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post #1 of 14
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Hi guys this is my first time on the forum but ive got a nasty problem i was hoping if someone could help me out sharpish...

I was running my antivirus yesterday and it was going really slow so i thought i would try a small overclock to speed things up a bit as i have been planning to experiment with it for a while anyways i took my Intel 3Ghz 630 P4 up to 3.2Ghz (3195Mhz actually just under) and everything worked fine until i had to use my machine later on.

I turned on the PC and it froze on the logo right at the start of the boot process then after about 5 mins went through the post showing no problems until it said "Disk Read Error - Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart" now the HDDs i am using are a couple of maxtor 80GBs that i got from a PC i bought from college in the summer and they arent that old so ive had them RAIDed to act as a single drive so i have space for my games and stuff.

I recently bought £600 of stuff for this PC (everything except CD/DVD drives and HDDs) so im pretty worried about it as i dont have the cash to replace anything if i killed it and ive looked for a solution on the site but they all say either clear CMOS (tried it twice didnt work), change cables (didnt work), use the XP CD recovery utility or backup/wipe disks or buy new ones and start again... problem is it doesnt get far enough to initialize CD drives to boot from them and i cant get into XP to back them up + being the idiot i am thought hey new PC it will be fine so the only backup i do is of the data from my OTHER older PC to my new games system not the other way around .

If anyone can help i would really appreciate it my dad is a techie he would usually help me (i do some techie work myself so im not completely PC-illiterate but i dont have any experience in this sort of thing) but he is on holiday in NY at the mo so im in trouble!

Please help!
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post #2 of 14
Umm maybe your comp is over heating causing it to do an emergency shut down. But i dont really know it could be a bunch of other things.
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I did think that might be the case at first but the processor has a big 12cm fan on top of it, with another 2 12cm fans right next to it (PSU intake and the case exhaust fan). in regards to the rest of the components the 7800 has its own fan and heatsink and the HDDs have the second 12cm case fan (intake) right next to them so i dunno what it could be .
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post #4 of 14
Are the drives sata or ide? sometimes they can become corrupted when overclocking because the sata ports frequency aren't locked.

Also can you get into bios?
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post #5 of 14
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The drives themselves are IDE... although i did forget to put something in the thread starter... when i went into BIOS to check everything, the HDD priority was shoing SCSI-0 and SCSI-1 as the hard drive identifiers there was nothing on the IDE channel master and slave bits either but as i remember it didnt show them on there before as they were RAID (not sure on this) but also no thinking about it the CD drives weren't on there either! I think im just gonna leave it at stock speed from now on if i ever get it working...
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post #6 of 14
So none of your drives are showing up in bios? make sure all connections are double checked and you could try different cables. Though with all not showing I think it may be a problem with your motherboard.
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post #7 of 14
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i checked all my IDE cables and they all seem to be fine... swapped out my HDD ones to no avail... but just noticed i have two PIDE slots on my mobo... weird but it was working ok with that before so i dont think that is a problem.

i was really hoping you wouldnt say that lol still i guess the mobo was only £80ish i might be able to get one for christmas if i start begging now
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post #8 of 14
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any idea what might have caused the mobo to die? ive heard of HDD problems with overclocking but ive never heard of it shorting a mobo before is that common?
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post #9 of 14
Just underclock...lol, thats what solves the problem, you need more voltage or your ram needs a divider, so if you wanna keep it on whatever divider its on, underclock it until it boots.
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post #10 of 14
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good idea... didnt think of that i just figured a CMOS reset would change it back to defaults... ill have a go now and post the result
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