Stable Build Crashing After 2.5 Years

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Sturmangriff, May 17, 2018.

  1. Sturmangriff

    Sturmangriff Limp Gawd

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    System: i5 4590/MSI Z97 PC Mate/Cryorig H7 air cooler
    4x4GB GSkill Ram...from previous system
    EVGA GTX 960 4GB
    Intel 535 120gb SSD and Seagate 2TB 7200rpm... from previous system
    Antec 750w power supply...from previous build and about 6 years old...replaced by EVGA 650w gold today

    Hi guys,
    I am trying to track down the problem in a system I built for my Dad about 2.5 years ago. It has been stable with no issues until last month when it started crashing...usually within 15 minutes of starting the machine. After crashing it acts like it wants to reboot but gets stuck on a screen saying "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press a key." At that point turning it off and on gets it back to Windows and the cycle repeats. Sometimes it can go for a few hours without issue after the cold boot crash.

    So far I have refreshed Windows 10 and checked for any malware.
    Reset the CMOS and updated the bios to the most recent version.
    Checked the health and firmware of the ssd with intel ssd toolbox..70% life with current firmware.
    Replaced the ram with Corsair 2x4gb from a working machine.
    Cleaned, repasted and remounted the cooler since I decided to upgrade him to a better Corsair case I had laying around. Temps were very good before and after.
    Replaced with old Antec power supply with a new EVGA 650w Gold.
    Tried connecting the SSD to different SATA ports and used different SATA cables.
    Reseated all connections since I moved the system to a new case..Corsair 550D

    Any ideas on what might be going on would be appreciated.
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2018
  2. vick1000

    vick1000 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Bad SSD or Mobo. Reset the CMOS, update BIOS?
     
  3. Sturmangriff

    Sturmangriff Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the reply. I forgot that I had reset the CMOS and there was a newer bios which I flashed to the mobo. I'll add that to the first post.
     
  4. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    test the cmos battery. I had issues with a z97/4790k system and a low battery was the cause.
     
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  5. vick1000

    vick1000 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Will it run stable in safe mode or from a Live Linux drive?
     
  6. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    Sounds like somewhere along the line the SSD isn't being detected or is dropping the connection.

    Simple fixes: try a different SATA cable or change the port it is plugged into. Maybe just double check the power and data connections to make sure they haven't come loose.

    I'd try installing Windows to a different SSD and see if you have the same issues.
     
  7. Sturmangriff

    Sturmangriff Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions. I will wrench on it this weekend and report back when I narrow it down further or come up with a solution.


    Turns out the SSD is the culprit. Thanks again for the help.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2018
  8. TheFlayedMan

    TheFlayedMan [H]Lite

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    I thought SSD's are supposed to last a long time before failing but yours only lasted 2.5 years?
     
  9. Brian_B

    Brian_B [H]ard|Gawd

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    You win some, you lose some. Nothing lasts forever. Glad the OP got it sorted out.