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  1. I just made a test image in Paint. I saved it as a 16 color bitmap. I'll probably not try anymore then, if cbrom can potentially produce a BIOS BIN that'll 'break' my system.
  2. Maybe I'll try some more, then. I know people have been successful with this, but I don't know if anyone with my motherboard, the nF4-DAGF, has been successful. Of course, I don't know the extent of the differences between the BIOS's of the DAGF and the LanParty. Am I correct in understanding that even if I install a corrupt BIOS made from the cbrom utility, that I should be able to boot from floppy and recover with a default BIOS? Edit: I just don't/didn't know how the cbrom utility operates enough to know that it is totally safe to use or not.
  3. I just wanted some clarification because I have read repeatedly to *not* install nVidia's IDE drivers and just use the native XP ones. But then, in my motherboard manual it makes claims to make sure I *do* install the drivers, and it claims that the nVidia drivers are more productive and efficient. This confuses me because I've actually heard that they are less efficient. So, as far as nVidia drivers (and software I guess), should I only install the nVidia SMBus Driver and the nVidia Ethernet Driver? Here's a pic of the claim from the manual:
  4. Is this something I should abandon? I have some ideas on things to try, but I am afriad that I could cause irreparable damage to the BIOS if I am wrong.
  5. First of all, yes I've searched on this, and yes I've read the threads about it. So, I got the cbrom.exe program, and the latest version of BIOS for my motherboard, the NF4-DAGF. I customized a BMP file (256-color) of the size 640x480. I then ran cbrom using the following parameter string: cbrom CK84DA19.BIN /logo logo.bmp The program gave me the success message I expected. So I updated my floppy with the new BIN file and flashed the BIOS using the floppy with the awdflash utility. The result was a hosed-BIOS. The full-screen logo was mostly unrecognizable, and then POST complained of a bad CMOS checksum. I did a panic full withdrawal, and using my floppy with the untouched BIOS BIN from DFI, I was able to reflash the BIOS to the default version, since the mobo was able to recover from the errors enough to run the program. Once reflashed to the normal BIOS, my computer has returned to normal, no worries. Although, I did have quite a scare there for a moment. So, the question remains, what went wrong? Customization is fun, and I would like to have my personal logo when I boot up, but of course it is not worth sacrificing the stability of my machine. Am I treading unknown ground here, or was there a simple newbie mistake I was making? Any help will be appreciated.
  6. Yeah, you might need to wait more than 5 minutes or even 1 whole hour for a response.
  7. If you are talking about gaming sound than you probably want an Audigy. If you are talking about quality sound you need to look for an EMU or maybe one from M-Audio's professional line.
  8. Okay, I installed all the nVidia drivers that came with my motherboard nF4-DAGF when I did my install (through F6), including the IDE ones. I haven't run into any problems, yet... Should I leave well enough alone, or is it worth reinstalling everything and leaving those drivers out?
  9. Wouldn't you want the "Safely remove hardware" icon to appear when you plug in a USB thumb drive, for example?
  10. Well, I'm just getting everything set up so I don't have any personal experience yet with it. It has come highly recommended to me for what I am wanting to do with my computer from various enthusiast forums. The 0404 is the most affordable (i.e. cheapest) in its line at $100. There is also a 1212 (~$200 I think), and the 1820 (~$500 I think). Basically this is not a good card for gaming, but is designed for professional audio. The only outputs/inputs it has are RCA and SP/DIF, and it only does stereo sound (no surround). For recording audio and playing audio without any interference the card is excellent. Kind of like dfi-street, there is a user forum for Emu: http://www.productionforums.com/emu/default.asp And if you're into modding that can be accomplished with the card, I believe people replace the capacitors on the card, but that is a little more than I care to mess with things. So, if your son wants to do any type of music production/recording or wants a good music listening card, I'd recommend it. Just make sure you have a speaker system that you can use with it. Oh, and it comes with some software for recording also, with the latest patches available for download at www.emu.com. I have the DAGF, so maybe there are ways around it, but I wanted a straightforward solution (and floppy drive was only $10). My SATA and RAID drivers came on floppy, and I wanted to install XP to a SATA drive so I needed the floppy drive during installation. And I did want to flash BIOS up to the 6/13 version, which I just did a minute ago, and I used the DFI floppy utility for that. Now it's time to uninstall the drive! BTW, it is weird, but during boot-up with the old BIOS it said nF4-DAGF on the bottom-left of the screen, but with the new BIOS it says nF4-INFINITY. My computer boots fine so I don't think there's any issue.
  11. Lost: 1 Brain If found please return. Or, why I should hang my head in shame. Okay, my problem is solved, and everything works. Basically, the issue was I had the computer turned off when I tried to turn it on. You see I'm not used to having two power switches, every computer I've owned or worked with just had one. Anyway, I had the PSU switch on so the standby LED was on. Then I switched the PSU off and shorted the power pins. Thus a quick surge of power while the lines drained. And I did it so quick the LED didn't have a chance to go out. I should have just checked things more thoroughly, but I had my O and -- symbols mixed up I guess. Not enough EE courses for me. So anyway, out of curiosity I thought, what if I short them with the PSU off (but see it was really on), and I did and it started up. Now it does some basic system tests, will let me into CMOS/BIOS, and pauses after some copyright information (I guess because I don't have any drives hooked up to it yet.) Now, hopefully my FDD will arrive soon so I can continue the build. Thanks for the help, I got to explore more the the mb and learn about the pins.
  12. DFW, yeah there's a Fry's about 20 minutes from here in Arlington.
  13. Well, I'm going to have to head out to some holiday festivities, so I will have to try tomorrow. Unfortunately, I do not have another PSU, at least the ones I have do not have very high voltage. (I am afraid to try the L&C one because I read that they are very unreliable and can destroy themselves and whatever they're hooked up to.) I will try pulling out some of the RAM and see if that helps. I'll post back with my results tomorrow.
  14. That's where I'm at right now. The motherboard is just sitting on top of its box with only the RAM and video card attached. Two RAM sticks (in slots 1 and 2). Monitor hooked to video card in PCI-Express slot. Keyboard and mouse plugged in also. PSU connected to mb through the 24-pin and 12V. Heatsink and chipset fans plugged in and PSU fan monitor plugged into system fan plug. When I short the pins to powerup there is a brief power supply (about .5 seconds) , the heatsink, chipset, and videocard fans all spin briefly but cut out when the power does.
  15. I hadn't connected the ATX-Switch pins, so I connected them to the power. Progress, but only a little. Now, when I push the power button, I get a surge and then nothing. The fans spin briefly and then the machine returns to its dead state.
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