Re: Mobo failing
I'm continuing to get the BSOD every once in a while. The error I get is “Attempt to reset the display driver and recover from timeout failed.” Then it has a bunch of numbers and other stuff “STOP: 0X00000116 ATIKMDAG.SYS – ADDRESS FFFFFA6002413C24 BASE AT FFFFFFA600240100 DATESTAMP 49345149” I don’t think those are important but just in case…
I'm also continuing to have times where I boot up the computer and one or both of my DVD drives is not recognized. Unlike before where it seemed each time this happened the drives had power, I had it happen the other day and the affected drive could not open and so it was not getting power. I shut the computer off and disconnected then reconnected the power cord and it worked.
Now I'm getting all kind of issues. My wife was working on it the other day and anytime she left it long enough for the screen to go black, it would be completely frozen when she got back to it. Nothing would respond at all. Then she would hit the reset button and the computer would get stuck in the boot-up process saying that she needed to put a bootable disk in the boot drive. Sounds to me like the hard drive kept getting stopped during operation and then wouldn't get recognized again upon reboot. This happened to me the other day as well and I learned that if I simply did a hard reboot where the computer was actually off for a little bit, it would boot fine. However if I simply rebooted it so it didn't really shut off (at least as I understand things), I would always get the boot error.
Basically, I'm now thinking the whole thing might be the power supply. It could explain things if the hard drives is losing power randomly or the dvd drives don't always get power during boot-up or even if the video card is losing power randomly. It then requires turning the power completely off and restarting the computer for the PSU to work correctly. The one thing that gets me is that sometimes when the dvd drives aren't recognized, I can still open them meaning they are getting power. Could it be something where during boot-up the drive doesn't get power right away and so the BIOS ignores it but then later it does get power? In this case, why wouldn't Vista recognize it as a newly installed hardware and try to add it?
Got home today and the wife told me it was constantly freezing on her this afternoon so she finally just shut it off. I turned it on and updated the BIOS (well, not an actual update since there was no new version but I downloaded it and reinstalled it). However, now every time I start-up the computer I get an error that says "Pri. Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace". This has continued after I updated the BIOS. While I know this probably means the hard drive is going caput, with all the other problems, I'm thinking this may just be an effect. Ran checkdisk and it found no errors.
I'm going to try to get it to fail for me and then take a voltmeter and measure the voltage to the hard drive to see if it's getting any juice when the comp freezes. If it is and things keep going badly, I'm thinking it's a bad mobo and will probably get that replaced. Any other ideas?