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  1. Install it but DO NOT run the setup wizard. Go to the MBM5 settings thread stickied to the top of this forum and download the data file for the nF4 board... YES nF4 don't worry all the settings are the same for our nF3 boards. Copy the data directory directly over the top of the one in your MBM5 directory. Hey presto all done, and yes the CPU temp will periodically read incorrectly.
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    hard drives & raid - benchmark and compare!

    Here's the same drives as before on 32k Strip and 8k clusters. Is this a good result from these drives? Or should I be looking to optimise further? Again sorry for the slow loading images.
  3. What he said. 711 is a nice stable BIOS, why would you even consider flashing to a BIOS known to be unstable and issue ridden. IMHO DFI should pull the 8/24 from their site.
  4. Sorry about the slow loading images, Anyone know any ways of increasing RAID performance? What should I expect to get from these drive?
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    SATA/RAID 0 Help

    :shake: You know what it was just me being a tool. After slipstreaming the RAID drivers everything works fine, my problem is I had left 2 SATA options disabled in the BIOS. Without even looking at them properly I assumed they were to enable/disable channel 1&2 and the 2 options bellow were for channel 3&4 when infact they were vital for enabling SATA correctly. Moral of the story - RTFM
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    hard drives & raid - benchmark and compare!

    So I finally got round to setting up a Raid array of my own. Never done much work on Raid before, First run after setting up a clean XP (forgot to defrag first though) So I guess these are pretty raw results for now. Everything is set default at the moment, 64K Stripe + NTFS Default
  7. So I finally got round to setting up a Raid array of my own. Never done much work on Raid before so was wondering if someone could critique my benchmarks and let me know what you think. Everything is set default at the moment, 64K Stripe + NTFS Default
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    SATA/RAID 0 Help

    Just digging this up coz I'm having some similar issues setting up a new raid 0 array on this board. I just picked up 2 x Seagate Baracuda 120Gb SATA drives for my system. I want to have them in Raid 0 with a 20GB Partition for XP and Core Applications and then the remainder for Music and Video applications. I then want to use my old 250Gb PATA and 60Gb PATA as storage for Audio and Video work. Sounds easy enough. 711 BIOS atm. So I avoided all the unable to save BIOS and no F10 raid setup menu stuff my setting up the BIOS how I wanted it and then installing the drives (channels 3 and 4 by the CPU) Everything else is at stock for now and is bomb proof stable in the last installation of XP I had. After setting up my Raid Array on the F10 menu I boot off my XP CD and hit F6. After a while it asks me to pop in the Raid driver disk and select my drivers. I select both the Nvraid and SATA Storage drivers as normal and installation continues. After setting up partitions and formating for the installation I have a problem. Just after the format completes before files start copying over XP reports it is unable to copy files nvraid.sys or something like that (the drivers of the disk basically) - thing is it doesn't even try to read the disk. I have been trouble shooting this all day now I have tried just having my SATA drives in and the PATA disconnected. I have tried partitioning into one drive instead of my 20gb 200gb split) Still no joy. I'm just burning off a Slipstreamed CD to see if that helps or not, other than that... any ideas or help appreciated. EDITED -- Slipstream completes first section then reports Bootdisk failure
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    Bios 8/24

    Just a quick note, BH-5 will often refuse to post at CAS 3, it's not designed to operate at that rate.
  10. Just thought I'd kick off a thread specifically for the new BIOS as the other 2 threads are difficult at best to extract information from. http://www.dfi.com.tw/Support/Download/bio..._FLAG=A&SITE=UK The latest official BIOS for our Ultra-Ds Not had time to flash yet but will let you know my experiences as soon as I do. Please let the rest of us know your experiences if you are testing this new official release.
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    Ultra - D Revisions

    AB0 means its a reworked board with r-716 removed. My board, originally A00 came back from RMA with that resistor removed and AB0 hand written on the revision label.
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    NF3 Ultra-D 939/AGP

    @ Metranome After your USB ports have mysteriously died what happens if you disconnect and then reconnect a USB device? Does it say something along the lines of USB device has malfunctioned? I ask because my board and that of another member had to be RMA'd because the USB ports spontaeneaously died on us. Also check on the sticker on top of the parrallel port to see what revision the board is, if it is A00 not AB0 then it needs to be RMA'd to have R-716 removed and to be updated to the latest revision.
  13. Ok, my board's USB ports all died about a month into its life. The RMA has just got back to me and I'll test it all out later. The have scribbled out Rev .A00 on the sticker and written Rev .AB0 in its place. R-716 had been removed, I also assume other components will have been replaced during the repair. Once she's back up and running I'm gonna seriously take it as high as I can. I'm going to implement a 3.3vdimm mod for my BH-5s and see how she goes. As a side note can someone tell me where the measure point for vCore is on this board?
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    Which BIOS?

    Try it, it feels more stable but its definitely not finished. Do you have a backup plan if it all fails? A BIOS saviour or a board to hotflash in? If not then maybe think twice when using a beta BIOS, that said this board hasn't ever corrupted an EPROMM on my yet,not like the old nF2s lol.
  15. I'm still on RMA to DFI Europe on this one. Not to impressed with the service so far. I did not recieve an email confirming that they had recieved the board, I had to email and check to see if it had got there a week after I posted it. Not good. Let us know how it goes bartlette. I picked up a Neo2 Plat to go on with and must say I'm not much liking that either, I miss the days of UI NFII and Mobile Bartons
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