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Hi people, I need some {much appreciated} help and advice.

I have an Asus P5N-MX (nvidia 610i chipset). I had done some basic overclocking a couple months ago (q6600 G0) to ~2.9ghz (using jumperfree). All was well and stable, but I wasn't a fan of the temps with the stock cooler. Not needing the performance right now and not wanting to buy a new fan yet, I reset the clock to stock (266x9). All was well. Then about 2 weeks ago I started getting some random BSOD crashes. (running XP Pro...SP3 at the start). (CPU never went above 69 according to Core Temp logs). My ram is OCZ pc2-6400 2x1gb.

I thought maybe it was SP3. Then my hard drive died, so I assumed that was it (it's 3 1/2 yrs old). I got a new drive, reinstalled everything, updated but kept at SP2. Still random crashes. I ran memtest from a linux disc for 2 hours - no problems. Still crashing. Updated to latest bios (0606). Still crashes. Is it likely the Mobo needs replacing? If so, it's under warranty (aside from the OC?) as it's only three months old. I bought from NCIX in canada.

Does OCing affect Asus warranty? If the bios has been reset and reflashed, can they tell that I've overclocked?

Any other ideas? I've installed Fedora Core 9 in another partition, but I haven't spent enough time in it to see if it crashes...as it's not allowing me to connect to my vista shares and printer so I can do the work I need to do.

CPU maybe?

If the mobo isn't returnable due to the OC, I will (and probably will anyway) get a new mac pro with a student discount.

I don't want to spend too much time taking apart, reseating hsf, try this/try that with the guts as I do need to get some work done.

I could try pulling the asus 8500gt silent/passive video card to see if it's related to the crash - as I've had a couple frozen screen type crashes as well. I'm running dual 20" screens.
Edited by antimatter - 6/5/08 at 8:54am
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What is the BSOD number?

I don't think they can really actually tell if you have overclocked, and they should not have any problems RMAing a motherboard for you, just tell them, the motherboard does not work. They are usually nice about it. Just try avoid saying things you do not need to say.
    
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yeah, ncix gave me an RMA# even without requesting one. However, I've been running in fedora core 9 all afternoon (took some effort to get my shares from vista to show up), but it's stable. I'm thinking the BSOD was related to a driver...not sure which one. Doesn't make sense since I didn't change anything, it just started happening. And it wasn't right after a windows update. Anyway, FC might work for me...as long as I can get photoshop CS to install in Wine. (not a fan of gimp).
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