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Have a soyo k7vta mobo w/650 mhz cpu and 1.5 gig memory running XP Professional. seems to run ok when it is not presenting with a problem. Problem is: it keeps freezing up. This board has always done this no matter what operating system I use on it. I have tried registry fixers, Fix-it utilities, etc. Nothing seems to help. Device manager shows no conflicts; drivers are all up to date. anybody have any ideas?

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  • wayeblack Jan 01, 2011

    Suggested fix: CPU overheating

    Additional info. Motherboard has hardware monitoring onboard. CPU temp is always monitored and if the CPU overheats Bios will shut the whole thing down. Also the motherboard is capable of handling a CPU running at 1250 mhz, max CPU by multiplier, so it shouldn't be stressed at all. Additionally, I installed a CPU fan capable of handling a 1400 mhz CPU. If the CPU fan does not work correctly, the bios will shut the whole thing down. CPU fan is also monitored by the bios as well as the system fan. CPU fan is currently running @ 5000rpm. Any interruption of the CPU fan at all will result in an immediate shutdown of the system. I have done this accidentally and can verify that it works. CPU temp is currently 98 F. System temp is 80 F. No, it has never shut down spontaneously(other than the aforementioned incident) or refused a restart for temp reasons or any other reason that I am aware of. I also considered voltage fluctuations as a possibility as in the case of a power supply about to go under. Voltages are as follows:

    Vcore=1.68V

    2.5VSource+2.52V

    3.3VSource=3.41V

    5VSource=4.90V

    12VSource=12.06V

    All voltages are holding steady. Additionally I considered Ram to be a possibility because it had 256M memory installed. System monitoring showed 400M in start-up programs consisting of AVG antivirus, antimalware, and ERROR-FIX Diagnostic Programs for system and Reg. I installed 1.5M Ram. No Change. It has frozen up at least twice today. What else am I missing?

  • Kenneth Edwards
    Kenneth Edwards Nov 02, 2012

    I have recently heard about "capacitor plague" and checked several old computers including one with this MOBO that died with such symptoms preceding their death. Sure enough, several capacitors were bulging. The solution is to desolder the defective capacitors and replace them. The defective capacitors responsible for "capacitor plague" use an electrolyte gel. It would probably be a good idea to replace them with solid state type capacitors. If you don't have the patience or the skill to solder and you don't want to pay a lot for someone else to fix it, then consider hiring an electronics student from your nearest community college. They'll sometimes do the work just for the experience/reference.

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Have you tried another CPU on the board. It might just be a matter of overheating. Has it ever suddenly switched itself off and not been able to turn back on for like 5 minutes?

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