Ok, the comp died again earlier today :mad:
Same thing as before. It does not freeze, BSOD, or give any error messages. Comp and monitor both shut off for a split second, and I hear the chunk noise (which is probably drive heads parking, as I do hear this on a normal shutdown). It’s as if there is a power failure or power surge. Comp seems to be trying to reboot afterwards, as all the parts light up, fans are spinning, etc, but there is no signal to the monitor.
1)Still might be an overheating issue
2)Power strip (surge protector) might be having issues, it is pretty old. However, it’s odd that the old comp does work fine on it (connected to the same power cord and same devices). I think I’ll test this by plugging a lamp into the strip. If the lamp goes out or flickers when the comp dies, then problem solved (pointing to a bad power strip).
3)Might be a problem with the graphics card. Seems kind of unlikely, as bad graphics cards usually freeze up the monitor signal, not cut out power to the whole comp. I’m not getting any graphical glitches, freezes, or high pitched whining at all, and the only reason I mention it as a possibility is when the comp reboots, there is no signal to the monitor. I got a new monitor for christmas (19" widescreen :D), and had the problem before then, so I’m ruling out a monitor issue.
4)Bad mobo. I don’t know how I could test this, other than eliminate every other possibility. I have had the original mobo replaced (same make and model), and **Hodge **said he had problems with the same board. So there might be an issue with this particular board.
I’ve ran the Windows Ultimate boot cd, but I’m not a PC technician and don’t know what most of this stuff is, let alone how to read it. I did run the memory test utility, and it found no errors in 3 passes (how many passes is it supposed to make?)
On the bright side, I believe I have finally (after 2 and a half years!) solved the SATA drive issues. I have a Maxtor SATA drive which has my games loaded onto it, which I will refer to as GHD. The GHD uses a black SATA power connector. Other drive is a Western Digital SATA drive that uses a normal molex power connector, which I’ll call the WHD. The setup is, I have a converter for the GHD power, that attaches to one of the white molex plugs, and it has 2 black SATA power plugs on it. The power “line” that I was using has a fan or two, then WHD, then the next molex plug after that is connected to the molex to SATA converter, which goes into GHD. I discovered that I could only get the WHD to show up after the molex-SATA converter was disconnected. Which is a fair indication that the converter was bad, and indeed it was. I dug around in my big box 'o parts, and found a replacement converter. System recognizes both of my HD’s now. So at least that’s one issue that’s been resolved.