Re: quantum fireball cx

Re: quantum fireball cx


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Posted by Henry on February 20, 2002 at 23:08:04:

In Reply to: Re: quantum fireball cx posted by emremulazim on February 19, 2002 at 14:54:11:

: i've tried it. I've checked with powermax 3.03 and all tests are passed without error.

: But while i was testing it did not start to give sound.

: I think it starts to give sound when it get hot.
: But i cant test it during this noise, because computer stops running it freezes


If your HDD pased the diagnostic it should be OK unless it has heat problems as you suspect. I'd sugest improving ventilation around the HDD - even blow on it with a good cool aor blower - nothing wimpy, something that moves a lot of cool air around the HDD (even if you must take the HDD out of the case).

Heat could be causing your problems, but your problems may have nothing to do with the HDD - some other things come to mind:

1. Make sure your OS has all of the latest patches applied; OS and device driver conflicts cause PC freezeups - sometimes suddenly without warning.
2. Make sure you have all of the very latest drivers for your onboard features and expansion cards, especially video. Check the chipset maker's web site if the mainboard maker doesn't have recent driver updates posted for your OS.
3. Power supply could be too small or it may not provide enough current in the right sections (especially critical for AMD CPUs).
4. Your CPU may be overheating. Make sure the heatsink is mounted FLAT against the CPU; consider heat transfer grease. It is very easy to MIS-mount the heat sink on Flip Chip style CPUs; that is, mount the heat sink so it LOOKS right but is touching only one edge of the chip - much less likely if you have a larger chip like AMD K-6, P233MMX, Socket 370 Celeron 500.
5. Other chips such as video processor or your chipset - or even memory could be getting too hot - feel components as quickly as possible after a freeeze-up and blow lots of cool air on anything that seems too warm (if it is warm, cool it!). Longer run time WITH cooling would suggest you needd better cooling.
6. After your PC freezes up - how long before you can restart? Less time if you force cool the HDD? CPU? video card? chipset? System Case?
7. After a freezeup, if you disconnect the power plug from your HDD can you restart your PC right away (boot to floppy disk; set a: as first boot device in CMOS Setup)? Yes points to HDD, No points away from HDD.

Good Luck,
Henry


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