Well guys I don't know why you all started saying that you have crashes, etc. - I don't have any problems at all with folding. I have 3 AMD systems, all different and they have yet to produce a problem.
Please don't take this the wrong way ColdFlame, but I can always rely on someone concluding that because they have no problems, that there is no problem. Your sample size is 3. I too have three Athlon machines that have (essentially) given me no problems. Unfortunately, I have three others that have had, and continue to have, problems.
I am prepared to admit that I cut my corners a bit too sharp, and that could be the problem. And yet, here is the rundown of components on my most troublesome folder:
- Shuttle motherboard
- AMD 2500+ Barton CPU
- Crucial DDR PC2700 memory
- Q-Technology power supply
These all are "respected brands". I'm not overcloclocking anything. Memory timings are set by SPD. All but one (and it's stable) has a cpu cooler with MikeC's stamp of approval.
If I had one blade with stability issues, I'd say it's just bad luck, but this goes way beyond bad luck.
However, your point that I need to "troubleshoot the issues" is well taken. I agree. I'm doing that. Methodically, one component at a time. One problem is that instability can occur immediately, or it can take a day or two to show up. Take my Shuttle buddy for example. Since the last LINCS WARNING at 26%, it has completed a WU and is 70% through another. Is it now stable? I doubt it since I haven't changed anything.
The "more powerful PSU" is 90% BS. These micro-ATX boards with a 2500+ Barton draw less than 90 watts from the wall. Even at 65% efficiency converting AC to DC, that's 60 watts. I'm not saying the psu's might not be faulty, but saying they aren't powerful enough doesn't compute.
IF what I am describing is happening?
ColdFlame, I'm not mad at you, I'm just "flustrated", and you had the misfortune to "push the button." I assure you, I will take your advice, because it's good advice. I need to get this sorted. And it's not like I'm lacking proven components, I just need to grit my teeth and take the necessary boards offline long enough to swap the parts.