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    Unknown Hardware Problem


    I have got a very strange issue with my desktop, I believe it must be hardware related:

    I had a problem running a game (Armed Assault) - it would crash to desktop on start, after some simple checks I decided I was due a re-install of windows anyway so I went ahead.

    I re-installed Windows XP, but the same thing happened. There are a number of other things that appear to be going wrong, which may, or may not, be related:

    1) Some (not all) ZIP files cannot be unzipped as I get a CRC error.
    2) Sometimes when I install things from CD or DVD I get a strange error (probably similar issue to CRC error) - I have tried different DVDs and DVD drives and still had the same issue.
    3) If I install the latest drivers for my soundcard then I loose all sound
    4) Random re-boots (often during installation of software/drivers - but sometimes has been when the system is idle)
    5) After about my 5th try of installing XP to see if I managed to do something different each time, I now cannot connect to Windows Update.

    My hunch is that it is either the mobo, or something on it (bad RAM, CPU etc.). I do not really mind buying a new mobo and cpu (as given the specs it should not be too expensive). But I would like some degree of confidence that this is the issue first!

    Does anyone have any thoughts? Please let me know if more info is needed.

    My specs:

    Win XP with Service Pack 2 (previously had SP3 and had the same error)
    3.2Ghz P4
    3GB RAM
    Abit IC7-Max3 Mobo
    ATI (Sapphire) HD 2600XT
    Creative SB Audigy 2ZS

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    • smargh's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
      • CPU:
      • Xeon E5450 with 775-to-771 Mod
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial
      • Storage:
      • Intel X25-M G2 80GB/Adaptec 3405 4x 2TB Ultrastar RAID1 / 1x 6TB Hitachi He6 / Dying 2TB Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 750 Ti
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic X-560
      • Case:
      • Lian-Li PC-A71
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
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      • Internet:
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    Re: Unknown Hardware Problem

    Multiple corrupt zips is nearly always bad RAM. Use Memtest86+.

    If that checks out, use your manufacturer's HDD diagnostics.

    If that is successful, check your power supply voltages.

    Regarding WindowsUpdate, check the time & date on your PC.

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    Re: Unknown Hardware Problem

    smargh... All I can say is you legend.

    I (with bugger all RAM knowledge), downloaded Memtest86+ and ran it from floppy and it showed a shed load of errors. Randomly the Corsair XMS memory I had fom first install in 2004 works fine, but the extra 2 GB I added as value select (still corsair) is knackered!

    My machine is working great now.

    Thank you so much, I was inches away from going for a new rig!



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