I suspect my problem might be due to my Motherboard, but I shall explain. I keep getting random video output stops and after that the audio frezes and I am forced to manually reboot. What could this be?
PS: After every restart my CMOS seems to go back to it's default values.
First be sure you have a fresh CMOS battery.
Does this happen when playing games mainly? Have you cleaned the system lately of registry errors, resource wasting crap, and junk files? If not, run CCleaner and do the Clean and Registry both. That's where I would start... http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
Ah. That does appear to sound like a hardware related issue if it happens in both O/Ss. Are you using integrated video or a discrete card? If integrated, do you have a discrete card you could use as a test? If so, install the card, connect the video output to it and reboot. Either let the O/S find a driver or install the latest from the card's website.
I was trying to ascertain whether the issue was related to the graphic subsytem. If the problem goes away with a discrete card, it points to the integrated video. If the problem remains, it points to the motherboard. Unfortunately, because the integrated is probably a chip on the board, the result is the same. The board.
Specs would definitly help someone here to troubleshoot better, yes.
I've not heard that one. But you might try removing the HS/F and the processor, cleaning the old TIM from the surfaces and replacing with new. While the processor is out you could check for bent pins or visible damage to the socket.
Have you tried removing the CMOS battery, shorting the CLR CMOS pins for a few seconds to restore the BIOS settings to default? I know you said the machine seemed to be doing this on its own, but I would give that a try anyway. And be sure the battery isn't dying.
Btw, did you miss-type and mean 'Phenom II X4 965' not 265?
Ok, back with news, changed CMOS battery, reseated CPU and reinstalled windows. That took away the new CPU installed at every restart and the BIOS resets, although it still restarts, but after formatting it has took 3 days to restart.
When you had the battery out, did you remember to reset the BIOS to default? Use the CLRTC jumper on the board to short the pins for a few seconds w/battery out. You'll have to reset any changes you had made in BIOS because it will be back at default. But before you do, test if the issue is still present.
Yes, I used the CLRTC jumper, and then also reinstalled windows, after that, 3 days later (today) it happened again. First time it happened today it said "Overclocking failed", to my astonishment when I'm not over clocking, and I made sure that all switches for OS on the motherboard are on Off (default) position
PS: Also found some other guy with the same problem, to which he gets no answer, forum is in spanish, he basically describes the same problem as mine, with the same MoBo but a better CPU. (Looks like the same RAM)
It's beginning to appear that you have a faulty motherboard. Or at least the BIOS chip. One other possibility might be that the BIOS needs re-flashing. Possibly to the latest version. That would be the next thing I would try.
The "overclocking failed" msg appears when one takes the system beyond its capabilities (voltage, timings, etc). That usually means it resets itself to BIOS default so you can gain control of the PC again. If your system is in stock, default state... it appears the board thinks some parameter is out of range. That could mean something really is out of range or the BIOS just thinks it is. It's hard to diagnose from afar, but all indications so far point to the motherboard being the problem.
I've never had to contact a manufacturer for assistance, so I'm not sure. Most of my failed components were when new, so I was always able to deal with the retailer. But I would start with the webpage for your board: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4A88TDV_EVOUS...
Maybe try the 'Services/Support' link and see if you can find a way to contact them.