AMD Overdrive Failed to Start


For many PC gamers, overclocking allows you to stretch your computer's hardware components further, allowing you to delay an upgrade. With OverDrive, AMD has given users of AMD hardware components a way to safely overclock their components. Problems such as OverDrive failing to open could be due to a few reasons.


  • Overclocking is the process by which a hardware component, such as a CPU or video card, is set to run faster than the manufacturer's specified settings. This is done on the user's end, generally through the BIOS for overclocking for the CPU or RAM and through a third-party software tool for your video card. Overclocking isn't illegal, but can void your warranty; many manufacturers don't replace components that have been damaged to overclocking.

AMD OverDrive

  • AMD OverDrive is a software suite developed by AMD exclusively for use with the following AMD components: processors, motherboards and video cards. The main benefit of OverDrive is to give users a more user-friendly overclocking experience, rather than overclocking through the BIOS. OverDrive has multiple functions, such as allowing you to overclock multiple AMD components on your PC, set the fan speed in his computer and the ability to run tests to determine your computer's stability. AMD OverDrive is a free download from AMD's website and integrates with the Catalyst Control Center software suite once it is installed.

System Requirements for CPU/Motherboard

  • If your AMD OverDrive software program fails to start, and you're attempting to overclock your CPU, consult the system requirements to determine if your ATI components are compatible. The following CPU chipsets are compatible with OverDrive: 790FX, 790GX, 790X, 785G, 780G and 770. If your CPU is not one of these chipsets, OverDrive doesn't start when activated. In addition, an AMD motherboard is required to run OverDrive; any motherboard is acceptable, but specific motherboards are required to access advanced OverDrive features. OverDrive is compatible on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Catalyst Control Center

  • If OverDrive isn't starting when you're attempting to overclock an ATI Radeon video card, determine if it's enabled in the Catalyst Control Center. If it isn't enabled, OverDrive fails to load. Right-click any open space on your desktop and select "Catalyst Control Center" from the pop-up menu. Select the "OverDrive" option and click the "Lock" button. After selecting "Yes" to the warning message, the OverDrive software will unlock, allowing it to load and giving you access to all of its features.

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