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Computer not cold booting- low voltage?

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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 11:23:29 PM

My computer boots (or at least it turns on with lights and fans spinning), but I see nothing on the screen.
I have my i7 computer overclocked to 3.0GHz, and the voltage undervolted to 1.1 to 1.125 volts.
The RAM is rated at 1066MHz at 1.5v, and I have it at 1200MHz at 1.5v

I'm pretty sure this is not a graphics card problem.

I recently increased to RAM voltage to 1.54v and CPU voltage to 1.125-1.13 volts...would this help?

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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 11:32:27 PM

Btw, I ran Prime95 stable for an hour when my CPU was at 3.0GHz undervolted at 1.1v and RAM at 1.5v

I guess cold boots require the cpu to have more voltage?
August 13, 2009 11:39:26 PM

Is it POSTing, or doesn't it show anything?
It does sound like a voltage issues, I would up it to 1.2 and see if it boots then.
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a b K Overclocking
August 13, 2009 11:40:36 PM

Can you tell us previous attempts? because at this point it may be your cpu unless it booted fine right before you did something...

We need to know what you did right before it stopped booting.


Thats like me saying i overclocked to 5ghz and now all of the sudden my pc wont turn on. help me!!

get it?
a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
August 13, 2009 11:43:07 PM

Based on your second post i would say that this is a ram voltage issue. I would raise the ram voltage to 1.6v because it wont hurt anything.
a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 11:43:38 PM

It booted fine when I left the voltage on auto - but auto was way too high and my temperatures increased way too much.

I OCed it to 3.0GHz, and undervolted it to 1.1 - it booted fine after that but it was a restart, so soft-boot.
I can hard boot it at 1.1v if I restart the computer 3-4 times (I guess it either reverts to default settings temporarily, or the cpu finally gets enough voltage)

Anyways, I'm typing on it right now, successful hard boot at 1.125v cpu
a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 11:44:38 PM

overshocked said:
Based on your second post i would say that this is a ram voltage issue. I would raise the ram voltage to 1.6v because it wont hurt anything.


Hmmm I see. So undervolting the cpu or RAM can potentially cause cold boot issues if the voltage is too low...
August 14, 2009 12:01:33 AM

I thought that cold boot issues was where the cpu wouldn't boot below -80c, or around there. No matter what speed it is running, or what voltage, it won't boot at those temps.

What you have sounds like a voltage issue, the cpu/ram just isn't getting enough volts to run at that speed. Though it is strange that it will restart but not boot from power off.

Maybe try overshocked's suggestion
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2009 3:17:54 AM

Dangerous Beans said:
I thought that cold boot issues was where the cpu wouldn't boot below -80c, or around there. No matter what speed it is running, or what voltage, it won't boot at those temps.

What you have sounds like a voltage issue, the cpu/ram just isn't getting enough volts to run at that speed. Though it is strange that it will restart but not boot from power off.

Maybe try overshocked's suggestion


So far I'm slowly increasing the voltages of my RAM and CPU.

Do I need to change the voltages of the IOH or QPI voltage override?
a b U Graphics card
a b K Overclocking
August 15, 2009 5:00:51 AM

yes, at some point you will need some more qpi voltage... be very liberal with this because it can take a ton of voltage.
a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2009 6:01:43 AM

K, what if I keep it at its default value? Will low QPI or IOH voltage cause a computer to not boot up?
a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2009 2:49:35 AM

Well, I've brought it up to 1.3v cpu and it still fails to boot after I turn it off for a while. (it again passes an hr of Prime95 without any issues)

I'm beginning to think that the QPI/IOH/RAM is responsible - I should up the voltages on those.
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