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Posted on Wed, Jan 28 2009 20:12
by fcw
Joined on Wed, May 11 2005, UK, Posts 153

My first suspicion, based on what you've described, is that the power supply is faulty, or is insufficiently powerful.

I've had problems before, where a system becomes unreliable, particularly under load or at start-up, and they've always turned out to be a power supply that was barely operating within its nominal limits when not under load, and that under-volted dramatically as components demanded power.

Since boot time is one of the most stressful times (all the disks are demanding maximum current to get their platters up to speed), the fact that you've been seeing random reboots, and reports of corrupt BIOS data, during this time supports the hypothesis that your power supply is either under-specified for the loads your asking of it, or it's failing to hold up under load.

As it happens, I also have a system with an Asus P5K/Q6600/6GB RAM, but with just three local SATA disks (I keep project data on a separate server, mounted over gigabit LAN).  When I was speccing the system, I put in a 700W PSU, partially because i wanted headroom for expansion, but also because it's much more likely to be stable under moderate load, precisely because it's built for a heavy load.

So far (about a year now), I've had no problems, and the machine's routinely on 24-hours a day, often under heavv operational load: it runs a Linux-based development database server during the week, often with all CPUs at 100% and all disks busy for hours on end; it's only a DAW at weekends.

Posted on Thu, Jan 29 2009 11:34
by fcw
Joined on Wed, May 11 2005, UK, Posts 153

Fair enough.

Have you tried changing the battery on the motherboard? (It's a 2032-type button cell by the PCI-X slots.)

Posted on Sat, Jan 31 2009 19:32
by cm
Joined on Fri, Dec 20 2002, vienna, Posts 9139

 i have heard reports that certain series of asus P5 boards are faulty ... rebooting before the BIOS screen appears is either memory, (not very probable with corsair) a processor heat issue or .. a faulty board ...

hth, christian

and remember: a CRAY is the only computer that runs an endless loop in just four hours ...
Posted on Sun, Feb 01 2009 08:24
by cm
Joined on Fri, Dec 20 2002, vienna, Posts 9139

vibrato wrote:
Processor is ... heating straight upto 70 degrees on 40% usage in Cubase

double check if your cooler sits properly on the processor and enough but not too much contact pastry is betweem ... a processor should not get hotter than 65°C to avoid damage.

 

if your harddrives get too hot rethink the airflow in your case.

a harddrive not beeing compatible with 64bit OS is nonsense - the quadra exhibits just a USB/FW/sATA connector to the system, no drivers for controllers are needed (as it would for internal raid controllers) ... i'd prefer internal sATA drives though ...

christian

 

ps: also cubase 4 has not oficially been supported on XP64, but works and from what i know also cubase 5 does ... i can fully understand little enthusiasm for vista since we really don't need 90% of its whistles and bells ...

and remember: a CRAY is the only computer that runs an endless loop in just four hours ...
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