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  1. I received the BANC10M0 firmware as well from Maxtor. Just right-click on the text file, and go to properties and add the .exe extension after the file name. You may want to save the file from the email attachment to your harddrive first. Also, as stated earlier, the Nvidia SATA controller won't recognize the drive when using this utility. I had to go out and pick up an Adaptec PCI SATA card to update the drive firmware on. It also gave some message about a file name mismatch, but I ignored that and the flash went fine.
  2. This is sort of a strange problem that maybe someone has some insight on. I originally had my floppy drive connected to the board outside of the case when doing my preliminary testing and what not. At this time I used it to flash to the 3/10 bios. After installing the bare essentials in the case to load windows, I have now since reconnected the floppy drive, and now need it to flash the harddrive firmware. Low and behold I now get the message within windows when trying to verify the disk contents "Please insert a disk in drive /:a". I re-checked with several other known working floppy disks with the same outcome. The drive is getting power because I see the green light and thrashing searching for a disk. I rechecked the cable connection and even swapped out for a different one to no avail. The bios is still setup properly to enable the drive, and it goes without saying that when it is placed first in the boot order, it still will not detect a boot disk either. I seriously hope that somehow the floppy connector on the board was not damaged somehow during install. As seamingly obsolete as the floppy is, I still need it from time to time. Any tricks to get this working again?
  3. This how I set up one of the new Maxtor 16mb cache drives. However without the SATA raid driver I can't see the options to adjust NCQ etc. in device manager. In this scenario, is it feasible to load the driver using F6 to enable this craptonality, however limited NCQ may be?
  4. I wonder if I can install the Nforce RAID drivers in windows since my SATA drive has aleady been detected, albeit on the IDE channel. I just want to squeeze as much performance out of this thing as I can.
  5. Thanks, but as I stated at the beginning of the post (long I know), I updated to the 3/10 bios right off the bat. Any other tips to get stable with those timings at 200Mhz stock?
  6. I have a 250GB Diamond Max 10 installed as a single drive with no problems so far. However, I didn't load the SATA drivers when windows was installed and it is detected as an IDE drive. Does this mean the performace will take a hit? Also I don't see the option to check the NCQ setting, so that may need the SATA driver as well.
  7. Okay, I have a problem if Andy or anyone can help resolve. Built the system in my sig this weeked. I initially flashed to the 310 bios in hopes of avoiding some of the conflicts others have had with the 3200 plat. rev. 2 sticks. Before installing the MoBo in the case, I then wanted to test each stick using Memtest86 1.51 individually. After clearing CMOS after the bios flash, and setting optimized defaults, I disabled some unecessary devices and upped the vDIMM to 2.8. Everything else was set to the default with mem timings reported as 2-3-2-5. Both sticks passed with zero errors after 5 passes individually in memtest86. I then put in only one stick and installed windows XP pro without a hitch. Did some preliminary stability testing etc. using prime95 and 3dmark. Things seemed stable with the single stick on the board and CPU. Decided to go ahead and put the second stick in now to check out dual channel performance. At this point I went ahead used memtest again with both sticks simultaneously. Decided to change the tRAS to 7 since it seems this offers better performace usually. With the timings now 2-3-2-7, memtest went through 10 passes with again 0 errors. Feeling pretty good I went ahead and rebooted into windows. No dice, and now a blue screen. Okay I thought, maybe more voltage, so I upped the vDIMM to 2.9v. Okay, that seemed to do the trick. Did some more stability testing in windows and things seemed okay with the extra juice. A few reboots later with no problems, I suddenly got a BSOD again right as windows is getting ready to go to the welcome screen. So now I relaxed the timings to 2.5-4-4-7 and as of this morning I can get back to the desktop. My concern is that I just want to get stable at stock speed and close to the RAM's spec of 2-2-2-5. I thought my intial timings being somewhat looser would help assure stability but that seems to not be the case. It seems that something is definitely amiss when running these babies in dual channel with tight timings. Sorry for the long post, but any advice?
  8. Wonder if this will fix some of the issues with the Nvidia Lan drivers in the last package. http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp2k_6.53