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    So I've been trying to optimize my old system the past couple of days, biding time until I can get my i7 build. Now my computer hangs on the xp welcome screen!

    I had just upped the voltage of my ram by .05 volts to see if CPU Z would recognize the correct timings that I placed in BIOS. It had been upsetting me since it showed 3-3-3-8 instead of 2-3-2-6. Anyway the new 2.65V setting wouldn't let the system load the OS, so I changed it back to 2.6V. It seemed to load the OS once, but then I went downstairs and when I came back up, the system was restarting and not loading the os. Multiple restarts and loading default settings in bios is not working (cpu was an athlon 64 3200+ @2.2Ghz).

    Also think I should mention that I had just finished scanning my computer for some trojans that seemed to get on my newly formatted system (@!#$) which seemed to lead to some rundll32 error at the last few start-ups before this whole incident. I have no idea if that could have been a problem.

    I have my drive backed up from before the virus ****, so if swapping dimms with my friend doesn't solve the problem, I'm loading it up. It just seems more likely that the voltage change killed my ram.

    That said, I wanted to know if this is a sort of thing happens often so I can learn from my mistake. And if anyone knows what the rundll32 error is all about.

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    If your ram was dead, than it would not get past the POST screen.... it has to do a pre-test before attempting to boot....

    Try and run the pc w/ barebones... (PSU, 1 Vid Card, 1 Ram stick) and boot the PC.... see if it will allow you to get into the BIOS.... if it does (which it looks like it will) then it isn't your memory most likely. See if it is recognizing all of your RAM sticks as well....

    Sounds more like a corrupt OS...

    Good luck.

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    Corrupt OS it was. I went to the welcome screen again and turns out it was just loading verrry slowly. Took like 10 minutes to see a desktop. The scan seemed to get rid of the bad stuff but some important files were left corrupt. I did a backup and everything is fine now.

    Funny thing, though, I tried to overclock it back to 2.2GHz but my wireless adapter wouldn't work until it was down to 2.15GHz.

    Ram is still stuck on the JEDEC standard of 3-3-3-8. I don't know what the deal is there.

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    Even though you just restored a backup, I would recommend installing the free version of Avast and running a boot time scan just to be sure that nothing found its way into your backup. That is, unless your backup was stored on a disc, then you should be fine.

    What kind of RAM are you running in that system? It might still be able to get down to the 2-2-2-6 timings, but we would need to know what make and model the RAM is first.

    Don't know what to tell you about the Wireless card not working after the overclock.
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    Ya, he's right, run a scan after install in case you unknowingly backed up something bad.

    As for timings, your BIOS isn't locked down is it? What hardware you running?

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    My specs are here. Memory is kingston hyperx khx3200a 1 GB. BIOS is AMIBIOS version 3.31a.

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    I just realized I had the setting to make my specs public was set to no. Hopefully everyone can see them now. http://forums.pureoverclock.com/members/2006.html

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