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Master Binky

New SSD causes unstable Overclock

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This drove me insane over the weekend. On my desktop (i7 920 @ 4.0GHz) I upgraded my SSD from an OCZ Agility 2 SATA II to a SanDisk Extreme SATA III. I install the drive, set it up in linux properly, everything seems good.

 

So I get setup to transfer windows 7 over from the other SSD. I copied windows over quite a few times thinking I messed up my transfer (was using linux to do it). After straightening up the MBR and BCD, windows seems to be working ok. I was really excited now, I throw guild wars 2 over from my HD to enjoy some short loading times, at first I’m ecstatic, and look shiny new Nvidia drivers! .

 

After a few minutes though, the computer locks up, blue screens and reports an 0x116 and the nvlddmkm.sys. My first reaction is to blame something I did so, oh crap maybe the nvlddmkm.sys must have gotten corrupted. Hopefully it was just the drivers, reinstall a few versions of those and still freezing. Ugh, don’t know where my install disk is (the only one I can’t find *stares at the golden retriever*) and the big part of why I don’t do a fresh install. So I try to recopy windows a few times, fsck, chkdsk, all kinds of linux ntfs tools, stuck on it must be a corrupted file and I don’t see anything other than S.M.A.R.T saying everything is good at this point. Then I try going back to my original SSD, and the problem is still there. Damn, maybe I ran into a perfectly timed hardware failure.

 

So I go through all the stages to check my graphics cards (the 0x116), power, temps, power supply, and I resolve nothing. I even up my PCIE bus voltages to see if that’ll help. Nothing fixed. I even 100% the fans and get that hairdryer noise going, the temps stay under 65C, and it still happens, only it takes a little longer. Just long enough to make you think it’s fixed.

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I may have only started by changing one thing on the PC to try and control the variables, but that didn’t work so I get mad and decide to just burn an install disk and do a fresh install, reset everything in bios, start from complete scratch. Reinstall and all that stuff. Then I don’t freeze, at all. My CPU temps weren’t going higher than normal, but whatever it was about doing SATA 3 made the ICH10 angry from then on, raising the voltage probably didn’t help that part either. I dropped the OC down to 3.6 GHz and left finding the new limits of my overclock another day. Works great now, but really, wtf SATA III and screw you BSOD errors.

 

edit: Corrected magical random numbered formatting.

Edited by Master Binky

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Interesting that the faster SATA spec caused issues with your overclock...but when pushing things hard you're bound to find the limit somewhere! :P

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