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  1. Go read the article, and follow the guide lines, if you don't understand any part of the guide line, then come back and post your questions here, specify which part of the guide do you not understand.
  2. What PCI Video card do you have? Try to install with minimal HW attached: 1G RAM only (set to 2T, i.e. CPC disabled) 1 DVDR Drive only I am not familiar with RAID so I don't know if you have to set it up during installation. But if possible, try installing with 1 HDD without RAID first. I hope this helps, good luck.
  3. I have XP120 too. When installing, I thought it wasn't going to fit at first... But somehow you just have to be brave and press the clips down to hook them with a bit of "brute force"... but do it wisely, or else you might damage your CPU... I'd suggest that you bring your tower to the retailer shop, and ask them to install it for you if you are not too sure.
  4. How old are you RGone? I am really curious... could you be the oldest O/Clocker ever alive?
  5. People who buys this board but can't get it to work properly right away aren't noob in the PC realm They might be noob in the O/C realm however, like myself I decided to buy this board because I am simply bored and want to have some fun tweaking And DFI boards are exactly made for tweakers like us You guys have no idea how hard it is to get this "Made in Taiwan" board in Taipei's Gwan-Hua computer market! Ironic isn't it? It tooke me 2 visits to the market place and god knows how many shop I asked... it is not until I asked this guy in shop A who knows there might be some in shop B that he led me all the way through the crowds to, and it is the only one in stock! You should have seen the excitement shined inside out from the shop owner's eyes when I told him I wanted to buy that board! (not mentioning my own thrill to be able to find my baby) He recognised my O/C intention right away! Well, I myself do have some troubles with the board also, but I think try to calm down and use your logic is the main thing. Try to do things step by step and check stabilities between steps will allow you to identify the problem easier. I suggest that you should do one updates per day. For example, if you update bios, update chipset driver and update the graphic driver at the same time, if the system f**ked up, how would you know who to blame? So it is adviced to update one thing at a time, and run the system for a day at least, before moving onto the next update. Or at least run some tests in between. I haven't start my O/C adventure yet, since I want to take 2 weeks to make sure that the system is stable with stock settings. And I don't think I will tweak my system that much yet, because it is sufficient to run the applications I want to run on it now. I will only tweak it like crazy when I think it is too slow to handle the newer applications. For now I will just read through the forum to pick up more knowledges about O/C. Keypoint: If you don't want to O/C, get other boards which requires/allows less tweaking Don't O/C if your system can handle everything you intend to run at satisfactory level of performance Read a lot and try to use google when you can't find answers here
  6. Yeah I think there are something strange about the 623 bios updates too. Anyone cares to name some points that we should look out for after updating the bios to 623? And also, I would like to know that why after flashing to 623, WinFlash does not longer recognise my Bios as an award bios? Is it because it's purely Phoenix now? I need to use WinFlash since I don't have a floppy installed, would someone help? Thanks a lot!
  7. If my memory has not failed me I think UT LanParty NF4 Ultra-D does not support SATAII, so I'd suggest you to go for a SATA HDD.
  8. Correct me if I am wrong... but I think dual channel means you can load data from HDD to RAM faster, and also be read by CPU faster. Often the RAM will become CPU's bottle-neck while HDD will become RAM's bottle neck. So by having dual channels, it will prevent your CPU from having to wait for data from RAM. As for larger RAM, it will mean that more data can be kept on your RAM longer thus you don't have to load it from HDD all the time. Often, upon loading of the game, the frequently used data will be loaded into the RAM, during this time, I don't think it differs between single and dual. Then upon execution, CPU read from RAM and dual will allow a faster read, thus if you have the important data on the dual RAMs then it will be fetched faster by CPU. The size matters when the program requires a lot of memories. Say if there is a program requiring 2G of memory, then by having 1G only, that means it will need to be swapped between the other 1G from HDD, but if you have 1.5G then it will only need to be swapped between the 512mb on your HDD. However I doubt if there are any programs out there requiring so much RAM, thus I'd say stick with dual mode only to ensure a faster CPU fetch of all data.
  9. Capacitors in circuits are often used as "batteries". In fact they are batteries, which is used to stablize the currents in the circuit. During idle times, all devices will consume a stable amount of current, and they all just happy hanging around together with each other. But during busy hours, some chipset will become power hungry, which might lead to a sudden voltage drop of that part of the circuit. By having an extra capacitor added on the conducting wire, the capacitor will be able to provide that extra power in that instantanous moment, until the actual increase of power came from PSU to stablise the voltage. After the system becomes idle again, the capacitor recharges itself back to full, ready for the next fluctuation. It's like to have a fire distinguisher placed inside your house, and you can help to stablise the fire for a while until the actual fire truck to come around. Unless you know which chipsets the capacitor is decoupling, it will be hard to say whether performance will be dittered by the dent. I suggest that you should email DFI with the picture and ask for suggestions.
  10. Make sure you didn't accidentally knocked out any power cables connecting to motherboards or other signalling cables while installing the floppy. Check that all cables are connected to the board and drives firmly.
  11. In the Genie menu (where you adjust your ram settings), having "CPC" ENABLED = 1T, DISABLED = 2T, I hope this helps.
  12. What is your Tcl settings? Try 2.5 or 2 instead of 3 if you have it on 3. My ram auto detected to be 1T but just like you, it was very unstable. Super PI gives bad result, 3DMark05 will lead to reset / crash... After some extensive google search, I saw a post saying that the problem would be fixed by lowering the Tcl. Perpahs you can give it a try... I mean... why run 2T when you can run on 1T with even lower Tcl?
  13. From your information, I can see that the BSOD only happening after the updating of the latest chipset driver and video driver. I'd recommend to break this step into two steps. So do the following: 1. Setup the system with packaged drivers & upgrade WindowsXP to SP2 (Have LAN ready) 2. Install the games you wanna test + other test softwares and try them out (At this stage the games should be unstable as you described under SLi, but should not have BSOD) 3. Ghost (Even though the games are not stable, it is still a good idea to ghost since you have not fiddled around with any drivers update) 4. Upgrade "Graphic driver" and test 5. Upgrade "Chipset driver" and test My assumption would be that after you finish doing 5 the BSOD problem pops up. I think there is some conflict on 6.66 and 623 Bios update, although I might be very very wrong.
  14. Did you have system recovery check points? If so try to roll back before the installation point of 6.66, it might help. It helped me!
  15. I entered safe mode and use system recovery function to roll back to the last check point, and it seems to work fine now. I think it might be due to the conflict between the latest bios and 6.66 Nvidia driver.
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