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Rip Gaming Rig? (os Won't Load Nor Install)

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#1 gimpster123


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:47 PM

Problem: Windows won't load (BSOD/restart loop)- Unable to reinstall or even install Linux

Background: Last night I was happily testing the limits of my AMD Windsor 6000+. Its a 90 nm chip and I was toying with it for 3 hrs or so- I got windows to load at 3.28 ghz- but had to bump the vcore to 1.565v to do it. I started a prime95 stress test to access stability- after 10 minutes give or take i smelt a burning (plastic) smell and almost immediatly there after the system shut down. I backed down the vcore to stock, and the fsb to stock, multiplier to auto (default)- and I believe I got into windows once that way. I was trying to hit the upper limit of default voltage again as I had earler in the night when windows stopped loading no matter what I did. Since then around every 10th time I try to boot I get a BSOD- and every other time it stalls out at a black screen or reboots endlessly.

I've attempted to reinstall windows- but get and error saying my install disk is corrupt. I've tried two different copies of Xubuntu 64- 1 copy of Kubuntu- only to have them lock up while loading the kernal. Xubuntu wouldn't load. Kubuntu gave me a kernal panic! warning.

I can successfully load Geexbox- which is a linux distro that loads into the memory.

I removed all but one stick of ram, and removed my tv tuner and vid card- as my BSOD error indicated a possible driver issue.

Update: Looks like I hosed my mobo- now looking for an AM2 board near wttn Wisconsin to see If I tookout my cpu too. The burning smell could have came from the CPU or the Chipset.

Edited by gimpster123, 13 July 2008 - 12:02 PM.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 06:46 AM

I'd suggest seeing if you can locate where the burning smell came from. That'll most likely tell you which component was fried.

If hardware is damaged and it's driver tries to load, it can generate a BSOD that indicates driver problems.

I'd have to suggest the stripdown process located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/70216/hardware-troubleshooting-via-system-stripdown/
Reset everything to their default values and avoid overclocking until the problem is solved. You'll need the stability of a "stock" system in order to troubleshoot the problem.
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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:55 AM

everything is set back at stock- I'm trying to track down an AM2 mobo in my area to test the cpu. (Wttn Wisconsin)

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