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 Apr 13, 2005 - 04:00 PM - by Michael
* "Stealth Overclocking" gives MS headaches

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Ars Technica's got a look at something that's been giving Microsoft grief - anomalous computer crashes that trace back to computers that are overclocked without the buyer knowing about it.

After getting 10 people to volunteer their contact information when submitting a crash report, they then found out that half of those users were, in fact, overclocking. Then comes the depressing part:

The other half said, "What's overclocking?" He called them and walked them through some configuration information and was able to conclude that they were indeed all overclocked. But these people were not overclocking on purpose. The computer was already overclocked when they bought it. These "stealth overclocked" computers came from small, independent "Bob's Computer Store"-type shops, not from one of the major computer manufacturers or retailers.

Ars Technica goes on to bemoan the fact that Windows can't tell a user their machine is overclocked; perhaps, one day, this WILL be the case.
 

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