I have a problem and I don't know which part causing it.
Check this video I made showing what problem I have: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKFTKzmccM4
When I turn on the computer after it been off during the night and then run a game, it will freeze and show distorted color screen.
The game will work fine for hours after I turn it off and back on.
It only happens when I start it after a long power off.
In Windows itself it never happens no matter what.
What I tried to do so far and didn't fix:
1. Fresh install of Windows Vista 64
2. Different hard drive
3. Different PCI Express slot
4. Used compressed air to clean everything
What part could be bad?
CPU: Core i7 920
GPU: GTX 280
PSU: HIPER 630W
MEM: 6GB RAM
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Ahhh. I see you have found a solution:
Yeah, I can see how this would spin my cogs around for a while. Funny how it was working all that time and then decided to give up the ghost just now. Perhaps parts are over heating a little bit more with age and fans are running a little faster needing more juice is the cause that pushes it over the edge to need this extra power connection.
Leave it to Intel to add yet another power connection.
The Intel Manual:
Power Supply Connectors
The board has the following power supply connectors:
• Main power – a 2 x 12 connector. This connector is compatible with 2 x 10
connectors previously used on Intel Desktop boards. The board supports the use
of ATX12V power supplies with either 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 main power cables. When
using a power supply with a 2 x 10 main power cable, attach that cable on the
rightmost pins of the main power connector, leaving pins 11, 12, 23, and
• Processor core power – a 2 x 4 connector. This connector provides power
directly to the processor voltage regulator and must always be used. Failure to do
so will prevent the board from booting.
• Auxiliary PCI Express graphics power – a 1 x 4 connector. This connector
provides the required additional power when using high power (75 W or greater)
add-in cards in either or both the Secondary PCI Express x16 (electrical x8) and
the PCI Express x16 (electrical x4) bus add-in card connectors. See Figure 1 for
• “SATA style” power connector – an additional power connector for
supplemental power which can be used in addition to or in place of the Auxiliary
PCI Express graphics power connector.
If high power (75 W or greater) add-in cards are installed in either or both the
Secondary PCI Express x16 and the PCI Express x4 bus add-in card connectors, the
Auxiliary PCI Express graphics power connector must be used. Failure to do so may
cause damage to the board and the add-in cards
I can tell you that a GTX 280 uses a lot more than 75watts. ;)
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