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Grumpy

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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. Whatever you do, don't hang onto that giant azz case of yours if the storm surge comes in.
  3. Yeah it will be. By save yourself some dough I meant save some for yourself by buying the cheaper 3000+.
  4. Holy crap OceanSeas. You could rent out space in that thing.
  5. LOL....I think I dated her too. A few times.
  6. Nope I mean the 3000+. Full on 50% OCs with nothin but cheap air solutions is commonplace even for first timers with these.
  7. Best advice I can give you is to read every single post on this forum. Go back through the pages and read every single one. Don't skip any at all. You do that and I bet you won't have any trouble at all. Oh and I'd skip the 3800+. Save yourself some dough and get a 3000+. These babies OC, and run like a dream.
  8. Think I was like 12 or 13. Christina, the neighbor girl. It was just kid stuff though. I didn't "get some" until I was 17. Her name was Melanie something or other. 15 aint wierd at all little bro' Don't sweat it. The vast majority of your pals are all lying about it.
  9. 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.
  10. 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? Yes I mean a fresh format/reinstall if you are not using any kind of disk imaging software. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. It's functional. Keep it up and good luck man.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. That's because I stole the format from you
  16. 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.
  17. RamGuy still won't answer my question, and I even posted it in the right forum :confused:
  18. I used that Zalman on my board. Didn't have to bend nearly as many fins as that guy did though. Now my chipset never ever goes above 37c. Well worth the effort to get rid of that rediculous stock fan.
  19. Use your PS2 adapter to boot into BIOS and double check to make sure that USB keyboard and mouse are enabled.
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