Computer restarts or freezes/locks up at random
Posted on 2006-07-05
Hi all. At home I have a nearly brand-new DFI Lanparty Ultra-Dr Expert Nf4 board, with a 7600 GT, and 1 gig of OCZ memory. Earlier with this config I had memory issues as this board is VERY particular about what components you mix and match with it. And of course all of the recommended parts (PSU's, memory, graphics, etc.) are all very expensive. So I figured I'd ask the experts before I go buying anything rediculous to cease this VERY VERY annoying issue with my comp.
So here's the low down:
Computer will freeze/lock up at random, requiring a cold boot or it restarted on its own and usually comes back with a windows error report.
I have left the computer on for days at a time, with no restart, yet playing CS:S seems to make it freeze/lock up without a hitch
Once I was forced to restart and completed an error report with Microsoft which returned the error saying a device driver was screwing stuff up. I looked at the files and it seemed to be pointing at my audio drivers. So as an experiment, I turned the volume all the way down on CS:S (Counter-Strike), and was able to play uninhibited for over half an hour! In fact, it never froze or restarted, when I was never able to play for more than seemingly 5 mins at a time, I even stopped playing on my own volition, not my PC's. Now I'm not sure this is directly related to my issue, but it may have some relevance?
I tried downloading a new audio driver and testing it out with the volume, but no luck there. Same issue.
I have run memtest86 on my PC several times and it is fine. Haven't run 3dmark or prime95 yet, but I can play Everquest 2 for a number of hours, with very little lag if any, WITH volume. Although I have noticed everytime I freeze it repeats the last second of audio data, resulting in a very irritating noise when the last thing you heard was a grenade in CSS.
Basically my point is, is that I can play games online and everything, with high graphic detail at that, so why does it restart at random? is it my audio driver? I've had people suggest that it could be my PSU because my board is so demanding, but I don't even have it on SLI, and only 2 HDD's (one SATA, one IDE) with A cd drive. There is an additional 8-pin power connection on this board in conjuction with the normal 24-pin connector, but my PSU only had an available 4-pin connector, so I plugged it in as the best I could muster, yet in the Manual for this board, it says you only need a 4-pin connector if you dont have 2 video cards on it. Maybe they are filthy liars? Any ideas for this would be EXTREMELY valuable, I can't seem to get to the bottom of it, have built many computers, never had a board this picky and I don't want to rush to buy a new PSU if I dont have to. Thanks all!