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About madmonkeymayhem

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  1. Some of you may have seen the numerous posts I have written on this site, and so may understand the relief I now enjoy as I say bye-bye to my DFI. I've had 2 of these boards and they were nothing but trouble. Since switching over to a new MSI mobo (which has all the features of my old NF2 ultra B at almost half the cost) it's like I've left the darkside and gone into the light. No longer do I fret every time I boot up, or wonder whether the next driver update will be the last one before it all goes BSOD. If I hadnt spent so much money on my last DFI board, I'd be stomping it to smithereens right now. To those who have helped me in the past I offer my sincere thanks and this gift in return: JOIN ME. It doesnt have to be this way any more! To those who may be reading through the posts before buying a DFI board I offer this warning: Dont believe the hype. Deep down inside there is a voice that tells you to stick with the manufacturers you know and trust. Listen to it! So now it's time for the final farewell. No doubt the supporters and 'employees' of DFI will be quick to remove this post, or label this as the rants of an amateur. And I expect witty replies will come thick and fast.... .....but I wont be here to read them! I'm off to enjoy a life without support forums... BYEEE!
  2. I have installed a PATA drive now and use that to boot windows from, rather than the SATA disk (I've slaved that one). Still some instability but much better than it used to be. I firmly believe the problem is with these boards. Unless you get the combination of equipment and BIOS configuration just right, they'll be unstable as hell.
  3. Dont bet on it. My USB Keyboard, Mouse and ADSL modem all stay on after power down...
  4. Is it a legit copy of WinXP? (no need to answer out loud, just think about it ). I have seen dodgy XP copies go south for no reason whatsoever during an install (Not on my machine of course ). Just using a different XP cd might make a difference. Also, are any of your drives SATA? These boards are well known for install problems to a SATA disk...
  5. As everyone is sharing their thoughts... Maybe the morals here are: 1. Be careful how you word things. It's hard to convey a tongue in cheek comment when using type only. We ALL rely on each other in this place. The amateurs among us (me included) rely on the pros for their advice and experience to help us fix what we probably screwed in the first place. You pros (ALL of you) rely on us to keep returning here for help, and to continue buying the DFI products because we know we can rely on the support if it's needed. Lets all appreciate each other like we should 2. Make sure you know what you're buying before you complain about it. YES these boards are some of the most powererful out there, especially when it comes to OCing. BUT, they can also be the most infuriating, eccentric and downright unpredictable as well. For some of you, this may mean you spend half your time on this forum, and it may mean you never buy a DFI board again. On the other hand, it may result in you mastering your mobo, a feeling that cant be matched after hours of love and labour. Either way, this place isnt hard to find, and the posts here cover just about everything that could go wrong, or right, with these boards. You were warned! So dont classy lady about it later!
  6. Ok, I think I may have found the cause of this problem, but it's left me with more questions rather than answers! I double checked my BIOS and found my boot order set as follows: Boot 1st: SCSI (SCSI type set to SATA in later BIOS setting) Boot 2nd: Floppy Boot 3rd: CDROM Boot 4th: HDD0 I also found that 'Boot other device' was also enabled. I'm thinking that this is where the LAN boot is coming from, so I have disabled it for now to see what happens. I also decided that this boot sequence was a bit messy (left over from my earlier struggle to get my system to boot from the SATA drive) so I set Boot 4th to 'none' (thinking that I didnt need this now that my emergency spare IDE drive used during aforementioned SATA boot struggle is no longer connected) and swapped the SCSI and CDROM boot order. As soon as I rebooted the machine, it came up with Disk Boot Failure, which would only go away when I set Boot 4th back to HDD0. Now the questions... I guess this means my SATA drive is recognised as HDD0 rather than SCSI. Why is this? If the SCSI setting is not for booting off a SATA drive, what is it for? And why is it necessary to specify the SCSI type later in the BIOS? Would it make any difference if this was set to something other than SATA?
  7. Thanks Rgone. My BIOS is set to boot from my SCSI device and the CDROM only, so I dont think that's the problem. Judging from the solutions in the other forum (XP Repair, reinstall etc), I think I'll leave it alone and just accept it as another one of the joys of this mobo!!
  8. It happens during the latter period you describe. I'm using the default BIOS settings aside from the FSB speed, but it's not overclocked....
  9. Can someone tell me what the Nvidia boot agent is? During the boot sequence I get the following error in about 1 in 20 cases: NVIDIA Boot Agent Boot Device Failure, Insert System Boot disk and hit enter... If I reboot it will load up fine, so its not a major problem. I'd just like to know if it's something I can correct without too much agressive action...
  10. So what would be the likely result of installing the sticks in slots 1&2? Would it just mess up the dual channel functionality or would it cause general instability?
  11. Ah... My Ram sticks are in slots 1 and 2. Are they wrongly installed then?
  12. Two questions people: 1. I have seen screenshots on AG's site showing 'DDR Dual channel enabled' on the POST screen. How do you activate this? I dont get that message showing. 2. Does S.M.A.R.T. work when using SATA drives? I have a SATA & PATA drive, but S.M.A.R.T. only seems to work with the PATA. More dumb questions may follow....
  13. My CPU was advertised as an AMD XP3000 Barton with a 400MHz FSB. Is this correct? I read another post on this forum saying that XP3000 only comes as 166 or 200MHz FSB. If this is correct, what BIOS settings should I have for Multiplier, Ram timings etc. as I also have PC3200 RAM.
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