I have been bashing my head against a very stupid and annoying problem for one of my clients. I built them an AMD 3800 X2 system just before Christmas. Every now and again, it would crash, leaving the system unusable (it always required me to take the drive out of the case, stick it in one of mine, and do a chkdsk /f on it to get it going again: sometimes I would have to do a repair install of XP). The full system specs are:
- AMD 3800 X2 Dual Core (socket 939)
- Asus A8N5X motherboard with nForce4 chipset
- 2 x 512MB DDR400 cl 2.5 RAM (runs as dual channel)
- 1 x 120GB Western Digital SATA II HDD with 8MB cache
- 6600GT PCI-E video card
- Thermaltake 480W PSU
- Pioneer DVD-RAM (i.e. DVD-R) IDE
- Windows XP Pro SP2
I've tried replacing the motherboard and HDD, plus using the latest version of the nVidia drivers ONLY (i.e. not the specific drivers that came on the install CD, which included different drivers for sound, LAN, video and general motherboard). I am on my 6th re-install, and am ready to throw this sodding computer out the window. Surely the dual core platform can't be this unstable? During one of the crashes, Windows actually managed to generate an error report that it duly sent off. When I followed the link, the report (which was very generic) said that it was a driver issue. I am presuming (from other comments that I have read in the past), that the culprit could well be our friends at nVidia.
At first, the crashes were always when surfing - random, but only while surfing. To that end, I've tried 3 firewalls: Windows, Filseclab and the nVidia nForce firewall.
There has got to be an answer to this. I've been working on it for so long now that I am sure I am not seeing the wood for the trees. Anyone else had vaguely similar problems? Anyone got a resolution / suggestions?
P.S. Motherboard has latest BIOS