Testing a power supply and MOBO

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#1 Posted by overhead_drums (313 posts) -

Following my last thread i was wondering if there is any difinitive way to test my MOBO and PSU. One of these is MUST be faulty in some way as XFX and Scan deemed my 7970 as working fine.

If the 7970 is working fine as they say, what other reasons could cause the BSOD's and Freezes. (i've tried loads of drivers).

 

Cheers all!

#2 Posted by MonsieurX (30401 posts) -
How many watts in your psu?
#3 Posted by overhead_drums (313 posts) -
How many watts in your psu?MonsieurX
Its a OCZ ZS 750watt, should be enough. But there has to be a reason my card doesnt' work.
#4 Posted by MonsieurX (30401 posts) -
Did you try the card in another PCI-E lane on your mobo? Did you try the card in another PC?
#5 Posted by overhead_drums (313 posts) -
[QUOTE="MonsieurX"]Did you try the card in another PCI-E lane on your mobo? Did you try the card in another PC?

Yeah i tried another PCI-E and same story. Another PC is my next step i think, got to find someone else with a pc that will run it though.... Thanks for the help mate.
#6 Posted by Blistrax (1071 posts) -

Following my last thread i was wondering if there is any difinitive way to test my MOBO and PSU. One of these is MUST be faulty in some way as XFX and Scan deemed my 7970 as working fine.

If the 7970 is working fine as they say, what other reasons could cause the BSOD's and Freezes. (i've tried loads of drivers).

 

Cheers all!

overhead_drums
XFX has a vested interest in having your card not be at fault. I don't know what Scan is, but you can't test anything good, you can only test it bad. Direct substitution is ideal, and that's what you have to do next, as you know. Your graphics card is the most complicated device in your house by far. We can only imagine the things that can go wrong with it.
#7 Posted by overhead_drums (313 posts) -

[QUOTE="overhead_drums"]

Following my last thread i was wondering if there is any difinitive way to test my MOBO and PSU. One of these is MUST be faulty in some way as XFX and Scan deemed my 7970 as working fine.

If the 7970 is working fine as they say, what other reasons could cause the BSOD's and Freezes. (i've tried loads of drivers).

 

Cheers all!

Blistrax

XFX has a vested interest in having your card not be at fault. I don't know what Scan is, but you can't test anything good, you can only test it bad. Direct substitution is ideal, and that's what you have to do next, as you know. Your graphics card is the most complicated device in your house by far. We can only imagine the things that can go wrong with it.

Hi Blistrax, cheers for the reply. "XFX has a vested interest in having your card not be at fault" i don't understand this sentence, sorry the word vested has got me befuddled...lol. Would be grateful if you explained it to me. Thanks again.

EDIT: Sorry, just read it again, it makes sense. I dont think XFX would half-ass test it just to save a bit of cash would they?

EDIT2: Also my microwave is really complicated but the 7970 does take gold....wish it was easier to understand

Thanks for the advice, I know testing it in another machine should give me  definitive answer.

#8 Posted by Blistrax (1071 posts) -

I dont think XFX would half-ass test it just to save a bit of cash would they?

overhead_drums
I'm saying there is no test that will prove a device is 100% functional, and the manufacturer's assurance that the card is good is therefore worthless. You connect the dots.
#9 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
[QUOTE="Blistrax"] I don't know what Scan is

UK website for PC parts.
#10 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9253 posts) -

If you need to test your PSU...

I used this. Handy little tool.

Or you could use a multimeter.

As for the mobo... There really isn't any way to test it. Unless test your card in another system and the problem doesn't follow.

There maybe a compatibility issue with the chipset (check mobo bios page). Check memory with all passes in mem86+. If you have a sandforce based SSD that could also be causing your BSOD. As a matter of fact I just swapped out my Intel 520 I was having problems with... For 2 samsung 840 pros in raid0 and I have no more problems.

There can be a number of things.

#11 Posted by 5SI-GonePostal (355 posts) -

Its unlikely to be your mobo as from this thread and your other one there seems to be nothing wrong, other gpu works in it, and it boots. This then leaves with the GPU and PSU. But to test your PSU you need another high draw GPU or the tester posted above and to test your GPU you need another PC.