The new build has been running reasonably well, and I've done no major optimizing so far, and no overclocking (yet). However, I've been having infrequent and seemingly random system lock-ups that would appear to be hardware related.
Last night was about the fourth or fifth of these. I had been working on and off throughout the day on a 4-camera multicamera project, and having no issues at all. This was a TOTALLY different multicam experience than I've had with CS4, where MC was hardly usable. Anyway, I was going to make my last few edits of the night when the system locked up--I had just started playing back a sequence when it happened. No hard drive activity, no keyboard/mouse interaction, no bluescreen--the audio that had started playback, however, got caught in a short loop and made an annoying racket. The only way to return to normal was to hard reboot with the power button depressed. No error or fault is logged in the Windows event logs, beyond the reboot which is recorded as something like, "Your system restarted, probably due to you turning it off... don't do that." The actually fault that perpetuates such a drastic action is not recorded. My initial thoughts were that the RAM has a bad chip somewhere, so I've run a memory test for over 8 hours now, and had 0 errors reported. There were no lock-ups, either--the system has been just humming along that whole time. This obviously does not rule out the RAM, but doesn't make it easy to say it's the problem, either. The only "tweak" I've made to the system is the RAM, and that's by setting the DRAM frequency to 1600MHz; nothing else has been altered in the BIOS.
The last two lock-ups occured in one day, when I was attempting to export to an H.264 file, through the AME queue, with hardware MPE enabled. At different points in the export, the system locked, with similar results as above. After the second lock-up, I disabled GPU acceleration in PPro, and the export completed just fine. Interesting, I thought. However, I'd done other hardware MPE-assisted exports earlier that day and in previous days, with no lock-ups.
As mentioned, I'd encountered at least one other hard freeze, and if I remember correctly, I was in Premiere but not doing anything. I'd walked away from the system for a little while, came back, and it was Living Dead on my return. I hadn't been rendering, importing, playing back, or anything else.
I've been checking my temps with HWmonitor, and there isn't anything out of the ordinary as far as I'm aware. I'm really not stressing the system much, pretty basic and rudimentary edits. The memory test has now done about 600% coverage, and no errors. The bizarre coincidence is that these lock-ups occur when I'm in one of the Adobe programs--but I've never seen software cause a lock-up such as this before.
So... where do I go from here? The lock-ups seem to completely happen at random, with no particular instigation. Is there some sort of other monitor software I can run in the background that might indicate hardware failures that Windows is not able to catch?
I'm hoping you hardware gurus can shed some light on this bizarre predicament... thanks in advance for your insight.
It would seem to make sense to post my hardware... duh:
- ASUS P6X58D
- OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
- GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 480
- COOLER MASTER HAF 932
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 1000W
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB (system drive)
- HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s (running RAID 5 with onboard controller)
- Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler