Hey all. This is kinda a long story so here goes.
These are my basic comp specs:
Elite Groups AM2+ 780GM-M3 mobo
AMD Athlon II x4 620 propus cpu
GSkill 1066 DDR2 2GB x2 ram
Western Digital 140GB SATA hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 5750 video card
I have overclocked my cpu to 2.8ghz since that was all my mobo and bios seemed to be able to allow(I've seen articles where people push this cpu to 3.6ghz). Also this GSkill ram has problems apparently running at 1066 even though they sell it as 1066 advertised, I have been on their forum to see why this was and we worked it out so that my ram was running at 800mhz 4-4-4-12-20 timing(which is pretty equal to 1066 7-7-7-24).
A week ago I started noticing drops in fps in my games and on the aero desktop. I've had these drops before and figured it was due to over heating or dry paste on my cpu/gpu. Took my rig apart and noticed that he paste was fine and still viscus. So then I ran some benchmarks and stress tests to monitor my cpu/gpu temps and they were at around 28C/40C idle, 40C/55C max stress. All clear here, right? So then I start to think maybe I got a virus or malware that's slowing me down, ran 5 different scans after 5 cold boots, all clear. Hmmm, I started to wonder what could be causing my comp to slow down, so I ran some more cpu heavy stress tests and noticed that my cpu was dragging. Normally the multipler on this cpu is at 13x giving it 2.6ghz but mine was at 4x pushing up to 7x and 9.5x during some parts of the tests, never reaching 13x.
So I thought maybe my overclocking was having some negative effect on my cpu(even though I have been running this setup for around 2 years). After hours of fiddling with the VERY minimun settings the Elite Groups BIOS offered I couldn't get any normal readings from my cpu 4x or 7x never 13x. So I started to become exprimental with the BIOS,
this is where my stupidity comes in. I flashed my bios with a BIOSTAR mobo's bios. I figured if I get a mobo with very similar specs maybe the bios will let me tweak the cpu better. Also I tried to get bios from a mobo that is frequently used to overclock this particular cpu. Again I know how stupid this was. The first Bios flash worked fine, but the cpu was still at x4
. So I searched some more and found Bios for an ASUS mobo that allows you to set the multiplier directly, FINALLY I though... I set the multipler to x13 reboot and brought up cpu-id, x4!!!
So I figured that these bios must be so different from the ones needed for my mobo that they dont even have an effect on the options. Ok I'll just go back to my old bios and try some other things to see if I can fix my slow down problem.
Little did I know, but the most recent version of BIOS that I flashed on my mobo "Doesn't support AFU". So now I couldn't get rid of these BIOS by using an AFU flasher. So I tried to use an AMI flasher and I got the message "Chipset/Flash was undeteced. This function will be invalid." So I tried using AwardBIOS Flasher, "NOT AN AWARD BIOS BINARY!!!"
So I tried to find another AwardBIOS to hopefully step-by-step revert back to my 780gm bios. After an hour of sitting at "Please Wait!!" I turned off my comp.
Now when my system boots it still boots the previous ASUS BIOS it read No Keyboard Detected.
This is a mighty big hole I've dug and I hope we can try to get me out together.
First I will let this post sit over night to let myself cool down and let the replies and advice come in. Second I think I will try a PS/2 keyboard to see if that works, if not I'll try to unplug all my USB devices except the keyboard to see if that works. Then I'll be out of options. I suppose I can always buy another mobo, one that is a bit better for overclocking but anything that can save me the trouble of that and salvage my current setup is my primary objective.
Hope you guys are ready to tackle this bad boy(after which I hope we can try to figure out the causes of my slowdown in performance) and thanks for reading.