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Computer crashing on Startup, is it windows or hardware?

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About awhile back I started experimenting overclocking with my GPU. I used rivatuner to set my clocks and it worked fine with one drawback, whenever I would overclock and shut my computer off, the next day or the day after I would turn it back on and get hangs on the welcome screen or it would lock up right after everything would startupand have to manually shut it down. It wasn't a big problem I just figured, if I stop overclocking I won't get these instability crashes. But now, I use MSI afterburner and I don't use the "overclock on startup" option and I haven't even overclocked in 3 days and I'm still getting these crashes whenever I startup my computer. The only thing that msi afterburner does do when I turn my computer on is set my fan to a higher speed to keep my GPU cool. So are these crashes due to Afterburner or is there a problem with my operating system. Any help would be highly appreciated, I'm really getting tired of having to manually shut down my computer and boot it again.
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Check to see if you can boot up in safe mode. (spam F8 right after your BIOS splash screen disappears). You'll be presented with a list of start up options. Choose safe mode. If everything loads right, then yeah it's your crossfire or some other driver that's screwed.

I had my issue with the "apply overclock on start up." (I know you avoided this but the solution should be similar: undo all overclocking (YES including fan speeds) in MSI and forget about it)

I see you have two 4870s in crossfire. I had issues too trying to overclock my crossfire. I wouldn't try it if I was you.

Anyway, I fixed it by testing each GPU individually. I took one out to see if the other would let me boot, and it did. I took that opportunity to disable all overclock settings in MSI. So I took the GPU out and put the other one in. Lo and behold ATI was having some weird issues recognizing the device or something. So I reinstalled the drivers for those and everything went well.
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You should first change the mods you made with afterburner to default values and uninstall afterburner. Then use the pc for some time and see if the crashes still occur. If it doesnt then changing gpu settings was the culprit and we can work on that. If the crashes still occur, then we shall have to look for something else. Lets just start eliminating sources one by one, ok.
    
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I see you have two 4870s in crossfire. I had issues too trying to overclock my crossfire. I wouldn't try it if I was you.

Anyway, I fixed it by testing each GPU individually. I took one out to see if the other would let me boot, and it did. I took that opportunity to disable all overclock settings in MSI. So I took the GPU out and put the other one in. Lo and behold ATI was having some weird issues recognizing the device or something. So I reinstalled the drivers for those and everything went well.
Actually I have a single 4870x2, but I'll try your method...Thanks for your guy's help
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