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Machine froze and alarm went off

By peterbakker ·
AMD athlon 2200 1.8ghz

Machine froze and alarm went off inside tower.

Shut it down restarted it and went into the bios and checked the tempuratures cpu 35 centigrade and the system 17 centigrade.

cpu fan going.

What could cause this?

Faulty cpu?
Faulty powersupply?

Thanks Peter

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by CG IT In reply to Machine froze and alarm w ...

what motherboard? the CPU doesn't have an alarm but the motherboard can monitor CPU temp and provide an alarm when a threshold is met or shutdown the computer if the temp remainds constant above a certain threshold.

the mainboard can monitor fans such as cpu fan and system fans and sound an alarm if one stops functioning. These types of items are all little goodies motherboard mfgs put on their motherboards and the BIOS mfgs build into the BIOS they provide for the motherboard.

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by peterbakker In reply to Machine froze and alarm w ...

MSI ms-6390u

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by CG IT In reply to Machine froze and alarm w ...

humm the BIOS has a warning beep if the temperature it senses reaches the temp warning threshold. MSI boards have a built in heat sensor under the cpu which might or might not be accurate as well as what you see on the screen. On some of the older [last year] MSI boards there was a bug in a batch of BIOSs that reported incorrect temperatures. A fix was released. Also, the temp reported can spike sometimes which would cause the alarm. The only time the temp shutdown in the BIOS would stop Windows from operating is if there was a sustained temp that met the threshold set. You would get a small warning screen that would warn you the BIOS will shut down the system in 60 secs if the tempurate doesn't go down.

Often times lint or dust accumulating on the heatsink will keep the fan from doing it's job.

I use a 80mm mechatronics 75 cfm 30 db on AMD processors [get em at coolerguys.com] with the thermaltake copper heat sinks. The stock heatsink that comes with the processor often times does a so so job keeping the processor cool.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Machine froze and alarm w ...

First you'll need the M'Board book and read the Beep Error Codes. That will tell what the beeps actually mean. It could be something like a case open alarm going off to bad memory and anything in between but with Windows not booting I would be looking at the RAM first and then any plug in cards video in particular. Just lift them out and re-seat them. Also a clean out wouldn't go astray either and pay attention to the CPU Heat sink as they can hold a lot of dust and other muck.

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Sounds like your motherboard may be developing a fault. I had similar problem and it was the connection for the cpu fan - try installing another one if you already have one perhaps if fault occurs again, its the mobo

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by Keith Hailey In reply to Machine froze and alarm w ...

Sounds heat related. Clean all the dust out (electonics worst enemy) then adding another fan on the bottom or front of the case drawing air IN will help considerably. Also, Make sur you don't have it too close to a wall or the door closed if you have it set up in one of those desks with a door on the front. The heat can't get out and away. If that's the case, the extra fan may not be needed. But get the dust out, especially off of the fan blades. Too much dust on the blades renders them ineffective (just like your air conditioner fan, hence, the filter)

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