I have a weird issue.
When booting my computer, I almost always get a message saying something like "BIOS has detected unsuccessful POST attempt(s). Press Y to enter Setup or N to try again." Googling this error indicated that this usually means that I have some incompatible hardware in my system and my computer shouldn't be able to run at all. However, whenever I get this message, I can simply press Y to enter Setup, make no changes at all, and the computer boots up and runs just fine. Pressing N causes the computer to reboot and (usually) give me the same message again.
As it turns out, I do have an incompatibility in my hardware: my RAM is rated faster than my motherboard is supposed to be able to handle - the RAM is 1333, the motherboard is 1200 - but when I told the BIOS Setup to use the "default" RAM settings, the computer didn't boot at all; I had to load the saved settings and go back to the way it was. My computer was "custom-built" by MAINGEAR; I selected the RAM type and motherboard from their menus and they customized the BIOS before shipping it to me.
It's something of a minor problem, but it's still annoying that I'm getting this error message at all; if this is a problem with an easy fix, I might as well do it. It also makes me wonder if there might be something else wrong that I'm not noticing. Should I just let my computer do what it does, or should I be looking into this further?
EDIT: I think I'm mistaken about the RAM being too fast; see my post below.
Edited by CronoDAS, 28 May 2013 - 07:22 AM.