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So, it's been a while since I've really toyed and played with my stuff in so far as overclocking is concerned. I'd like to really stretch my current stuff out and really find a top end for my CPU/Mobo/RAM (as I've gotten new components).

However, as everyone should know by now (unless you don't), recurring BSOD's can wreak major havoc on your file system and Windows installations. This in turn can lead to unstable overclocks because of BSOD's being caused by faulty/corrupt installs. In an effort to save my current Windows install (which is sweetsauce good as it is now and I really don't feel like changing anything at the current time), does anyone think it advisable / worthwhile / possible / stable enough to run MPrime x64 from a Linux Live CD?

What I'd do is essentially this - I have a copy of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS x64 on CD to boot from, put MPrime x64 on a flash drive, disconnect my HDD's from my system and proceed to do some stress testing while toying around with clocks.

So - would it be stressful enough to try this? Assuming all the drivers are fine on my Windows install - would it be worth the time stress testing in that kind of an environment?

Advice please!

(Can't believe I've never thought of this until this morning!)

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you wont have a swap file as no hdd will be hooked up. if you try to run too much ram, you'll get workers stopped.
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you wont have a swap file as no hdd will be hooked up. if you try to run too much ram, you'll get workers stopped.

What exactly do you mean? I specifically need a HDD hooked up for a swap file? That's fine, I can leave a HDD hooked up but disconnect my Windows disk.

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Bump - really would like some advice/input on this idea!
    
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No one, no thoughts on this? frown.gif

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This be my last attempt trying to get input here. So... Anyone with any thoughts?
    
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id just get the ubcd
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yes use a spare hdd if you have 1.
this is from the stress.txt in prime95 v26.6
RESOURCES

This program is a good stress test for the CPU, memory, L1 and L2 caches,
CPU cooling, and case cooling. The torture test runs continuously, comparing
your computer's results to results that are known to be correct. Any
mismatch and you've got a problem! Note that the torture test sometimes
reads from and writes to disk but cannot be considered a stress test for
hard drives.

=====================================================================

so it will write to and read from the drive. i dont see a problem using a spare drive for swap. you may want to post the question on the mersenne formums though.
http://www.mersenneforum.org/forumdisplay.php?f=38
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