Question about EliteGroup ECS GeForce6100SM-M (1.0) Socket AM2/ MCP61S/ SATA2/ A&V&L/ MATX Motherboard
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!
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.
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
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:
Posted on Sep 02, 2010
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
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!
Posted on Nov 09, 2008
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!!!
Posted on May 25, 2008
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.
Posted on Apr 09, 2008
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):
Hope it helps!
Posted on Dec 27, 2010
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?
Posted on Aug 23, 2010
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!!
Posted on Apr 09, 2008
Power supply is 500 watts.
Posted on Feb 20, 2008
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
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
Hi, first check if you have a red or green ready led light on somewhere on the mobo. then check if you have the cables from the front of the case attached to the correct pins on the board. your board documentation will tell you which pins and the case cables are marked as to which ones they are. regards mistyman
Posted on Oct 07, 2007
Run vga driver here. Last one on the bottom of the page.
Posted on Dec 26, 2007
Yes, I use AMD's program called Overdrive.
Be warned that increasing the mulipler also increase the voltage, don't go to high or you will have a smoked processor.
Posted on Aug 06, 2009
I have the 6100 sm-m and was having same problem .. I went to ecs website and flashed to old bios then downloaded new bios ... when updating make sure you check the bootblock , dmi, and hole .. I also checked the update all ... seems to have fixed the loading of vista and has not shut off
Posted on Oct 15, 2009
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