Computer crashes after opening Media Center

May 2, 2011 at 12:11:31
Specs: Windows 7, i5-2500 K
I just built my first computer. I have an i5-2500K CPU with Windows 7 OS. After installing everything as directed, it dumped/crashed on me everytime I opened Windows Media Center. I went and bought a new Video Card, because I used the one from my Dell originally, and re loaded the operating system. It's still dumping on me. If I've installed everything correctly, does anyone know why it would keep crashing?

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#1
May 2, 2011 at 23:40:20
i could offer lots of reasons.
does it only happen with media center?
does everything else work ok, games office, internet etc etc?
have you ran memtest?
try removing all ram except 1 stick, see if it works, try each stick 1 at a time in all slots. then let us know what happens.

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#2
May 3, 2011 at 14:35:49
Well, now it's happening all the time. I've been trying to wipe it and re load the operating sytem and it keeps re starting on me. I was thinking it might be the motherboard. Just out of curiosity, how would the Ram cause crashing?

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#3
May 3, 2011 at 21:10:46
if you have a bad stick of ram, it will cause a crash, and everytime it crashes you will get different bsod information cos the machine is trying to write different data to the ram when it fails windows sees this as the cause not the ram. many ram sticks pass a standard test for hours before they show up errors, so im my experience, running a system on 1 stick at a time will show a bad stick, using each stick in each slot will show a bad slot.
is your PSU powerful enough for the new system? thats also often a slipup in home builds.

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but cant help myself....


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#4
May 6, 2011 at 09:19:01
Thank you!...I will try that when I get home tonight. My power supply is a 550w so I assume that would be enough?

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#5
May 6, 2011 at 09:32:50
i think 550 watt would have been enough with the dell video card, depends what your new card is? if its a high powered card with two power connections you may be pushing it a bit, you can always test the power supply with a volt meter.

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