Computer Problems 2.0.1

This is a bugfix update to the Computer Problems version 2.0.

I received the new motherboard (an ASUS A7S8X-MX microATX board) and the case (also an ASUS case) last week. I got it all connected to my other stuff (drives, sound card, video card, processor) and after buying some thermal conductive paste in Lloydminster for the CPU, I thought I was all set to go.

Alas, I’ve run into problems.

The board seems to overheat and crashes within several minutes of being turned on. I’ve been monitoring the CPU and power supply temperatures in the BIOS while this happens. The board has crashed even when the CPU was only into the high 30s degrees Celcius. If I turn the system back on after being off for a short time, it crashes more quickly. This leads me to believe that it’s a heat-related problem — if I let everything cool down for a while, it doesn’t crash as quickly.

This happens even though I’ve disconnected everything but the power supply, CPU, memory module, and a monitor and keyboard. I have two RAM modules and have tried each one separately. I’ve also tried both the power supply that came with the case and my own 350 watt Enermax supply. I get the same behaviour each time.

So, I’ve submitted a support/RMA request to Hopefully, I’ll get a response soon. I want my computer to be working again. :-)

Update: NCIX has given me an RMA number. I can now return the board and they’ll send me a new one — and they pay the shipping both ways.

6 thoughts on “Computer Problems 2.0.1

  1. Computers are really sweet when they work. I want an iBook.

    Apparently my coffee decided that my desk was looking lonely. So, thoughtful as coffee is, it decided to make friends. Rather intimately.

    On the up side, my desk hasn’t been this clean in quite a while.

  2. Hehe. Yeah. Silly F=ma, where a == g ~= 9.81 m/s^2.

    And… yay! just sent me an RMA number. So, I ship it back to them collect by Purolator ground, and they send me a new one. Kinda time consuming… but warranties are good.

  3. Hi Darryl!
    You are the only one I know who spends a whole message post talking about computers (that the rest of the world doesn’t understand anyways!!). Good thing you are coming in August to help transfer stuff over from this old clunker to the computer David is “supposed” to get me.
    BTW any word on when your installation as acolyte will be, as it was cancelled???
    Have a great week!

  4. Hey Elaine. I haven’t heard about when my installation to the stable ministry of acolyte will be rescheduled to, though.

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