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About Sgt_Strider

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  1. This is a SATA DVD writer that I just bought. My motherboard is a DFI NF4 Ultra-d and it has 4 SATA slots. I plugged the power and SATA cables in, but for some odd reason, my motherboard's BIOS won't detect it and Windows won't either. I know I plugged the SATA cable in properly and the disc tray does eject which means that there is power. The SATA slots are all enabled in the BIOS so I'm really puzzled why Windows and the BIOS can't detect it.
  2. I was trying to help my brother install a new HSF yesterday when a problem with the screws popped up. The "yellow things" that you screw on to the case to allow the screws to screw on is loose. As a result, I can't loosen the screw and remove the motherboard. At the time of installation, I took a clamp and tried to tighten those "yellow things" as tight as possible so that a future situation like this won't appear. I guess I wasn't strong enough to make it tight. The problem is that I can't figure out a way or to find a tool that will solve my problem. Anyone here able to help? Thanks!
  3. http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku...ng&promoid=1026 I'm planning to get two of these DIMMS. Just wondering if they're compatible with the motherboard and a AMD Athlon 64 3000+ at stock speed and settings? Thanks!
  4. I'll try to take a macro shot later tonight. In the mean time, can you tell me what that error message mean?
  5. I just took off the heatsink and everything appears fine to me. The processor looks alright too despite the high temp that it suffered. The thing that caught my attention though is that there seems to be dots on the motherboard. Whether it was on the mobo or not before I install it, I'm not sure. It's very small and I see a line of them going diagonally lower right. It's not specs of dusts or anything, but looks like dots engraved on the motherboard. I tried to use my finger nail and gently feel it, but I can't because it's too small. Should that be a sign of concern?
  6. Well maybe I'm not so lucky after all. I tried formatting my computer 3 times and both times I'll get a BSOD with the following error message: STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF79F6528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) I just shut down the computer by pressing the power button and I'll take the HSF off to see what's going on.
  7. I'll wait for Windows to finish installing and then shut down the system to let the heatsink cool down. Then tomorrow morning I'll take off the heatsink and see if there are any signs of burns on the mobo and processor. If everything appears normal, should I take it as a sign that I lucked out?
  8. This isn't my first time putting a computer together. I have years of experience, but I'm just amazed that I forgot to do such a simple thing. I don't know if everything is running fine, but it is installing windows as I type this message.
  9. Is it just me or that with the Nvidia IDE drivers, my system boots up faster? I did a little experiment and that my system does boot up 10 seconds faster when using the Nvidia drivers over the Microsoft ones. My test wasn't scientific by any means, but I swear by it...
  10. I just bought my second DFI NF4 Ultra-d motherboard yesterday. I just installed it with the default HSF. Little did I know that I forgot to plug in the fan adapter, I boot up the system and went to the BIOS. I checked the temp and it was at a blazing hot 102 degrees Celcius! At first I thought it was no biggie and it's probably a lot cooler than what the BIOS stated. I decide to just check around the BIOS while it was at 102 degrees Celcius for about 5 minutes. After that I decide to install windows, but I got an error and got scared and turned off the system. Then I felt the heatsink and it almost burned my index finger. It was blazing hot and at the same time I realize the fan wasn't on. I plugged it in and made sure my 120mm case fan right next to the hsf was at max and temp dropped to 50 degrees celcius. Things seems to be ok though, but my oversight for about 5-7 min. at the BIOS and my attempt at windows could have caused damage to my motherboard? I didn't smell anything burned or see anything that leads me to think of it. I'm just a little paranoid after seeing the numbers and feeling the heatsink. I guess I won't know until I run a stability test? Thanks.
  11. Thanks for the information guys, but has anyone tried flashing their NF4 Ultra-D with a USB key yet? I want to hear some results...
  12. By using the USB key as "floppy disk" has anyone here able to update their BIOS? I heard flashing the BIOS is the safest way with the floppy so I figure a USB key can mimick that? I don't have a floppy so that is why I want to see such route. Thanks.
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