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First off, sorry if this is in the wrong section, I literally could not find a support forum here; perhaps this website doesn't provide technical support. Moderators, do as you see fit.

Two days ago I decided to overclock. Using this guide (http://www.overclock.net/t/1323214/overclocking-i5-3570k-using-asus-p8z77-v-lx) I boosted the voltage to 1.125 and changed a couple of other things, as per the guide. I booted up fine, ran a few benchmarks, and found no performance boost.
I then went back into BIOS and changed the CPU ratio from high (50%) to ultra high (75%). I also set DRAM frequency to 1600mhz.
Booting up again, got 'overclocking failed' message. On the 'Windows Starting' screen, it freezes after one/two seconds, gives a blue screen which advises me to check the disk, and gives two options: Start normally or begin startup recovery.
Normally returns the same error, startup recovery fails.
I got console and tried CHKDSK /C, everything was fine. Tried CHKDSK /D, my second partition, and told me it didn't exist.
I tried resetting BIOS to default, same error.
I tried pressing the ram switch on the mobo, same error.
I tried to remove one module of RAM and boot, same error.
Now, for the life of me, the RAM won't fit back in. I tried everything; there are no foreign objects in the slot, it's in the correct way, but no matter how much pressure I apply it simply won't slot in fully. I can only ever get one side in.

As you can see, I'm having quite a bit of bad luck. I do not know exactly what is damaged; perhaps it's the hard drive, perhaps I fried a connector or two.
Any help is appreciated.

-Stephen

MB: Asus P8Z77-V LX
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
RAM: 8GB DDR3
PSU: G7 Power Extreme 580W
GFX: GTX 560 Ti
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
post #2 of 3
There is no section called support because this entire website is for support! tongue.gif

When you get a message that overclocking failed and Windows wants to do startup recovery, almost always ignore that. Startup recovery will never find a problem in this scenario because nothing is actually "broken" - the only problem is that the overclock you are trying to achieve is not possible given how other things are set (certain voltages, other frequencies, etc.).

So, after going back to the BIOS defaults (sounds like you did that), simply try starting windows like normal. Does that work?


Edit: since you were wondering what the right forum section is, this one is good, but you will get the best help in the Intel CPU section (after you get the RAM issue worked out that is).
Edited by frogger4 - 2/15/13 at 1:41pm
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As for the RAM not fitting in, it seems odd that it wouldn't fit, unless something broke off or there is something in its way. Do you think you could take a close up picture of the slot and the RAM? Without seeing it, here is what I would generally recommend. Make sure most importantly you have both of the tabs on the sides pushed down all the way (how you pop out the ram, have them in that position). Sounds like you did this, but look again to make sure there is nothing in there blocking the socket. Then carefully line up the slot on the ram chip with the divider in the socket and just press hard. Sometimes it takes much more force than it seems like it should thumb.gif
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