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  1. yes i did: first i cut off the top of the plastic pins, so that i was able to remove the cooler. after that i cut again at the very bottom of the pins, so the "rest" just fell off between the mobo and the case (i hope you have your spacers installed ) just be very cautious not to damage the mobo's surface! i have a question myself: where can i get the Evercool VC-RE shipped to Switzerland OR France - for a decent price - with that i especially mean the shipping fees. yet i was unable to find any shops which didn't ask for astronomical shipping costs...!
  2. well i've seen people suggesting this cooler in this forum - i first wanted to get the evercool which everyone seems to love, but the problem is that its totally unavailable near switzerland. so i found this titan for ~10$ and gave it a try. if nobody can give me a positive feedback or infos about the mounting, i'll have to find this highly praised evercool somewhere... and tbh, this titan cooler indeed makes a very crappy impression...
  3. yesterday i replaced the very noisy chipset cooler of my expert board by this one: Titan TTC-CUV2AB/RHS. the good thing is: the NB is quiet now - the bad thing is, that its even hotter than before! according to smart guardian and everest i have 50-52°C in idle - even if i speed up the fan of the titan to the max i can't get it below 47°C ! with the standard cooler i was able to cool it down below 40°C... well there must be something wrong with the (my) installation. if you follow the link above you can see that the cooler comes with 4 mounting clips in different sizes, which are: 52.0, 54.8, 59.0 and 79.8mm i measured ~54mm for the space between the mounting holes on the expert board, so i took the 54.8mm clip. i also used the thermal paste that came with the cooler itself (which surely isnt the best...) did anyone else install this cooler on a SLI-DR board? maybe i took the wrong clip? because if i had to unmount the titan again, i'd have to uninstall my whole computer. to explain: as lazy as i am, i just cut off the plastic pins of the standard chipset cooler instead of unmounting them properly (saved me ALOT of time) - but if i do this again, i wont have any spare pins to mount it again thx for your help!
  4. OMG that cant be ! look, i mean what do you do at the "boot from CD" screen, do you actually press a button then?? cause you should NOT do ANYTHING
  5. it might be only me, but i think there is some general misunderstanding: you say "then it reads the cdrom and copies to the instllationfolders, reboots and it repeats." -> but this only happens when you press a key at the point where it says "Boot from CD" - but what do you really do? do you press a key or what? sorry if i overlooked something you said previously, but i really dont know if i get you right as i went through this installation procedure myself a 1000 times or so =)
  6. i think thats quite normal - my old P4C 2.8ghz was running primestable @3.5ghz, ram @250 1:1. but if wanted to get 3501mhz, prime failed after 5min at max, no matter what divider/fsb/voltage etc. i used... anyway you should be very happy with your results =)
  7. well i normally would agree with the others, but considering the 1.68V you have to give to your san diego for the 2.9ghz, i'd think about doing it otherwise...
  8. 1. what formatting option did you choose in the winxp insallt menu (ntfs/fat quick/full)? 2. you say that the installation begins again after the setup copied the files right (where the 15sec-timer comes)? cause that would be the point where the 1st reboot is needed. and after that, where EXACTLY does the "installation" (actually the installation itself didnt really start at this point) start again? which screen do you see after the POST and the raid-check? i think this hasnt really been clear yet =)
  9. ok i'll definitively try that, thx something else: my cpu seems to be extremely bad for overclocking. i even have trouble running it stable past 2.5ghz, which is pretty poor for a 4200+ imo... well thats another problem, first i wanna get rid of the sudden restarts and freezes.
  10. my pc just freezes mostly very short (after a couple of minutes) after turning it on for the first time each day. normally it works fine then after a reset, but sometimes i get a sudden reboot every once in a while (no matter if idle or load). but also the freezes can reoccur every now and then... i ran the 1st and the 3rd Prime bench for 10 hours each, both without any errors. i previously had a problem with gettin my ocz pc4800 to run at all (see my old thread) , but after i reinstalled them (i was running some value rams for like 1.5 months), they were miraculously running fine... so i was playing around with the bios settings to run them @600mhz by testing settings from other people in this forum with a similiar setup. my OC settings are: Genie BIOS Settings: FSB Bus Frequency - 290 --> cpu @2320mhz LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio - x3 CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio - x8 PCI eXpress Frequency - 100Mhz CPU VID StartUp Value - 1.400v CPU VID Control - 1.450v CPU VID Special Control - auto LDT Voltage Control - 1.20v Chip Set Voltage Control - 1.60v DRAM Voltage Control - 2.80v DRAM Configuration Settings: DRAM Frequency Set - 200=RAM/FSB:1/1 the rest i dunno by heart, as i'm at work - but i can post it later today. i also tried up to 3.0v dram, higher and lower CPU vcore, and also chip set up to 1.7V But the problem mentioned above remained the same... i'm working with winxp SP2, newest patches, bios and drivers thx for your help!
  11. hey thx alot clay, great guides - gonna try it right away! =) btw you're abit crazy arent you? =D
  12. well i have 2 raptors (non-raid) and i'm still figuring out the best settings for best performance. atm i'm handling it like this raptor 1: - winxp - pagefile (system managed size) raptor 2: - progs - games - pagefile2 (system managed size) - temp-files afaik, the pagefile wont get fragmented when it has a fixed size - but u can only set a size range (or system manged like i did) - so im still wondering: - what pagefile setup to use with my 2x rapter config? - better system managed or fixed size? - other possible tweaks?
  13. u gave me a good laugh hehe =) OT: windows has some very weird behavior - it depends on what drivers/software/games etc u have installed (even in which order), what services r running (check msconfig) and so on...
  14. thanks for your help andy - but i think there is a little misunderstanding: i mean that 1 of the two modules runs perfectly stable (at stock settings that is), while the 2nd one makes my system reboot before even getting into windows. therefore i conclude that 1 of those sticks is broken... anyway i will try a little bit of tweaking before i finally RMA them - i made a word-document with some info i gathered from this and the bleedingedge forum for every1 who needs help oc'ing OCZ PC4800 sticks with an SLI-DR (Expert) board (see attachement) /edit: is there no other way to reset the bios than setting the cmos-jumper? because with most non-working settings i cant even get to the bios - i only get a black screen. it is terribly annoying and most of all, very time-consuming =p
  15. well it cant have anything to do with my timings or other mem settings, as i have a perfectly stable system with 1 module, while the other1 is constantly giving me bluescreens... anyway keep us up to date with ur problem please =)
  16. well i think its not about tweaking when my system reboots before i even get to the winxp loading screen... its just strange that those modules were both running fine for 10months in my 2nd system - and now this. i really wonder what is wrong with those RAM's going all hay wire on me? sorry but i dont understand what u mean =)
  17. i had big troubles with my PC (see my old thread), but i could narrow the problem down to my OCZ PC4800 RAM. with both installed, no matter if in the orange or yellow slots, i keep getting bluescreens - sometimes even during the windows installation. the system is super-unstable and doesnt last longer than 2minutes without a bluescreen. after all the bluescreens i put in the rigs from my old system (2x 512MB OCZ PC3200 Performance Series 2-3-3-6), et voilà, everything was running fine and stable! so after 1 day of enjoying a finally stable system, i wanted to find out what was wrong with my other OCZ DDR600 RAMs, so here is what i did: - memtest during 5hours: NO errors!! - BIOS setup: optimized defaults / alil bit of oc'ing, playing around with timings etc - but always the same errors as described below - 2x rigs in orange slots: bluescreen b4 the winlogon - 2x rigs in yellow slots: b4 the winlogon screen is supposed to show up, the screen just stays black - 1x rig in orange slot: the system automaticly reboots b4 the winlogon screen - 1x rig in orange slot (the other1): system runs fine - lol? well at least it seems so. i'm using this config as i'm typing now, but i didnt try any benchmarking yet - any suggestions here? =) well it all seems like 1 rig is screwed, but why the hell is memtest running fine then? i dont believe that because those RAM were running fine in my "old" PC just 1 week ago (see 2nd system in my sig)! my last option would be to send them back, what would be pretty annoying as i bought them abroad - any suggestions ?
  18. whoohoo - same board, (almost) same CPU and problem. i know how u feel mate - maybe we can solve this problem with combined forces - here is my thread: http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=45243 i'm going back to my rig now for another trial-and-error session...
  19. ok, i'm pretty at the end of my latin, my nerves and my sanity :S like i posted b4, the drives were finally properly recognized - after that i formated them all and everything seemed fine. but then, i suddenly started getting bluescreens - "page fault in non paged area" and some others - no matter what i did. it happened only short after startup, no matter what i did, even if the whole system was idle. so i tried different RAM, different slots, only 1 rig etc., with no success. then i suddenly couldnt even boot into windows anymore. sometimes the system just restarted after the loading screen, and sometimes i got just a black screen afterwards, and nothing was happening (i think since i got this machine, i used the reset button more than any key on the keyboard...) at this point, i should describe another problem: booting things up from a CD seems to be hell of a task for my PC: i tried different bootable progs, like PM 8.0, a Gentoo Linux Rescue CD and a System Tools CD - but no single CD was able to boot properly - all of them suddenly hung at some point (PM at the language selection, the gentoo CD gave me some errors etc.) very weird... so i thought: lets reinstall windows with a RAID0 setup, like icon57 suggested - nothing easier than that. (ok i'll stop the sarcasm now =p) i set up the BIOS, created a raid array with the 2 raptors and started the installation with the driver floppy disk. everything went fine until windows setup started copying the files, where all the sil3114 drivers were unable to be copied to the disk - great, skipping the files, continuing the setup, reboot and of course, disk error. i tried other versions of the Sil3114 RAID drivers, but always the same error (note that i always chose SATALink drivers for the non-raid, and the RAID drivers for the RAID0 config, in case u wanted to ask ) i've tried my raptors on both the NV and the Sil controller, i always get the same problem: the installation with a RAID0 config doesnt work at all, and when i install windows with the SATA config, i get bluescreen problem... my window is open, and my pc is about to fly through it, please help me...
  20. thnx for your thoughts guys - the drive issue was solved - i could finally install the Non-Raid drivers from the DFI-CD and select the SATA option in the BIOS. btw: SATA II drives have a jumper anyway, so they can run in 1.5gb/s and 3gb/s mode if there are any incompatibility problems @icon57: like i said, RAID is not an option for me - i also use linux, so it wont work anyway with windows at the same time
  21. brand new system, and many problems (as expected ): - when i launch speedfan (v4.28) the system IMMEDIATELY shuts down, like i'd hit the power off button! - i DO NOT want to use RAID at all, but as you see in my sig i have 6 HD's. now the raptors will be the system drives, 1 for winxp only and the other for programs/games/temp data etc. so i plugged the raptors into the NV-, and the samsung drives into the Sil 3114 controller (i heard the NV-chip is faster..?) well first, i had many troubles getting the samsung drives to work at all, because i couldnt install the raid-drivers. when it finally worked, the drives - including the partitions i created before with another system - where properly recognized. but then partition magic gives me a very bizarre info about those drives: they are all marked yellow and named as "BAD" drives (see screenshot) - BUT the drives are accessable and all the data is useable!. another problem was, after a short time, i got a bluescreen and after the next startup, the samsung's were gone again and the raid driver again impossible to reinstall (question mark in device manager "Mass Storage Controller") questions: i wouldnt mind reinstalling windows, but i really wonder what would be the best configuration in my case: - BIOS: when i configure the Sil-controller as SATA, i was unable to install any drivers at all. i am now running at "SATA RAID BY OLD MB" and it seemed to work. what is your suggestion - which combination of controlers and drives should i use - and what BIOS setup would be the best? sorry if the text is terrible to read, but i'm in a hurry and i want to keep testing stuff - there were some other problems, but i first want to solve the RAID-issue, so i'll keep this thread updated ^^. thx in advance!!
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