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I hope this is the right place in the forum, seemed like the most relevant.

I had this idea a few days ago when I was overclocking my Q9300. Maybe it's total rubbish, but here it is. What if there a extremely stripped down linux distro that was pre-loaded with stress-test and temperature monitoring software to make overclocking, but more specifically stability testing faster. Overclocking always involves stability testing, and I just thought it was a pain to wait for windows to load with Xfire and everything else that starts up that's not really useful when testing for stability. Especially because that would probably all be shutdown again in a few minutes if the new OC settings were unstable.

Maybe this doesn't make sense to you if you are a god of overclocking and you can go into the BIOS once and get it perfect, but I restarted and had to go into the BIOS maybe 20 times to get my OC rock solid. So if I had a small OS that would boot very quickly and get to stress testing right away, that process would have been faster. A bonus could be a better from of the blue screen, one that actually tells you what's wrong instead of giving you a code to look up. This wouldn't be meant for use as your main OS, but only for use during overclocking.

Maybe that doesn't make any sense, but what do you think? Could it be done? (I have little to no knowledge of programming)
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I hope this is the right place in the forum, seemed like the most relevant.

I had this idea a few days ago when I was overclocking my Q9300. Maybe it's total rubbish, but here it is. What if there a extremely stripped down linux distro that was pre-loaded with stress-test and temperature monitoring software to make overclocking, but more specifically stability testing faster. Overclocking always involves stability testing, and I just thought it was a pain to wait for windows to load with Xfire and everything else that starts up that's not really useful when testing for stability. Especially because that would probably all be shutdown again in a few minutes if the new OC settings were unstable.

Maybe this doesn't make sense to you if you are a god of overclocking and you can go into the BIOS once and get it perfect, but I restarted and had to go into the BIOS maybe 20 times to get my OC rock solid. So if I had a small OS that would boot very quickly and get to stress testing right away, that process would have been faster. A bonus could be a better from of the blue screen, one that actually tells you what's wrong instead of giving you a code to look up. This wouldn't be meant for use as your main OS, but only for use during overclocking.

Maybe that doesn't make any sense, but what do you think? Could it be done? (I have little to no knowledge of programming)
Not rubbish at all thats actually a good question, i might consider a dual boot if such a thing exists.

EDIT- Just thought of somthing, if such a thing does exist i can finally say that ive torrented somthing legal WOOT
Edited by Smoblikat - 4/12/11 at 6:50pm
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I believe someone around here actually made an OCN based Linux distro, it was called OCNix. Might not be exactly what you're looking for but I know you'll definitely be interested in trying it out.
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For easy stress testing use any live cd. Ubuntu is good since it requires minimal config and allows for persistence. Downloads the mprime tar extract execute mprime. You can do temperature monitoring by typing sensors in a terminal. If it's not showing core temp or other things run sensors-detect and for core temp sudo modprobe cortemp.

You could also install something like arch to a usb or use larch or arch iso to make a usb stick.

There is a program called stresslinux that has a number for tools as well including mprime. Last time I tried it though I could not get it to load the coretemp module which is a problem.
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