Serious problem?

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Marco

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#1
Hi
I have recently been experiencing some problems with my PC. I think it stemmed from installing the latest Ali integrated drivers 1.07. But i'm not certain. About 2 weeks ago i switched on and was presented with a windows reactivation screen. I had to generate a number, ring a helpline, quote the new number and was given a new activation code. This was slightly suspect i thought.Now the system will lock up completely at random times. In windows, booting up, shutting down. I can never get the system to stay running long enough to check other apps. Sometimes when i first switch on it will take approx 2-3 mins before starting the boot process. Same thing in safe mode too. I managed to roll back the Ali AGP driver (which i think has something to do with it?), and the graphics driver to 23.11 dets. Finally got to boot up for longer than 5 mins last night. Used verifier.exe to check what drivers are currently installed, upon starting the app the system started rebooting. Every time i start up it reboots, no prompts, mouse clicks, key strokes anything.
Extremely fed up as i have had to return the machine to the manufacturers twice already. Think a third time is called for? Any ideas would be gratefully received.

Athlon XP1700
Asus A7A 266-E
Asus v7100 geForce 2 MX 400 64mb
Western digital 60gb HDD
512 mb PC2100 DDR
Win XP Home edition
 
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stkootic

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#2
I would definately take it back. You say that you have taken it back to the builder now twice? What were the previous reasons? I have not had any experience with that particular board. I have had problems before with ALi chipsets and dont really care for them. I would suggest maybe a via or sis chipset. There is more support for them on the net.
Good Luck
 
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Marco

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#3
Serious probs.

stkootic.
Hi.
The previous problems were continuous lock ups. First time they replaced the memory which they said was faulty. Second time was a system replacement (so they said) as the mobo was duff, but i still got the same case back!! so i think they just replaced the mobo. Only bought the system in January too. Not too happy at the moment
 
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stkootic

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#4
wells I would request a new complete build, maybe using a different board. Its one thing to buy a computer and have to take it back for various reasons. Twice is unforseen. But 3 times? Not saying its the builders fault, but its not yours either.
GL
 
M

Marco

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#5
Probs

stkootik. Hi again.
I have rung the tech helpline and they are going to pick it up and take it back to base. I am going to request a new board and an upgraded card too. Might end up with a new GeForce 4!! doubt that though, they will probably give me a TNT ultra for being a pain in the butt. Tee Hee!!
 
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xontroulis

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#8
I have same M/B and loaded the same ALi drivers but encountered no problems.

However 3 days ago I istalled the ASUS iPanel and problems
like lock-ups and stuttering come to life.

After running a search on iPanels and Problems on the web i found out that the iPanel is responsible for lots of trouble, were you using this device?
 
M

Marco

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#9
Probs!!

I have the Asus probe and Asus update installed. Don't know what iPanel is unless its similar to Asus probe?
 
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xontroulis

Guest
#10
The iPanel is not software but is a piece of harware that you can install on a free 5 1/2" tray in your case. It has a couple of USB ports and an LCD display that displays monitoring information like:
CPU speed
FSB speed
Fan(S) Rotation Speed
CPU temp and
MB temp

after I bought it I found out that it causes a number of problems
like crashes, stuttering or sometimes it may even prevent the PC from booting (although it is advertised as a tool that will help you solve boot problems -- because during boot it displays various codes that show you into which step of the boot sequence the system is).

It is a same because I did not expect a company like ASUS to let into the market a product that still has problems (even in its last version).

Anyway I thought that you had this piece of harware and forgot to mention it...
 
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Marco

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#11
Probs.

I know what you are refering to now, a collegue of mine has purchased one recently. I think my machine is FUBAR now, last night i wanted to back up some stuff before sending it back to the manufacturers toiday. It took 5 attempts to boot up into windows, and then rebooted after about a minute. After doing this for about an hour i decided to switch off and forget about it.
Thanks for replying by the way!!
 

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