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DMala
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Re: Everything keeps locking up...any ideas why?
08/15/11 04:46 AM


> Ok, I built my MAME cabinet about 2 years ago and decided to get it back up and
> running and hopefully work out the bugs.
>
> I'm running an Intel Celeron 3.0GHz, 2GB Ram, 400watt power supply, Windows XP Pro,
> Arcade VGA for my video card. Cabinet is a Tekken Tag cabinet with a 25" screen. 4
> player Ipac board for the controls.
>
> I can run the "computer" all day long without it freezing, but when I load an NES
> game or MAME game it tends to lockup at random times. I've ran memtest (24 hours) on
> my RAM and it tests good. I've tried different power supplies without any change.
> Lately after about 5 minutes of playing it seems to lock up. Sometimes it runs for
> hours and other times it locks up immediately. I'm running Mala 1.05 as my frontend,
> FCEUX 2.0.0 as my NES emulator and Mame32 0.120 as my MAME emulator.
>
> It seems to lockup on the emulators after a short time, which led me to think
> hardware, but the PC itself can run all day long without issues.
>
> Suggestions?

Heat issues, maybe? When you're not stressing the CPU, it says cool enough to be OK. Once you put the load of an emulator on it, it climbs into the red and locks up.

I'd try blowing out the heatsink and fan with some compressed air first, make sure you don't have a nice warm dust-sweater on everything. If it's already clean or blowing it out doesn't help, try running a temperature monitor while you fire up an emulator and see what the temps do. If it's still getting hot, try re-seating the heat sink with some fresh thermal paste, improve the ventilation in the case, and/or lower the ambient temperature in the room.







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* Everything keeps locking up...any ideas why? vetteguy112233 08/15/11 03:37 AM
. * Re: Everything keeps locking up...any ideas why? DMala  08/15/11 04:46 AM
. * 100% agree with above <nT> italieAdministrator  08/15/11 05:20 AM
. * Re: Everything keeps locking up...any ideas why? GatKongModerator  08/15/11 04:09 AM

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