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ECS GeForce6100SM-M powers off without warning.

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I am at my wits end with this problem. I was recently given an ECS GEForce 6100sm-m MB and AMD 64 X2 Dual-Core 6000+ processor for Christmas by my brother. I purchased a case and a pair of I gig ddr 800 memory sticks from OCZ technology. I assembled the computer with no problem and installed Windows XP. At first, all ran just fine, then the computer began to shut it self off automatically. No warning, just a sudden power down as if the power plug was yanked off. I decided to swap the power supply with another one out of a know working computer. Same problem. I then noticed when I unhooked the ethernet connection the computer stopped crashing. I happened to have a spare Ethernet card so I installed it after disabling the on board ethernet. That seemed to solve the problem. The computer now ran for hours with no problem. I left the computer off for several days, then when I went back it worked fine for a couple hours, then Bam, problem returns! I check the temperature of the CPU through the bios and it remained within 29-31 Decree C for over and hour, so I suspect heating is not the problem. I cleared the bios, no change. I updated the bios to the newest version, no change. Leaving it off the internet allows it to work a little longer, but in the end it will shut down anywhere from five minutes to 30 minutes later. Other than this problem everything seems to work fine! I am at my wits end with this one. Can anyone advise? Thank you!

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  • flyweel99 Jan 27, 2008

    Well, I did try two different ethernet cables, and that did not solve the problem. As I mentioned in my post, I did disable the onboard ethernet and place a new, known good ethernet card in the machine and the problem still occurred. Now, here is the strange thing; I had left the computer on before going to bed, and this morning it was still on! In fact, even the internet was hooked up and it was working! However, i do not trust this to be a solution, as I had had periods when it worked just fine, then wham! Off it goes and keeps turning itself off.

  • Hawke311 Feb 20, 2008

    Same issue with a friends PC. I am probably the 3rd or 4th person to try to fix the issue with their PC. I have tried to narrow it down as much as possible. Not the video as they had a 7900 GeForce in the PCIx slot and I removed the card to use the onboard video. Memory is testing out fine. Processor is good. Brand new hard drive. However, one thing I did notice, after installing the new hard drive and installing Windows XP the computer worked fine for quite a while. It did not start the power off process until I installed the chipset drivers and video driver. Might there be a problem with the chipset drivers?

  • Hawke311 Feb 20, 2008

    Messed up on the last post. PS is 500 watts, and switchable for Intel or AMD processor.

  • doliver Mar 02, 2008

    I have two hard drives, one with XP Pro, the other with linux 7.04 (I manually switch power and SATA cables to select the OS). Linux 7.04 ran fine. With XP, the system shuts off at random times. I upgraded the linux drive to 7.10 and now I am having the same problem. I have never seen the temp over 29C. Sometimes, on bootup, it doesn't even make it to POST. I have reset the BIOS with the on-board jumper, tried another power supply, set processor multiplier in BIOS to x4, swapped DIMMs, tried the DIMMs one at a time. Nothing seems to work. I even tried booting up with the drive disconnected to see if that affected the POST. Sometimes it makes it through POST, sometimes not. Sometimes it locks up during BIOS adjustments.



    Hardware: Athlon 64 X2 4600+, OCZ PC2 6400 1GBx2, 400W power supply, two Maxtor 320 GB SATA HDs.

  • VeryLame Mar 06, 2008

    I am unlucky person that bought 3 of these exact setups: ECS GeForce6100SM-M w/ Athon 6000+. All three setups exhibit the exact same problem you describe. I went through similar debugging process as you but in the end, I've come to the conclusion that the GeForce6100SM-M is junk with a critical flaw. One thing I was able to do was put a high-end video card in leu of the onboard video (a GeForce 8800 GX video card) and that reduced how often the machines crash, but the problem still persists on all three machines regardless.

  • laikom Apr 08, 2008

    Mine is the ECS GeForce6100SM-M2, it powered off during the start of the windows install, and does it randomly, usually while it's being used. Sometimes when it powers down it won't power back up for a few minutes. THe fans spin and go dead pretty fast.

  • bulletgani May 03, 2008

    I have a ECS GEForce 6100SM-M mother board with 4GB ram and Athlon X2 6000+. When viewing videos with proprietary nvidia drivers on linux, the machine abruptly shuts down. However, it works fine with the opensource "nv" driver. Also, I don't use the wired ethernet port. I have a pci 802.11 card.

  • pboyoo May 29, 2008

    Hello

    I'am do quite in english



    this is my problem:

    No bios post when i power on my pc .Keyboard don't work , i can not enter n bios setup.

    Please help me.

    I speak french correctly.

    Motherboard : GeForce6100 SM-M 1.0

    processor AMD athlon 4400+

    HD maxtor sata 160 GB

  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    I've had the 6100sm-m2 for several months. I initially used an existing XP Pro OS which was cloned to a new HD. Had no issues for several months. Then the HD crashed hard. Totally unrecoverable (not anything to do with the MB). When I did a fresh install of XP SP3, the system started powering down erratically. So, I went back to a fresh install of SP2 - no joy. I put in a high dollar power supply (still 550W) - same problem. New HD, same problem. Swapped RAM from a known good system, same problem. Safely concluded that this MB is a piece of junk. Hopefully reading this will save someone else from buying one and going through the same issues.

  • Lonnie776 Sep 25, 2008

    Hey i HAD the exact same problem. i would just be doing my thing and bam (not even a blue screen). i had the problem usually when i was working the computer (gaming) and every now and then when i woke up it was off. i recently bought a new GPU and PSU. (gtx 260 and a cheap PSU) i have noticed that the problem has pretty much stopped. (only happens like once a month). 


    i do have another problem though. the PCIe 8x slot is not good enough to unleash the full power of the GTX 260. i get terrible frame rates (compared to a maxed GTX 260) the GPU still kicks *** but this is not the board for gaming.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    Same problem. I updated the BIOS to V1.1 but it didn't help, despite the release notes saying "addresses problem shutting down when plugging in USB."

  • teamplus Dec 14, 2008

    I have the same problem.

  • teamplus Jan 29, 2009

    Exact problem on more than one ECS 6100SM-M board with same configuration!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    Hey everyone,

    My brother and I have similar setups with this mobo and are getting the power down problem during Windows startup. I know this will sound funny, but if I leave the computer on during the BIOS setup screen for 2-3 minutes, then reboot it, it will load Win XP normally. I´m not much of an electric engineer, but I do think it has something to do with the components on the boards.

    Anyway, I just ordered a new mobo to replace the ECS because it got to be a nuisance.

    Good luck.


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The problem was the onboard ethernet controller.Use a different PCI network card and disable the nVidia controller in your hardware profile. Flashing bios only caused me to detect a PCI device that was not there! The bios also has a "soft-off by power button" function that cannot be disabled so setting window's power button setting to do nothing could help depending on your computer case design and is also recommended as part of the solution.

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PC functioned fine for about 2 years then suddenly powered off, mainly when hard disk was accessed. OS reinstall was not possible, when booted from live CD with hdd attached it switched off. Capacitors near CPU were replaced (visible fault) but problem still remained. Bios reset, ethernet disable, quick boot disable, PSU change does not solved the problem. After bios update everything runs normally, as before. Problem possible was caused by faulty capacitors but only the change of them does not solved the problem.

Link for the bios update:
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=685&CategoryID=1&MenuID=21&LanID=0

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I have the same problem with this mobo. plugging in the ethernet causes the comp to crash. however, when the ethernet is plugged in w/ a wireless usb adapter, the computer stops its crashing. Even if you have the usb wireless adapter plugged in and disabled, you can still use the wired ethernet fine without crashes as well. I found this solution out a long time ago, and I thought that at the time I tried updating the bios and found no resolution with that, but maybe now there is a new bios update that fixes this. So fucked up.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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Mine works fine now! How did I fix it? I uninstalled video, now my screen looks terrible and hard to view/read, but it doesnt power down now! Yea!

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Hi there im dave a bit new to this site but i think i have the solution to your problems as i had the same problem.inbetween the cpu heatsink and the cpu fan there was a thin layer of dust.my tempreture of the cpu was 70degrees,when i removed the dust it dropped to 23degrees and hasnt shut down since i hope this helps all of you sort this problem out!!!

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Hmn

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  • antonyr123 Apr 09, 2008

    Easy issue to fix. your motherboard wasnt out when the newer athlons
    come out 6000x2 and 6400x2 a simple bois update will stop the random
    power cuts



    antonyr1232006@hotmail.co.uk



    used motherboard in over 10 setups

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IT WAS THE POWER SWITCH on the case! Finally after much troubleshooting, I plugged in the reset switch into the power switch port on the motherboard and viola! Only setback, I had to engineer a way to place the reset switch at the power button.

IF you want to troubleshoot this possibility, simply change your windows “power button” settings to stand by or hibernate (or do nothing) when you push the power button. This setting is under “power management” in the screen saver settings (right click your desktop, display properties, screensaver) After you do that, If it randomly hibernates or Stands by instead of shutting down, then I think you have a power switch problem.

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Check the ECS website. The 7/23/2007 BIOS version mentions "Patch the cpu temp too low issue", which will hopefully take care of it. I hope so, at least, since I just updated my Mom's computer to fix sudden shutdown issues. I had come to the conclusion that it was cold-related, but was thinking more along the lines of intermittent connections, or the cpu fan wasn't spinning up fast enough. Then I I finally went to get updated drivers and found that note.
You can get the update here (if they let me post links):

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?CategoryID=1&DetailID=685&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=24&LanID=9

Hope it helps!

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  • lpenderg Dec 28, 2010

    Just an update - the BIOS update does appear to have fixed it. I got the date wrong in my original post, the one with the note about "cold cpu" was 7-16-2007, but I installed the latest one, which is 8-23-2008. I put the PC out in the garage after updating, and let it get down to below 50 deg. F. It powered up without a hitch after I brought it back in, where before it would shut down several times before warming up enough to keep running.

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I have the same motherboard with a power down problem that has developed lately - it has been great for the first 18 months of intensive use. So I don´t think in my case that the BIOS upgrades are relevant - I have a 3500+ processor.
The problem of suddenly switching off is only in the morning when the pc has been down all night. If I go directly to BIOS before booting there is no failure - it is only when I go to boot up some minutes later (either to hardisk or Vista CD). But it does not always cut out  and not at the same point - it could be any time before the desktop stage and once it was just after the desktop.
Generally, once the machine gets past the first 15 - 20 mins it is stable for the rest of the day so I am inclined to leave it on. 
Also I have checked the temperatures reached and both CPU and system do not go over 40·C (and it is in a hot and humid climate).
I eliminated the PSU because I have an identical PC in my house(but a different mother board).I also eliminated the switch by using the Reset switch instead.
I suspect it is either the CPU or motherboard ageing. Probably not the memory.
So I will see how stable it is in the next few days. 
Anyone ever hear of a CPU failing?

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OK ... I had the same problem in vista ... I turned off the quick post in the bios and it seems to have fixed it ... I just hit esc when booting to stop the ram test ....let me know if this works for you all

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  • mr4ward Oct 14, 2009

    OK .. actually this appears to work ... Go to the ecs website and download new bios .... then when you open wIN fLASH

    MAKE SURE you check boot block dmi and hole .. I also slected update all ... seems to fixed it boots up fine now

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The ECS 6100 Sm-m does not support the AMD X2 6000+ power output. I switched to the ECS A740GM-M and the CPU works great.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

HEY ITS NOT YOUR MOTHERBOARDS!! THE NORMAL BOIS SETUPS WILL NOT TAKE THE 6000X2 ATHLON! 5 MINS BOIS UPDATE WILL SORT IT!!

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Power supply is 500 watts.

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Advise??? change your mobo... either way your problem is in the ethernet adapter of your mobo... suspected short circuiting of the ethernet adapter is the problem.. or try to check the ethernet cable maybe it has problems

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I don't think it is the chipset drivers problem. Mine powered off during the start of the windows install process. Something is very wrong. Lucky i'm within my return window... hi ho hi ho back to micro center i go.

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

  • andr4s Sep 02, 2010

    Mine was working fine for a long time, after a period switch off occurred when hard drive was accessed, usb drive plugged in. I was able to do almost nothing, only to boot from a live cd (without hdd attached). Bios update solved the problem.
    link:http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product...

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