04-15-2009 01:28 PM
I've come across a problem with my Pavilion M9350f. About a few weeks after purchasing the unit, I noticed that when playing a game (any graphic intensive game really) that the whole computer will lock up. When I say lock up, I cannot alt+tab or move my mouse cursor and I am forced to do a cold reboot. I think that this is possibly an overheating problem. Does anyone have a solution? I was thinking of upgrading my PSU and adding a good PCI-E cooler for my 9800GT.
Does anyone think that would solve my problem or would I be better off moving my entire components to a new larger case for proper ventilation and cooling? I have the latest drivers for sound, video, bios, etc so I know that is not the problem. I have also run hardware diagnosis and everything is fine. Suggestions are much appreciated, thanks!
04-15-2009 04:10 PM
A crude but efficient way of eliminating cooling as an issue would be to remove the case side panel and direct the airflow from a desktop fan into the case, onto the card, this would eliminate cooling as a cause if it wasn't. Although I have to say it sounds a bit like cooling really. Are you sure the card's firmware is OK? A friend of mine got his card cheap because the firmware was faulty and wouldn't set the fan above 50% even if it was overheating. Try also speedfan or similar, www.almico.com/speedfan.php, to give you temperature readouts. It should also allow you to set the fans at full blast, see if that helps.
04-15-2009 07:48 PM - edited 04-15-2009 07:52 PM
The card is good, firmware is up to date and everything is in working order but the card gets incredibly hot. I use TechPowerUp GPU to monitor temperature and the GPU is getting close to the high 90's to 100 degree C, maybe higher at times. I also use RivaTurner and have the fan speed set at 50%, I don't want to overtax it that's why I keep it at that speed
I have my case open at all times now because of this and I had the same idea about the fan to blow into it, or maybe this:
I don't know if it will fit in this case but it seems to be the best cooling option for my card. Any thoughts?
04-16-2009 09:43 AM
04-16-2009 10:48 AM
04-16-2009 03:25 PM
Need to set fan speed to 100%.
Sorry, forgot to mention that being overawed by the awesomeness of the cooler. I'd echo that, its better to possibly slightly shorten the life of a cheap £5 fan than to fry an expensive chip like the 9800.
04-16-2009 07:24 PM
04-17-2009 06:11 AM
04-17-2009 10:00 AM
Thanks guys. Anon, I think you're right and I should be compensated for this, it seems like EVERYONE who bought this system has similiar problems. I mean its a very powerful rig but what's the use when I can't even use it to it's potential? Let alone just freezing in simple programs, its ridiculous.
My PSU is a 460watt and HP assured me that it's all I need.. I beg to differ. That PSU alone is really not enough for the 9800 let alone the quad core! I had great hopes for this system but it looks like I will have to move it to a new case (and get a new motherboard since this generic Asus one isn't even sold in stores, I want more expansion slots. Anyone got reccomendations for a new case, mobo, and PSU that will be compatible with my set? Looks like I'm going to dump around 300-400$ to fix this bad boy up.
04-19-2009 01:32 PM
Hey guys does anyone know if this is a good combo to move my components over to?