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  1. Since the nForce4 boards came out and started requiring 24pin native ATX PS support instead of 20pin, did anyone come up with a reasonable NAME for that standard so it was easy to search on? I've seen ATX2.01, ATX2, ATX12V, etc...and I'm still unclear as to what is what. When I'm hunting for a Power Supply and I want it to be 24pin, what's the best KEYWORD to use to ensure that I'm getting what I want? Thanks Oh, and please don't refer me to the PS sticky thread. I'm not ONLY talking about approved Power supplies for the DFI board, I'm speaking generally. Thanks.
  2. Personally, I let my memtest run for almost 2 days and it didn't find a single problem. I still got BSOD errors even after fresh XP installs. Not to say you shouldn't try it, but I'm just saying it didn't help at all for me
  3. All I can say is PLEASE tell me if you figure it out. I've got the exact same .. I can run memtest all day and night with 0 errors, but when I boot at stock speeds with conservative settings, I get BSODs. Apps crash, Prime BSODs, etc. I've written down a colorful list of all the BSOD errors I've gotten... BAD_POOL_HEADER PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA PFN_LIST_CORRUPT IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL DRIVER_IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL etc etc etc
  4. HuddaDudda....I'm not ready to make the pronouncement that you have (ie this board sucks), but I will agree that it's unreasonably touchy and has questionable manufacturing properties (research the cold boot issue and misapplied voltages). It's the only board on the market that supports VX voltage levels (hardly unplanned), but many people (most?) are having tremendous difficulties getting them to play nice together. I wish I had seen some of these warning before buying. My board still won't run my PC4200 at stock clock speeds despite conservative settings, high voltage, and direct cooling. I'm only now stable underclocked by 8Mhz FSB. I bought all the recommended parts, paid the extra cash, studied all the stickies and printed out all the BIOS settings....and it basically got me squat. Good luck with you and yours...hope your rig ends up better off than mine.
  5. This might just be the basics of computer audio that I never got into before, but what exactly does it take to get digital computer audio?? Doesn't the module in the DFI NF4 provide digital audio? Is the speaker configuration the limitation and digital inputs to the amp are required? Color me retarded, I'm just wondering what's missing between me and dolby 5.1 for movies, games, etc.
  6. I wish I had better news. I gave up on the VX sticks on my MB b/c of these kinds of problems. I could never clear memtest w/ 0 errors, even below stock speeds and Prime95 stability was a joke. When I finally hit a wall with the cold boot issues, I RMA'd the VX and exchanged for some TCCDs (which I'm still having problems with, btw, even with hands on help from OCZ support). I don't mean this to be inflammatory, but I'm definitely wishing I'd gotten a different board right now. After 2 months of RMAing and non-stop tech support contact...I think I'm justified in my frustration.
  7. This should be a sticky until we get some resolution. It's really looking like MB flaw and it would explain the NIGHTMARE that made up my first two RMAs of 4000VX RAM. I eventually gave up and had to switch to TCCDs.
  8. I took one of my case fans and positioned it to sit on the power cables in my case. It's not exactly sexy or terribly stable, but it's positioned perfectly and barring kicking the case over, it's not going anywhere.
  9. mucker's settings caused my machine to not boot. So much for that idea. I jacked the voltage back up despite my previous experience that more voltage was causing more errors. I repositioned a case fan to blow into the DIMM slots (it's ugly, but we're testing here). Then I jacked the voltage back up to 2.8. Everything appeared to be fixed....and then I got an app crash and another BSOD last night. I'm basically out of ideas. It could be the memory (since I can run on the older stuff, although it's operating much slower and might not be revealing a CPU or MB hardware defect), it could be the CPU, and it could be the motherboard. I don't really have a next step...just flat out stumped.
  10. Yeah, guess I'm just an unlucky overly optimistic bastard.....I never even got the "easy stock speed" part going in my favor. Forget overclocking, I just want my machine to be able to run Windows without a BSOD.
  11. Ok, so I tested. With my DRAM drive str and Data drive str at 1, all hell breaks loose. My first boot, I got into Memtest but the screen went garbled after a few seconds and I had to reboot. After that, I couldn't boot at all. Leaving everything else the same, I changed the drive strengths to maximum on both and it booted right up and is running memtest right now. Of course...this is the exact behavior I was describing before: drive strengths at 8 and 4 get me into windows...but then I crash with BSODs. Once I clear some memtesting, I'll boot into Windows to confirm. Any other suggestions? Anyone? Please, before I set fire to this goddamned thing? [EDIT - Giving mucker's settings a shot - http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread...hlight=mushkin]
  12. Shadek...you ever solve your BSOD problem? I'm only asking b/c I'm stuck on the exact same behavior.....a variet of BSOD errors including the one you've posted. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  13. Ok, so I tested. With my DRAM drive str and Data drive str at 1, all hell breaks loose. My first boot, I got into Memtest but the screen went garbled after a few seconds and I had to reboot. After that, I couldn't boot at all. Leaving everything else the same, I changed the drive strengths to maximum on both and it booted right up and is running memtest right now. Of course...this is the exact behavior I was describing before: drive strengths at 8 and 4 get me into windows...but then I crash with BSODs. Once I clear some memtesting, I'll boot into Windows to confirm. Any other suggestions? Anyone? Please, before I set fire to this goddamned thing?
  14. RGone....you are truly the master of the run on sentence. If there were a kingdom for bad grammar, you would be king:) That said, I appreciate the feedback, even if it was of the hindsight is 20/20 variety. The DFI board can be tricky to configure, I am/was new to A64 configuring and overclocking, and I was trying to set up some 4000 VX which LOTS of people are having trouble with. Short answer, there was no way I could have known that my best course of action was the RMA the entire rig. I don't believe that advice is in any one of the many sticky threads I've poured over and printed out on these forums. It seemed that patience and proper testing to try to isolate the problem and RMA only the offending part was the correct course of action. So, now here I am 2 months of hellish frustration later with $1200 worth of parts I probably can't RMA anymore that won't work nicely together...and nobody really has any idea of how to help. :-(
  15. BTW, if anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to pile them on. I'll be testing them all one by one when I get off work. Any help would be appreciated. Desperation has long since set in.
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