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Crashing with AMD K6 2's

By richard ·
Our organisation has just purchesed 27 new pc's. They are AMD K62 500's with 64Mb of Ram, onboard graphics and sound cards. We have set them up to work on a network using 10/100 Fast Earthnet PCI adapters. The AMD patch has been installed sucesfully. We are using W95 as an operating system. The problem is that when the machines have been running for about and hour maybe less some of them crash, shutoff, blue screen, or just dispay the flashing DOS cursor. We have tried reinstalling windows 95,putting the components back in etc. We are running out of ideas so any help would be appriciated.

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by Phinaddict In reply to Crashing with AMD K6 2's

If this is happening on multiple pc's I would contact your vendor. It sounds like something inside (memory, motherboard, cpu, etc) is bad. At times you will run into a bad lot of one of these and there isn't anything you can do about it. We had this problem with hard drives once. Every hard drive that came in a shipment went bad withing a couple of months.

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by mark.tassin In reply to Crashing with AMD K6 2's

I've had problems with K6-2 Processor machines before. Typically what you're describing. Without knowing the manufacturer of the Motherboard and other components I can't get too specific, but my first inclination would be to find out the Brand Name and Model Number of the Motherboard and see if there isn't a BIOS Upgrade for it. I've seen that fix alot of K6-2 systems that did what you describe (50 so far to be exact).

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by ec364 In reply to Crashing with AMD K6 2's

Two things you have to check:
(1) The machines must have power management Enabled from CMOS. Windows 95 is not big on power management. It chokes when the system is in sleep mode. The problem is more prevalent when the PC is networked. You lose your network connection and Windows 95 hungs. Disable it from CMOS. A similar problem happened with early models of Compaq Prolineas. Windows 98 is better on power management.

(2) The Processor is overheating. At 500MHz, the processor must have a good heat sink. Call the manufacturer.

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by bdgray In reply to Crashing with AMD K6 2's

The only problem I have ever had with AMS's is over heating. 500MHz and up. You need a really good heatsink and fan for these. At least 12 CFM(cubic feet per minute). A second case fan won't hurt either.

See if your motherboard came with any windows based monitoring software. With this you can see for sure if it is a heat related problem.

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by chartog In reply to Crashing with AMD K6 2's

If you do as one of the other answers said and check the hardware itself and there is no problem then i would be inclined to think that it is the windows power management system. Try running the pc's without power managment on and if the problem still occurs, maybe u could even check that your not getting power surges if you have a number of computers running off the same power outlet....Also check that you have enough ventilation around the boxes so that they don't overheat, which is a common problem for 500's and up.

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