After getting it all setup, I went towards overclocking. I got it to a stable overclock and it ran for about 3 weeks until I started getting random blue screen errors, to where it wouldn't boot Vista x64. Eventually it got to the point where it would reboot and auto recover the BIOS from the HDD, and loop about 10 times, until the board went dead and wouldn't POST.
I cleared the BIOS, did everything I could, but it would not post. Got an RMA and 2 weeks later, I got a replacement board.
Replaced it, booted it up, everything runs fine for a day. I don't do any overclocking of the motherboard (video card is still overclocked), just change some of the default BIOS settings to enable USB keyboard, etc.
I start getting blue screen errors, always the same one.. IRQL_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL -- from my reading it looked like a driver problem. Reinstalled every driver for every device, still got the error randomly every several hours. Just happened before this post, and damnit, it went to the BIOS auto-recovering screen again and luckily, after 6 reboots, it booted back up retaining all my basic BIOS setting changes.
What is happening? I tested the memory with the Windows Memory Diag, and with MemTest86, no errors. Is it that my power supply is too weak? I have 3 SATA HDDs, 1 DVDRW, 3 120mm fans, 1 small hdd fan, 1 8800 GT PCIe (overclocked), and the led on the front panel. I'm afraid to leave my PC on, scared that in the morning it won't boot again. Is that too much of a load on the PSU? Should I get a 650w or 750w?
Any help or suggestions would be lovely. Thanks guys.
Thats an odd one, alright. Did you try and just replace the bios with a fresh one? Or even an older one, just to see if that stops the issue?
Your power supply is a little weak, but it should'nt keep causing problems if only the card is OC'd. I dont thing. (You'd have to check the rail strength and such on the side of the power supply. Most have their power to whatever plug.)
Maybe you should just stock everything and see if it persists? Then you'll know it was something to do with the video card, and not other things!
Well, woke up this morning with the blue screen, and now my PC won't boot up since the motherboard won't post. When I hit the reset button, my PC started up, turned off, and started up again.. and nothing.
I barely had this motherboard for a day. Now the PC starts up, I get no video or anything. Nothing was overclocked on this board.
Well, I've updated my BIOS to the latest version.. still getting the IRQL_LESS_THAN_EQUAL (0x0000000A) error, and sadly it doesn't tell me what it causing it. Then, it will reboot. Seems as if it sits at that screen for too long (ie. I go out and come back it crashed) it goes through the BIOS auto-recovery thing, my PC does the 4-5 reboots, and it boots up again.
So, now I'm going to let it idle in safe mode, and see what it does.
Well, I upped the voltage to 2.1v (it's rated at 2.2v) and it has been stable ever since. Thanks for the suggestion, thought it was safe to assume the motherboard knew what voltage to put it at.
I didn't change the timings however, going to wait a bit.
Performance ram and motherboards never get along these days - manually set everything to be sure
My old ASUS P5B Deluxe Wifi/Ap tried to use my Corsair C5's (C5-5-5-15) @ 4-4-4-12 limiting my overclock and cause chaos - configuring it manually fixed everything and allowed me to break the FSB1600 barrier with an E6600