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  1. I just got back my new board (RMA on sound). It's a rev. A03. Since I didn't check the revision of the old board, does anyone have an older revision and have newer revision boards solved any of the startup/shutdown problems? Thanks
  2. This is how it is supposed to work. All the fans go to max speed then slow down accordingly. I can't imagine trying to sit in the same room while my 1800XT fan was going on max for any length of time.
  3. It's DDR - the actual speed it 2X what CPU-Z reports so 200MHz is DDR400, 250MHz is DDR500 etc.
  4. Woo hoo - Wake 2007 - what fun. Firstly, I do not have crossfire running (yet) but have seen these issues when running a single 1800XT. I was able to Alt-Tab out of BF2 and manually increase the fan speed using ATITool then Alt-Tab back into BF2 before lock-up. It was an issue of overheating. As for audio problems, I found that they went away as soon as I stopped trying to OC my motherboard (100 fps is plenty enough and I'm tired of chasing 3DMark05. Now, since you have gotten it to work with either card but not both, I would suggest second-checking the manual and making sure that you have all of the power connectors attached in the right places (previously mentioned floppy is important) and check that the voltage coming from your power supply is not dropping down with the 2 cards installed. The more stuff (i.e. video cards) you have plugged in the greater the chance that you power supply can't handle things and voltages start to drop (ever notice how the lights in old houses dim when the air conditioning/refrigerator compressor kicks in (8X starting current) - that is because the increased load drops the voltage in the house low until the compressor current subsides. The G/CPU and memory are particularly sensitive to voltage and will barf. Definitely don't overclock anything (motherboard memory, CPU, graphics memory, GPU) until you can get the two cards running together. I hope this isn't anything simple like not having things hooked up right. You need to read your motherboard/power supply/graphics card manuals over again and check/double/triple all of your connections. Heck, you could probably find a geek who would have fun diagnosing/fixing your problem for nothing since it's a bleeding edge system. Good luck. I'm gonna try a 1900 master coupled with an 1800 and see how that works for the time being. Wouldn't you know it that the 1900 master is cheaper than the 1800 slave (bought 1 month ago). Then to save up for 3200 express board. When will it end?
  5. Wasn't able to test it but this MB's on-board audio may actually support EAX - am I wrong? I I believe that I was suprised to see a sysinfo from 3DMark05 id the audio as EAX compatible. EAX kicks a$$ in battlefield 2 but have heard that X-Fi is a real hassle to get working properly. I'm running Audigy 4 (not ZS) and haven't had the problems reported by 2ZS owners in regards to BF2.
  6. Yea, the bios from the sticky is not there any more. Could some other kind soul post it? Would really like to see if it fixed the bios problem.
  7. So, I grabbed an A8N-MVP and have it up and running. Pros: Reboot/Restart works great Cheap (~$115) Front audio worked perfectly out of the box Flexible on memory placement USB keyboard works by default No issue whatsoever with SATA Cons: Fugly board You lose PCI slot and, when running single card, you HAVE to put it in the PCIEx16 slot furthest from memory Bios is not as friendly (no Genie bios) and is lacking in the settings department. USB hub connected causes horrible boot time (could be my old Dlink hub). Prime95 had big problems (as did some programs) when running OC'd (this may have been my experience only but things just didn't seem as stable) Mysterious memory multipliers and non-working >200MHz multipliers Max CPU voltage - 1.45+.2 Is this lame? I'm going to RMA my RDX200. For the life of me I could not get the front audio to work. And I'm so dang tired of the booting issue. Yes, I have an Audigy 4 but, for $180 I expect this thing to work and, hopefully, with any luck, my replacement board will be a Rev C or beyond. I would have expected that, if these issues (Reboot, SATA, memory slots, Audio) were bios related, that they would have been fixed by now.
  8. The gist of the discussion in the ATITool beta forums over at techpowerup.com is that ATITool can't set frequencies on X1800 properly and recommend using Overclocker or some other utility until it's fixed. There is also discussion about using the old scanning method for artifacts. On another issue - If I play bf2 with the standard overdrive clocks I'll surely get VPU recover in about 15 minutes, have to manually set the fan to 50%, then Alt-Tab back to bf2 and, Ouila!, back in action. The built in CCC Overdrive sucks IMHO.
  9. I had been using some non-premium memory which may have had something to do with the speed drop. I had to go in and manually set the mutli 1:1 to get it to go at 200MHz. Now on to solve why I can't get my new Corsair TWINX4000 to run at 250MHz. Set the FSB @250 with HTT multiplier @4 and CPU multiplier @11 (woot - 2750MHz from a 3700+) but can't get memory to run above 208 using FSB:MEM of 6:5. I think I may have to loosen the timing a bit to get it to work (thought is should work with 1:1 but no go). I've got a lot to learn still.
  10. Soemthing tells me that the probability of getting this board to boot on the first try is pretty low. RAM in Bank1&3 vs recommended 2&4, power plugged in incorrectly, etc. And the fact that the board doesn't restart properly with the reset button (at least with the available bios). The more I work with computer hardware the less confidence I have in anyone ever actually testing retail products before the head out the door. As a side note, I did have to go through the re-activation on my XP software and I noticed that the phone-in dialog box and the voice on the phone guiding through the process was flawless and extremely easy. While Microsoft is used to dealing with the lowest common denominator maybe DFI and the other high-tech companies that put out bleeding-edge products need to address the consumers a bit more. ... end rant.
  11. This may have nothing to do with the DFI board but I ran the overclocking utility that comes with CCC (5.13) and, while it seemed to give me a nice overclock, 3DMark05 barfs out almost immediately when I ran it at the new settings. After reboot and reset OC to default, 3Dmark05 worked okay. Any ideas or advice?? ATITool was great with the X800XL but doesn't work for X1?00 series yet and I trust it more since it searches for artifacts AND monitors temperature rather than looking at temp.
  12. I'm going to try my current setup on an ASUS A8R-MVP and see how it fares. I've been able to get 9500 on 3DMark05 (with suspect 4x512 memory) but am getting tired of the reboot issue and sound not working. Of note - I have not been able to use ATITool for my X1800XT (worked beautifully on last system with X800XL) or CCC for overclocking video card. Farted around with turning on/off 2D/3D acceleration, re-installing drivers, etc. I wiped it all and re-started with the 5.13 drivers to get the 9500 score (8900 or previous drivers) although I don't know wheter the re-insatall or new drivers made the difference.
  13. Thanks Kabong - you are correct. Here is more complete report I found with some more interesting language on All-in-wonder hardware wrt crossfire. Dave Bauman: Beyond3D (link) A question that has been asked fairly frequently is whether ATI’s All-In-Wonder multimedia combination boards, such as the recently announced All-In-Wonder X1800 XL, will work in ATI’s dual board "Crossfire" solution. Technically, on the 3D side, this should be feasible, however due to the nature of the Crossfire solution and the specifics of the All-In-Wonder boards ATI previously hadn’t really provided a definitive answer upon the support of such a solution. In order to maintain optimal performance, at the upper end of ATI’s range, Crossfire requires a master and slave board, with the master being a special board, whilst the slave is a standard Radeon. The master board has a composite engine, tasked with receiving the two images from both the master and slave boards and either piecing them together, to produce a single final image, or interleaving images together for display. Due to the nature of the composite engine’s task on the Crossfire master board it has to be the display device, and this is where the issue for All-In-Wonder boards crops up. Under a Crossfire system the All-In-Wonder board would need to be the slave board, which means that it is not the display board, however the All-In-Wonder board houses the TV-Tuner hardware and the resultant processed signal is passed to the VIP (Video Input Port) of the graphics processor on that board – in order for any TV output to be displayed the image would then need to be processed on the All-In-Wonder board and then passed to the Crossfire master card for display. Previous indications from ATI suggested that Crossfire with All-In-Wonder’s would be possible, but the solutions requiring a master card did not have the software to display any TV images; now however, probably due to the level of software development required, ATI are stating that Crossfire solutions that require a master board will not be supported. This means that users or potential users of the recently announced All-In-Wonder X1800 XL can not get a performance increase via Crossfire once X1800 Crossfire solutions appear. This doesn’t leave All-In-Wonder Crossfire a complete impossibility though. At the launch of the X1000 series ATI had stated that X1300 solutions wouldn’t need a master board, instead two standard X1300’s could be used and communication would be achieved via the PCI Express bus; more recently X1600 has dropped the master / slave concept for Crossfire and also adopts the PCI Express communication method. In this Crossfire scenario there need be no distinction between a slave and master board, potentially other than the slot they are plugged into in the motherboard; should All-In-Wonder solutions be released based on X1300 or X1600 then these could operate in Crossfire and still have all the All-In-Wonder functionality, as long as the All-In-Wonder board is the one driving the display.
  14. This all sounds very suspect. Crossfire mode is when both cards are processing part of the on-screen image. The master card (from the detailed pics I've seen) has a different connector which allows the secondary card to feed it's output into the input of the master card. I figure the master card has the ability to mix the two together properly and send them out. I could be smoking something but not at this second. Now, I guess you could install two PCI-E cards in the machine at the same time and have them both work but the crossfire really wouldn't be working. Am I incorrect?
  15. Thanks for the recommendations. The mic is part of a headset that is set up to work with a PC and doesn't require outside power. I'm going to dive back into troubleshooting it soon. The reason I wanted to see if I could get it to work is that it was reported to have EAX support on the motherboard which is a bonus since I won't need the Audigy card for Battlefield 2. Will post my results when I get them.
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