02-24-2014 01:38 PM
I've got a ThinkCentre M92p that I use as a media center PC/file server in my home entertainment unit. It has run rock-solid for months, but I recently upgraded the stock Radeon video card to a low-profile Radeon HD 7750 (Sapphire). This upgrade has helped tremendously with games and I've never had any problems while using the machine.
However, recently the machine has been randomly crashing while I'm not using it. I can tell because it will not respond to RDP logins and is unavailable on the network. There's nothing on the screen when this happens--but that could be because I'm using the HDMI output on this card which only seems to work when Windows 8 is fully booted. I've checked the Windows Event Log (System) and I see no warnings/errors before the hard-reboot. Temps look good; video card idles around 40 degC and the hard drive is around 36 degC.
The ONLY anomaly I've been able to find is that, a couple of times when I did a hardware check using Lenovo Solution center, the hard drive showed a warning for the short SMART self test. However, the overall test still passed.
Any ideas? Think the hard drive may be going out?
02-24-2014 01:48 PM - edited 02-24-2014 01:50 PM
Things I would do is:
-Lenovo has a HDD diag for download, run that
-Run the Windows HDD surface scan, ensure the media is good.
-Fully delete all AMD software and drivers, reboot, reinstall 13.12
-Run CCleaner, registry scan and clean, multiple times until zero errors
-Run memtest86, 2 passes
02-24-2014 04:29 PM
With regards to the first two items:
1. Where is this HDD diag software that you mention? Looked around but everything pointed me to the Lenovo Solution Center, which I already have and have run HDD diag with.
2. I'm running Windows 8.1 . Is this something I download separately?
02-25-2014 07:02 AM - edited 02-25-2014 07:20 AM
1. A third of the way down is the diag for the hard drive. Could be the same was what you've used.
2. I haven't run Win 8, but every Win since I think Win97 has had this tool. Go to computer, right click hard drive, properties, tools, error-checking, check scan for bad sectors. Restart, and it will load and scan before starting Windows.
02-25-2014 11:02 AM
02-25-2014 11:08 AM - edited 02-25-2014 11:11 AM
I'm not sure that the crashing is related directly to the issue I'm having with no video at bootup, but there may be an indirect relationship.