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P4C800 WINXP BSOD

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P4C800 MB with P43.2C and 1GB PC3100
EVGA 5700 Ultra
ATI TVWonder
Creative Audigy 2
Maxtor 40GB Boot HD
Two Maxtor SATA 120GB in Stripe RAID
Sony DVD DWU10A +-RW
Sony CDRW with DVD ROM
1.44 Floppy
External USB/Firewire IDE 120GB HD on USB
Enlight 420W Dual Fan PSU

System was stable in WinXP until addition of EVGA 5700 Ultra.  Now, on initial startup only, it will crash with BSOD and Restart.  It will only do this a couple of times on my initial first of the day startup of the system.  After that it will run all day even playing Jedi Academy.  The system will also startup into Windows 2000 with no problem.  Have not had a BSOD in Windows 2000 yet.  I was getting a couple of very rare (days apart) BSODs on startup with my previous video card, an ASUS 9520TD.  I am frustrated since I believe the hardware is fine since it runs okay after the initial few BSOD crashes.  Can anyone please tell me if my PSU could be the culprit, i.e. system is cold and requires absolute stable power until it warms up ?  I am monitoring the voltages and the temps.  My normal system temp is around 40C.  When playing jedi academy it gets upto 60C.  My voltages are fine with the exception of the 12V rail, it is normally at around 11.8 but drops to around 11.6 during game play.  Any help on this one would be appreciated, I have noticed a few other people having similar problems.

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First can you list what the BSOD is?   Is it the same message every time?


>>system is cold and requires absolute stable power until it warms up
actually the opposite is probably true.  Your power supply should give off better voltages when it is cold.   However, during boot up the most power is being pulled from the system.


>>is normally at around 11.8 but drops to around 11.6 during game play
that is not good on those hard drives.   Kind of supprised that you don't crash sometimes.  I would also think that during this time your PS is heating up.  This causes your whole system to heat up and your CPU is rising.


I would not rull out other hardware besides the power supply.  BSOD can be caused by several different things
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Thanks for your reply ,

It was hard to get the message since the system immediately restarted however I was able to get a couple, they are IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.  I also tried a different PSU, a sparkle 350W.  It crashed right away with a Fatal System Error C000021a so I reverted back to my Enlight 420.   I have disabled the automatic restart in the System Failure section of My Computer and will write down future crashes.  This morning I started into Win2000 first with no problems, left it running for an hour or so with ASUS probe running.  Following this I restarted into WinXP since my Email and applications are on XP.  Prior to reboot I changed one of the BIOS settings, I enabled the PAT (changed it from Auto).  So far today I have had no crashes.  You mentioned that you were "surprised that you don't crash sometimes".  Well I did have a couple of BSOD crashes last night, one while playing Jedi Academy and one while exiting from IE.  So the problem is more than simply a startup issue.  Is the 12V voltage low at 11.6, I have actually seen it as low as 11.491 in the Asus Probe historical log.  Is the PSU still the prime suspect ?

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Accepted reponse to my question.  Turned out to be caused by a defective CPU.  It's on it's way back to Intel for a replacement.
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thanks.  Was not suspecting the CPU, but you never know what is going wrong.
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