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Windows10 BSOD WHEA

15 March 2018 - 07:11 PM

Hi folks


On my new big rig the PC now just randonly crashes - usually within 5-10 mins of booting with a WHEA unrecoverable error.


I haven't been overclocking or using it hard - nor any changes put thru.  ANy ideas how to fix this very persistent and annoying issue - system restore hasn't helped!





Gigabyte X299 Aorus 7- how to get the memory to 300 MHz?

26 November 2017 - 01:13 AM

HI Guys,


New rig arrived and I have been adding hard drives and setting it up.  With all BIOS drives installed now there are two little things I wish to undertsand.


I have 3 screens - a 30" Kogan surrounded by two portrait orientated 24" screens.  Not matter which Display port I plug the main Kogan monitor into on a GTX 1080 Ti card - on boot the screen is inactive and instead the 24" screen on the left goes active and shows the BIOS if I open it up - all rotated 90 degrees which makes it hard to read.  Its not until windows starts booting that the Kogan comes to life and gets a signal it can understand.  ANy idea why and if this is correctable?


Secondly - I have 2 * 16 GB 3000MHz Corsair Vengance RAM inserted - and XMP (extreme memory performance switched on) and the default is 2133 MHz and profile 1 says 3000 MHz.  But in Windows performance monitor I always see the RAM speed listed as 2133 MHz.  What is need to be done to shift the memory to its rated capability?  Is WIndows just trying to underclock it until it sees a heavy load place on the system?  I have never seen the RAM shift to 3000MHz mode - so I am sure I have misunderstood a simple BIOS requirement to activate it always / when needed?


Many thanks!

iNeed to upgrade - which Intel socket 2066 motherboard?

07 November 2017 - 09:25 PM

Upgrading soo - which motherboard would folks suggest and why? Such variety and price ranges!  e.g. https://www.scorptec...tel-Socket-2066

Main PC took 6 hours - 8 attempts to boot...

07 November 2017 - 03:51 PM

WOnder if anyone has ever experienced this - my main PC BSOD this morning - Kernal Exception - wouldn't reboot clean despite multiple attempts, safe mode wouldn't work, Auto system repair hung... basically total freeze.


Rebooted off Win 10 Install DVD - hung saying a driver was needed - WTF?  Tried again and after 4 hours with the WIndows logo and the six spinning white dots it let me in normally - and I am now backing up files like crazy!


What does it do that takes hours to get to the Windows password screen with no status or warning?  Why wouldn't safe mode boot work nor System repair?  Memry check was all I could do - it worked fine.


Now my search for a new PC is on steroids - will porbably go down the Intel I7 8720X route and do a start from scratch build 32 GB RAM, 1100W PSU 1080 ti as main video card with a 500 GB 960 Pro as the main boot drive and add one or two large HDDs and transfer all the files I wish to keep across.


Glad at least I could log in today!


PS WOndering if I should try a windows restore or not - hate it if it BSOD half way thru...  Note when I tried to run CPUID today - it only gets 80% thru the load - halting on Storage services check!

Pondering morph a HP Z620 workstation into a work / gaming rig

13 October 2017 - 10:03 AM

I have been toying with building a workstation rig based around dual Xeon 2670 processors and a modern GPU for a while now - when I came arcoss many Youtube videos of the HP Z620 workstations - and see many listed on Gumtree or ebay - with rather large numbers of cores, modest to lowprices and a lof of RAM.  Compared to todays multi core CPUs these older CPUs run hotter, slower and draw a lot of power, on the upside they are workstation grade materials - motherboards, cases, RAM and power supplies.  I sure if I throw in modern high end NVidia card they could play any game I wished at a decent resolution; but I am well into my 50s now and when I do game its tend to be with titles that were HUGE around 3-5 years ao - the old favourites.  My needs for multicore madness lean towards compute capacity with software that tends to multcore aware - think astrophotograpy and stacking and processing hundrds of large images to boost signal to noise ratios.


I am very curious in this research stage what experiences folk have with re-purposing an old workstation rig - what pleasure, pain and surprises await?  I see old workstations - dual CPU with core counts from 16 - 24 cores that can also hyperthread and typically dome with 64 - 128 GB RAM.  Alternately there are companies like Z Wokstations that custom build these sorts of rigs. e.g  https://zworkstations.com/


Many thanks - Matthew