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MASI Mobo and "Easy" OC Switch: BSOD?

The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
edited August 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
I have an issue with my setup where I can't seem to get the "easy OC" function on my mobo to work properly. For a bit of background I have an older MSI mobo (still has DDR2 RAM, eek) with a nice "easy OC" switch. My CPU is an Athlon Phenom II (non-BE) clocked at 3.3 out of the box. I've had this setup for about two years, and for the first year and a half was running my CPU with the easy OC at a nice 10%. The OC switch is pretty nice, and it allows simple OCing in graduated degrees: 10%, 15% and 20%.

The easy OC has been off since February when I moved and didn't want a jostling of the case to potentially cause any sort of issue. I never turned it back on, but last night I was missing my extra GHz and decided to switch the OC back on. It didn't work, exactly.

I cleared the CMOS and it got the 10% back running, but I still get BSODed on 15-20%. I'm fine with this, I think.

At 10% Windows 7 (Ultimate 64bit) booted up and is now working fine. Temps look good, etc.

At 15% or 20% I would get the Windows splash screen and then BSOD of various sorts: a "Recent hardware or software error" brick wall.

I'm a bit confused, as it was working fine before now. I had it running at 10% for the vast majority of the last two years without any issue, and even boosting it up to 20% found me stable and without issue. What happened? Am I missing something? Nothing has changed with the PC's guts.

I'm actually heading to Microcenter to pick up a few things on the tax-free weekend for MA today, and I have the easy option of grabbing a new mobo. There's an "updated" version of the mobo I'm running now with DDR3, nice bus speeds and the easy OC switch. It's well within my price range and I have 4gb of DDR3 awaiting a home in the closet.

Thanks!

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    RaernRaern Registered User regular
    Just speculation since it's hard to know, but OC results in blue screens if a component isn't handling it. I'd think your computer is just getting older and something not functioning as well as it used to. May even be an early sign of the motherboard dying that wouldn't have shown up for a while without overclocking.

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    The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    Raern wrote: »
    Just speculation since it's hard to know, but OC results in blue screens if a component isn't handling it. I'd think your computer is just getting older and something not functioning as well as it used to. May even be an early sign of the motherboard dying that wouldn't have shown up for a while without overclocking.

    The mobo itself is just about five years old. So I'm guessing end of lifecycle is coming up soon. I didn't end up replacing, as the CMOS reset got it working back at stock.

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