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I shut off my PC every night and when I went to turn it on a few days ago the PC had trouble turning on, the best way I can describe it is like trying to crank a lawnmower but you're too weak to do it. Eventually it did turn on, but a screen showed up where it showed that my RAM (which was overclocked to 1.667 GHz) had to be downclocked to its original values (1.33 GHz) so the PC could turn on again.

I've had the overclock stable for a couple years now, so this was the first occurrence. I did a memtest86 overnight which turned up fine. So I guess the only thing that's troubling me is why this happened. Could an old motherboard cause problems like this? My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA Z68P-DS3 1155 chipset, and I've had it since 2011. How does one even test if a motherboard is working like it's supposed to?
Edited by DjokovicFan - 8/3/16 at 3:49pm
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I shut off my PC every night and when I went to turn it on a few days ago the PC had trouble turning on, the best way I can describe it is like trying to crank a lawnmower but you're too weak to do it. Eventually it did turn on, but a screen showed up where a screen showed that my RAM (which was overclocked to 1.667 MHz) had to be downclocked to its original values (1.33 MHz) so the PC could turn on again.

I've had the overclock stable for a couple years now, so this was the first occurrence. I did a memtest86 overnight which turned up fine. So I guess the only thing that's troubling me is why this happened. Could an old motherboard cause problems like this? My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA Z68P-DS3 1155 chipset, and I've had it since 2011. How does one even test if a motherboard is working like it's supposed to?

Maybe just replace the CMOS battery? If the board is having trouble holding the values you have already input, then it could be the board, but I would try the battery first.

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I do happen to have some CR2032 3V batteries, will those work?
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I do happen to have some CR2032 3V batteries, will those work?

Never replaced a Board Battery just yet, Id be lying to you if I said yes. Battery on the board should have the numbers and model on top. thumb.gif

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Never replaced a Board Battery just yet, Id be lying to you if I said yes. Battery on the board should have the numbers and model on top. thumb.gif

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Yep, CR2032 batteries should work.
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Yep, CR2032 batteries should work.

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