Overclocking failure error

hello there,

I assembled a new computer and my  spec are

ASUS P5E3 Deluxe Wifi
INTEL Quad Core Q6600 Processor
2x1GB DDR3 1033Mhz Crucial Ram
XFX 8800 GTS 640MB

 After pressing the power button, the fans will start but nothing else will happen. I then hold down the power button to shut down. On the second attempt, the computer starts and then an error appears: "Overclocking Failed! Press F1 to enter Setup to configure or press F2 to load defaults". After pressing F2, Vista 32-bit Ultimate loads normally and the computer seems to work fine. Anyone have any suggestions? What changes, if any, do I need to make in BIOS to optimize my memory? I am not interested in overclocking. I just want my system to run smoothly.

cheers
zolf
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MarkCommented:
The BIOS is detecting that an overclocked setting has not allowed the computer to start, when it starts after the second time pressing the power button, it is due to the BIOS resetting  after an overclocking failure. This is a feature of the ASUS boards.
If this is occuring without you changing any settings in the BIOS such as CPU speed or RAM latency settings then it may be a faulty component. I've had this happen with faulty ram installed on an ASUS board.
You might want to run Memtest on the ram to see if its throwing memory errors.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/Memtest86-plus.shtml

You can also check the SPD specs of the RAM by using CPUz and make sure the BIOS reflects the latency settings for the corresponding bus speeds.
http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-143.zip

Another possibility is that the current BIOS may need to be updated so the proper microcodes that identify your CPU are in place. Check if the BIOS is identifying your CPU speed properly.
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MarkCommented:
Checked the ASUS site and your CPU is suported by the 0301 BIOS but there are newer versions available.
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zolfAuthor Commented:

sparkmaker:
thanks for your comment
i will try to update the bios from the mobo utiltiy and let you know.fingers crossed.
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MarkCommented:
Save it to a file and unzip it to that file. Open the file and click on the CPUz icon. This will show you different specs on the motherboard , ram , and CPU.
You can use this info to cross reference what the settings for the ram latency should be.
Here is the info page for CPUz
http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
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MarkCommented:
At this point I would do the memtest first before the BIOS update. Leave that to the last if you can't find problems with the ram or BIOS settings.
Does the BIOS identify your CPU properly?
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zolfAuthor Commented:

>>Does the BIOS identify your CPU properly?

thanks for your suggestion.when the computer boots it  displays the CPU i have. do i also need to check it in the bios.
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zolfAuthor Commented:

how do i use this memory test you please guide me what i need to do.
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zolfAuthor Commented:

for memory test:
i dont have a floppy drive.can i i use flash drive or it should be cd.
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zolfAuthor Commented:

i still have the problem.i also upgraded the bios.but no use.but it is amazing my bios version was 0301 before updating,then from the asus site i downloaded the 0903 version.but when i updated my bios the version it displays is 0141.it is funny.please help me.i have also attached my cpuz info.

cheers
zolf
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MarkCommented:
You can download the Ultimate Boot CD and run memtest from it.
You will have to download and burn the cd and then boot from it. Once you are running from the UBCD you can navigate to  Memtest .
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MarkCommented:
zolf--> what was the outcome, was the ram the issue?
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zolfAuthor Commented:

sparkmaker

i updated the bios  and my graphic cards.thanks for your help. what a relieve
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zolfAuthor Commented:

i meant graphic cards software
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MarkCommented:
Glad it worked out.
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