[GLLUG] desktop freezing??
audiotech50 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 10:47:14 EST 2007
Benjamin Cathey wrote:
> The system is older - the MB is an asus. Trying to remember but I believe
> the machine is a 1.2 GHz machine. I do know how to test the power supply
> but don't have a multimeter.
The system is of the right vintage for EITHER a PS problem or an MB
problem. Adding an additional load to a PS can often "push it over
the edge" load-wise.
Check local dollar stores(!) for the multimeter -- I recently bought
an analog meter for $1 and a perfectly-useful digital meter for $3 at
one locally (Hazel Park).
The motherboard has a power-supply self-test in the BIOS that shows
the votages, usually under the same heading that shows the CPU
temperature. If you can't figure this out from the BIOS-setting
page-names, look at each one in turn -- besides, it COULD be a CPU
thermal problem, anyway.
As far as checking the CPU capacitors go, this article has a good
description with useful pictures (what to look for):
ASUSTek was hit less than most manufacturers by the cap problem,
making the PS more likely -- fortunately 350W-and-up supplies are
cheap these days, even for decent ones. Look for one of these marks
to ensure a minimal level of quality.
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