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Strange happenings with abit IC7-MAX3??

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Well, I feel like I am totally stumped as to what is going on....I've recently stopped overclocking and have just been running at stock speeds due to some instability issues. And just this evening while I was reading email, my system restarted and right after the BIOS screen, it said those terrible words....

"CPU has been changed or is unworkable - Please Check Softmenu"

I went into the BIOS and it read the chip fine. 3.2GHz stock speeds, but my memory timings were all screwed up and the temps reading in the BIOS were 20C for the cpu and the mobo....which recently it has been hovering about 45ish...

So, I reastarted again, and after the bios screen it said...

"Disk Read Error, Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart"

Mind you I didn't touch anything...so I restarted again and it booted fine into windows....


It seems to be working....but for how long...Anyone have any thoughts other than Voodoo??
post #2 of 6
Well something that can fix these issues is a CMOS reset.

To do this do the following :

1. Look to your motherboard and locate the little battery ( Watch battery )
2. Remove the battery for 2-5mins
3. Put the battery back in.

This will cause a FULL BIOS reset and will put it back to factory defaults causing it to re-recognise all hardware.
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I've faced similar circumstances on a friend's rig, turned out to be a hard drive failing.

I'm not 100% sure but I believe the cpu error occurs because there was an error reading the MBR or it is starting to become corrupted.
    
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post #4 of 6
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I have just tried resetting the jumper, but it almost looks as though the battery is sodered on, so that might not be a viable solution. But I will look more closely to see if I can remove it. what might have caused this problem with the cmos though??

I run a RAID0 array with raptors that i boot from. I also have 3 250GB drives that act as storage. the smart status for those 3 drives seems to be fine, no problems, but the sillicon image chipset 3114r doesent really report any smart status...is there any program that I can try that reads the smart status? No additional info comes up in everest ultimate edition.

Thanks for the input so far!
post #5 of 6
CMOS can become messed up rather easily there are alot of factors. However as for a program to read your SMART status within Windows though would be Speedfan.
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Speedfan does read the smart status, but for the RAID array no info shows up.
you can select the array in the drop down menu, but no data is provided. Im assuming this has to do with using the silicon image chip to handle the array.
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