i picked up a chip from the forums where the OP alleged it was a PSU killer. i didn't believe it, but the chip is clearly not well.. I've had it re lidded ( thanks Ratzz ) and while windows didn't boot , i was able to pxeboot ( to a point ). am able to run memtest ( but only on the stability profile ie one core ) indefinitely. using multi core causes a freeze. it posts fine of course. pxebooting a fresh install of centos gives crc errors at the package installation stage... as in the installation recuses itself, due to the errors , so I'm guessing thats whats wrong with the chip.. ive also running single x2 x3 cores via bios to see if i could isolate the issue, but that didnt work. before I bin it, is there anything else which anyone can think of which would allow me to run the chip , or is there anything you can think of that I could disable via , eg grub , to allow it to functino in a diminished capacity.. ? thanks!