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Lockups and beep

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RRA, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. RRA

    RRA Thread Starter

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    Recently my PC has started just locking up somtimes accompanied by one continuous high-pitched beep. Was thinking maybe heat issues but unsure. I can leave the pc on for hours on end long as I'm just surfing of doing office apps. I can never play a game very long however or do anything else intensive for long before this happens again and I have to manually shutdown and power on again. Any help appreciated. :)
     
  2. Triple6

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    It could very well be heat issues. If you enter the BIOS setup of your computer you should be able to check your temps and voltages; post those here.

    You can also monitor temps from Windows using a variety of programs if your motherboard supports it. One that I like is called Speedfan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
     
  3. RRA

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    Thanks for the response, heres what I found,

    MB temp: 30C
    CPU temp: 65.5C
    Fan speed: 6490rpm

    VCore: 1.8v
    +3.3v: 3.2v
    +5v : 4.8v
    +12v : 12.0v
    +3vsb: 3.3v
    +5vsb: 5.1

    CPU looks awful high to me for no oc. If you think thats the culprit any advice on things to check since fan seems to be running?
     
  4. gotrootdude

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    I'd say heats an issue, especially that it could be up to 15 degrees higher than your censor is reading meaning up to 75C at the core actual temp!!

    Your power supply also looks to be haveing some undervoltage issues at least on the 5V rail.
     
  5. RRA

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    Thanks, hmm wonder what I should do. The fan on the heatsink seems to be running fine. Maybe remove and reapply some silver compound and reseat?
     
  6. CAPSLOCK

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    Or purchase another heat sink.
    Or kill overclocking.
    Or add more case fans.
    Or clean out the case.

    Has this just happened (as if the machine worked fine for years)?
    Did you add any new hardware?
    If not, see if there is a BIOS update.
    If you have installed any new software, that program may be taking alot of your CPU's time in the background and causing your processor to run at %100. Not good if your gaming.
    Kill all other apps. in the background CTRL+ALT+Delete, or kill the icons by your clock (start / run / msconfig / startup tab {unless you're running Win2K).
     
  7. crjdriver

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    What type of processor? P4's generally do not have that problem. They will throttle down so as not to overheat. I agree that 65C is too warm. Since that temp would not be under load [if read in the bios] it can go up another 10C under load. Check to see if any apps are using a lot of cpu time. Pulling the hsf and a complete cleaning and reapplication of thermal compound may be in order.
     
  8. RRA

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    Thanks for the replies. As for type of cpu its an amd 1.4ghz chip and isn't overclocked or so I was told by the friend who gave me the pc on loan. Case has 4 fans including the psu one and was cleaned about 2 weeks ago. I assume reapplication of the thermal compound is what I should do next. If that doesn't do it then a new heatsink maybe in order. Not sure its possible the chip just runs hot all of a sudden. Been ran for about 2 yrs without problem before now. Oh and background programs aren't it either, checked it thanks. Good suggestions, :)
     
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