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System becomes unstable after a while

Stormcrowfleet
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I have a 5 year old gaming computer. It used to work fine until a bunch of random crashes started happening. I suspected the RAM, and after testing my system with memtest discovered what appeared to be 2 bad RAM DIMMs out of my 4. Once I removed them and passed the memtest, I tried to swap things around (swap the good ones with the bad ones, place the good ones in the slots where the bad ones were, etc.) to see if it's really the RAM or the motherboard. Seems to be the motherboard, but in a non obvious way: neither the RAM nor the ports appear to be bad, it's just that for whatever reason my motherboard now has a problem when I'm using more than 2 sticks of RAM. Fine. 2 sticks of RAM is still 8 GB in my case, and it's perfectly good enough to play any game I want to play at high settings. I left the matter alone.

 

Now it looks like the problem evolved. Whenever I boot my computer, I can pretty much do whatever, including play any resource intensive game I want to with no time limits. Strangely enough, once I quit the game, and use my computer for a while, I can no longer play any games; they all crash right when gameplay starts, and I have to restart my computer to be able to game again. The crash message is always generic (along the lines of "this program was terminated abnormally").

 

Clearly my hardware is not in the best shape. Still, here's what I'd like to do about it:

I would like to do some kind of diagnostic on my GPU to see if it is damaged, or if my motherboard had picked up yet another malady. I would also like to know where I can find meaningful crash information. There doesn't seem to be anything useful in Windows Event Viewer; perhaps there is something from Nvidia that I can use? Finally, is there a way to restart the GPU without having to restart my whole computer? I know how to restart the GPU driver, but that doesn't seem to help.

 

I'm running GeForce 1070 on Windows 10.

 

Thanks.

UPDATE: I disabled the GPU via device manager and reenabled it with speculative hotkey usage. Games still crash.

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18 minutes ago, Stormcrowfleet said:

I have a 5 year old gaming computer. It used to work fine until a bunch of random crashes started happening. I suspected the RAM, and after testing my system with memtest discovered what appeared to be 2 bad RAM DIMMs out of my 4. Once I removed them and passed the memtest, I tried to swap things around (swap the good ones with the bad ones, place the good ones in the slots where the bad ones were, etc.) to see if it's really the RAM or the motherboard. Seems to be the motherboard, but in a non obvious way: neither the RAM nor the ports appear to be bad, it's just that for whatever reason my motherboard now has a problem when I'm using more than 2 sticks of RAM. Fine. 2 sticks of RAM is still 8 GB in my case, and it's perfectly good enough to play any game I want to play at high settings. I left the matter alone.

 

Now it looks like the problem evolved. Whenever I boot my computer, I can pretty much do whatever, including play any resource intensive game I want to with no time limits. Strangely enough, once I quit the game, and use my computer for a while, I can no longer play any games; they all crash right when gameplay starts, and I have to restart my computer to be able to game again. The crash message is always generic (along the lines of "this program was terminated abnormally").

 

Clearly my hardware is not in the best shape. Still, here's what I'd like to do about it:

I would like to do some kind of diagnostic on my GPU to see if it is damaged, or if my motherboard had picked up yet another malady. I would also like to know where I can find meaningful crash information. There doesn't seem to be anything useful in Windows Event Viewer; perhaps there is something from Nvidia that I can use? Finally, is there a way to restart the GPU without having to restart my whole computer? I know how to restart the GPU driver, but that doesn't seem to help.

 

I'm running GeForce 1070 on Windows 10.

 

Thanks.

UPDATE: I disabled the GPU via device manager and reenabled it with speculative hotkey usage. Games still crash.

Are you running any sort of Overclock?  The reason I ask is that I have issues with opening applications when Overclocking if my voltage isn't set right to handle the spike of power so it closes whatever it is trying to run.  Im absolutely unsure of what is causing this just trying to understand...

 

can you list exact PC specs?

Workstation Laptop: Dell Precision 7540, Xeon E-2276M, 32gb DDR4, Quadro T2000 GPU, 4k display

Ryzen Rig 3: ASRock B450m Pro4, Ryzen 5 3600, ARESGAME River 5 CPU cooler in push/pull, EVGA RTX 2060 KO, 16gb (2x8) 3600mhz TeamGroup T-Force RAM, ARESGAME AGV750w PSU, 1tb WD Black SN750 NVMe Win 10 boot drive, 3tb Hitachi 7200 RPM HDD, Fractal Design Focus G Mini custom painted.  Lenovo 27" 1080p 60hz placeholder monitor, generic mouse, generic keyboard.  Still a work in progress

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 video card benchmark result - AMD Ryzen 5 3600,ASRock B450M Pro4 (3dmark.com)

Ryzen Rig 2: ASrock B450 Pro4, Ryzen 7 1700 @ 4.2ghz all core 1.4vCore, AMD R9 Fury X w/ Swiftech KOMODO waterblock, Custom Loop 2x240mm + 1x120mm radiators in push/pull 16gb (2x8) 3600mhz V-Color Skywalker (or 4x8gb DDR4 2666mhz for large tasks), Corsair HX850 PSU, 250gb Samsun 960 EVO NVMe Win 10 boot drive, 500gb Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 512GB TeamGroup MP30 M.2 SATA III SSD, SuperTalent 512gb SATA III SSD, CoolerMaster HAF XM Case.  Zalman K600S keyboard, Zalman ZM-GM1 mouse, Viotek GN24C 24" 1080p 144hz curved and Hannspree HF207 as 2nd monitor

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/37004594?

Ryzen Rig 1: ASUS B350-PRIME ATX, Ryzen 7 1700, Sapphire R9 Fury Tri-X Nitro 4gb HBM, 16gb (2x8) 3200mhz V-Color Skywalker, ANTEC Earthwatts 750w PSU, MasterLiquid Lite 120 AIO cooler in Push/Pull config as rear exhaust, 250gb Samsung 850 Evo SSD, Patriot Burst 240gb SSD, Cougar MX330-X Case.  Zalman K600S keyboard, Zalman ZM-GM1 mouse, Acer XF270HU 2560x1440 144hz IPS monitor

https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/37628874?

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No I do not overclock.

Specs:

Gigabyte Ga-Z77X-D3H

i5-3570 3.4 Ghz 6MB

HS Corsa Geil DDR3 1600MHz

Nvidia GeFOrce 1070GTX (this part is an upgrade, from about a year ago)

A.PFC 80+ MOD M12II-650 650W Seasonic power supply

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