[mythtv-users] Troubleshooting Help Needed

Harry Devine lifter89 at comcast.net
Thu May 7 17:08:43 UTC 2009

Russ Chambliss, Jr. wrote:
> I need some help diagnosing whats wrong in a myth box that has 
> overheated.
> I came home the other day to what an overheating alarm coming from my 
> box.  I shut the computer down and let everything cool, then tried to 
> reboot.  I was able to get the computer up to the Mythtv main screen 
> but it would freeze at that point.  I shut everything down again and 
> took out all the tv cards and tried to reboot  I was able to get to 
> the desktop a couple of times, and the computer would tell me to 
> reconfigure the tvcards, but then shortly after it would freeze.  Now 
> it will boot to the loading screen for Knoppmyth then the screen jumps 
> and goes "funky" for lack of a better description and the computer 
> freezes.   Ive tried to boot from a Ubuntu Live CD and the same thing 
> happens, so Im pretty sure the HD is not the problem.  I did get 
> memtest86 up and running from a CD and that went through fine, so I 
> think the Memory is ok. 
> The thing that is throwing me off is that i can get it booted up 
> partially.  I'm guessing that this means that as the computer boots it 
> is putting more strain on whatever component is broken and causing the 
> freeze. I figure its got to be one of the following causing the problem:
> 1) the motherboard is failing all together 
> 2) the graphics card portion of the motherboard is failing,
> 3) the power supply is going bad
> 4) the CPU is going bad.
> I sould be able to test out the powersupply by swapping it with 
> another computer, but does anyone suggestions on how to test out the 
> other components, and any other suggestions on what the issue could be?
> Here are my specs:
> Abit AN-M2HD
> CPU AMD|A64 3200+
> Kingston 1Gig DDR2 800
> Seagate 500GB HD
> Onboard VGA Video - GeForce7050PV/ nForce630a
> Hauppauge HRV-1600
> Hauppauge PVR -150
> KnoppMyth R5.5
> 430 Watt Powersupply
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Not sure if this will help, but I had a similar issue last year, and it 
ended up being the CPU fan went bad.  The chip would heat up and the PC 
would just shut itself down.  Once I replaced that, its been fine ever 

Just something to consider.  Good luck!

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