Aight so some of you guys know me. I am not a noob - having said this I feel like I have a potentially ultra nooby question.
I got a harddrive error on my box today (I didn't care I was about to format soon anyway). Instead of fixing it I decided to go ahead and wipe everything. Upon attempting to I kept getting blue screens. After some bios fixes here and there - mainly IDE/Sata changes in bios I got it to format using disk utilties. Everything went well until I got to installing windows then I kept getting errors. Now I googled and ton of people pointed towards ram and I figured no way... my ram is top tier and my PSU will go way before... but might as well try. Ran Memtest and BOOM I got like 8000 errors within the first 30 seconds. I was blown away. I was thinking okay now time to test individual sticks but alas, I removed ALL my settings on my overclock and went back to default and ran memtest with both sticks in the mobo again. I am 3 minutes in and zero errors.... wtf?
Its not the ram. So I am theorizing that somehow my board cannot handle a 400 FSB anymore - giving me my perfect 3.8 on stock voltage. Is this possible and has this happened to anyone before?
So ever since putting ALL of my bios settings to default my system seems to be installing windows without a hitch. I don't understand man WTF? Have you guys ever had your bios settings suddenly become corrupt or stop working? I mean I have NO idea what happened but my system went from being 100% stable to not being stable at ALL. Like I said I have a feeling my mobo cant handle this FSB anymore but I have no idea how this happened.... Any input would be appreciated!
It can happen on long standing overclocks sometimes, it happened to me on an ASUS socket 775 board. I can't explain why, the board did some skynet like stuff and decided it doesn't like being overclocked anymore, even without hardware damage. I cleared and inputted the same exact settings and I was good for another year or so, go figure.