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Checking if my CPU is overclocked

August 3, 2007 at 04:36:11
Specs: Win XP, AMD Athlon 1.21ghz/512mb

I have just got a Gigabyte GA-7DXR+ mobo with an AMD Athlon 1.21ghz cpu.

When I'm playing games my PC just restarts itself. I told my system to give me error messages, which it did, 2 different ones, but now it just restarts. I thought it may be the CPU overclocked, as the guy who gave it me said something about this.

How can I check if it is overclocked and how can I set it back to what it should be?


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#1
August 3, 2007 at 04:43:00

Clear the CMOS by removing the mains lead and CMOS Battery for 15 minutes......

It may also be worth considering removing the CPU HSF and cleaning/reapplying thermal paste.


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#2
August 3, 2007 at 05:36:19

There's no reason to clear CMOS. Run CPU-Z to check the clock settings for your CPU:

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

Also, check the CPU temp in the BIOS. Usually under "PC Health" or something similar.

Another possibility is you have a weak PSU & it's buckling under load.

"I told my system to give me error messages, which it did, 2 different ones"

It would help if you said what those error messages were.


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