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    Question Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    Back again, and imagine that, with another problem with a machine. I swear computers are allergic to me, I even kill credit cards.

    Here's my situation, I just bought these parts to put together a pretty fair machine:

    Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe
    Pentium D 3.0
    (2) Patriot PDC22G5600+XBLK DDR2 1GB
    Xtasy Radeon X850xt 256MB PCI-e
    (2) WD 10K SATA 74.3MB ( in RAID-0 )
    Powered by an Antec Neo HE550
    running WinXP Pro

    Everything installed without a hitch, got the drivers for the RAID off the ASUS supplied disc; installed XP on the RAID setup with no glitches. Latest drivers for the video card, BAM computer turns off... repeated, at no set time or task, sometimes quick, sometime it will run for an hour. Took it to Fry's (where I purchased everything) and had them run a complete diagnostics on the system. Hardware-wise everything checked out (motherboard, cpu, PSU, video card, hard-drives, etc.) They were only able to get it to crash while in XP, not at BIOS etc. Their answer for me was that it was more than likely the driver that came on the ASUS disc for the nVidia chipset was the issue, based off of the error log within XP.

    So I just brought it home, started a complete reinstall of XP loading the nVidia RAID controllers to install XP on the drives, and during the first copying phase of the XP files, it shut off. It was still in the blue window phase, had not reached the full XP GUI interface. Should I assume that it could be the nVidia RAID drivers are bad?, or possibly the floppy I have them on? Or would you suspect a hardware issue at this point?

    The Fry's service tech said that if it still repeated it, he would change out the CPU and motherboard for me, and test it. but until then, what do you guys think?

    [i]EDIT[i] : the ASUS disc also has a Silicon Image SATA driver, should I try that, or is that not for XP?
    Last edited by Corbinator; 11-30-2005 at 12:47 PM.
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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    Quote Originally Posted by Corbinator
    Should I assume that it could be the nVidia RAID drivers are bad?, or possibly the floppy I have them on? Or would you suspect a hardware issue at this point?
    Hard to say. Here's an idea: Try it without RAID. That will help you determine if one drive is failing, if the controller is failing, or if the drivers are just bad.

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    I thought I would update you guys on the situation. We believe everything is working now, the computer has been on for 13 hours now with no power off; before the longest it went was about 45 minutes. It took just about 4 days for the Fry's guys messing with it to come up with a possible answer. The biggest headscratcher was that all the diagnostics ran came back with all hardware being okay.

    The first oddity we figured out is that the Visiontek X850xt and the Antec HE550 do not like eachother. We tried multiple Antec HE550 PSUs and none of them would work. The HE550 was around $150us and we tried some cheapy $69us 500 PSU and it worked fine. I heard really good reviews about the SilverStone ST60F 600 PSU so I decided to try that one with it. That one worked as well, that was $180us.

    Then, the computer would require an unplug from the wall to allow for a boot up; which I remember someone else having this problem on this board, which I need to post what fixed it. My DVD burner (which was used and I got free from a friend) totally crapped out, and is dead now. We removed the drive and the system boots perfect, no problems, running great.

    So we feel there were two issues, the incompatibilty of the PSU and videocard; and the drive going bad, more than likely a short. Which could have caused the PSU situation I guess, but the other PSUs worked with it in. So I still think of it as both issues.
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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    Apperantly everything was not fixed. The computer was working great for about 7 days; I had no CD or DVD drive so I had to do everything over the network, but it worked. I finally purchased a new DVD-RW and hooked it up. As soon as I turned on the machine smoke poured out of the box. Now, the brand new drive is dead, and if it is hooked up it won't post. If it is not hooked up it will post. So I took it back to Fry's, and to my surprise they didn't blaim me. The took responsibility for not getting it fixed the 2 times they had it the week before. So currently they are completely rebuilding it will all (and I mean ALL) brand new components.... at no cost to me.

    They did tell me that they only charge $140 to setup a new system if you buy all the parts from them including the install of the OS (if you have a licensed copy). I told them I would do that from now on. Less headache, and if the components are bad they have direct access to every part in the store. Luckily I can write it off with my business, since that's what my computers are for. ;)
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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    I too had the same issues with this mother board. Come to find out it was the power supply. The Antec modular power supply is not compatiable with the mother board. I ended up buying an Enermax 600, and PRESTO BAMO it hasent shut down once. Im not using a Radeon card, I went the Nvidia route. I too swapped everything at least at least once....Hope this helps someone else whos tearing their hair out trying to figure out whats up.

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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    Hi Guys,

    I love Both of ya. You 2 got the same Mobo as me ie P5N32. Thats not all, I have a PSU from Antec (Antec 500w neo HE) too. And of couse..... I have the same problem as both of you. I was like going Crazy to find out why my PC keep shutting down for no reason.

    I check but with the vendors and ...

    Mobo vendor said their Mobo is good. No issue
    GFX vendor said their gfx is good. No issue
    PSU vendor said their PSU is good, No issue.

    I tested my mobo, cpu, ram, gfx at Vendor's place and it runs find. (they used other brand of PSU obvisouly). I brought it back, the same thing happened again. I suspected PSU faulty. I went back to ask for a loan PSU set. (Another Antec .... geeese) it runs fine for half a day and the problem is back again.

    Its not until now that I found this thread I hope my problem is the same cause as yours. I suspected it got somthing to do with the Voltage on the mobo. But I dont know what causing it. I suspected there must be a drop or spike in current that causes the system to shut down. Now my guess is that Antec cuts off the power when there is a sudden demand in current.

    PS: SinSU, How on earth you get a 0 for Post

    Cheers
    Last edited by DiamondDust; 12-19-2005 at 07:57 PM.

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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    Excellent Info!

    Wish I would have found this post when I picked up the Antec 500HE P/S! Just received the P5N32-SLI Deluxe MB yesterday. Took my time built up nice and neat and was rather annoyed that 30 sec after turning it on it would shut off. Couldn't figure out why. I was thinking either bad P/S or Bad MB. lol

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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    A high end Pentium D plus high end video = 600W minimum (2 high end video cards then look at least 650W) as Pentium D's chew power like it's already going out of fashion (a highend Athlon 64 w/ highend video card is more what those original PSU's that you'se got are more meant for).

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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    finally i find a thread with people having the same problem as me

    ok i got Pentium D 840
    Asus P5N32 MOBO
    Geforce 7800 GT
    Silverstone 600W power
    2 identical Dual PQI Turbo Ram 2 GIGs
    Maxtor 300 GB Sata
    Seagate 160 GB Sata (Unplugged at teh moment)
    Zalman Cooling

    now my windows freezes sometimes for no reason at all
    I thought at first it was my seagate drive, because i got a blue screen and under event viewer i get disk 1 errors. so i unplugged it and now i just find it freezing up.
    the Bios is updated to the current one as well
    it is quite frustrating, i too bought everything from FRYS
    any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Pentium D and Asus P5N32-Sli Deluxe powering off

    by the way i too had fried one of my Hard drives, luckily i got that exchanged (under warranty) but i lost the other.

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