[clug-talk] Random computer crashing

Hendrik Schaink hschaink at infovisi.com
Tue May 9 10:56:43 PDT 2006

Ripping video is a high-CPU-demand task. Considering that you haven't
found any faulty memory nor hard drive, there's IMHO only two options
left: either the CPU overheats and goes into power-down mode (Intel CPUs
only; AMD CPUs in the past tended to burn themselves up) _OR_ the power
to the CPU is insufficient on a "long-term" power-hungry task. Either of
these scenario could create weird (dying) sounds over the speakers.

You are saying that your box was bought as a high-end box -- does that
mean that the PowerSupply is rated at least 350W? IMO a PSU of 300W with
a high-end CPU _and_ a high-end video card _and_ a high-end sound card
is a recipe for failure. If my memory serves me well, it was about 2
years ago that my own supplier started bringing in cases with 350W PSUs
to provide adequate power to power-hungry components. Be really careful
with _generic_ PSUs: they are produced with a low price-point in mind;
reliable power and life span are sacrificed to achieve that price point.

Be sure to check the cooling fins of the CPU fan -- they do tend to get
clogged up with dust -- blow them out with forced air.

All in all, my money is on the lack of power -- use it for what it's
worth to you.

Hendrik Schaink

Mitchell Brown wrote:
> It has one hard drive, a CDRW/DVD-ROM drive, and a DVD-RW drive.
> And one or two fans. Total. That's it. No extra peripherals.
> On 5/9/06, *Mark Carlson* <carlsonmark at gmail.com
> <mailto:carlsonmark at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On 5/9/06, Kin Wong < kwong at csa-pdk.com <mailto:kwong at csa-pdk.com>>
>     wrote:
>     > Mitchell Brown wrote:
>     >
>     > > Okay, the full 5-stage CHKDSK just finished. Found 0 problems. Argh.
>     > > I could try reformatting the drive and doing a NTFS Full this
>     time -
>     > > but I'd probably just be wasting my time.
>     > > If it is faulty memory or a PSU, why would reformatting the
>     partition
>     > > with Linux make a difference to the Windows installer O_o
>     > >
>     > > I'm at a loss here. This is very frustrating for me and my mom wants
>     > > this video ripped asap.
>     > >
>     > > What would you guys do in my situation?

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