December 21st, 2006, 04:04 PM #1
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Computer Problem out of the blue...(long post explaing problem)
Post is long but please please bear with me on this
First time on this site but not first time reader. I built my current computer back in September before I headed off to college with some very good components. When it was first built everything ran smoothly for months up to last week where i started seeing some weird things going on with windows clock, where it would be off by days, hours, or minutes. I reset clock thinking it might have been my fault but it caused problems with some games that depend on the time on windows. So i got clockmon program to keep windows time in sync with bios timer. This program for some reason would cause all my programs stutter for awhile than cause whole computer to freeze leading me to restart computer.
This is when i figured I'll update bios to latest. Having the Gigabyte 965p ds3 rev 1.0 i updated to F7. This seemed to solve the problem of the stuttering. The following day I restarted my computer only to find that it would not post at all even after several times of restarting it. So it lead me to believe the bios may be causing this, so I reset cmos by removing battery for a couple of minutes which was not easy due to needing to remove video card to get to the battery. Computer than was able to post again. Computer was working perfectly after that up to the next day where it would not post again. I reset cmos and it worked fine again.
This week it seemed like the problem was solved but the problem emerged again but only worse. I tried reseting the cmos but that didn't work so I went and started checking connections and that seemed to fix it for awhile. I decided to connect my cases sound wires to motherboard which i did not do before. This allowed me to hear the beeping sound of the errors. I got one long beep and 2 short ones which I looked up and found that it meant video card error. So i reseated the video card and made sure it was in place well only to find out that doing that did not solve the problem. I kept getting video errors.
After getting very frustrated I left it over night only to find that in the morning it worked perfectly only to come to the problem that windows would not load up after getting to blue welcome screen. I restarted computer with last good config. which solved the problem. I changed bios updates several times seeing if that was the issue but the video error still was beeping every time. This lead me to take everything apart and put everything together again only to find out that it didn't work still. After ripping my hair out doing different things to get computer to post and load windows such as removing memory, reseting video card, disconnecting power to motherboard, and giving it a few "lovetaps" I figured it just might be my video card that is broken. So i started wiggling it around when computer started and then the miracle happened my computer would boot up with no problem. It would sometimes take several times restarting and wiggling video card in its slot but It would start.
This has been my problem so far which at the moment has lead me to reformat and reinstall windows xp on my computer but the video card error still persists. I am gong to get my friends video card and use his on my computer and have him use mine on his computer seeing if it is the video card causing the video error or might be that the motherboard slot for some reason is not making good contact with card.
I know this was a long post but I needed to get out all the issues leading up to the demise of my computer. On another note I need this computer to be working well enough by end of holiday season when i return to school. I'm at my wits end trying to figure this out. Please any help would be appreciated.
December 21st, 2006, 05:11 PM #2
Sounds like you've done quite a bit of TS'ing there - nice! Three things you may look at - you are already looking at one - the video card. While it sounds right, with the errors you have, it can also be other items as well. Follow through with the videocard trade - it's a good start. Two other items you may look at is your power supply and the mainboard itself.
If the videocard issue does not resolve your problems, check the psu first - try something similar or more powerful than what you have - a lack of sufficient power or a malfunctioning psu can cause those issues as well.
You may want to drop some specs on your psu and videocard here as well to help out.
And welcome to Techimo!
BTW - where did you get F7 from? Is that a beta version BIOS update? I only see F6 as the last 'released' version.
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December 21st, 2006, 05:29 PM #3
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I will try swapping as soon as my friend is able to do so.
My video card is a connect3d x1900xt 512 mb card that does use a molex connector connected to psu.
Psu is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817812002
which has held up for a long time.
Mother board is this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012
Hope this helps a bit. also when i bump my computer with my knee sometimes it would freeze up. Dont know if that would help any.
December 21st, 2006, 05:37 PM #4
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just a suggestion clear out of the blue change the cmos battery and see if that helps
they do have a newer bios as well you could try that to see if it helps any
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