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  1. Its starting to go bad :sad:


    Last night eve kept ctd'ing, but i figured it was just eve. I just started computer and it hung at the last screen with the slider going left right at bottom. Just kept going back and forth. Restarted, asked me what mode i wanted to start in since windows failed to start last session. I chose "last known good/working configuration"


    And here i am. I have tried defragging at this point in the past, but it really makes no differance. She's on a one way course to doom now.


    Nforce 6.70

    geforce 81.98

    AMD 64 processor driver


    Yahoo anti vir/spy


    Smart guardian


    No im. programs have been installed or activated. Windows explorer looks real empty, im positive this is not a software problem.


    Ram settings are great white hope now.

  2. hey guys,


    I have heard from many instances that running in SLI sometimes lowers the performance in games. Why is this?


    No i cant say i agree with that statement one bit. Second card mainly adds framerates with stability. They just dont drop under load like a single card. Its a max out every game kinda situation. No more tweaking game ini's for a few more fps, you just dont need em.

  3. Unless someone can recommend a good hard disc tool for raid diagnostics I do not know of any other way to troubleshoot it.


    If i had one of those it sure would make my sluething easier, hehe.


    UPDATE: No problems thus far, ive really become to busy playing eve to take the time to try differant programs, and quite honestly, im afraid too.:O My frames in eve with everything cranked at 1600x1200 bottom out at around 87, and hit highs of 127. Im not fudging these numbers with readings at or near warp, lol. Computer is kicking arse just like it does evertime i go thru this. The future is a scary place right now.......

  4. One of my buds is gonna hook me up with a thorax as soon as i can afford the insurance. Untill then im training my industry skill so i can haul mining spoils for him. Pretty sure support sounds like my cup of tea.


    Angry your present skill sheets show me how far i have to go.

  5. The way it was explained to me by BFG, was if the cards have identical specs they will work, but if one variable in its core is differant, it will not. A card sold as overclocked will not work with a card that all stock. a "GTX" will not work with a "GTX OC" The next ? you have to ask yourself, is how comfortable are you that the listed spec you see, is correct. Comfortable enough to risk a restocking fee if its not? IMO i would want to test a card before i bought it, barring that, get an identical one.


    I learned all this when i built my system, and only bought one card. When i went back to get another, it was discontinued. I called BFG directly to find out my options, but a member of this forum found my matched card for sale on the internet by another vendor. So i got my matched set anyway. But BFG had already told me i could just get there newer/repackaged GTX or anyones 7800GTX that had identical specs.

  6. For what its worth, passed memtest and prime x2 with flying colors. Even took away spare fan i had blowing on memory to make sure it wasnt a heat thing. I havent loaded anything except eve, so i guess tonight i try BF2 and see what happens.


    When and if it decides to kill the array, it will go down like this. If im in BF2, i will slowly see frames drop, and general increase in lag. CTD or complete lock will follow. I swear it feels like a memory leak in the game, but what would i the end user know.


    After the first time it fudges. I can restart, go play again untill the next time it dies i get the blue windows screen giving the "Windows has shut down to keep your computer from complelty hosing itself" or similar error message.


    Getting it restarted after that error message will be a task. Ive seen it lock at inital detections showing only my memory timings. Ive seen it detect drives, and lock there. One time all it said was "nothing found". Usually a few alt + ctrl + deleates wil get it past initial boot problems.


    Then scan disk will take over, scan everything and say its all good. Boot into windows, and maybe it will work, or maybe it will lock as soon as i hit start button. Very shaky rig after first take over by scan disc. Ususally next restart will kill array, and ill be down to 3 drives.


    The first time i went thru this, i just re-did it with 3 drives. 2 weeks or so later it died in same manner. This time i tried getting all 4 drives going as a test, and they all fired right up. one week later BF2 killed it again. Thats when i decided that raid was more then likely at fault since the drives really didnt die, but rather the signals going to it got hosed while in a game. The first time i set drives as sata1 transfer rate, after that they have been at sata2.


    I need to take a complete set of bios pictures, and post them. I keep telling myself that some were im efing this computer up, but i really cant figure out what im doing to it.


    Last run had following installed only:



    BF2 CCA (server manager)

    EA downloader

    IGA/Fileplanet downloader

    Americas Army

    Eve online


    Paintshop Pro 8 (Psp 10 has compatiblilty problems with newer nvidia drivers)


    No i didnt even have anitvirus in, as i was trying to eliminate that from the equation. Whats is there to protect on a system that gets reformatted so often, lol.


    I was considering the thought that maybe i have a bad sata connector, and should invest in 4 really good cables with those positive locks on the ends. Any thoughts there?

  7. id sure like to see em. Im finishing level 5 learning in next day or so in hopes of dropping the learning times down. Got podded by a drone pirate, and decided thats not gonna happen again. Figured id get all my learning up there, then move on to mechanic/engineering upper levels to get a better handle on energy controls/charictaristics. Both times that ive been podded, i was set to warp, but missed it by a grain of salt due to a drained capacitor.

  8. Roadie i understand your logic, but this is no figment of my imagination. The drives have corrupted a total of 4 times. I have become quite the seasoned vetern of setting the array, and loading everything in. The only thing im going to try differantly this time is loading the X2 patch from MS, and the X2 driver from amd prior to installing chipset drivers. Saw someone mention this in a expert thread, and figure its worth a try. I am formatting for 2 x 2 mirror right now. If this corrupts, i guess its time to pack it all up, and see when Angry might have a chance to squeeze me in. I dont care if he keeps it for 2 months, as long as i get some stability. I have no pictures of grander in my head, i know the problem lies with somthing im doing wrong. I know its not a hardware problem, but operator error :(

  9. Ps2 ports only need one spark to fry.

    Unplugging a ps2 mouse when the system is running (hot swap) is a sure way to waste that port. I did this to a msi board, and had basically the same problem your having now. If you return board, knowing you hot swapped, im sure it will only take dfi engineers a few minutes to see what occured, a void warrenty.


    Maybe keep this post near top to try and get info on how to test it with a multimeter.


    In my case, frying that port forced me to buy my first mobo, which was the DFI LP 875 pro. Ive increased my computer knowledge so much from frying that port:)

  10. You will need to find a utility to wipe the drives. Once a drive has been part of a RAID array you need to break the array before removing the drives.


    Since the drives have the previous RAID info written to them, wiping the drive is the only way to remove the RAID info.



    Anyone know a name for this utility?

  11. Well its not going to well. Disabled raid in bios, made sure boot priority was correct, booted. No hard drives detected in bios. Disconnected all but sata1, rebooted, error installing OS in bios. Disconnected last sata drive, removed cdrom on ide1 and installed a WDCaviar 30 gig. Booted and waited at least 45 seconds for it to be detected Then began windows install, made it to first windows install restart promt, restarted, and it went to black screen after all detections were finished. Single promt in upper left hand corner of screen was only visible life. Rebooted, and windows restarted install again, i let it do its thing, prompting for removal of first install when asked. First reboot leads me back to blinking promt. Out of desperation i went thru bios settings and made sure everything was good, and turned on S.M.A.R.T hardrive support. Made no differance, again with the blinking promt.


    (Raid was corrupting every time i ran BF2 after a defrag. Could have been Americas Army that did it, i dont know. It just took me to long te see the connection between defrag, and the begining of the end for raid array. Array would start reporting corrupt drives.)


    I am in no rush here, but would rather get this thing set up solid then fast. I have not felt this machine to ever be reliable, and want to make that factor a serious goal for this run.


    Im so disgusted right now, i need to just log, and deal with it after work tommorow.

  12. ya i fumbled through that part of the training too. i assumed it was because soemone else had just done the mission and that the ship hadent respawned yet. all in all the tutorial is very good and worht the time spent on it.


    Ok im starting to get into this game now, and have decided i will probably pay for a 1/4 to give it a really fair shot. The tutorial is good untill it bugs out on you, then you need to just shut it down, and go play the game. This game is Planetside/Farside in remake imo. Navigating around is so much easier, and theres no real plotting a course. Its all done for you, you just need to remember were you need to go. Lets you concentrate more on actual gameplay. I think the money comes along quite easily. Getting a ship blown out from under you hurts, but with proper planning, its no biggee. Im digging this one :)


    My name is Wetchaser1, and none of you guys had better blow up my little frigate:p

  13. is mostly a hypathetical question. I would have assumed this to be not the case, as every online gamer has to have ports open to play the game. So game shuts down, but ports are still opened. So i guess the answer is yes, wahh.

  14. As a gamer, i have many ports open on any given day. If the game doesnt have enough open, backround programs like teamspeak and x-fire probably account for most open ports.


    Can a hacker use this information to get to me?

  15. No probs.


    Well, looks like you've got a dead 'un. Is it out of Warranty? If it is at least you get to pull it apart and look inside! Though there's nothing worse than an unplanned reinstall from scratch!


    Yea i think its still under warrenty, but the starting from scratchpart i dont mind as much as i used to as i get a chance to try new things each time. I know i can get it going now, the mystery part is over basically. Confidence is key for me. I guess i should get off my keaster and pull out drive, but its working great with 3, so im really in no rush, hehe.

  16. Anyone know if there is a way to print out bios settings? Then it would be so simple to pinpoint the change that made all this crap start. Would also make swapping bios settings with others easier as well.

    Id go so far as to dream of the day when you hit "dump file" in bios, and it sends a copy of your bios settings right to a windows directory for quick referance. Guess i should have put this in t-mods thread, but seeing how this thread was mainly about a corrupt bios, i figured it to be on topic.

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