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why does my pc lock up?

by thebeingwithin / January 13, 2007 10:54 AM PST

my pc tends to lock up durring game play. some times the pc will run games (oblivion, Deus, KOTOR etc) for hours with out problem. other times it locks up within five minutes requiring me to do a hard shut down. I started oblivion in windowed mode to monitor the cpu and ram usage and neither one of them maxed out.

i have.

Win Xp home
p4 2.8ghz
533 fsb
512 ddr
radeon x1600 pro 256mb
Phillips sonic edge 5.1 sound card
powerlink 400 watt psu

i have MSI core center and this is how it looks right now.

vcore =1.55v
CPU temp=25c
sys temp=28c
cpu fan 2556 rpm

i have ran hotcpu tester pro, and 3d mark 05. they both seemed okay. I have all the updated drivers etc.

any suggestions?

thank you.

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by linkit / January 13, 2007 4:00 PM PST

I've never seen a P4 CPU run at a temp lower than system. Anyway, what are the temps when the computer fails?

PSU numbers don't look good. Seems like a low quality PSU.

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by thebeingwithin / January 13, 2007 4:51 PM PST
In reply to: strange

i don't know what the temps are when it fails. the system totaly locks up and i have to restart it manually. i have not thought about checking them after i start it back up.

what should the PSU numbers look like?

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