Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2x1GB Kingston 667 RAM
Biostar K8M800 Micro AM2 board
PNY FX5200 AGP 8x
Diamond 5.1 PCI sound
WD 160GB SATA I boot drive
Seagate 1TB SATA I HD
Seagate 320GB IDE HD
XP Home SP3
CPU idle temp of 29°C, F@H 47°C
On March 22, I installed a Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA HD.
I put it through a wringer with lots of copying, erasing, and defragging for a week.
I tested all drives with Seagate's SeaTools Long Tests and all drives reported fine.
Friday April 1, my rig gave me a black screen, no cursor, and would not POST.
Rebooting got me through a POST, but then hung at the blue bars.
Rebooting got me through that, then hung at the Login screen.
Rebooting got me through that, then hung at the Desktop.
Rebooting then worked normally, but with a lot of boot drive thrashing.
A full virus scan with Avira came up clean.
Rebooting into CHKDSK came up with a clean result.
Rebooting after CHKDSK reported a clean drive hung the machine.
Rebooting after that everything worked normally.
I ran the rig for one hour and then shut down. When I pressed the power switch, there was a noticeable delay before all fans started to spin.
Figuring the Antec Basiq 500W power supply was giving me grief, I swapped it out for a spare Enermax 350W.
Booting up, as well as using the computer, including F@H SMP, was uneventful.
For nine hours.
Then I got a 0x9c bsod.
After a reboot and using Firefox for five minutes and nothing else, the rig rebooted by itself.
After this reboot, the rig hung at the desktop. I shut down for the night.
This morning, I pressed the power switch, got a POST beep, and the next thing I got was a 0x9c BSOD.
Rebooting has been uneventful, with no issues.
I've run Prime95 without errors.
I've run Memtest86 without errors.
I reran SeaTools and got no errors.
SpeedFan says my 3.3v is 3.26, my 5v is 5.00v, and my 12v is 11.65v
I know this is long, but I figure that too much info is better than not enough.
What am I up against here? Is it the new Seagate HD? Is it the power supply? Do I need to reinstall my drivers? I can't update them as I have the last ones VIA, Diamond and nVidia offered. Am I missing anything?
Whoops. Wait a second.
I tried using ImgBurn to burn the Memtest ISO and had troubles. I just looked at Event Viewer and there are a lot of errors saying "Bad block" on the CD ROM... but one says
"Event Type: Error
Event Source: Cdrom
Event Category: None
Event ID: 11
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom1.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp
Clicking on the link brings up Help and Support which says...
"Product: Windows Operating System
Symbolic Name: IO_ERR_CONTROLLER_ERROR
Message: The driver detected a controller error on %1.
This problem is typically caused by a failing cable that connects the drive to the computer.
Replace the cable."
So I'll be digging into this later. Could all my troubles be caused by this? A lousy IDE cable?