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  1. FayePrefect

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    Hello, I have been having multiple computer problems stemming from long ago to things that started just a few days ago.

    Problem one: I know what causes this, however if anyone knows how to stop it that would be great. My computer will completely freeze, even during use. The mouse will stop, the video I'm watching will stop, no sounds, and the only way to get out of it is a hardboot. And I know this is caused by my wireless card, it started when I installed it. I have tried using the disk it came with and also using windows to find the drivers on the internet. It's frustrating to deal with but manageable.

    Problem two: This started when I installed a new CPU, and extra stick of RAM, and a replacement slave drive. it went fine for the first day, then the second day my computer started shutting off the monitor, like it was in standby mode, but nothing I did brought it back. My only option was to hardboot to get it back on. I uninstalled my slave drive and and cleaned my video card and that stopped this problem. But when I did that...

    Problem three: My internet browsers stopped working. Firefox would go a random time anywhere from instantly to ten minutes, and would crash. just close right up, some times it would give me the option to send a report to Mozilla, sometimes not. So I switched to Chrome, but that crashes the second I open it. I have tried disabling all the plugins but that didn't do anything.

    Problem four: Now anything I open will stay for a few minutes before "so and so has encountered an error and must close" pops up. Steam, any video games I'm running, all of it.

    I am going to put my old CPU back in and try that, but I also thought I'd get some people to bounce some other ideas that could cause these things, as I did some googling and other people have had a few of these problems and it wasn't from upgrading. (basically just hoping it's not my new gear -_-)

    EDIT: I should also mention that when I was backing up my data to a flashdrive, my computer restarted itself. This was just before problem 4 started happening.

    Old specs:
    2.4GHz Pentium 4
    1.5GB memory
    Windows XP professional SP3
    320GB Hard drive, recently formatted so it's fairly fresh, with 30GB slave

    Upgrades:
    2.8GHz pentium 4
    2GB memory
    320GB slave
     
  2. dai

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    what are you running
    video card brand and model
    cpu
    m/board
    ram
    power supply
    brand
    model
    wattage

    check the listings in the bios for 12v line voltages and cpu temperatures and post them
     
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    I'll be as thorough as possible for you. This is a built computer, and not using any of the integrated ports.
    cpu: Intel Pentium4 2.8GHz 533MHz 512KB Socket 478
    RAM: two 1 gig DDR DIMM non-ecc PC2100
    Video card: Nividia Geforce 7300 GT (AGP)
    Power supply: not sure what brand it is but it's 400w
    Mobo: Matsonic-MS9337C using phoenix technologies.
    CPU temp: 34c
    Voltage is proper.
     
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    It does not have any bad capacitors.
    However I took out my new RAM stick and it appears to no longer have any of these problems. (other than the one caused by my wireless card). Firefox has not shut down, none of my .exes have any errors since, nor has my computer restarted itself. For now.
     
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    is the new ram stick rated the same as the old one and run at the same voltage,as it sounds like it may be mismatched
     
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    it is exactly the same as the other one; DDR non-ecc PC2100 184pin, voltage 1.4 both of them
     
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    the volts at 1.4v seem very low for ddr ram

    check the voltage range on the makers site,the m/board may be volting to low and you may need to set it manually
     
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    I'm sorry that should have read 2.4v which is the proper specs for it. Anyway I have been running my computer intensively for the last day playing videogames with the new CPU in but the new memory out, and it has not had any of the problems I listed. So it has been solved and I have returned the faulty stick.

    However if you have any suggestions for problem one, I'm open ears.
     
  10. dai

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    what card did you put in
     
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    Realtek RTL8188CU USB network adapter.
     
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    Right. Like I didn't think of that. I appreciate your help Dai, but I'm just gonna call this solved. I've given up on fixing the first problem, and all the other problems were faulty RAM.
    Thank you.
     
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