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  1. Right now on my AMD rig I have 2x1GB sticks in the orange slots. They are Transcend sticks with Micron 5b-d chips (double sided). I run them at 3-3-3-8, 1T. The system is rock-solid. I found a very good deal and I was thinking of getting 2 more sticks for a total of 4gb. Same brand, same memory revision, same chips etc. From what I understand, the Expert can be run with 4 identical sticks but it takes some tweaking. Has anyone had success with this board and 4 sticks like the ones I use? I was thinking, before installing the 2 additional sticks of disabling CPC, loosening the timings to 3-4-4-8 and upping the voltage a little bit. That way I could boot it and continue tweaking from there. What do you think? Will it work or will I be left with 2 sticks of DDR memory I can't use?
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    Unofficial Opteron 939 Thread

    Hey everyone, been a while since I last posted. I recently got a brand new Opty 185 off ebay to max-out my s939 system. Right now I'm running the following: -Opteron 185 -DFI LP SLI-DR Expert with latest bios (04/06) -2x1GB Transcend PC-3200 RAM (Micron 5b-d chips IIRC) -8800GT 512MB -2x160GB 7200.10 Seagate HDDs in RAID0 -1 LiteOn DVD Writer plus 3 LED fans in the case. I use a Fortron (FSP) 500W Blue Storm II PSU that's almost brand new. The problem is this: The above system had been rock-solid when running with a Manchester 4200+ X2. However, since I installed the Opteron I get random BSODs and reboots. I can stress the system for hours and everything will be fine. But then as I'm browsing or doing trivial tasks the system either hangs or reboots. My memory is fine, it passes many hours running Memtest without any problems. What do you think could be my problem? The CPU is brand new so I don't think it could be that. My temps are fine too (30-34 C idle, 55 C under 100% load). Could it be the PSU? The problem with it is it only has a 4-pin CPU power connector, whereas my Expert mobo has an 8-pin socket. Is the Opteron this power-hungry? If so, why doesn'it it reboot when stressed?
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    CPU upgrade question

    I'm thinking of getting either an Opty 180 or 185 for my SLI-DR Expert. DFI's CPU support page is almost non-existent. They don't mention any Opterons but I think they should work ok on the Expert I just can't leave socket 939 behind me!
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    Socket 939 BECOMES RARE!!

    Most shops here in Greece are out of s939 CPUs, and s939 mobos are also disappearing... That's life... :-(
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    What music are you listening to right now?

    Right now I'm listening to The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray", pure perfection!
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    good JOKE for ya...

    The inventor of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven. At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur. "Since you've been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want to in heaven." Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, "I want to hang out with God." St. Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room, and introduced him to God. God recognized Arthur and commented, "Okay, so you were the one who invented the Harley-Davidson motorcycle?" Arthur said, "Yeah, that's me...." God commented: "Well, what's the big deal in inventing something that's pretty unstable, makes noise and pollution and can't run without a road?" Arthur was apparently embarrassed, but finally spoke, "Excuse me, but aren't you the inventor of woman?" God said, "Ah, yes." "Well," said Arthur, "professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention: 1. There's too much inconsistency in the front-end protrusion 2. It chatters constantly at high speeds 3. Most rear ends are too soft and wobble too much 4. The intake is placed way too close to the exhaust 5. The maintenance costs are outrageous!!!! "Hmmmmm, you may have some good points there," replied God, "hold on." God went to his Celestial supercomputer, typed in a few words, and waited for the results. The computer printed out a slip of paper and God read it. "Well, it may be true that my invention is flawed," God said to Arthur, "but according to these numbers, More men are riding my invention than yours!"
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    good JOKE for ya...

    I can't help it, I love "guy walks into a bar" type jokes... A jumper cable walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender goes, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything"...
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    good JOKE for ya...

    Lol, you ain't seen nothin' yet! How 'bout this one: A guy walks in a bar holding a piece of asphalt. He goes up to the bar, sets it down, waves to the bartender and says, "Two whiskeys, one for me and one for the road". (plz don't ban me)
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    What music are you listening to right now?

    Devo - Too Much Paranoia
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    good JOKE for ya...

    A physics joke for all you science inclined members: Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. The first one says, ".! I think I've lost my electron!". The other one goes, "Are you sure?". The first one replies, "I'm positive."
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    Anyone up for a post a pic of yourself thread?

    What the hell, here it goes: Don't worry, I don't wear that serious face very often! Behind me is the Aegean sea (it was the summer of 2005 and I was sitting on the beach of Amorgos, a really nice island in Greece). As you can see this photo was taken with an old school non digital camera (gasp!). What can I say... I support digital photography, but there's something about film, isn't there? ;-)
  12. No, I don't think it's better than an Audigy, however it gets the job done. If you are into high fidelity audio, editing/recording etc. then it's not for your, but for home use it's fine (methinks).
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    Zalman's ZM-STG1 thermal grease

    I agree about the biased reviews, it really is hard to find a review nowadays that doesn't resemble an ad for the given product... :-( I'll give it a try and report my findings (wow, sounds really important, doesn't it?) :-)
  14. I've been reading lots of reviews lately of Zalman's own thermal grease. It's set to compete with AS5. Most reviews report a drop of 1-3 degrees, which is nice. Has anyone tried it yet?
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    Audio concerns

    Why was tsiros' post deleted?
  16. Lately, I've noticed a couple of things that make me wonder whether the highly touted Karajan module is worth its reputation. When listening to mp3's, whenever I turn the volume up or down, I can hear a faint crackling sound - best heard with headphones. Also I seem to be getting crackling with some mp3's (though this could ofcourse be a file problem). The module seats properly in it's slot (I also use the plastic fastener), and the speakers/headphones are ok. P.s. I use the Realtek audio driver...
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    Audio concerns

    Hmm... Both your posts show ok...
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    Sound error in windows

    Are you using the Nvidia audio drivers or the Realtek ones?
  19. Hmm... Flashing from withing Windows is generally a bad idea. Lots of things can go wrong (I would know, having destroyed an ASUS mobo two hours after I'd bought it). Bootdisk + awdflash is the way to go IMHO. Now on to your problem: since the PC turned on after the update, i think all is not lost. Do a 24h CMOS clear and try again... ;-)
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    Audio concerns

    It all depends on the user Roadie. Any OS will turn to mush if you leave it unattended. If one is careful and knows a few things, he won't have to format until he gets a new hard drive. A clean install should always be the last measure, after everything else has failed - and I mean everything (i.e. you can't even boot to a recovery console). In the end, all it took was a registry 'makeover' for my problem to go away... Btw tsiros is a good friend with whom I've lately been discussing said problem...
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    Audio concerns

    Welcome to the forum, tsiros! :-) This is an interesting topic of discussion in itsself, I think it deserves a thread in the software section...
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    [RESOLVED]onboard audio

    Download the K-Lite Codec Pack. Install. Run the Codec Repair utility, and select all 3 repair options at the top. That will do the trick - at least it did for me. ;-)
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    Audio concerns

    And the problem has been solved without the need for a clean install of XP (ofcourse). It seems this was caused by a registry cleaning tool that I tried. Never again, of course (if you want something done right, do it yourself). Somehow the various audio codecs I have installed caused not only my volume icon to not be displayed, but also audio-less flash files both in IE and FF... After a little bit of googling, I d/led the K-Lite Codec Pack which has a "Reset codec configs to default/repair missing sounds etc.". That did the trick, and now my volume icon is back where it belongs and flash files have audio. ^_^
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    Audio concerns

    I specifically asked for something that can be done in my current XP installation, and in no way I implied that I'm an expert, I just made an observation.