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  1. Yes-----I have been horribly busy lately----got involved with coaching high school baseball and it has eaten up most of my experimental/modding time. Thanks for looking. Merry Christmas! John
  2. 38 to 40C Idle 44-48 Load On a fair overclock of a 4800 X2 If I adjust the fan speeds higher via the fan controller on the front I can go a shade cooler but I have to live with added noise..... If you are going to use air (and I stick with air because I just don't want to fuss with the more efficient water cooling)..... I am convinced that side flow air is the way to go in a heavily used system using lots of juice and generating a lot of heat. And I've experimented with all kinds of different air flow paths-----through the front at the the 5 1/4 drive bays, through the front low (traditional) with heavy duty 120 fans, coming from the rear low----then up.... You name it, I've tried it-----my best results have been shortest path to the hot spots with direct air from outside the case (side flow).... Anyway----your results may vary----but that's what works best for me....good luck! John
  3. Thanks Happy Games for the hard to find yellow Sata cables----I finally got around to adding a 2nd RAID0 to my Yellow and Black themed DFI rig. Turned out pretty good and so easy to set up once I got everything installed...Just went into the Raid Bios and added and additional RAID0 array with the two new drives. Booted up-----use Computer Management under Administrative Tools to initialize then format the new array----easy sneezy..... Got the two drives together for less than $100 so it added an additional 320 gigs of storage to this machine----in a fast RAID0 array. Yellow cover was made from cut glued, bondoed, sanded and painted plexi---cover is held on by industrial grade velcro. Drive cage was an abandoned Lian Li aluminum drive cage that I cut and modded. Again----thanks Happy Games!!!---Here's some pics:
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    Memory dividers for Intel OCing?

    Take a look at this thread-----may help..... http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=62901 Appears that the old sage knowledge of only using 1:1 divider is out the window.... Heck----there are guys that argued for dividers on Intel back when the first 875/865 boardsfirs came out----a long time ago.... I always used 1:1----and spent a fortune on RAM....... Appears to me that that is not necessary any more with DDR2 and lower latencies (a.k.a. more expensive RAM) may not be the end all beat all they used to be..... Conroe looks VERY appealing to me-----great overclock with mid to inexpensive RAM wil less heat and less power usage-----and the chips outperform the latest top of the line AMDs and cost about $500 less...... Nirvana
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    nforce drivers 6.86

    I had the right stuff loaded after all. Unbreakable over at NforcersHQ taught me how to check for those drivers.... C:windowssystem32drivers nvata.sys .666 (SATA) nvatabus.sys .552 (PATA) ---how simple----how logical... Sheesh----I'm embarressed I didn't think of it myself... Turns out an old INF file was confusing device manager-----but the correct drivers are loaded. John
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    nforce drivers 6.86

    Sound-----good to see you too----still love my Ultra rig but started coaching High School baseball and have less time to play-----am running the 32 bit version of XP.... I've been playing games on it in my spare time and the remarkable thing is that I have not had ONE issue with ANY game I've played on it-----and that's with an X-Fi card as well!! I could have NEVER done that with an Intel rig....----but that Conroe stuff looks enticing!!! Anyway All my other Driver versions check out------but the IDE says version 534 Maybe I'll try an uninstall----then when it finds the device-----direct it to the "legacy folder in the IDE drivers folder??? Tried "update Driver"-----but it says that what I have is currently the best match??? I haven't had crazy stuff like this happen since NF2 drivers
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    nforce drivers 6.86

    Does the attached screenshot look correct for the IDE driver?? It says Version 534 (last three digits) But I don't think that is correct... Thanks John
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    nforce drivers 6.86

    Roadie----do you know a way to check driver versions of installed chipset package? The RAID stuff seems to all be the last 3 digits of the driver number in the driver tab of device manager.... While other drivers of other components in the chipset package seem to match up with the first four digits of the driver number in the driver tab of device manager.... And even other components in the chipset package don't seem to match up to anything listed in driver tab of device manager.... VERY confusing------do you know of a way to check to see if what I now have loaded matches up with what is actually in the 6.86 package? Other people are correct in that this installer stinks----I've already updated two drivers (at least "update driver" in the device manager said they could be updated and found newer drivers in the 6.86 package I extracted with winrar). Totally agree about the IDE driver-----it's very safe-----and I think faster. One last thing----if you have a RAID system----do NOT uninstall all your old drivers first as recommended by just checking "remove all drivers except graphics" in add remove programs!!! Doing so will remove a very importat little file called nvcchflt.sys----which will break your raid setup-------you can't reboot----you can't restore to an earlier version---nothing.... You can't even use the recovery console built into your install disk as it won't copy a file from a floopy or flash drive. I finally restored my machine with a standalone, bootable recovery console I found on the net----and copied the nvcchflt.sys file off a floppy. You could use knoppix as well..... They should warn RAID folks! What a pain-----I'll bet these 6.86 drivers are excellent----and whomever set up the install package just plain dropped the ball----did you notice that the installer version in the 6.86 package was OLDER than the versio in the the 6.70 package.... Curious....
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    nforce drivers 6.86

    Am havinga little troublefinding out what versions of the drivers I actually have after loading the 6.86 package..... Looking at the driver tab in device manager gives confusing information. How do I tell if I have the 6.66 RAID controller driver loaded?? The last 3 digits on the driver file in the Device Manager Tab??? Is there a quick utility that I can run to give me a list of the currently loaded Nvidia chipset drivers?? Thanks for any help. John
  10. If I morph the 80 gig sata----it just adds it to the array and I wouldn't need Acronis-----so your solution is even cheaper You are correct in that if one drive in a RAID 0 goes kaput-----you are hosed..... The disadvantage to a two raid solution is that it relys on RAID 0 which has no redundancy..... The advanage is that it's FAST! I guess I could just add the seagates as individual SATA drives.... Basically the same storage----probably a tad safer.... But not quite as fast and more drive letters and individual drives to contend with. Thanks for the suggestions. John
  11. You are correct----it is faster-----in fact, I think a while back the forum (ex-Roadie or Angry Games) tested RAID 0 with Hitachis and the more they added drives----the faster the array got----blazingly fast if I remember..... I think his point is that all four drives are constantly being accessed therefore lessoning you MTBF... And in my case----since my smallest drive is 80 gigs-----the max I'm going to see by morphing is 320 gigs.... Whereas, if I set up another RAID 0 array with say two 300 gig Seagates on the nvidia RAID controller----I wind up with avery fast boot array----and a very fast storage array-----and would come out with basically 760 gigs total (I know it is not actually 760 gigs total as all arrays are less than the total combined advertised drive sizes)
  12. Excellent idea-----just leave the Boot Array alone----no fooling with Acronis or RaidManager. And less wear and tear on the drives.....Basically the same results. Does this sound right??? 1. Enable SATA 3 and SATA 4 in the MoBo Bios----shut down 2. Physically Hook up the two drives------Boot up 3. Go into the RAID Bios and set up the additional two drives as a RAID 0---save 4. Done!
  13. I want to make my RAID array on my NF4 Ultra rig bigger. The simple solution seems to be using the Nvidia RaidManager utility to simply add identical disks to the array up to 4 disks total in the array.... Nvidia calls it "Morphing" I have two Hitachi 80 gig SATA IIs in RAID 0 now At newegg----I can get two more for $100 total..... You can add bigger drives----but the array will only recognize the drives as 80 gigs each (the smallest drive in the existing array) This would give me a little more breathing room on my NF4 righ with an array of 320 total . The other option is to buy two Seagate 300 gig SATA IIs for less than $200 total----Put them on the nvidia RAID controller as an additional RAID 0 array----and then purchase Acronis for $50-----then clone the 1st array onto the second using Acronis Then reformat the old array as a non-boot RAID 0 and just use it for additional storage. Total cost would be around $250 for a machine with 760 gigs storage----but it seems a little more----and maybe a lot more work. 320 gigs in one array for $100----and seems totally simple to do. or 760 gigs for $250----with a more complcated process Anybody ever do this "morphing" thing with an Nvidia RAID controller??? Acronis has a trial version for a few days----would it do what I want without having to purchase it since I'll basically only use it once. Advice appreciated-----John
  14. Thanks all..... Went back to 2 Gigs and pulled the PQIs Crucial doesn't make the 2 gig z503 kits anymore-----and the guys on ebay want outlandish prices..... Maybe I'll just wait for AM2 and Conrore-----and DDR2 will become mainstream and hopefully the bottom will fall out of DDR prices for a while. My stable overclock went back up the two mghtz I lost----but more importantly, went back to Command Rate 1T. It DOES make a difference on benchmarks and 3d scores.... 2T in the real world----in everyday stuff....you really don't see a difference. Again----thanks for the help. John
  15. I'm thinking you are correct and the mobo doesn't like two different 2 Gig sets and the small differences in SPD between the PQI and the Ballistix is the problem. I found another post where it seemed his problem was solved by 4 sticks EXACTLY the same... He had 4 OCZ sticks of exactly the same model----but OCZ had changed the SPD values slightly on two of the modules which were slightly newer-----even though it was the same model number----it wouldn't "recognize" over 2.0 Gigs OCZ sent him 4 of exactly the same sticks and his problem was solved.....