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Subject: Computer now crashing after being off for 3 weeks
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Terry_M21 May 11, 2017 07:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Purchase and new computer through NCIX, Gigabyte Z-170, i6600k overclocked to 4.4, great after market cpu heat sink/fan, DDR-4 3200.

The system was running flawlessly for months, passed multiple stress tests, I played games for hours at a time, no freezing, no crashing, no instability at all...

Go on vacation and turn it off, come back 3 weeks later. Windows updated to latest drivers, updated Video card drivers... System has froze twice to where I have to physically power down the computer, a rebooted once... It then kicks me to the BIOS and said the system had a problem loading.


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computer_guru May 11, 2017 08:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Turn off the OC. Might have become unstable. Than if it's not that, try safe mode to see if it's a problematic driver.

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Spork™ May 11, 2017 08:28 PM Reply | Bookmark
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window update  for drivers are bad. That you never want to do that.
Always download directly from AMD/Nvidia or any drivers for mobo/GPU.
Manually update  drivers if needed.

Was your system plugged in when you went on vacation?
Could have had a electrical short during that time.

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Terry_M21 May 13, 2017 07:46 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Well I dropped the OC from 4.4 to 4.3 now, but as I said it was running stable 24/7, heavy loads, playing games... Not problems... Upon getting back after 3 weeks vacation where the computer was off. I didn't touch anything in the bios and even before updating windows and nvidia drivers it was locking up... Even just surfing the internet, facebook and youtube, the computer locked up after 20 minutes or so and then has trouble booting, powering itself down / resetting multiple times before finally restarting. Happened 3 times so far.

Ain't turning "off" the OC completely, given than the motherboard, cpu and heatsink combo are built for overclocking beyond what it's current set to. I'm not sure how the settings could go from 100% stable, to complete instability after being powered down for a prolonged period.

I was hearing the cpu fan sound like it was continuously speeding up and slowing down, which seems new...

Could a loose wire or connection be causing it?

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Calypso May 17, 2017 05:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yup. Turn your overclock to the off position. See if it still does that ****. Could I be in error thinking Intel skimped out on the IHS paste once again?

....whoops. Wrong button.

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