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  1. Thanks for the replies. I've been trying to find out about this for a while, and I guess I finally have my answer.
  2. Hi, does anyone know if there is a bios setting on the NF4 Ultra-D to shut down a specific hard drive so that it doesn't spin up on startup? I have a second hard drive in my system which I use mainly for backup, but it's quite noisy so it would be nice to not have it running all the time. Unfortunately windows xp doesn't seem to allow you to set power management options separately for individual drives. I've tried searching for a third party app which would enable me to power down the obnoxious drive on a whim, but haven't been able to find anything. Please let me know if you have a solution (other than opening the case and unplugging the power cable)
  3. Well, this one seems to be resolved. I plugged my SATA drive into SATA3 instead of SATA1 and also refrained from installing the nividia ide sw drivers. I haven't had a crash in almost 2 months. Thanks for the help!
  4. Hi jim, I don't have my hard drive set to spin down, so it looks our problems are slightly different. pershoot, I do have an LG 16x dual layer DVD-RW on IDE1. However, leaving it unhooked would be tough, because I need it for installing programs etc. ExRoadie, thanks for the tip about the sata cables, I'll also try plugging it into a different SATA port. Right now, I'm running a clean install of XP without the NF4 ide drivers. We'll see how long it holds up. This has been a pretty tricky problem to troubleshoot. I've now done a fresh install of Windows 3 times, and every time my system is rock solid stable for the first couple of days, and then on the 3rd or 4th day, the nuclear meltdown inevitably strikes. It feels like I'm stuck in some sort of Star-Trekkian time loop that keeps repeating itself. Each time through the loop I try changing some of the variables, but each time the enterprise blows up in the end. AMD Athlon 64 3000 DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D (original bios) 2*512M Samsung PC3200 160GB Samsung SP1614C SATA HD MSI Geforce 6600GT LG 16x dual layer DVD-RW Enermax Noisetaker 485W ATX 2.0 Windows XP w/sp2 slipstreamed
  5. Hello, here's the problem I'm having: After installing windows xp pro with sp2, my computer ran perfectly for 3 days. I ran lots of benchmarks, prime95, memtest and hd diagnostics, with no errors. Then on the 4th day my system locked up completely forcing me to do a hard reset. Looking in the windows event log I found the following warning message right at the time the lockup occurred: Event ID - 51 - An error was detected on device DeviceHarddisk0D during a paging operation Not long afterwards my machine froze again and windows would no longer boot, not even in safe mode. There was major file system corruption which chkdsk couldn't fix. So, I repartitioned, reformatted (using ntfs this time instead of fat32), and re-installed windows. This time I installed the latest nforce4 chipset drivers (v 6.53). Again for the first 2 days my system was fine and I encountered no errors despite stressing my hd as much as I could (defragging, overnight surface scans etc.) On the 3rd day I again got a lockup and the same error message in the event viewer as before. The next time I started my computer, more crashes and my windows died soon afterwards. From what I could tell, the crashes generally occured during a disk access (loading a browser window, opening a document etc.), never during a game. Both times I installed all the nforce drivers(smbus, ethernet, ide sw, and audio) as the dfi manual instructs. I didn't install raid or active armour. I haven't done any overclocking and all bios settings are on default. Any ideas or suggestions? AMD Athlon 64 3000 DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D (original bios) 2*512M Samsung PC3200 160GB Samsung SP1614C SATA HD MSI Geforce 6600GT Enermax Noisetaker 485W ATX 2.0 Windows XP w/sp2 slipstreamed
  6. I'm using low priced samsung ram in a dfi ultra-d board (I believe they're TCCC chips). I haven't gotten any memtest errors or crashes in games or prime95. However, I am having a serious file corruption issue with my sata harddrive. Bad ram can sometimes be a culprit, but in my case I think this is unlikely since my memory passes all the tests. I haven't found a solution yet.
  7. Personally I don't mind using XP and find it a lot more stable than 98. Despite that, I still really like being able to boot into multiple OS's. I have a number of older programs and games which exhibit display glitches and bugs when running in XP even when I try to run them in legacy mode. Also there are a lot of people still running win98 and when trying to help them over the phone with a software issue it helps to have the OS in front of you so you can tell them exactly where to click. Unfortunately I don't have the space to run 2 rigs. It's really a shame that NF4 doesn't provide backward compatibility. If Longhorn had already entered mainstream, then I wouldn't complain about the lack of compatibility for 98(just as I don't expect anyone to still support win95), but until that time it would nice to provide support for the previous generation OS. O well, at least I can still run DOS and Linux
  8. Hello, does anyone have any info on how win98se runs on the dfi nforce4 boards? I've hardly been able to find anything concerning win98 on the forum so far.
  9. Good to know that it wasn't the drive hooligan. Just glancing through here quickly it seemed that a bunch of people who were having stability issues with the original bios also happened to have the seagate ncq drives. Most likely just a coincidence, but I was tempted to opt for a Samsung non-ncq drive instead of the barracuda just to be on the safe side. Now my mind is at ease.....at least until my system arrives.
  10. I couldn't help noticing that a lot of people on this thread who were having problems with random windows reboots, crashes etc, were using seagate drives. Could there be a pattern here?
  11. I was just wondering how many people have managed to get a stable system up and running with a 20 pin PSU? I know that DFI doesn't recommend this, but assuming your PSU has enough amps on the +12V rail there shouldn't be anything to worry about should there? Also there are still a lot of contradicting statements about whether it's better to plug the 20 pin connector straight into the mobo, or whether it's preferable to use an adapter. It would be nice to clarify this.
  12. That's good news. So far I've only heard one person complain about the chipset fan being loud on the DFI NF4, whereas for every other NF4 board I've checked out there were a large number of complaints about this issue.
  13. I'm thinking of getting a dfi nf4 ultra board, but have heard a lot of grumbling from owners of other nf4 boards (asus, gigabyte, msi) about the noisy northbridge fans. Has DFI with its "magnetic levitation" technology found a way to cool that power hungry nf4 chip without making it sound like there's a growling troll under the bridge? I'd appreciate it if someone who owns the board could give me some feedback on this.
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