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  1. #11


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Did try taking sum ram out, switching sockets, not extenisve testing but enuff to see it didnt make any difference. Not done speed test.

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  2. #12


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by BruceBanner View Post
    If cpu is overheating from a cold start>win 8 5mins>start stress test and falls over in a matter of seconds into the test, doesnt this point to faulty cpu?
    Not necessarily point to faulty CPU, like I said, there is a thermal sensor in the CPU to prevent the CPU from being overheated for an extended period. The CPU will automatically shutdown the system and if you wait for a while when the temperature of the CPU cool down, you will be able to reboot it again.

    What we do here is trying to eliminate and identify which piece of hardware that causes the problem.
    You said you swapped out the Power supply, different hard disk was used by people at the shop, replaced the MB.
    So all that left with the memory and the cables and re-seat the CPU FAN to make sure it makes good contact. The PC will hangs or shutdown or BSOD if your memory is having bad spots and the same will happen if you have a faulty or flaky cable and the CPU is overheated.

    Also, it got nothing to do with memory speed test, you have to run the memory test so that each spot on your memory stick will be tested for successful read/write operation.

    BTW, if you have more than one memory sticks, are they the same brand ? because if you mix the memory sticks with different manufactures and sometimes they are not compatible in term of timing, it will also cause problem.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 03 Dec 2012 at 16:57.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Same brand. I will give the guy a call at the shop today, see how he went on, will keep u posted.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Doesn't your mobo give an clues when something is problematic when you start up? What kind of shop are you taking it to?
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  5. #15


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Nop mb never makes a sound, on either boards i had :S

    Got it back yesterday from local pc shop. Long story cut short, first mb was actually faulty, second mb was fine but i did have one bad stick of RAM. The real problem was CPU over heating from serious lack of thermal paste and not quite fully properly inserted heat sink (i think that's what he said). So yeh... when putting old cpu's in new mb's is it advisable to grab some thermal paste and smear some on or summin?
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  6. #16


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    Yep, clean the old paste off and put just the right amount of new on. The tendency for many is to put too much on. A little tends to go a long way. Ideally, you want a very, very thin layer covering virtually the whole of the abutting surfaces. That's not easy to do. Someone nailed that over heating very well could be the problem. Heat builds very quickly particularly with a bad paste job.
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  7. #17


    San Jose - California
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    SO what did I tell you in my post ? You could have saved some bucks....
    Anyhoo, glad that you got it straighten out.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8 Pro


    Yeh by the time u threw yer 2 cents in it was already in shop. I don't mind supporting local business. I never knew about the thermal paste tho, never applied any before, u live and learn.
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