I recently formatted my Dell M5110 laptop back to factory settings. I was looking up ways to overclock the a8-3550m CPU and found a k10stat program from https://sites.google.com/site/k10stat/ and downloaded the lastest version. I didn't really do anything with the program except push the [x] boost button and ran minecraft with cpu-Z and core temp programs to make sure the clock speed and core temperatures are at safe settings. I saw the processor jump from its stock 1.5 GHz to 2.4GHz on minecraft, and then it the screen began having random color pixels with patterns across the screen. I reset the computer and disabled the boost button on the k10stat program. Now the computer is constantly running between 1.5-2.4GHz and randomly has the buggy color pixels at random areas and expand to the rest of the screen.
I did some research online and found that the a8-3550m has a stock turbo boost that automatically kicks the computer up from 1.5 - 2.4GHz automatically, so I [x] the boost button again and ran minecraft to see if it actually did anything. Turns out the [x] boost button didn't really do anything. The core temperature never rose above 67 degees, so I'm wondering what is causing my computer to all of a sudden bug out with color pixels and patterns like a damaged GPU. Is it all coincidence that it all of a sudden fried something in the GPU AMD HD 6480G? I really don't feel like buying a new laptop and trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Anyone willing to take a stab at what I can do? Did the k10stat program actually do anything to the laptop? I'd appreciate any input.