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I've been trying (during my limited free time) to troubleshoot a freezing issue with my HTPC. At first I thought it was just when playing back movies, but I've since learned that it will freeze during the streaming of Music (mp3) as well.
My HTPC specs are as follows:
Case - Silverstone MILO
MB - Asus P8H77-M Pro
PSU - Corsair CX430
ODD - Lite On Blu Ray Burner
SSD - Crucial m4 128
HDD - WD 500GB Green
RAM - 2x2 Corsair Vengence LP DDR3 1600
CPU - i3-2120
Fans - 2x 80mm Enermax UC-8EB
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium
The freezing will occur wheather the movie/music is in full screen or a window.
I can describe the freezing as an audio buzz, and picture freeze, and somewhat random in time.
Googling the issue, I found many similar problems, and the fix usually comes down to a video card driver issue, or bad RAM, but I'm using the HD2000 integrated graphics. I've also done my best to search this forum, unfortunately the search function isn't all that helpful. The few direct results I did see yielded no resolution comments.
I did find a minor error in the 3.3v rail on the power supply (under at 2.8v), which could affect the memory. To rule that out I went ahead and ordered a replacement SeaSonic S12II 430B PSU to replace the Corsair PSU.
I've also run the windows memory diagnostic and that passed (although I have not tried memtest86 yet).
I've purchased and followed Assassin's guide and followed it to a T in setting it up.
All the Media is housed in a tower unit in my Home Office in the next room.
The Specs on that PC are:
Case - Antec300
MB - Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P
PSU - PC P&C 610 Silencer
ODDs - 2x DVD Burners
HDDs - 1x 1TB WD Black, 1x 1TB WD Green, 1x2TB WD Green
RAM - 16GB (2x(2x4)) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
CPU - AMD Phenom II 720BE
GPU - Gigabyte HD4850
Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper212 Evo
Fans - 3x120mm Cooler Master, 1x140mm Cooler Master
OS - Windows Vista x64 Ultimate
Router - Netgear WNDR37700v2 (HTPC and Office computer hardwired Gigabit LAN)
This office computer used to be used as my HTPC, and aside from not being able to play BluRays using PowerDVD11 Ultra, worked flawlessly.
Last night, I had the windows hardware monitor running in the foreground while a movie (Stream DVD) played in the background so I could monitor the CPU and RAM usage. Neither got to any dangerous levels prior to the freeze.
I've tweaked my router, Bios, WMC and MediaBrowser settings, media sharing settings, updated and rolled back various drivers, etc. I'm not a novice when it comes to PC building, but I don't have a lot of recent history with Intel builds. I've primarily built AMD systems since the Intel P4 days, and if it wasn't for the delays in Trinity's release I would have stayed with AMD. I'm not a gamer, nor do i do any heavy media editing, so the (past) premium for Intel was never really an issue.
My next steps are to isolate the PSU voltage issue by swapping another PSU in, add another 2x2 GB RAM, and eliminate Heat/Temp issues. Unfortunately I do not think that any of these issues are to blame. Then I plan to reset the Bios, and re-install a clean version of windows again.
My initial assumption really is that the HD2000 really doesn't have the chops to run on my 55" Plasma - but the general feeling from what I've read in the forum here is that it does.
Curiously, has anyone else had this issue, and were you able to resolve it? At the same time, I've never really had a CPU or motherboard issue that wasn't obvious, but could one of these be the culprit?
Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks in advance