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THE SYSTEM HAS EXPERIENCED BOOT FAIL DUE TO O.C.".

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July 10, 2010 12:55:49 AM

I came home to a PC that started with (1) long beep and a short and no display. This signalled a bad video card. I swapped the card and all seemed well. My son called the next day and asked if it was OK to use the PC with the eroor, I said what error. When started the PC showed "THE SYSTEM HAS EXPERIENCED BOOT FAIL DUE TO O.C.". As you can see from my specs this is a AMD 550Be all 4 cores unlocked OC'd to a modest 3400. It has been running fine since I built it about 6 months ago. Research indicated that this error could be memory, MB or HD. I have determined it is the HD. Sripped the PC to minimum requirements (1 stick of mem., video card (known good) ) and got no error. Installed everything individually and when I hooked up the HD, got the error. I could have the power for the HD hooked up with no issue but as soon as I connected the SATA cable I got the error. Swapped cables and ports, same error. Swapped HD and no error, so it looks like I have a bad video card and HD. The question is.....what would cause both of these pieces of hardware to fail at the same time? I am thinking a power hit but I was not home to witness one? Do you think this is a hardware issue with the HD or should I wipe it and re-install? Any ideas? THnaks


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a c 435 V Motherboard
July 10, 2010 1:32:01 AM

You should be able to recover using the cmos jumper on the board, unless you've lost a critical boot file for windows. With the system off and the power supply unplugged, move the cmos jumper over one position keeping 2 out of 3 pins covered, and return the jumper to it's original position after one minute. Or you can remove the board battery for one minute and reinstall. If you like overclocking, a biostar board is a good choice. I've never had one fail to repost due to overclocking. Many biostars have a built in program that recovers from a failed overclock after about 15 seconds, allowing you to go back into the bios to change the effected setting back to the same before the failure.
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July 10, 2010 3:12:14 AM

Tried resetting cmos, no help. I do not think it is actually bios related as I said swapping the HD resolves the issue. In addiiton, it has been running fine for 5 months at it's modest OC. Thanks
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July 10, 2010 3:46:21 PM

So last night I removed the cmos battery and left it out overnight. Now it will not post at all to BIOs. I just keep getting a single beep and the graphic card info. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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a c 435 V Motherboard
July 10, 2010 11:18:49 PM

Usually after a bios reset, the screen will give you an "f" key message to enter the bios. Samsung drives are usually pretty good, but I would request an rma from samsung if you can't get past the post screen. I've had 2 ssd failures recently, so I know the feeling.
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July 11, 2010 4:55:34 PM

Thanks for the input, let me give a little more info as this is looking like a MB issue to me. I build (2) systems 6 months ago virtually the same specs. The issue PC is the Kitchen PC. The GPU from this PC is definately shot, I put it into the known good PC (basement) and no good. I replaced the GPU in the kitchen PC with a known good old VGA card and thought the issue was resolved. The PC will boot but with the THE SYSTEM HAS EXPERIENCED BOOT FAIL DUE TO O.C.". error. I can simply hit eneter and W7 will load. I ran Memtest and P95, no issues. Now here is the kicker, this error happens when I have 2 sticks of memory installed no matter what SATA port my HD is attached to. If I only install 1 stick of memory I get the error if my HD is attached to SATA ports 0-1-2-3 on the MB but I get no error if the HD is attached to ports 4 or 5. Bad memory you would think but I swap the memory from the basement PC and same issue. I also swapped PSUs same issue. I am leaning toward MB because something blew my GPU and now I have an issue when (2) known good memory sticks are installed and specific SATA ports work better than others. What do you think?
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a c 435 V Motherboard
July 12, 2010 11:46:21 AM

Check for a "memory mapping" setting in the bios and try changing it (either enabled or disabled). You can also check the other ram settings and try setting them manually. In the meantime, request the rma from gigabyte. It usually takes 24 hours for them to respond. You may also have to get approval from their tech support first. If you don't use it, it will expire in about 30 days. Good luck.
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July 20, 2010 3:25:20 AM

Thanks again, I am still working on the issue. Definately had a bad GPU, out for RMA and had a bad stick of memory also out for RMA. I flased to latest BIOS and things are more steady. Hard to tell if all is well as I am using a 5 year old GPU so things are a little choppy. I still would like to know what would cause the GPU and memory to crap out at the same time.
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