Hardware & Software

Forum discussion tagged with Hardware & Software.
  1. S

    Question Extreme FPS drops while playing games ?

    For the past month or so I have been getting severe fps drops (1-15) that rarely improve over time. I've noticed that it happens in some games more than others such as Outer Wilds where I'll usually get about 8 fps. I have a pretty beefy PC and it should be able to handle just about any game on...
  2. S

    Question Random BSODs

    I am back here again with another BSOD issue. Hope will be able to solve it this time once again with the extremely helpful community. For now the BSOD with the error "Kmode exception not handled nvlddmkm.sys" occurred twice. Interestingly both occurred while watching videos on YouTube in...
  3. J

    Question Should I upgrade anything in my PC

    Hello Everyone, I have been upgrading my PC over time and I wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on my build and if anything else should be upgraded. Below is a list of what my system currently has. Component Selection CPU Intel Core i7-10700K 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor CPU...
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    Question PC freezes but I can still move the mouse

    Hi, my pc I’ve built exactly a year ago has had the same problems since day one. Here are my specs and below I will post what actions I have taken to try and fix it. Windows 10 education ver. Ryzen 7 3800x NZXT Kraken x53 AIO Zotac GTX 1060 ROG STRIX B550-F Samsung 860 evo 1TB SSD WD Blue 1TB...
  5. H

    Question Laptop not booting properly after restarts, it just completely shuts down ?

    Hello Everyone, I hope you can help me with this issues. I will tell you specifically what is the problem. I'm using HP Elitebook 2570p with i7 3rd gen, 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and not having a battery. This is the problem, It takes time to boot and if does not I will repeat these process, turn...
  6. BaconCassetteTape

    [SOLVED] Freeze and Restart ...

    can anyone identify what's wrong with this system Problem: random freeze, and random restart. Troubleshooting done( the problem still persist): Disabled the auto-restart feature of windows - it made the system freeze instead reseat and replace ram and doing single and dual channel - the...
  7. VashGZ

    Question PC Not Giving Consistent Results

    Hello, so I'm having trouble with my PC not giving me results that would be expected of it and frame drops in some games. Here is my pc build, VashGZ - Saved Part Lists - PCPartPicker. I mostly play fps games like CS and Valorant and my frames are very inconsistent with what would be expected...
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    Question System trouble after overclocking

    Hi all, I was previously running an Intel I5-2500K on a Gigabyte Z68-XP-UD3 mobo overclocked without issue to 4.5ghz. I decided to upgrade to an I7-3770K for a bit more performance. I upgraded the BIOS to the most recent UEFI version in order to overclock the new CPU. I overclocked the CPU to...
  9. G

    Question Middle case-fan doesn't spin anymore ?

    Hello Guys!! I'm new on the forum, i hope it's the right section. As by title, my front PC fan doesn't spin. i give you some details: I built the PC 1 year ago and I connected the fan's cable directly to the power supply. The Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 RGB Midi-Tower case has 3 front fans...
  10. X

    Question My PC has restarted on its own randomly twice

    As per the title of the thread my pc has restarted twice and I don't know what caused it. The first time it occured was almost a week ago and the second time was yesterday. Description of the first restart: ~Was playing Escape From Tarkov ~Happend loading into a match ~Game froze, my 2nd...
  11. L

    [SOLVED] My computer will not boot when adding additional power sata cables to extra hdd/ssd.

    I have a custom built computer that I built a few years back. Recently I have tried to add a couple HDD and an SSD I had around, but when I connect my power cable from the PSU to the HDD/SSD the computer will not boot. I have a cd player installed and it is able to run, and I have one HDD...
  12. T

    Question PC significantly slow

    I turned on my PC about 3 days ago after about a week of not turning it on and upon turning it on I found out that my pc is taking a significantly longer time than normal to boot up to begin with (taking anywhere between 10-15 mins to up to an hour sometimes). All I see is the motherboard logo...
  13. IIBUZZII

    Question PC randomly turns off when gaming ?

    My PC is really racking my brain. I keep randomly getting my PC just turning off as if someone unplugged it and then it boots straight back up. This happens no matter what game is loaded it can happen after a day 10 minutes or a few hours i rebuilt the whole PC it did not do it for 2 months and...
  14. Astral570

    Question BSOD/DPC_Watchdog_Violation error recently

    So I've been getting this error since around the 11th/12th of this month after a thunderstorm knocked out the power in the block while I was playing a game (I kinda feel asleep before it happen and didn't know until it already happened). Now its been freezing and then crashing a few minutes...
  15. Bigshoots

    Question Displays losing signal randomly ?

    Both of my displays seem to be losing signal for whatever reason for a few seconds and then come back on like nothing happened. It's been driving me crazy and this has been happening since January While I though this was a Nvidia problem with drivers or with my new GPU which is a 3070, it isn't...
  16. Barkadij

    [SOLVED] PC is restarting with no Error at all?

    First my Specs.: i just bought the whole things 3 days ago. CPU: i9-10900k MB: Asus ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming RAM: 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 3600 CL18 Dual Kit GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 3080Ti Gaming X Trio PSU: Gigabyte P750GM, 80 Plus Gold, modular Case: Lian Li 011Dynamic XL Cooler: Alpenföhn...
  17. R_t3

    Question PC does not start after shorting cpu power pins

    Hi, I have an issue where my PC won’t start when I press the power button. However when I tried shorting the power pins on my motherboard even then my PC won’t start. I thought that my motherboard was broken and I was about to call a repair guy, suddenly my PC booted. I did a load test...
  18. M

    Question Hardware or software problem? (gaming stuttering/delays after cleaning and resetting)

    Hi! My pc was dusty so i decided to clean it (i used an air compressor blow machine). I accidentaly loosened the cpu cooler and it overheated/shut down untill i fixed it. I opened the chassi several times since the pc would not start but got it to work after resetting cmos and...
  19. PAFF

    Question Windows Files Get Corrupted

    Hi everyone, i installed my gaming setup and for 2 days im trying to install windows on my system. Every single format had a different problem, I think main problem is the windows updates, before updates system works fine. After the installation or while the updates i get errors or corrupted...
  20. B

    [SOLVED] Good PC Underperforming Please Help!

    Hi guys, I was just wondering if anyone could help me figure out why my PC is underperforming in games. My current components are: X470F Motherboard 16GB G-Skill Tridentz 3200Mhz RAM Ryzen 7 2700x CPU RTX 2070 Armor GPU Crucial MX500 SSD 750W EVGA 80+ Gold The problem I'm encountering in games...
  21. Foolsfortea

    Question Is there a potential bottleneck in my computer?

    Cougar MX330 Windowed Mid-Tower ATX Case Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo CPU Cooler - Red Top Cover MSI Z390-A PRO LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 CL14 2400MHz Memory Black Sapphire Radeon RX 580 NITRO+ OC 8GB Video Card Thermaltake Toughpower 650W 80+...
  22. P

    [SOLVED] "Last BIOS Time" really high

    My PC used to turn on in less than 10 seconds. Some days ago, it started to take a really long time in BIOS logo screen (around 80 seconds). I didn't change anything in BIOS settings and I only have 3 startup programs, that were able since I got my PC more than a year ago. I'm really worried...
  23. R

    [SOLVED] Should i buy this cheap thermal grease? is it safe?

    https://www.amazon.com/Heatsink-Compound-Soft-Stars-PACK/dp/B0716GHFG9 any suggestions?
  24. A

    Question Windows Wont Boot To New SSD After Data Migration

    Hello Toms Hardware! as the title suggests I am having difficulty booting into my new SSD. I recently purchased a new NVME SSD. I wanted to migrate my current OS and some storage to my new drive. Both drives are Samsung. I downloaded the Samsung data migration utility and proceeded to run it as...
  25. A

    Question Help me determine which component is faulty.

    Pc: Ryzen 5 3600 Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite Corsair Vengance RGB PRO TUF 16gb(8x2) 3200mhz (new) EVGA 700 GD Galax Rtx 2070 super EX 1TB Adata sx6000 pro 1TB Western Digital Blue 7200rpm (old) 240gb Kingston ssd (old) Ever since I've built this pc I've been having random BSOD's, the error...
  26. Darthdefault

    [SOLVED] BlInitializeLibrary Failed 0xc00000bb

    Hi Guys, my Pc isnt working anymore. Since a couple of days it always froze on the spinning circle when windows first booted and i had to shut it down. Then it worked after. Since today i dont even get there anymore as it just dispays BlInitializeLibrary Failed 0xc00000bb and thats it. I...
  27. S

    [SOLVED] Something (not sure what) crashes while watching videos on new PC and screen turns black for a few seconds then resumes normal

    MSI MEG Z490 UNIFY ATX Intel® Core™ i7-10700KF BOX Crucial Ballistix RGB 32GB (2 X 16GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16 - Black Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 3070 VISION OC 8GB GDDR6 Kingston A2000 1TB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD Toshiba DT02ABA400 4TB 5400rpm 3.5 HDD Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 850W 80 Plus Gold TT...
  28. B

    [SOLVED] I have a good gpu but the other components are average. My PC lags and I have Fps Drops.

    Hello everybody! I would like to understand why my PC lags very often and has problems. My PC specs: GPU: RTX 2060 6gb CPU: Intel i5 7400 3GHz RAM: 8GB SSD: 124gb(or something like that) (15GB free) HDD: 1TB (570GB free) Yesterday I tried to play GTA V on medium settings and I had 60 FPS and it...
  29. C

    [SOLVED] Multiple BSOD despite RAM passing tests?

    Hello, recently built a new rig and have been running into different BSOD and all look to be because of RAM. Some of these errors from the dmp files include : stop code memory management, hardware.sys, one just said RAM, dxgmm2.sys However, I have ran memtest86, hci memtest, windows mem test...
  30. Ace52

    [SOLVED] Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 - B2 Error Code when trying to play games

    Every time I open a game it would load up just fine but as soon as I start playing, it would freeze and give me a blank screen. I can't alt tab or ctrl alt delete. The only way to turn it off is to either flip the switch or press the restart button which gives me a black screen and a code B2 on...
  31. FeelsGoodMan243

    Question PC turns on but keyboard and mouse dont work, and no monitor signal

    My pc turns on but monitor has no signal and mouse/keyboard no power what’s weird is that the speakers turn on, my nintendo switch charges plugged into pc, but my mic doesn’t work I have an extra monitor arriving tomorrow. Do i need a new monitor for some peripherals to work? or is it the pc...
  32. Blase369

    [SOLVED] Freezes no matter what I am doing on my PC

    My current issue is that I have a PC that I built, and am extremely proud of, that just is not performing how I want it to. Whether I am playing games or typing out this post, it freezes up for 10-30 seconds at random. I really wish I could provide more information as to what causes the freezes...
  33. tagxboxliveuniversal

    Question Going from Windows 10 - to Windows XP for software purposes

    Hello, would it be possible to uninstall windows 10 and go to windows XP? The reason why I ask this question is because for a business we are required to run XP OS for a $4,500 software called Cepheid Software. This software requires only windows XP to operate, or that is what I was told. My...
  34. E

    [SOLVED] HDD no format option

    I got a new hard drive and plugged it in ive already checked the cables everything's fine the hard drive even pops up on my disk manager already but for some reason I don't get the option to format it and I just said screw it and tried making a spanned volume and it didn't do anything. Is there...
  35. H

    Question M.2 SSD makes my laptop microstutter even when replaced..

    I bought the Silicon Power 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD for my gaming laptop to have a quick boot time and I did a clean install of Windows 10 as well. When installed all my drivers and everything, I started encounter the stutter when watching a video. The audio would do a quick distort and occurs while...
  36. StoneyOD

    Question CPU utilization dropping in game

    This is a new problem. I was playing arma fine for hundreds of hours and now I get random CPU drops causing giant stutters. It's not thermal throttling as I've checked all my temps and they run at 40c while gaming. I have also went into my bios to make sure nothing is being throttled there. I'm...
  37. P

    [SOLVED] I cannot find an answer anywhere. Please help with driver issues possibly.

    Hello. I bought a prebuilt PC a while ago. I have always had issues with microphones that stop working seemingly out of nowhere. They still show up in control panel and sound but they seem to give off a constant light noise. I also have to uninstall and reinstall my realtek audio drivers for my...
  38. C

    Question Pc freezes randomly

    Hello, For the last two weeks I've encountered a problem (its increased in frequency today) with my pc freezing randomly while doing anything. The cursor stops moving and I notice that the caps lock key doesn't light up/turn off when i press it. The screen also becomes unresponsive, but the pc...
  39. C

    [SOLVED] Windows 10. Frequent hangs/crashes. No BSOD or .dmp files associated. Please help

    Hi there, hoping for some help on this issue. I’m pulling my hair out! My PC keeps freezing (hanging?) then crashing to blank screen (no BSOD or other error messages shown), and then restarting. I have repeatedly checked BlueScreenViewer and there are no .dmp files - I opened up the folder...
  40. Empathy1996

    Question Horrible FPS In all games and blue death screens

    Hello Recently my pc started stutter in games and causing a blue death screen sometimes when I would power my pc on. I've tried so many things but the only thing I can come up with is a hardware issue. I did run a user benchmark test and it showed my CPU (i5 84000, GPU (GTX 1060), and Ram (16 GB...