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Oh dear.

I might have fried my most beloved P5B-Deluxe, possibly, but less likely, my RAM.

Read on...

For a week or so I've been running my 6400/P5B-Dlx/Mushkin 800mhz set up at 3.5ghz with multiplier of 500x7. Ram has been set at 4.4.4.12 and all has been well (the stock timings are 4.4.3.10).

So last night I decide to adjust the timings to the stock of 4.4.3.10 simply to see if I could get away with the same 1000mhz RAM overclock.

I make the changes in BIOS and then try to boot ... and nothing happens, nothing to the screen, nothing at all. The motherboard is getting power fine, but no post whatsoever.



This has happened before, so after trying the boot once more and failing, I then remove the motherboard battery and clear the CMOS via jumper (which has historically been effective at solving these sorts of hangups) and upon booting, I get nothing again.

So begins a two hour process of clearing CMOS over and over, removing and adding various components, booting with one stick of RAM, booting with both, booting with no RAM, all simply to see if I can get something to the screen ... but nothing works.

So now I'm thinking I've got a dead motherboard ... but there's the slightest fear that it could be the RAM ... but that doesn't seem likely considering the overclock and timings and voltages to the RAM were not that extreme.

Anyway, here's a breakdown of my system settings at the time of my timing changes which seemed to crap everything out.

Remember, the problem started simply by attempting to change my memory timings to 4.4.3.10 while running the following stable and tested previous settings:

6400 CPU @ 500x7 (3.5ghz) (1.41v)
Mushkin 800mhz @ 1000mhz (4.4.4.12) (2.30v)

Other volts, NB, SB, FSB Term, etc: All set to the second to last highest setting.

...

First step this evening is going to try a new stick of DDR2 as a troubleshooting option. If that doesn't change things then my assumption is that my most beloved P5B-Deluxe has kicked the bucket.

Anyone heard of anything like this before?
    
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post #2 of 11
The ram is fine.
If it wasnt your computer would turn on and then REBOOT itself after 4 seconds over and over and over again...

As for your board. I regret to inform you that she has passed to the otherworld. I have fried TWO P5NE-SLI and ONE Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 just like that with ram overclocking.

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i dunno , 2.3 volts is quite a bit if it wasnt actively cooled.

i personally would try the ram in a different pc if possible ?
    
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post #4 of 11
Please do test it "just it case"

2.3v is okay. It's the threshold. I actually volted some cr@pRAM (667mhz) to 2.3v to reach 700mhz and it handled it okay.

with my XMS2 when i oc to 1000mhz at 2.3v, it fried my board on the spot, I tried it in my pentium D system and the ram was perfectly fine.
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Yeah nice title
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When you reseted CMOS, how long did you leave it out far? Some motherboards takes 1 minute to clear, while others have left it over night (possible 8 hours) and got it back up working.
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EIGHT HOURS???????????????????????????????????
so you remove the battery and wait EIGHT HOURS? I shoulda thought of that. but now it's too late, I already RMAd the board..
You try it Ben
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
When you reseted CMOS, how long did you leave it out far? Some motherboards takes 1 minute to clear, while others have left it over night (possible 8 hours) and got it back up working.
Re: the memory volts - I had very good cooling on the chips so I don't think the 2.3v over the stock of 2.1v is anything to worry about; I am going to try a different RAM stick tonight.

@TaiDinh - I thought of that too ... I left the jumper on the clear pins for about 10 minutes at the most ... tonight I'm going to try again.

Otherwise ... I"m all set to buy a new P5B but may investigate other options that overclock just as good but don't cost 200 bucks!

Thanks all for the replies so far ...

    
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The base model P5K which is definitely under $200 will overclock better than the P5B. I've seen people get 540 FSB without much effort at all.
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The base model P5K which is definitely under $200 will overclock better than the P5B. I've seen people get 540 FSB without much effort at all.
Is that the regular P5K Vanilla? Or is the Deluxe version important as with the P5B?

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