yes, of course im listening to everything everyone says. it would be pointless to ask questions if i didn't... anyway, i understand it now. it was just a small thing that was confusing me. and still, i dont understand
why it didn't work, but im going to go ahead and just accept
that it didn't work. mem dividers are just dodgy, i suppose. things would have been easier if instead of my BIOS saying 'Auto' for all of the values, it would've told me what the SPD rating was, i would have known what the stock settings were. this is exactly what happened, step by step and maybe you'll see things from my point of view. i was stepping the CPU down so that when i hit a wall, i'd know it was the ram and not the CPU. 13.5 was surely suffiecient enough to do the job. in that same BIOS session, i put the ram on 1/1.
since i didn't know that half multipliers didn't work
(as i didn't see any reason for them not to, they should not
put them in the BIOS as an option if they don't
) i assumed that putting my RAM on 1/1 was the reason it didn't post. so i put it on 1/2, and for some odd reason the 13.5 multiplier did work.
so then i go into memtest87 or whatever and the test froze. (that was the first experiance i had with memtest so i thought that when it froze it found an error. now i know that it actually shows the errors with a red background.) so i lowered and lowered until it did work @ 110fsb which is 105mhz.
hopefully now you can see where my confusion was and why i posted such noob questions all over the place.
sorry for the hostility magouster, maybe i over did it a bit but the line:
It is obvious to me that you have absolutely NO idea what is going on.
is what set me off. i've spent literally two months of my spare time reading a bunch of overclocking sites, printed out pages and pages of things to read during SSR (sustained silent reading time in school
) before i did anything
at all. telling me that im uneducated really p*ssed me off. sorry again.