Message:
Subject: Possibly Overheating?
By: Renton (IP: 207.255.40.*)
Written on: 09-08-2005 20:07

I've had my pc for 3+ years now, and 3-4 days ago it's started restarting itself randomly, up to 3 times a day so far. I'm thinking its overheating, but I don't know a whole lot about pcs. I downloaded EVEREST, and here are my temperatures:

CPU 35 C (95 F)
GPU 49 C (120 F)
GPU Ambient 43 C (109 F)
WDC WD360GD-00FNA0 31 C (88 F)

Cooling Fans
CPU 3342 RPM

Voltage Values
CPU Core 1.52 V
+3.3 V 3.34 V
+5 V 5.11 V
+12 V 12.10 V
-12 V -12.61 V
-5 V -5.10 V
+5 V Standby 4.99 V
VBAT Battery 3.02 V


I'm not sure what that voltage stuff means, but this is what it told me.

Specs:
Computer
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2

Motherboard
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 1600 MHz (8 x 200) 2600+
Motherboard Name AOpen AK86-L (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8383 Apollo K8T800, AMD Hammer
System Memory 1024 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award (07/14/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display
Video Adapter RADEON X800 PRO Secondary (256 MB)
Video Adapter RADEON X800 PRO (256 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon X800 Pro (R420)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (133224)

Multimedia
Audio Adapter Creative SB0090 Audigy Player Sound Card

Storage
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
SCSI/RAID Controller VIA Serial ATA RAID Controller
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive VIA SATA RAID 0 SCSI Disk Device (68 GB)
Optical Drive ATAPI CDRW 52X32 (52x/32x CD-RW)
Optical Drive IDE DVD-ROM 16X (16x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions
C: (NTFS) 70598 MB (18104 MB

Sorry if none of this matters, but I'm heading to a lan party this weekend and want this straighetened out.

Pretty sure im not overclocked.

Replies:
By: Tillmann (IP: 146.140.7.*)
Written on: 15-08-2005 15:13

Hi,

if the temperature readings are correct, it's definitely not a temperature-related problem.

I'd recommend that you check for two common problems:

- Bad memory. Run memtest86 (http://www.memtest86.com/; it requires you to burn it to floppy and boot for it. The test can take quite some time.

- Bad capacitors. Common problem with older motherboard. Look at the capacitors on the motherboard - do some of them leak a brown liquid (either on their top or lower side)? Here is an image of a damaged capacitor to help you judge: http://blog.sarcaza.com/hello/28/1277/1024/blown-capacitor-close-up1.jpg

Good luck!

Tillmann
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