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help pls

I got my computer setup here

motherboard ASUS A8V-E Deluxe Via-K8T890 chipset
[939-pin] AMD Athlon-64 3200+ CPU w/ Hyper transport Technology
350W power supply
2048 Dual Channel [1024MB x2] DDR-400 PC3200 Memory Module Kingston Hyper-X
PCI-E 16x Nvidia Geforce 6600 GT 128Mb w/DVI +TV out
80GB Hard Drive SATA Seagate 8MB Cache

the problem that i have is the computer always hang or stuck sometimes and when i restart it it won't  go to windows unless i turn it off and wait for half an hour and switch it on again it will works properly for a while and then it will hang again.
i already install the sata driver and i dont' know if there's not enough power?

do u guys have any solution
thanx for the help
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
It could definitely be power.  A 350W PSU for a system such as yours is, in my view, a little underpowered.  Have you got a higer rated PSU that you can use to test?

Another common problem for lock-ups is bad memory - do you have another stick you can test?
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lewis_looAuthor Commented:
no i don't have any extra power supply

if u say so i will test the powersupply see how it is

i dont' think i have the memory problem because it's a new computer that i just bought one month ago

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purplepomegraniteCommented:
I presume the computer worked to begin with and has now developed this fault?  Or has it always done this?
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lewis_looAuthor Commented:
yes it always hang

last time is because i don't install the SATA driver to my windows XP SP-2, but this time i my guess is the power problem or do u think is the cooling problem

i already have 2 fan out and one from the power supply

do u think i should install more fan?

when i see my processor it goes to 100% before it hang it will slow down your machine and it begin to totally stuck

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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
It could be the power supply.  ASUS boards are very picky about having enought juice to run them.  Check the specs in the manual against the specs on the Power Supply.

If you still have the issue, get rid of the board and get an Abit.

Let me explain....  I bought 3 A8V's with 3 new Athlon 64 FX-53's for new systems, SATA drives, High End Video, etc.  I built them all the exact same and had lockups I couldn't explain.  Since it was on all 3 machines, I knew it wasn't a fluke.  Anyway, over the course of 6 weeks I troubleshot the heck out of them, swapped out all components and finally could reproduce the problem on every machine at will.  It has something to do with transferring data to/from the hard drive as best as I can tell.  Anyway, I had this documented every which way and submitted it to ASUS for help.  It is now going on 3.5 months and they STILL have not even assigned it to a tech to work on.  I pulled them out, put in ABit boards and they have run like a champ ever since.

So, if you have a good power supply and good components, based on their track record, I wouldn't waste alot of time on the motherboard.
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tmj883Commented:
I agree with purplep' that the power supply is underpowered, at least 100 watts...get a quality power supply of 450 watts or greater.
http://www.adecy.com/psu/
Check your power needs at above, with attention to individual power rails...
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lewis_looAuthor Commented:
thanks you guys

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Steve McCarthy, MCSE, MCSA, MCP x8, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CIWA, CCNA, FDLE FCIC, HIPAA Security OfficerIT Consultant, Network Engineer, Windows Network Administrator, VMware AdministratorCommented:
Good Luck!
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lewis_looAuthor Commented:
i got my new power supply it' 550 Watt, i plug it in

the first day second day it's going well today i dont' know what happen again. it's still back to the old things. and when i restart it gives me that boot sector failure. i turn it off and wait for about 20 or 30 minutes and turn it on again. and it works for a while and then it goes slow again when i am trying to access my hard drive

is it because i configuration wrong. my windows is in my H:. i have 2 partition on my Sata drive one is H: and one is C:

i am in nee of your help again
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
You might want to open another question for this, but I would now suspect your hard-drive.  If it comes up with Boot Sector failure, it is likely to be hardware related (especially if it is an intermittent error).
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