On Wednesday my Ryzen 3 2200G started to crash frequently and I have the feeling that it will take time to get it repaired. So for the moment I had to rely on my backup a 12 years old HP Elitebook 8460p. My desktop has the following devices:
2019 Ryzen 3 2200G (4C4T; 3.7GHz OC); 16GB DDR4 (Geil 3000MHz); 512GB Silicon Power nvme SSD (3400/2300MB/s); 2TB Seagate HDD (192 MB/s) cached by a 128GB Silicon Power sata-SSD; ASRock B450 HDV Rel 4.0 motherboard and an Xtech desktop/power supply combo (600W).
The software is Ubuntu 22.04 with Linux 5.19.0-40; Virtualbox 7.06 and OpenZFS 2.1.5 and it is run from the nvme-SSD.
Wednesday the system started to crash running Firefox. The screen went black and it tried to recover/reboot producing hundreds of useless error messages.
If I power-off the system and reboot, it works again for minutes without issues and than the same type of crash repeats. Sometimes it crashed when running or starting a VM, but the most secure way to get a crash within 5 minutes, is to run YouTube in Firefox.
Software wise I run the current releases for months without any issue, however after or during the weekend Linux upgraded to 5.19.0-40. To eliminate that cause I did reboot from 5.19.0-38 and from another partition on my HDD with the latest 5.15.0-?? version, but in both cases the crashes kept occurring. So It is NOT an software issue.
I did run the memory test program and it did not give any errors, I could run it for hours instead of ~15 minutes, but it did not report any errors. I re-seated memory and swapped the location of the sticks, but the crashes kept appearing.
I re-seated the nvme-SSD, but that did not change anything. I did run the OpenZFS scrub test on the 492GB partition, but it did not find any errors, so that part is fine. The problem also occurs, running from the HDD, so the nvme-SSD is not causing the issue.
I never power-off the system, but the electricity company powers off my house 3 to 30 times per week Instead of powering off the system, I suspend it after 30 minutes of inactivity. To protect my computers I use an Avtek 1200W Surge Protector since 2012. The power supply is thus used 24/7 for 4 years and I noticed, because I had to replace the fan.
In order of plausibility I expect that one of the following items causes the issue:
- Xtech power supply bought locally in 2019 for DOP 800 say $15.
- ASRock B450 HDV Rel 4.0 motherboard, bought for $60 from Newegg in 2019
- Ryzen 3 2200G, bought for $97 from Newegg in 2019.
I live in Santiago de los Caballeros. The shop with a pro repair shop here, concentrates on selling off-lease computers, so they have no experience with Ryzen yet. The other shops don’t not really sell Ryzen PCs, currently they sell 10th gen Intel.
I think I ask the first one to have a look and to try another power supply. The second step would be to do the upgrade to a Ryzen 5 5600G now. The last possibility is to buy another B450 motherboard.
Any other suggestion?