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EDIT: It seems an unlock is not very likely in my case, so I decided to do some overclocking instead.

So... yeah. I've been fiddling with the BIOS settings and trying to OC my Rana. So far, the ASRock's EZ Overclocking feature allows me to go for a 5% OC stable, but I felt a manual overclock would be better. Are there any set rules or guidelines regarding a CPU OC? Seems this is a much better way to go than trying in vain to unlock the chip.

I'm gonna fire up Prime95 and see how this goes. If in the event of a BSOD, what could be the cause of a problem? Too high OC, not enough voltage, too tight RAM timings? If so, please help me through tweaking those settings since I'm very noob at this. biggrin.gif

Currently testing:

3502 MHz (226 FSB)
44C Load Temps

EDIT: BSOD, revert to 3411 MHz



Pictures, if anyone needs them:

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I'll add more pictures in case you require more info. Thanks.
Edited by jjsoviet - 1/6/11 at 7:34am
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Hey there! Welcome to the forums!

Well, judging by the fact that even after you boosted the vcore you were still unable to boot, I think the 4th cores is defective. Just because you bought the chip at the same time frame as others who have managed to successfully unlocked their chips does not mean your chip will be able to unlock as well. It's the luck of the draw.
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Originally Posted by Baldy;11899772 
Hey there! Welcome to the forums!

Well, judging by the fact that even after you boosted the vcore you were still unable to boot, I think the 4th cores is defective. Just because you bought the chip at the same time frame as others who have managed to successfully unlocked their chips does not mean your chip will be able to unlock as well. It's the luck of the draw.

Yeah, that's what I'm fearing as well. But maybe it's also due to the fact that I'm not doing the steps correctly. How about a further increase in vcore? I'm seeing 1.55V just to get the cores stable. Will relaxing the RAM timings help as well?

Thanks for your input, bud. smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jjsoviet;11899810 
Yeah, that's what I'm fearing as well. But maybe it's also due to the fact that I'm not doing the steps correctly. How about a further increase in vcore? I'm seeing 1.55V just to get the cores stable. Will relaxing the RAM timings help as well?

Thanks for your input, bud. smile.gif

Try 1333MHz @ CL9 timings. boost CPU-NB volts to 1.3, CPU to 1.45v and NB to 1.25-1.3V and clock up the northbirdge to about 2300 or 2500MHz, try to keep HT around 2000MHz if possible.

And in the ACC function, try the different percentage's like -4% etc and see if that works smile.gif
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^ Working on your suggestions but still no dice. I'm on a laptop right now and my desktop's sitting on the BIOS, figuring a way to unlock this baby.

What do the percentages in the ACC do, by the way? Tried -4% and it doesn't work. I'm open to more suggestions. smile.gif

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Am I doing this right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jjsoviet;11900136 
^ Working on your suggestions but still no dice. I'm on a laptop right now and my desktop's sitting on the BIOS, figuring a way to unlock this baby.

What do the percentages in the ACC do, by the way? Tried -4% and it doesn't work. I'm open to more suggestions. smile.gif

CPU Settings BIOS
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Am I doing this right?

The -% or +% is meant to help with overclocking in some ways and help with unlocking the core's "If possible" I'm not sure if it will work, but it's worth a try anyways smile.gif

Not all AMD CPU's can unlock correctley, and you might just have one of those chips and has a really bad defective core. But exploring those options that i gave you and messing around with the ACC setting's might just get you somewhere thumb.gif
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I tried to unlock my fiance's x3 420 and had the same results every thing is fine until windows begins to load then it crashes pretty much as soon as the 4 dots appear that form the logo.
I think it's just an unlockable chip.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxxa;11900256 
I tried to unlock my fiance's x3 420 and had the same results every thing is fine until windows begins to load then it crashes pretty much as soon as the 4 dots appear that form the logo.
I think it's just an unlockable chip.

That sounds like you need to increase the volt's a bit more thinking.gif
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You bought an x3 and got an x3. Unlocks are not guaranteed.
I got my 555 used. The previous owner could get it to unlock to an x4 at stock speeds, an x3 at 3.8 and as a x2, 4.0. I can't get it to unlock to anything no matter what I do, and only get ~3.7 stable as an x2.
There are many factors in unlocking (and overclocking), none of which are absolute.
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by blupupher;11900362 
You bought an x3 and got an x3. Unlocks are not guaranteed.
I got my 555 used. The previous owner could get it to unlock to an x4 at stock speeds, an x3 at 3.8 and as a x2, 4.0. I can't get it to unlock to anything no matter what I do, and only get ~3.7 stable as an x2.
There are many factors in unlocking (and overclocking), none of which are absolute.

Indeed. I was just very excited to see the Rana able to unlock with much success from others, that I was expecting mine would do the same. Oh, well. After some more configurations I might just accept defeat - and go for an OC instead. tongue.gif

I'll update the thread to discuss overclocking as soon as I'm done trying all possible combinations for an unlock. Good day to all. smile.gif
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