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    Problems with a free tech and wondering where to turn

    Hi folks. I must say first off that mp3car has helped me along the way for many years with two of my computer installs and many friends I have helped along the way. Thanks for being here. .
    So now that I'm here again, I thought I would ask for your input on my problem.

    I've had a free tech computer in the car for over a year with no problems up until now.

    http://www.angibabi.com/miata/carputer/index.htm

    Noticed here in the last month or so, when I hit a large bump, the computer would reboot. Then one day i notice that it started to reboot as soon as windows would start to load. Thought it was a sys driver, removed the speedfan driver and thought was ok. Then I would notice that the screen would repixel and then reboot. Thought it was the OS or a video driver, Installed new os, xp pro with a clean install. Went on drive, less than 30 min down the road, computer would reboot. Now I can't get it past the xp pro blue screen. I feel that it's a video hardware problem but unsure how to fix it. Anyone know if this has happen to anyone in the past on this type of computer? Should I try another board? or pick up a different computer all together? Anyone?

    The computer is a free tech

    http://freetech.com/cgi-bin/products...earchdbdisplay

    MB is a p8f162

    http://www.motherboard.cz/mb/freetech/P8F162GVT.htm


    Thanks again guys..
    My first computer install 2001 SS camaro
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    My latest project. Much better. 2003 Mazda Miata
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darmie View Post
    Noticed here in the last month or so, when I hit a large bump, the computer would reboot. Then one day i notice that it started to reboot as soon as windows would start to load.
    This sounds like a hard drive error. Try running Checkdisk on your harddrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by binary.h4x View Post
    This sounds like a hard drive error. Try running Checkdisk on your harddrive.
    A fresh install of XP? Did you do quick format, or the full?

    If you did a full, it would have most likely detected problems during that, but I bet you did quick, which can easily install while other areas are bad.

    I'd 2nd the checkdisk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatsacks View Post
    A fresh install of XP? Did you do quick format, or the full?

    If you did a full, it would have most likely detected problems during that, but I bet you did quick, which can easily install while other areas are bad.

    I'd 2nd the checkdisk.
    Hi folks. Thanks for the quick replies.
    Yes, it was a quick format, I'll do a chkdsk and see what I find. Wife took the car today to work since mine had gas and her's didn't. .. Anyone else have this problem too??
    My first computer install 2001 SS camaro
    http://www.angibabi.com/carputer/index.html
    My latest project. Much better. 2003 Mazda Miata
    http://www.angibabi.com/miata/carputer/index.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darmie View Post
    Wife took the car today to work since mine had gas and her's didn't. .. Anyone else have this problem too??
    Did you tell her the carpc wasn't working? I bet she would have had time to get gas if you did.

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    I would check the capicitors on the motherboard...bad caps will cause that problem. Check to see if any are swollen or leaking.

    You may also want to check to see if the battery that saves your bios settings is firmly installed. I once had a problem with my carputer rebooting when I hit bumps and it ended up being the battery being a little loose....I removed the battery and bent the lower contact up a little and the problem was gone. (the battery being loose shouldn't have made the computer reboot, but it did)
    ---Hope that helps!

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    Well folks, I wanted to update all that replied....
    first off, thanks for the input. It takes a while to drag in the computer from the car. Heck, it's in a mata for sakes and hard to remove, remove all wires ect, ect..
    So, with nothing to loose, I brought it in the home, hooked it up and found out that I was getting the xp blue screen from the start. So, I thought I'll just reinstall software. ..I couldn't get the cd rom to boot. Then I looked at the boot and found out that the cd rom was not even being notice by cmos. Then, hoping to get cmos to see cd rom, I unplugged it from the ide controller, and was going to plug it back in after a boot. Well, for some reason, it booted, came up under xp and all was well!! I turned off unit, installed ide plug and rebooted, still was not seeing cd rom but computer worked great. I did a scandisk with no problems, I was not seeing any caps or anything on the board out of place. So, put unit back in car but not until I gutted out a large portion of the case to allow the unit to breath and working good. So, that was it, bad cd rom for some reason?? I can even hit some good bumps and still have no reboot issues.. Now, controller or bad rom drive?? I guess I can install it in a different computer and see what happens...

    Thanks again guys..//
    My first computer install 2001 SS camaro
    http://www.angibabi.com/carputer/index.html
    My latest project. Much better. 2003 Mazda Miata
    http://www.angibabi.com/miata/carputer/index.htm

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    I have a board from freetech and it has been fine for over a year but just this past month I have been noticing problems like noisey audio and chars. floating over the screen.
    I have found that some of the solder joints are coming loose, this has to do with the cabling that is attached to it not being tied down properly and causing excess vibration.
    The DIMM sockets have also come loose and moving the memory with my finger wreeks havic on the system.

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