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If anyone at DFI would like to help me with a major problem that'd be helpful. I recently built a computer (see sig) and except for a bad stick of mushkin (now replaced with OCZ platinum) it was working great.In my excitement at learning the overhead in venice core CPUs I decided like a moron to try a mild OC from 1.8 up to 2.0 with clockgen. I've since read it isn't a good idea to do software OCs but ... too late. Everything worked fine for a while .. temps stayed in the high 30s for my CPU and my NB wasn't too high either. Then the whole computer froze and since then I haven't been able to boot properly. It gets to where all LEDs are out but I just get a black screen where i should see a windows loading screen. I'm sure your first guess is that I screwed my windows installation and I'd almost be tempted to agree since a linux live cd seems to work fine. The mystery is I can't re-install windows. I get a black screen right at "inspecting hardware configuration". It's not the PS it's a brand new fortron 500w. It's not the vid card, I swapped in a TNT 16mb PCI and it behaves the same. I've tried several BIOS but none seemed to help. Right now it's running the OCZ recommended 623-2 BIOS. BIOS acts normally, Linux seems normal. But I can no longer get windows to work at all. I didn't read about the nTune thing in time and installed it but i never used it for anything but temp monitoring. still pissed it was in the box at all

 

any help would be welcome

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Yes, I tried clearing the CMOS multiple times, multiple ways and for multiple lengths of time. It's hard to install XP when it locks up at the beginning of the process like I was saying.

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At this point I'm assuming it's either my mobo or my cpu ... damm. I don't have an extra of either to test with. Guess this is going to cost me even MORE money yet.

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don't think anybody is around right now. guess i'll go to bed.

 

If somebody from DFI could respond to my thread that'd be swell.

 

yawn ..zzz

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I doubt it's memory related as windows was working fine at at least one point in time.

 

are all 4 power plugs plugged into the mobo? (floppy, 4pin molex, 4pin + 24pin)

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You need to unconditional format your drive (setting it back to all 0s) to do this the easy thing to is grab hold of a win98 bootdisk, making sure it has fdisk and format.com files on it, let the disk load and when prompted press shift+f5 to enter dos prompt, from there type fdisk, delete your hard drive partition and recreate it, exit fdisk and type the following command; FORMAT C: /U wait for the format to complete and your drive will then be set back to all 0s. As things like linux seem to work fine i wouldnt think your cpu or mobo is buggerd.

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good suggestion kuniva i have had a simlar issue a long time ago with an asus board after OCing i think the file system on the HDD got corrupted and i could not install windows untile i deleted the partitions and formated,

 

also you could try with a PS2 mouse or no mouse at all as i have seen peeps not being to installboot just cos they have USB devices plugged in

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No it's not memory related, I tried the one good mushkin and then one DDR 266 and then one platinum in each of the slots. Memtest is fine for a few passes. Yes I have all the power connectors plugged in. The HDD thing occured to me before I crashed out for the night and I dug out an old HDD to try. I think you might be on to something there. I tried booting with no mouse but that didn't help. Going to fire in that HDD now.

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