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Windows 7: "Overclocking failed!" Message at computer startup

04 Apr 2015   #1
Jemjem787

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
"Overclocking failed!" Message at computer startup

So yesterday i moved my computer to a different location in my house, and when i first turn it on i get this error message.

http://i.gyazo.com/e436357f8688de370d6c4d95cabbd7d0.png
(For those who don't want to see the pic)
Overclocking failed! Please enter Setup to re-configure your system. Press F1 to run setup

What was also weird, is that when i turned it on, everything started up for like 3 seconds, (Could tell by the noise of the fans) it stopped, it started up again, then stopped, and then after 4 or 5 times it finally booted up to this screen.

What i did was just enter setup and manually boot from my SSD, and it booted up fine normally. Would someone mind telling me what is wrong and how do i fix it?


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04 Apr 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It could be a host of things.
I would make sure nothing has been jarred loose and then set the bios back to default and run it a couple of days. If no problems arise put you known good over clock back.

P/S
Make sure your main power cord from the wall to power supply (surge protector) is seated correctly.
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04 Apr 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

If memory serves me correctly this is exclusive to ASUS boards, I had it years ago on my M2A-VM, and it's actually nothing to do with overclocking (or may not be to do with overclocking). Let me rack my brain and see if I can remember what it was all about. Firstly I'd open your PC up and check all of the connections in there are seated, considering you've moved it something could have shaken loose.

I'm pretty sure this has something to do with the POST not completing, and I think that because of that the motherboard sees it as an overclock being too unstable hence the message and returning you to the BIOS to change your settings.
Finding out what is causing the interruption to the POST is key. Like I say, check all of your connections, RAM and cards are seated properly first and foremost.
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04 Apr 2015   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I've had the same experience with ASUS boards. They do it from time to time, and I think Boozad is right, it's just the post not finishing for some reason, and a misread by the BIOS. In my case, there has never been anything wrong physically, and I'm not sure why it does it, but it hasn't been anything to worry about.

If you were overclocking, then something is wrong with your overclock. If you weren't, check everything out as Boozad said, but chances are, it's just your motherboard being weird.
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04 Apr 2015   #5
Jemjem787

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I forgot to note that i have NOT overclocked my PC.

I will open it up later, make sure everything is connected, and respond back. Thanks for the quick help guys!
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04 Apr 2015   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

That could also be because your hardware has changed or your BIOS.

Now that sounds strange, I know, but that is a generic message you will get if the BIOS hardware check fails for any reason, including hardware changes, BIOS changes, and overclocking.

Since you have not done any of these things (we think), and you only shut down and moved the PC that means that:
  • Your 3v motherboard battery is dying, and the Real Time Clock reset itself when the power was disconnected.
  • One or more of your parts are loose from the move (as others have suggested).
  • A combination of both
Try this:
  • Re-seat all parts, check all connections, then
  • Go into the BIOS settings (Pres F1) and check the date and time > then go to the Exit Tab and Restore Defaults > Exit and restart
  • If the problem persists, perform a Clear CMOS (CLRTC) procedure.
If you were trying to overclock and got that message you would do the Clear CMOS to recover anyway.
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04 Apr 2015   #7
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Replace the motherboard battery. The CMOS probably reset or choked.
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04 Apr 2015   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

One fix could be to go into BIOS, change a couple of random settings then change them back to what they were, save and exit.
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04 Apr 2015   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
One fix could be to go into BIOS, change a couple of random settings then change them back to what they were, save and exit.
With my mobo, all I have to do is go into BIOS and hit F10 to save it (if using default settings, because BIOS seems to reset, IIRC), exit and reboot. Voila! It works again.
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04 Apr 2015   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
One fix could be to go into BIOS, change a couple of random settings then change them back to what they were, save and exit.
With my mobo, all I have to do is go into BIOS and hit F10 to save it (if using default settings, because BIOS seems to reset, IIRC), exit and reboot. Voila! It works again.
Easier and quicker.
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