First of all cheers 2 all :)
This is officially my first <help me> post, I stumbled on this web after googling the magic words "girls gone wild" and hitting the Im Feeling lucky button, then....oh wait... No that was before. I mean googled "motherboard random shutdown" :$
That said,I read a few topics related to this but none quite solved this little thing I have in hands so I thought perhaps I'd fall in ur good graces :) That and I was happy to find a place where it seemed I could learn some thing from and hopefully leave some handy input.
Well I guess this could have gone into my intro post but it just felt wrong 2 spread my lil problem outta the blue, so here it goes :
Current situation - I cant work (or play) on anything that requires graphic activity
Previous situation (for a month or so) - I've had days, weeks even with no problems at all, on occasion my computer would immediately shutdown and after reboot all was fine, also sometimes I had it running (any 3d app) for a few hours when suddenly computer shutdown. Rarely (cant say for sure,maybe 2 or 3), I've had days where I couldnt do anything.
Trying to fix this situation I have so far, changed my graphic card, tried ram slots one by one, formated hd twice, tried psu on a friends similar rig, updated Bios and chipset drivers.
I've runned ram, hd and processor tests (all in DOS, things like memtest,Seagate hd tools and a few others). I tested it after a fresh reinstall with only necessary drivers and Ati tools and I've "managed" to see it shutdown again. Whats annoys me more bout this is the random factor, only thing not random is the graphic part. Graphic is new, so I'll exclude that. The hardware tests I've run so far give me no reason 2 worry about any piece but Im looking forward for opinions.
A few things that might matter:
At certain point I had 2 change my net connection from lan to usb, for some reason in a lan meant instant shutdown only (again annoying) in 3d applications. Worked fine for a while, I actually thought I had figured it out, some driver problem of some sort. Well its back
I had once a checkdisk after a shutdown, for what I understand it might be due to bad sectors. Never happened again thou.
I had today a bsod prior to shutdown, it said a process had been terminated causing a fatal error.
Athlon64 3,5, 3GB Ram, 2 120GB HD, Asus A8N-E MB, HD 2600XT, inboard soundcard, 500W PSU, CADSL4 Router (I' actually read about modem/graphic cards incompatibility, is it possible?)
Windows XP Pro SP2
Idle Temps: Board: 30~33 CPU: 30~33 Graphic Card: 44
3d app Temps: Board: 33~38 CPU: 40~42 Graphic Card: Cant say for sure (and cant test) but I remember it going to 65ºC in Atil Tools and holding. (also most games I tried dont stress it as much as Ati tools, never checked temps on 3d max :s)
If any1 is familiar with Atil tools perhaps they now whats the "temperature of temp. chip"? I have that one at 99ºC on anything graphic but I think I had it 2 when shutdowns were rare.
Aff big post,I hope some of you guys can share some thoughts on this.
Also if u made it this far, ty for your time