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  1. I can't say enough good things about disk imaging software. I don't use Ghost anymore, have switched to True Image by Acronis, but both are great. There's just nothing like being just 10 minutes away from being able to cleanly reimage your disk with an image that is set up with all the software you want, just the way you like it.

     

    If they charged 3 times as much for it as they do, I'd still buy it.


  2. To many to count and they all drive me nuts... The better they look the more crazy they are... Just broke up with one, she was a bi-polar schizofrenic libra control freak who couldnt make up her mind and is some how related to satan... :tooth:

     

     

    LOL....I think I dated her too. A few times.


  3. Too many people buy this board that have no idea what they are doing, and have egos that are way to inflated to let them realize it. So when they can't get it running in the first 20 minutes they immediately blame the board and send it back.

     

    The whole notion of "they tested it...." bothers me. I'd rather be the one testing it, and have 'them' keep their hands off of it.


  4. Why? And when it sometimes won't boot into safe mode, and the blue screen is up for a second or two longer, and it clearly shows some sort of memory related error...unfortunately, when I just try to boot normally, the screen goes by too quick for me to even notice that much.

     

    Remember, this is a brand new fresh install of Windows, hasn't been run much at all, and so far has worked *flawlessly* with just one stick of RAM. My problems *only* occur with two.

     

    Because it is a viable possibility. That doesn't mean that it is definately the problem, just a possibility. Why not eliminate all possibilities that you can before going through the whole RMA rigamorole?

     

     

     

    1) Re-image?...you mean a complete reformat and reinstall??...

     

    Yes I mean a fresh format/reinstall if you are not using any kind of disk imaging software.

     

    2) In any case, I'm not sure about returning the RAM either...I mean, it can spend 10hrs. in memtest w/ no errors w/ both sticks in....so I'm not sure that RMA'ing it really accomplish anything?...

     

    You purchased what is advertised by Corsair as a matched pair of dual channel RAM that should run at 2.5, 3, 3, 6 and it is not doing that. Technically you have grounds for an RMA. I know that's a PITA but it may be what you need to do.

     

    That's why I asked if you had bought it over on Mem drive because that would be much easier to just go exchange it. I had to do that twice with this stuff before I got a pair that worked. The first pair one stick would fail memtest every time no matter what I tried. Then the second pair would pass memtest for hours but would refuse to boot into windows no matter what I tried, dual channel, single channel, one stick at a time, all different slots, nothing made a difference. The third pair worked. Even though it worked it will not OC at all.


  5. Here's the deal. I have been a software QA engineer for the past 6 years or so. I just recently (like this week recently) accepted a position within my company as a SQL Server DBA. Now as far as relational databases go I am completely comfortable so that is no big deal, but when it comes to hardware configs there are some areas that I need badly to come up to speed on. RAID being the biggest.

     

    I know that a lot of you guys here get all hot and bothered when you hear terms like RAID level x, and stripes and what not, but I can't really make heads or tails of all that. So I need some help. I know what links to read around here, but are there any others that any of you might recommend that I read to help me get up to speed on this?


  6. tried stephen's settings...memtest runs fine with the sticks in either pairs of slots (yellow/yellow or orange/orange)...but windows still is unhappy (but has no problems booting w/ 512)...

     

    Going to try the older 510-2 BIOS next...

     

    At this point, were I in your shoes, I would still suspect my windows install even if I could get it to run with one stick. I'd re-image my drive and try out the above mentioned settings and if I still couldn't get it to work in dual channel I would RMA/return the RAM.


  7. Have to stop tinkering for now, but later I guess I'll try 510-2...or maybe swap back to the yellow slots? What's the difference anyways?...

     

    Thanks folks...

     

    I haven't tried this BIOS yet, but from what I have read the -2 BIOS versions give best performance using the yellow slots, whreas the -3 ones perform best with the orange ones. These things all seem to be generalizations though. Every board is different so your mileage may vary.

     

    How many times have you blue screened by the way in all of this? It's possible that your windows install has become corrupted.


  8. Corsair cheap??...I dunno about that, as it flys in the face of the vast majority of reviews I've read, but perhaps...this is my first time using it. BTW, how did you get your heatspreaders off??...I don't really have any interest in taking mine off, but they seem on there pretty damn good... ;)

     

    Yeah I fell for those reviews too. Then I found these Mosel Vitalec chips on this so called premium RAM. These same chips are used on value RAM for much less. I won't be buying anything from Corsair again.

     

    The heat spreaders are just stuck on there with thermal tape. They are stuck on pretty solid, but you can peel them off with some careful effort. WARNING: This voids your warranty.

     

     

    Grumpy that post with the timings looks very familiar :)

    That's because I stole the format from you ;)


  9. Do what StephenC suggests. He got me up and running when I was having trouble getting the same RAM to work. I kept BIOS version 623-3 though. (By any chance did you get yours over at the Microcenter on Mem Drive?)

     

    Here are all of my settings right now in genie bios. This is running stable for me, but if I try and change any settings it fails memtest right away.

     

    GENIE BIOS Setting

    >DRAM Configuration..................Press Enter = New Menu

    FSB BUS Frequency....................200

    CPU VID Start Up Value..............1.450V

    CPU VID Control.........................1.375V

    CPU VID Special Control.............Above VID * 113%

    LTD Voltage Control...................1.20V

    Chipset Voltage Control.............1.50V

    DRAM Voltage Control................2.90V

     

    GENIE BIOS Setting >DRAM Configuration

    DRAM Frequency Set (MHZ).............200 (DRAM/FSB:1/01)

    Command per clock (CPC)..............Enabled

    Cas latency (tCL)....................2.5

    RAS to CAS delay (tRCD)..............3

    Min RAS active time (tRAS)...........6

    Row precharge time (tRP).............3

    Row cycle time (tRC).................07

    Row refresh cycle time(tRFC).........AUTO

    Row to Row delay (tRRD)..............02

    Write recovery time (tWR)............02

    Write to read delay (tWTR)...........02

    Read to write delay (tRWT)...........03

    Refresh period (tREF)................3120

    Write CAS latency (tWCL).............AUTO

    DRAM Bank Interleave.................Enabled

     

    DQS Skew Control.....................AUTO

    DQS Skew Value.......................0

    DRAM Drive Strength..................AUTO

    DRAM Data Drive Strength.............AUTO

    Max Async Latency....................AUTO

    Dram Response........................Normal

    Read Preamble Time...................AUTO

    Idle Cycle Limit.....................256

    Dynamic Counter......................Disabled

    R/W Queue Bypass.....................16X

    Bypass Max...........................07X

    32 Byte Granularity..................Disable (4 bursts)

     

    I hope that helps. Bottom line is that this board really does not like Corsair. I took my heatspreaders off and found that Corsair used elcheapo value ram ICs on mine (way to rip off the customer!) so that is probably why, as this board was not engineered to use cheap RAM. It will fight you a bit if you try to use it, but you should be able to get it to work eventually.

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