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HTPC locks up while idle

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Topher5000, Aug 2, 2007.

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  1. Topher5000

    Topher5000 Thread Starter

    Jan 13, 2005
    MediaPortal Version: RC1
    MediaPortal Skin: Blue Two
    Windows Version: Windows XP (SP2)
    CPU Type: AMD X2 3800
    HDD: WD 320gb + WD 500gb
    Memory: 895mb
    Motherboard: MS-7207PV (MSI) K8NGM2
    Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    Sound Card AC3: coaxial out
    1. TV Card: Hauppauge
    1. TV Card Type: PVR-150MCE
    1. TV Card Driver:
    HTPC Case: nMedia 280
    Power Supply:
    Remote: MCE
    TV: Hitachi PJ-TX100
    TV - HTPC Connection: HDMI

    I leave my HTPC on 24/7 since I the one HDD is a share for a modded Xbox in another room. To save power & heat, I have the HDDs set to power down after 15 minutes of idle.
    While it's idle, MediaPortal is on it's home screen. After a couple of days without use, the computer totally locks up. I can access the shares over the network from the Xbox, but the HTPC front display stops scrolling, the time stops, & there's nothing I can do with it except turn it off with the power button.
    However, when I power down, the display still shows whatever MP screen it was on last. I have to flip the switch on the PS, wait a few seconds, flip it on & power the computer up.
    Sometimes there won't be any display over the DVI output (DVI to HDMI switch via a DVI-to-HDMI cable & then HDMI cable to my FP) until I reboot.
    Is this a memory leak, or a problem with the PS or cpu or what? I have the nMedia PS that came with the case, but it wouldn't start up when I had an AMD 3000+ as the cpu since there wasn't enough draw. I can try it, but I really don't think that's the problem.
  2. courtlandhui


    Oct 15, 2004
    Maybe it's a memory issue (like corrupted ram or something). I forget what the program is called, but it runs tests on your ram to check for errors.
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