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    Due to the problem I'll describe below, I have started building a new computer - but it would be interesting to hear if some of u have any clues on the problem:

    Comp freezes up several times, but mostly when I'm doing powerconsuming tasks - such as playing games (like DeltaForce2), defragmenting my harddisc, performing av full system scan with Norton Anti Virus, burning CD's and things like that. It never freezes up/locks up doing other stuff. No problems when using the Office applications.
    Sometimes, even when the comp is just standing there without being used (but still turned on), I can hear some strange noises that I'm not able to pinpoint the location of. But I think it's either the CPU- fan, or the PSU or maybe even the HDD. This noise can go on for about 2 - 5 mins - and after that it's normal again. It's not the familiar clicks of death of a harddisc - more like a chopper going down from a far distance. No high pitching - more like a rumbling sound.

    I know for sure it ain't my Mem- sticks, and not my Graphics card, and I don't think it's my HD. And not my NIC.
    And I have tried full formatting, clean installation of OS, upgraded and downgraded BIOS, and tried every tweak in BIOS - no change.

    My best private guess is either the CPU or CPU fan going hasta la vista.

    Here's my system:

    PIII, 500MHz, 100MHz FSB
    Mobo Abit BE6-II (i440BX)
    Hercules 3D Prophet II MX 32Mb
    NIC Realtech 10/100
    Soundblaster PCI 128
    IBM 60GXP 60Gb HDD 7200 rpm
    W98SE, IE6.0
    Office2000
    Pioneeer DVD 104
    Actima 4x4x24 CDRW
    Memorysticks Original 3 x 128Mb SDRAM
    Highpoint HPT366 UltraDMA 66 Controller
    Billion Bipac PCI SE ISDN Card
    Aopen Case

    Any help or comments is appreciated!
    Crusader

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    Fans are cheap enough to replace, see if that takes care of the problem.
    Have you read Mr. Tweaks article entitled IBM GXP Problems: The Truth Exposed and Possible Fixes
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    This problem SCREAMS power supply - what rating is your PSU?

    i would think it can't hack all those accessories...
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    It's an Aopen 60GT w/noisekiller with 235W output - and the problem just came like 4 weeks ago. Never been a problem before.
    But however, I think (after thorough investigation) that the rumbling sound comes from the PSU- fan.
    So here is the question; If the PSU- fan is about to leave this earthly state - can this affect such a major stability issue for the whole computer?
    I didn't think that was possible........? I know of course that the comp. gets a tidbit hotter - but in the last few weeks I have been running the comp. with open case. Thought that should compensate some of the heat generated.
    Or am I totally on wrong conclusions here.........?

    And, lucky guy as I am, I was able to borrow a used PSU from a friend today, so I intend to swap and see if problem goes away.
    I'll let you know the result from that test. But if you are right - and this is a rating problem - I will still have a problem, cause the borrowed PSU is a 230 W King Year.

    And thx for your kind answers guys - I really appreciate it!
    Crusader

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    If it is the PSU fan is going the the PSU could very well be overheating and that will cause it to fail so replace the fan. :smokin:

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    Thx Wiggo, I will try this - in faxt I'll try swapping the whole PSU now that I got to borrow 1 from a friend - so this will be my first go.
    Crusader

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    psu is a step in the right direction - i've had similar problems and killed 2 harddrives, and slowing the system to a crawl cuz my psu was underpowering it

    replacing it solved all problems :)

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    Ah, thx my man - that's what I have been thinking about this problem too, and this is the very first thing I'm gonna check out. I really hope this will fix my problem.
    But if this doesn't resolve my problems I'll check out all the other tips and tricks I've gotten as well.
    Crusader

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    Well every1, here's what happened when I swapped PSU's (using the 1 from my friend):

    No problem with booting after the swap, no mysterious faulty alarms or anything.
    But when I tryed 1 of the operations that I know locks up my comp (full virus- scan with Norton) - the comp locked up with the new PSU as well. This new PSU has 5W lower output than my original one - so not a big difference there.

    But when it locked up with the new PSU (and I had to hit the reset button) - the scandisc of course started - and this time it wasn't even able to finish the scan - it locked up during the scan.

    So mainly, swapping the PSU made it a slightly worse than earlier.

    Can the answer be so simple that I lack some output power?
    Crusader

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    yep

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