I have a mainboard that is acting crazy by a long time, and at last :o I found money to replace it.
When I use the computer 24/7, the system crashes randomly after a variable amount of time. I never was able to find what is the real culprit, but every time the system crashes, running the memtest after a forced reboot I get a ton of errors. Sometimes I was able to notice a problem before a BSOD or a crash, and rebooting the machine to run memtest I get errors all the time.
The strangest thing is that shutting down the PC and waiting for about half hour, memtest gives no errors at all :eek:
Then the machine can run 24/7 again for some time (longest time without crashing was 7 days, but most of times a crash comes after 3-4 days; sometimes after less than 1 day :doh:).
I changed RAM three times on this mainboard (a Gigabyte P35-DQ6); I also changed the PSU, but the problem is still here.
So I'm assuming that the culprit is a faulty mainboard.
My question is: if I get a new mainboard, can I assume that RAM are still good or I should get new RAM too? Can I be sure that RAM are not damaged even if I get errors every time that the machine crashes but errors are not more present after half hour??
Because of sometimes I need to leave the machine running 24/7, there are some things I should check before to buy a new mainboard? Any suggestions about a specific brand/model or any desktop board is good to run 24/7?
What about the PSU?
Is it possible that I damaged the RAMs or the mainboard itself running the machine 24/7 for a too long time?
Any suggestion is welcome