Heat problem maybe?


i have an intel d875pbz motherboard, 2.8E GHZ intel 4 prescott with 800mhz fsb and 1mb L2 cache, 120 gb segate barracuda SATA HD, couple ata 40 gb HD's...but anyways, this is my first assembly of my own computer from scratch, everything worked fine, brought it up to the windows boot screen then it froze. Now when i power on my computer it'll shut off in about 3 seconds, but when i take out ALL the ram and power on, the system powers up fine, stays on and obviously beeps because theres no ram. My motherboard supports PC3200, 400MHZ DDR, so thats what i chose, i got a GB, the only problem i could find was my memory was rated 2.5 volts and the motherboard says it recommended 2.6, so after that i went out and bought 2.6 volt memory (512) ddr 400mhz that stated it was compatible with my motherboard, and i continue to get the same fault.Please HELP!!!




This question was answered on May 17, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This sounds like a heating issue to me There are a few things you can check in your computer to make sure it is properly cooled

Make sure you have atleast one fan in the front of your case blowing air to the back and atleast one fan in the back blowing the hot air out This will keep air circulation throughout your case cooling the case down considerably If you can put 2 in the front and 2 in the back.

If your case fans are fine, second thing to do is make sure you do not have your computer next to something hot, such as your monitor, or next to a heater

If your case is not near any source of heat, next and last thing to check would be your CPU fan and heatsink First make sure your fan is working and is blowing towards the heatsink If that is fine make sure your heatsink is tightly secure, if it is tightly secure remove the heatsink and check if there is a substance between the heatsink and CPU if there is not, that is the problem why your computer is restarting The CPU is overheating If there is no substance you can buy something called silicone which is a white substance, and in my opinion is not that great An alternative is something called Artic Silver, you can buy this at many online retailers including www.newegg.com and/or www.coolerguys.com When you do get the substance in put a think layer on the CPU core, once you have done that tighly secure your heatsink/fan back on to the CPU And the CPU should/will not overheat any more.

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Posted by Dimitrios of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 17, 2004