, 2001 12:50 pm (UTC)
    Hmm.
    DVD playback still loses audio after about two minutes - guess that wasn't a conflict betweeen the two soundcards. Wondering now whether PowerDVD doesn't like the Delta 66 card, or if that's just a function of shareware trial software.

    Whatever. More concerned with seeing the system lock up again, or not.
    thestagemanager
    Jul. 14th, 2001 03:44 pm (UTC)
    Re: Hmm.
    At this point, I'd be swapping components onto another mobo. While Asus boards are typically as top notch as they come, there's always such a thing as a defective board. Could be a bad trace, or any other number of things. As you don't have another board on hand though, the first thing I'd have done would've been to yank one of the two video cards. I've heard of that being the source of problems many times.
    self
    Jul. 14th, 2001 05:17 pm (UTC)
    Video Cards
    Yeah, that's probably next.

    I had a lot of trouble installing the SBLive, though, and it really wouldn't surprise me to find something misconfigured or corrupted along those lines...
    self
    Jul. 15th, 2001 02:43 am (UTC)
    SBLive
    I should point out that, aside from one incident discovering that Vopt and AsusProbe don't play nicee together, the system hasn't shown any signs of crashing yet. Verdict's still out, but I'm leaning towards thinking I was right about the soundcard.
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