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Bryon van Prooyen
October 25th 04, 01:30 PM
Hi Guys,

I have posted a couple of times now in the a.c.periphs.mainboard.asus group
trying to find a fix for my system
freezing everytime I do MPEG2 to MPEG2 re-encoding. Like to see if anyone
here has a clue as to what may be happening.

My system...

Asus K8N-E Deluxe Mobo Bios 1.05
Athlon64 2300 (Not overclocked)
1024MB Kingmax DDR-466 (2x512 - Slot 1 & 2)
Asus 9600XT Video
WD 120GB SATA (Boot)
WD 80GB ATA (Data)
480W Tagan PS (TG480-U01)
Windows XP SP2 AND Windows XP 64bit Edition 1218
VisionPlus DTV Digital TV tuner

I am having problems where post (ie a day or two after initaial recording -
so not simultaneous) re-encoding MPEG2 streams from my VisionPlus DTV card
using pretty much any MPEG2 software I can find (including TMpgEnc)
eventually freezes my computer. I normally get through the first 5 minutes
of video (10 minutes encoding time) before it freezes. It does not BSOD or
reboot - just freezes with no mouse movement or keyboard response. I have
found that turning off MMX, SSE, SSE2, etc in TmpgEnc appears to make
everything work better, but it makes it 5 times slower to encode and I am
not satisfied that this is a solution.

I am now convinced the system is otherwise stable. I have tried Memtest86+,
prime95, and just about all of the load tests on the "Ultimate Boot CD"
(which is great BTW) and all pan out flawlessly. I did play through the
entire Doom 3 with only a couple of system hangs, but I hear this is normal
as many people were complaining about the exact same problems I was having.

I have tried this with the PCI Digital TV tuner in and out of the system,
still hangs. I have tried to reduce the HT multiplier back to 2 and still
hangs.

I thought it may have had something to do with XP SP2, but it does it under
XP64bit as well. I might try it under Win2k just to see what happens. The
software I am using worked flawlessly under XP SP2 on my old mobo, an
A7N8X-E Dlx with XP2500+.

The nForce3 250G chip's heatsink is VERY hot (can't touch it for more than a
few seconds without burning my finger) - I assume this is relatively normal
as I have now seen people adding aftermarket heatsinks (Zalman NB47) to it -
I have one on order now to try it out myself. Asus PC Probe reports the
chipset temp as being 40degC, however I would guess 55-60degC at least from
touching it. As was suggested this may be affecting SATA or PATA transfers
causing the system to crash.

I have noticed one thing of concern, I have checked all of the PSU rails
going to the Mobo and all are in perfect spec. The supply that concerns me
is the 12v rail. With a multimeter at to 20pin and 4pin connectors I get
12.01V exactly - does not vary at all even with load change using Prime95 or
TMpgEnc loading the system down. However, the BIOS, Asus PC Probe and
HMonitor all report the 12v rail as varying between 11.56 and 11.72 volts,
never any higher.

Has anyone else with one of these boards noticed this? Is this normal, or
have I found a problem?

This is all driving me nuts, if anyone could help I would be grateful.

Bryon

ProudPapa
November 20th 04, 10:26 PM
"Bryon van Prooyen" > wrote in message
...
| Hi Guys,
|
| I have posted a couple of times now in the a.c.periphs.mainboard.asus
group
| trying to find a fix for my system
| freezing everytime I do MPEG2 to MPEG2 re-encoding. Like to see if anyone
| here has a clue as to what may be happening.
|
| My system...
|
| Asus K8N-E Deluxe Mobo Bios 1.05
| Athlon64 2300 (Not overclocked)
| 1024MB Kingmax DDR-466 (2x512 - Slot 1 & 2)
| Asus 9600XT Video
| WD 120GB SATA (Boot)
| WD 80GB ATA (Data)
| 480W Tagan PS (TG480-U01)
| Windows XP SP2 AND Windows XP 64bit Edition 1218
| VisionPlus DTV Digital TV tuner
|
| I am having problems where post (ie a day or two after initaial
recording -
| so not simultaneous) re-encoding MPEG2 streams from my VisionPlus DTV card
| using pretty much any MPEG2 software I can find (including TMpgEnc)
| eventually freezes my computer. I normally get through the first 5 minutes
| of video (10 minutes encoding time) before it freezes. It does not BSOD or
| reboot - just freezes with no mouse movement or keyboard response. I have
| found that turning off MMX, SSE, SSE2, etc in TmpgEnc appears to make
| everything work better, but it makes it 5 times slower to encode and I am
| not satisfied that this is a solution.
|
| I am now convinced the system is otherwise stable. I have tried
Memtest86+,
| prime95, and just about all of the load tests on the "Ultimate Boot CD"
| (which is great BTW) and all pan out flawlessly. I did play through the
| entire Doom 3 with only a couple of system hangs, but I hear this is
normal
| as many people were complaining about the exact same problems I was
having.
|
| I have tried this with the PCI Digital TV tuner in and out of the system,
| still hangs. I have tried to reduce the HT multiplier back to 2 and still
| hangs.
|
| I thought it may have had something to do with XP SP2, but it does it
under
| XP64bit as well. I might try it under Win2k just to see what happens. The
| software I am using worked flawlessly under XP SP2 on my old mobo, an
| A7N8X-E Dlx with XP2500+.
|
| The nForce3 250G chip's heatsink is VERY hot (can't touch it for more than
a
| few seconds without burning my finger) - I assume this is relatively
normal
| as I have now seen people adding aftermarket heatsinks (Zalman NB47) to
it -
| I have one on order now to try it out myself. Asus PC Probe reports the
| chipset temp as being 40degC, however I would guess 55-60degC at least
from
| touching it. As was suggested this may be affecting SATA or PATA transfers
| causing the system to crash.
|
| I have noticed one thing of concern, I have checked all of the PSU rails
| going to the Mobo and all are in perfect spec. The supply that concerns me
| is the 12v rail. With a multimeter at to 20pin and 4pin connectors I get
| 12.01V exactly - does not vary at all even with load change using Prime95
or
| TMpgEnc loading the system down. However, the BIOS, Asus PC Probe and
| HMonitor all report the 12v rail as varying between 11.56 and 11.72 volts,
| never any higher.
|
| Has anyone else with one of these boards noticed this? Is this normal, or
| have I found a problem?
|
| This is all driving me nuts, if anyone could help I would be grateful.
|
| Bryon
|
|
I had a similar problem with rendering lockups and fixed it by adjusting
(turning down) video acceleration in display >troubleshooting

Stings
November 21st 04, 02:14 AM
I had the same problem with Service Pack 2 and when a did a reinstall with a
new full version of XP with SP2 it as fine.? I was doing MPG4 and MPG-DVD
DVD software would not work with XP and SP2 extra but with the new version
all was fine ?
Uninstall SP2 see if that helps it did for me.


"ProudPapa" > wrote in message
...
>
> "Bryon van Prooyen" > wrote in message
> ...
> | Hi Guys,
> |
> | I have posted a couple of times now in the a.c.periphs.mainboard.asus
> group
> | trying to find a fix for my system
> | freezing everytime I do MPEG2 to MPEG2 re-encoding. Like to see if
> anyone
> | here has a clue as to what may be happening.
> |
> | My system...
> |
> | Asus K8N-E Deluxe Mobo Bios 1.05
> | Athlon64 2300 (Not overclocked)
> | 1024MB Kingmax DDR-466 (2x512 - Slot 1 & 2)
> | Asus 9600XT Video
> | WD 120GB SATA (Boot)
> | WD 80GB ATA (Data)
> | 480W Tagan PS (TG480-U01)
> | Windows XP SP2 AND Windows XP 64bit Edition 1218
> | VisionPlus DTV Digital TV tuner
> |
> | I am having problems where post (ie a day or two after initaial
> recording -
> | so not simultaneous) re-encoding MPEG2 streams from my VisionPlus DTV
> card
> | using pretty much any MPEG2 software I can find (including TMpgEnc)
> | eventually freezes my computer. I normally get through the first 5
> minutes
> | of video (10 minutes encoding time) before it freezes. It does not BSOD
> or
> | reboot - just freezes with no mouse movement or keyboard response. I
> have
> | found that turning off MMX, SSE, SSE2, etc in TmpgEnc appears to make
> | everything work better, but it makes it 5 times slower to encode and I
> am
> | not satisfied that this is a solution.
> |
> | I am now convinced the system is otherwise stable. I have tried
> Memtest86+,
> | prime95, and just about all of the load tests on the "Ultimate Boot CD"
> | (which is great BTW) and all pan out flawlessly. I did play through the
> | entire Doom 3 with only a couple of system hangs, but I hear this is
> normal
> | as many people were complaining about the exact same problems I was
> having.
> |
> | I have tried this with the PCI Digital TV tuner in and out of the
> system,
> | still hangs. I have tried to reduce the HT multiplier back to 2 and
> still
> | hangs.
> |
> | I thought it may have had something to do with XP SP2, but it does it
> under
> | XP64bit as well. I might try it under Win2k just to see what happens.
> The
> | software I am using worked flawlessly under XP SP2 on my old mobo, an
> | A7N8X-E Dlx with XP2500+.
> |
> | The nForce3 250G chip's heatsink is VERY hot (can't touch it for more
> than
> a
> | few seconds without burning my finger) - I assume this is relatively
> normal
> | as I have now seen people adding aftermarket heatsinks (Zalman NB47) to
> it -
> | I have one on order now to try it out myself. Asus PC Probe reports the
> | chipset temp as being 40degC, however I would guess 55-60degC at least
> from
> | touching it. As was suggested this may be affecting SATA or PATA
> transfers
> | causing the system to crash.
> |
> | I have noticed one thing of concern, I have checked all of the PSU rails
> | going to the Mobo and all are in perfect spec. The supply that concerns
> me
> | is the 12v rail. With a multimeter at to 20pin and 4pin connectors I get
> | 12.01V exactly - does not vary at all even with load change using
> Prime95
> or
> | TMpgEnc loading the system down. However, the BIOS, Asus PC Probe and
> | HMonitor all report the 12v rail as varying between 11.56 and 11.72
> volts,
> | never any higher.
> |
> | Has anyone else with one of these boards noticed this? Is this normal,
> or
> | have I found a problem?
> |
> | This is all driving me nuts, if anyone could help I would be grateful.
> |
> | Bryon
> |
> |
> I had a similar problem with rendering lockups and fixed it by adjusting
> (turning down) video acceleration in display >troubleshooting
>
>