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Unstable Machine

Discussion in 'bit-tech Folding Team' started by do_it_anyway, 26 Mar 2010.

  1. do_it_anyway

    do_it_anyway Minimodder

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    Would any of you guys be kind enough to have a gander as this log file entry?

    I am folding on:

    Nvidia GTX260 (Driver 197.13) - FAH GPU 6.23

    Other specs : i5 750@stock 2.66, 4GB RAM, MSI p55-gd65, Win7 64Bit

    After an install of Battlefield Bad Company 2 a few weeks ago, I have been plagued with BSOD's, seemingly solved with a reinstall of DirectX and removal of all previous Nvidia drivers using driversweeper. (Bugcheck analsis suggested that DirectX was causing the problem)

    Solved until today, when FAH stopped working. I manually aborted the process and restarted FAH, only to get the following Logfile errors. They were virtually identical 3x over before a BSOD hit.

    I don't know if the BSOD is due to FAH, because FAH said it was pausing 24 hours. Therefore shouldn't have been doing anything.
    I have suspisions over my whole PC, mostly aimed at the GPU itself, and memory second, but memtest and furmark threw up no errors, so don't feel I have any right to RMA the card or RAM. And FAH had been running without errors 10-12 hours per day even when the BSOD's were happening.
    (incidently, I "pause work" if I want to game on this machine and re-enable as soon as I have finished)

    Anyone else had this error?

     
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    It usually means a dying card.
    Try reinstalling the client
     
  3. do_it_anyway

    do_it_anyway Minimodder

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    Thanks Mate.
    The card is 5 months old and has not been running 24/7.
    I thought the card was dodgy too, but furmark runs for hours no problem.

    I am loath to RMA it incase they run a stress programme like furmark and decide all is chipper and send it back.
     
  4. Christopher N. Lew

    Christopher N. Lew Folding in memory of my father

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    Possibly the card is 'borderline', OK for gaming, but not so good for folding. If the client paused for 24 hours, that is a sign that it failed 5 WU in a row. This can happen if Stanford load up a series of WUs that are particularly tough on your hardware.

    There is a GPU memory test program available from Stanford, which stresses the GPU memory in the same way that folding does. Try running it and see what results you get.

    You sound as if you know what you are doing with your PC, but don't forget to check the GPU temperatures as the tests run. You may need to increase the fan speed a little, or improve ventilation in the case.
     
  5. do_it_anyway

    do_it_anyway Minimodder

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    You guys are super helpful. Thanks :)

    The card seems (usually) to be more stable folding than gaming. Incidently, since the reboot its folding away on 6.5k PPD at the moment with no error :S

    I will seek out the stress test from Stamford, thanks for the heads up.
    And the temps rarely if ever get above 60c. (The gainward golden sample cooler is excellent)

    Update: Stamfords GPU memtester ran 200 iterations with the desktop switched to windows basic in order to access as much memory as possible. No errors.
    I normally believe that I can sherlock "most" things with a combination of google and bit-tech without resorting to the old "reformat and cross your fingers" trick. But this may well be my next step.
    Serves me right for building CPC's recommended spec, with an Nvidia card instead of the ATi card they recommended (because I wanted to keep folding - I'm not that far away from page one on Kakao) :(
     
    Last edited: 26 Mar 2010
  6. SazBard

    SazBard 10 PRINT "C64 FTW"

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    Is your memory timings correctly configured? I had similar problems which games and general usage did not highlight until I tried to fold then it crashed...

    Memtest is your friend! :D
     

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