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  1. No doubt my reply is far too late to help you with your issues but perhaps I can offer some insight to someone else contemplating grabbing a Opteron 185 for their Nf4 DFI Lanparty UT Ultra-D board... A few weeks ago I bought a Opteron 185 to replace my single core 4000+ processor...Before installing the new processor I used Tmods BIOS CD and updated to version "704-2bta"...After loading "Optimized Defaults" and again rebooting to the BIOS and changing a few settings, the updated BIOS seemed to work fine so I then cracked open the machine and swapped CPU's... After swapping processors I fired up the machine and the boot screen showed the new/correct processor on the very 1st boot ("Opteron 185 dual core" etc.) sooo...I went into the BIOS and checked the settings...The voltages, HTT, LDT/FSB and CPU/FSB frequency ratios etc. were all at their proper default settings...I then rebooted to the O.S. and I haven't encountered a problem yet...Not a single hiccup...
  2. Can anyone with 1st hand experience recommend the best after market HS/F cooling solution for these Opteron processors?... In reading the Newegg 'Customer Reviews' HERE (5th post down), the stock cooler that shipped with the unit was the "AVC Z7U7414001 AM2 / 939 Heatsink" which recieved very favorable reviews HERE...Can anyone confirm this?... For me price-wise, water cooling is out of the question... Thank you for your recommendations... P.S. I asked this question in a old thread I created ("Upgrade AMD 64 4000+ To FX-60") however the topic title was irrelevant to this question so I created this new topic...
  3. Thanks for the response fellas...Sincerely appreciate it... Decided on a Opteron 185... Now I need a recommendation for a after market cooler, heatsink/fan setup that'll keep the CPU nice and cool while I push it a bit...There's so many available that I'm suffering from a mild case of information overload...Do you guys have any favorites?...Preferably a heatsink that includes a fan instead of the 'fan not included' deal and...Should I go with the tried and true AS5?... P.S. Water cooling is a bit too involved for my tastes... Thanks for your input...
  4. When I first purchased my motherboard I told myself that I would do the utmost to get the utmost out of it before building a new system so in that regard I need some 'real world' advice from you kind folks... Would it be worthwhile for me to exchange my 4000+ processor for a FX-60?...Would I notice a drastic difference in performance?...Would a gamer such as myself be satisfied with the upgrade or would I be making a piss poor investment when considering the price of the FX-60 (currently $394.99 @ Newegg) and the availability of all the processors for AM2?... At the moment I can swallow $394.99 but I'm not prepared to invest in a new processor and new memory and a new motherboard... What say ye?...All advice and friendly criticism is welcome...Thank you...
  5. That's correct...The NF4 Ultra-D does indeed have SATA II... http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_sp...TYPE=LP&SITE=NA http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/product_searc...0B=3471&SITE=NA AMD Socket 939, AMD Athlon 64 X2/Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64/Sempron, 2000MT/s, CMOS Reloaded, PCI Express, DDR400, Karajan audio module (8-channel), S/PDIF-in/out, Serial ATA 3Gb/s, RAID 0/1/0+1, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE 1394 and 10 USB # LANPARTY UT Ultra-D exclusive features DXG(Dual Xpress Graphics) supported # Karajan Audio(Theater like7.1 /8ch supported) # Dual Gigabit LAN # nVIDIA nVRAID # nVIDIA nTune(embedded overclocking solution) # nVIDIA ActiveArmor (Embedded hardware firewall & network solution) # nF4 chipset supported Serial ATA(3Gb/s) # 100% Japanese Capacitors # UV sensitive slots # EZ-on / EZ-touch onboard switch button # CMOS reloaded® # All New Genie BIOS
  6. What do you mean "I dunno why there would be any confusion"?...Why do the drivers work for some and not others?...That's precisely where the confusion lies... Ever since my initial build and researching these forums, I've been fascinated by the fact that there are so freaking many variables that go into a setting up this motherboard...Problems with the IDE drivers and questions concerning the onboard LAN(s) are just the beginning...There's a myriad of others as these forums can attest to...Let's face it, for some this board is a flipping BEAST...I personally love it however, to say that you "dunno why there would be any confusion." associated with this board...Now that's down right confusing!...
  7. Just to add to the confusion, I'm using the nVidia IDE drivers and the onboard nVidia LAN...Additionally, I've built 2 identical rigs (my sig) within the last month and 1/2 also using the nVidia IDE drivers and the onboard nVidia LAN without ANY problems... Prior to my initial build (mid november 05), after reading countless (hundreds) posts to these forums, I gathered that the nVidia LAN was supposedly faster than the Marvell and that the nVidia IDE drivers were safe to use so I gave it a shot...I have no regrets...Smooth installations and fast, rock solid systems...
  8. Can I please have some input about my BIOS settings?...I've been reading and searching these forums for a couple of weeks now so I've made some initial settings to my BIOS...As it stands, the machine seems quite stable and responsive however, this DFI board is a freaking monster and I will greatly appreciate any additional advice that you can provide!...Thank you to anyone who contributes... At present, this is a non-overclocked system which will be used primarily for gaming...I may attempt to do some overclocking down the road but as it stands now, I'm using the stock heatsink / fan so I'm not sure what tweaks I can get away with...I'm looking for both stability and speed of course...The settings that I need critiquing on follow: ADVANCED BIOS FEATURES: APIC Mode = Enabled HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability = Disabled Delay For HDD(secs) = 2 ADVANCED CHIPSET FEATURES: Errata 94 Enhancement = Disabled Errata 123 Enhancement = Auto CPU Spread Spectrum = Disabled SATA Spread Spectrum = Disabled PCIE Spread Spectrum = Disabled SSE/SSE2 Instructions = Enabled CPU Thermal-Throttling = 50% Memory Hole For PCI MMIO = Disabled System BIOS Cacheable = DisabledACPI SRAT = Enabled SLI Broadcast Aperture = Disabled PNP/PCI CONFIGURATIONS: Init Display First = PCIEx Reset Configuration Data = Disabled Resources Controlled By = Auto(ESCD) PCI/VGA Palette Snoop = Disabled Maximum Payload Size = 256 GENIE BIOS SETTING: DRAM Configuration: Dram Frequency Set(Mhz) = 200(Mhz)(1/01) Command Per Clock(CPC) = Enable CAS Latency Control(tCL) = 2.0 RAS# to CAS# Delay(tRCD) = 03 Bus Clocks Min RAS# Active Timing(tRAS) = 05 Bus Clocks Row Precharge Timing(tRP) = 02 Bus Clocks Row Cycle Time(tRC) = 11 Bus Clocks Row Refresh Cycle Time(tRFC) = 14 Bus Clocks Row to Row Delay(tRRD) = 02 Bus Clocks Write Recovery Time(tWR) = 02 Bus Clocks Write to Read Delay(tWTR) = 02 Bus Clocks Read to Write Delay(tRTW) = 02 Bus Clocks Refresh Period(tREF) = 3120 Cycles Write CAS# Latency(tWCL) = Auto DRAM Bank Interleave = Enabled DQS Skew Control = Increase Skew DQS Skew Value = 50 DRAM Drive Strength = Level 6 DRAM Data Drive Strength = Auto Max Async Latency = Auto DRAM Response Time = Normal Read Preamble Time = Auto Idle Cycle Limit = 032 Cycles Dynamic Counter = Disable R/W Queue Bypass = 16 X Bypass Max = 07 X 32 Byte Granulation = Disable(4 Bursts) FSB Frequency = 200 LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio = Auto LDT Bus Transfer Width = 16/16 CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio = Auto PCI eXpress Frequency = 100Mhz CPU VID Startup Value = StartUp CPU VID Control = Auto CPU VID Special Control = Auto
  9. Success!... First off, lemme just say, thank you sooo much to everyone who's offered advice...I also wanna say that these are BY FAR the most helpful and 'quick acting' forums that I've ever had the pleasure to read and believe me, I'm a member of a s***load of forums sooo Kudos and bows to DFI-Street!...If I may go on, the speed of the responses was truly amazing!...Don't you guys have anything better to do on a Saturday night?...What a great, great forum(s)!...Anyways... This morning I dropped my wife off at church because I was too 'under the weather' to attend and on my way home I stopped by a local RadioShack...I was lurking around all of the plugs and converters and whatnot when I saw a "DVI to VGA adapter" and I remembered that my video card came with two of em' for a dual monitor setup...Well, guess what?...Yep!...I swapped the adapters and voila!...My display is back to normal and my OS is up and running and looking good!...Thanks again friends!...
  10. If the power suppy wasn't supplying enough juice to the video card, wouldn't there be no display at all or...If the video card was slightly underpowered could it possibly have these results?...Kinda like how lights dim during a brown-out?...
  11. Yeppers, I tried swapping monitors, 3 of em' in fact and still no luck...
  12. This is a new rig I recently built...I did an incremental build by adding components one by one and then testing... Everything seemed to be working properly except for one thing, I thought that the display was a little too dark...I didn't think much of it as I was ONLY viewing the post-up and BIOS screens because there was no operating system installed yet...Undaunted, I went ahead and installed Windows XP Pro...Well, as it turns out, the display is so dark that I have to set the contrast and brightness to the highest settings, put my reading glasses on and sit no more then 10 inches from the monitor and it's still very dark and washed out...On top of that, the colors aren't right...Everything has a redish hue to it...I've tried every setting within the OS and my monitor all to no avail...I've also installed the 623-3 BIOS, the latest chpset drivers and the most recent nvidea v81.85 video card drivers...I tried switching the PCI-e slots and swapping monitors but still no luck... Has anyone heard of this before?...Any suggestions?...Any help you offer will be greatly appreciated...
  13. My brain is overloading from reading way too many posts, from way too many forums and I'm now throwing mysef on the mercy of your forum... First off, Lemme say hello to all...Lovely (and immense) forum y'all have here and a special hello to Angry_Games, as I recognize him from other forums. I knew you had a great sense of humor AG but I wasn't aware that you were such a DFI officianado...Impressive!... I'm the type of person who's a big beliver in 'damage control'...I like to nip problems in the bud before they develop into larger problems...Call me a paranoid schizophrenic but I like to be in control... I've searched through several sites and tons of posts looking for a few simple answers to a few simple questions so please don't think that I just barged in here and dumped on you without attempting to first find a solution to my problems...Simple problems really... As you see in my SIG, I'm in the process of building my 1st DFI rig...Looks promising but some VERY basic infos are eluding me...Are the following chipset drivers v6.70 from nvidia.com recommended?...Are they stable?...Is the WHOLE chipset package recommended?...Is the nvidia IDE driver recommended? How about the ethernet NRM driver?...Can someone please tell me what IS recommended and if so, what is not?...Also... On the board itself, which Network interface is recommended for a single, basic internet / lan connection?...And... I know, I know...I've read all of your forums but am still very confused about which BIOS to use...Some like this and others like that...It's way too unclear and vague, especially for someone who has absolutely NO experience with DFI boards...I won't be overclocking right off the bat...I will surely tinker with it after I get my system up and stable but...Can anyone, by looking at my SIG, PLEASE recommend a 'ballpark' BIOS for my setup?...
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