motherboard failure: the signs?

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  1. thegh0sts

    thegh0sts Notebook Prophet

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    What are the signs for a motherboard failure? I seem to be getting a lot of BSODs and it's not fun at all.
     
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    Are you overclocked when you get the BSOD?
     
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    my CPU was overclocked.
     
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    Turn off your overclock. If you still have problems then you have a legit problem.
     
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    well, i'll put them back at stock and see how it fairs.

    EDIT: The errors i seem to be getting are either IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and i don't think it's the RAM or anything.
     
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    What's the stop code - have you looked that up to see if you can work out what the cause is?

    If you don't get chance to record it during the BSOD itself, you should find it in your EVENT LOG->SYSTEM.
     
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    i can't remember the stop code for the IRQL but it said that ntfs.sys caused the stop. sadly i erased the SSD so the minidump is no more.
     
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    Ok, see how it goes then at stock - I wouldn't rule the RAM out though when you're OC'd - good luck :)
     
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    That type of error is some kind of crash in the kernel. Under normal circumstances, it is usually caused by some kind of hardware failure.

    In your case, the "hardware failure" is a CPU overclock that was too aggressive. Put your CPU back to clock speeds, and your problems will disappear. If they do not disappear, then we can address that issue when it comes up.
     
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    Unfortunately Dell does not guarantee your machine will overclock to it's max potential.
     
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