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Weird Standby Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tonedeaf, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. Tonedeaf

    Tonedeaf Thread Starter

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    This is my first time asking a question on this forum so hopefully I can get an answer to this.

    I have just built a second PC, PIII Slot 1, New case and powersupply, 2 Harddrives, CDrom, floppy, generic video, generic sound, generic NIC.

    The problem I am having is that the PC keeps wanting to go into Standby at different times. Sometimes when it is starting up and sometimes when I am just surfing the net. Other times when it is just sitting for a few minutes. No rhyme or reason. When it goes to standby the harddrives shut down and the monitor goes off. The power supply fan stays on and the system fan stays on. If I hit the mouse button it will initiate again but what a pain this is.

    I have been through the POwer Management and all of the options are to "never". I have checked my BIOS and anything to do with POwer management is disabled.

    Any ideas? Please help.

    Thanks in advance.

    Tone
     
  2. Jtoast

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    Have you checked your temps to make sure the cpu isnt overheating and shutting down your system?
     
  3. Tonedeaf

    Tonedeaf Thread Starter

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    I haven't done that. That is in BIOS I assume? How would I know that the processor is getting too hot? I have a case fan blowing right on it. The processor does not have a heat sink on it just for FYI. NOt sure if that makes a difference or not.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Tone
     
  4. pronute

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    Yes the heat sink is very important because the tiny silcon chips don't have adequate surface area to dissipates the heat , the heat sink spreads the heat out for the chip , that is why every cpu manufacturer recommends a heat sink and heat sink fan or you void the warranty. if your going to install a heat sink make sure that you spred out a thin coat of heat sink grease first.
     
  5. Jtoast

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    If your board has a temp sensor(most new ones do) then yes, its in the bios.

    Although the PIII is rated for up to (if i remember correctly) 75c, I would worry if it got above the mid to low 40's.

    If your's doesn't have a temp sensor, then I would suggest taking the side off and blowing a housefan directly on the cpu and seeing if it solves the problem. If it does, then its heat :D


    If you don't have a heatsink then buying one is probably the first thing I would do.


    You can also buy a temperature sensor for $US10-20 if your board doesn't have one.
     
  6. Tonedeaf

    Tonedeaf Thread Starter

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    OK tried the fan thing. Still does it. My M-board does not have temp sensor on it. Can any of the peripheral cards be causing a short or something? I thought that maybe it was the harddrive that was pulling a little extra because the harddrive has gotten loud buzz to it. But I tried a spare one I have in the pc and it does the same thng.

    Got the heatskink for the processor.

    Thanks for all of your suggestions.
     
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