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  1. Hey hows everyone doing? I am having a really hard time getting my new piece of hardware to work. I just purchased an EVGA e-Geforce 8800 GTS 320 KO ACS3 videocard. Obviously I was very excited about getting the card installed. I am upgrading from a EVGA e-Geforce 6800 GS that has never given me a problem. So the procedure I followed went like this. First I uninstalled my 6800 driver in Winxp. I then took care of the physical swapping of the cards, making sure to plug in the power for the videocard. Just a note. I had my 6800 plugged into the 2x pcie slot(configured to operate at 8x in bios). I plugged my new 8800 card in the same slot(because with my watercooled northbridge the size of the card doesn't make it possible to be installed in the 16x slot). Now on to the problems. I start windows and everything seems fine. I download the newest official drivers for winxp and install them. Everything is still fine. I restart the computer and it says found new hardware again. I try repeatedly to install the drivers(even using different versions, including the ones that came with the card) to no avail. I try updating the drivers instead of using the install setup and this seems to work until at the very end it says cannot install driver. Apparently insufficient system resources. My system is in my sig. Well I also have a vista installation on a totally separate hdd. So I thought I would give it a try. And surprise surprise after a quick trip to windows update the card is working fine. Can someone help me out. Any ideas are appreciated. If anyone has any questions I will try to answer them as soon as possible. Thanks. MatthewC
  2. Thanks kitfit. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes. MatthewC
  3. Hello everybody. I've got a few ram questions. But first a little explaining. I have 4x512 sticks of ocz platinum rev 2 installed in my system. So I am very aware of the difficulties associated with getting this configuration tweaked. But for the last 3 weeks I have had my setup running at 2.5ghz(250x10) at a 1:1 ratio effectively running the ram at DDR500. When I first tried this setup I memtested test 5,8, and the whole round thoroughly. Coming up error free. And also making me happy. Prime showed no errors either and load temp never cracked 40 degrees. Unfortunately I still received random blue screens. Maybe once ever few days, and always random, but I knew things weren't quite perfect. Well I did some more reading, and what I thought had been unattainable(260x10 1:1) I was gonna go for. And after 20 runs of memtest tests 5 and 8 I was starting to grin. It was only when I tested with all tests that I came up with about 52 errors only in test 7. So I went into windows and tried prime. When I tried small FFTs I had no problems. But when I tried inplace large FFTs and blend test modes I would only get about 10 mins and it would error. The funny thing is even though the odd memtest error and prime not being stable in those 2 tests, I have been completely blue screen free. I would like to continue running this setup at 260x10 1:1, but I am looking for help to iron these last few errors out. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. My ram timings are in my sig, but if anyone wants a more thorough description I can post them. Thank you. MatthewC
  4. Hey hows everyone doing? Just got a couple questions. I have a DFI SLI-DR Expert motherboard with 4x512 OCZ PC3200 Platinum EL Rev.2(OCZ400512ELPER2) sticks plugged in. I was hoping someone could post for me 2 different sets of timings. The first set I am interested in are the tightest possible timings at DDR400. My ram already works fine at 2,2,2,5,2T at DDR400. I am just looking for the tightest possible timings for all remaining options on the DFI Expert. The second set I am interested in are just a general set that will allow maximum overclockability. I know every persons results are different, and I have been through the Prime Stable DB. I am just open to ideas and interested in hearing other members results. Lastly, I am curious about running 4x512 at 1T command per clock. Is it actually possible or is it a myth. I have read vague posts across the net claiming that the Expert is capable of it. All thoughts are appreciated and discussion is greatly encouraged. Thank you very much. I have also posted this question on Bleedinedge.com in the OCZ forums. I am just wondering who's running 4 sticks on here. MatthewC
  5. Oh, and just to clear up any confusion. The videocard still works absolutely fine. I did have to solder the little piece back on. But I got it done, and it works totally fine. I refer back to R-Gones post and just thought in case anyone thought the vidcard was hooped that I'd mention that its still functioning great. Does that make a difference at all? I realize that what R-Gone posted is a very possible conclusion. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks. MatthewC
  6. Thanks Happy_Games. So how do I rma? I guess I will just call. Thanks everyone. MatthewC
  7. Thanks for the reply. After I started having the problem I flashed it back to 04/06/2006 from OCZ Tony's EX04/06. But I had flashed that bios in a while before the the whole thing started. I do appreciate the reply though. Anyone else with any ideas. I am totally open to them. I really don't want to have to buy a new one. Because I won't buy anything else now. MattC
  8. As I posted above, I have my vidcard installed in my 2x pci-e slot. And as such it is only getting 2x bandwidth. Now I have never worked with an sli setup before. But I know when I change the genie bios setting 16-1-1-2 to 8-4-NC-8, it will no longer boot. Does there have to be a videocard in the first slot for the 8-4-NC-8 option to work. Or is there some other option I need to take care of first. With my card only getting 2x bandwidth, I am really starting to feel it. Please tell me there is some kind of solution. Much appreciation to anyone who has an idea they want to put forward. MatthewC
  9. Ofcourse I'm not totally sure thats what it is, but it seems very possible now. I am gonna msg Happy Games, and just link to this post. I've been nothing but honest so far so its gonna be all truth. Thanks wevsspot I appreciate you answering me. *crosses fingers* Here goes. MattC
  10. Hey thanks for the replies. I am greatful for the help. Alright, I am gonna try to explain exactly whats happening for me. And so far its not looking good. Yes I get the same boot condition with one, two or four sticks plugged in. If it does start properly, it functions just fine and stays totally stable. Well as it stands I have noticed a much more unsettling pattern. When I first started having problems, I couldn't get it to display whether I had a pci or pci-e card in, in any slot. I know my pci-e 6800GS still works because I had it working on another board right after my DFI board started giving me problems. Well after a while I got the system to display with the vidcard in the pci-e 2x slot at the bottom. Now let me clarify. My problem was that my system would either boot fine or not make it past all or none of the LEDs lit up. Including never coming back from a restart, or a cmos save. Now with the new psu and the vidcard installed in the 2x slot I gotta say it starts/restarts properly 60% of the time. So I thought things were starting to improve. Well I thought lets try it back in the 16x slot. Now it gets ugly. When I start it with the vidcard in the 16x slot it still has the 4 or none led problem. But the odd time that it starts and moves to 3 leds, it right away goes back to 4 and fails. And literally one out of every 100 starts it will go to 3 leds then 2 then 1 followed by a long beep and then 3 short ones. And I know from the manual that is supposed to mean video problem. So is it possible that trying to start the board while the vidcard capacitor/resistor was damaged, it might have screwed the 16x slot, and perhaps some other power related function of the board. Does this in any way void my warranty(please say no). And is this something that they would handle if I rma'ed the board? Thats all I can think of. Thanks to all the people that actually read my whole post. Any ideas are very welcome. MattC
  11. Hey, hows it going? I finally got my new psu. I picked up a OCZ Gamexstream 700W. And I tried another cmos clear. Unfortunately my problem still exists. When I press the power button either all 4 or none of the LEDs come on and stay that way. One in 100 starts(total estimate) it will start up properly and get to windows and work fine, no freezing or random restarts. Then when I restart or anything like that, it won't come back. Never. So is there anything else I can try, or should this be rma'ed? Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks. MattC
  12. Yesterday I was rather interested, so I went out and bought a digital multimeter. I checked out the rails from my psu with my interim setup. Basically all the same components but involving an Asus A8N-E. Here are the results +3.3v rail software reading: idle 3.328 load 3.328-3.296 multimeter reading: idle 3.35-3.36 load 3.35 +5v rail software reading: idle 5.107 load 5.134-5.107 multimeter reading: idle 5.15-5.17 load 5.17-5.18 +12v rail software reading: idle 12.096 load 12.096-12.032 multimeter reading: idle 12.25-12.26 load 12.24-12.22 I was just wondering if it was common for psus to operate at rates that are almost overvolting specs, rather than coming up under specs. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot. MattC
  13. Just to let you know my timings were: FSB Bus Frequency - 200 PCI-Express Bus Frequency - 100mhz Clock Spread Spectrum - Disabled LDT Downstream Width - 16 LDT Upstream Width - 16 LDT/FSB Frequency - 5 CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio - 11 CPU VID Control - auto CPU VID Special Control - auto Chip Set Voltage Control - 1.5v DRAM Voltage Control - 2.7v DRAM Configuration Settings: DRAM Frequency Set - 200 (DRAM/FSB:1/01) Command Per Clock (CPC) - Disabled CAS Latency Control (Tcl) - 2.0 RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd) - 2 Bus Clocks Min RAS# active time (Tras) - 5 Bus Clocks Row precharge time (Trp) - 02 Bus Clocks Row Cycle time (Trc) - 9 Bus Clocks Row refresh cyc time (Trfc) - 14 Bus Clocks Row to Row delay (Trrd) - 2 Bus Clocks Write recovery time (Twr) - 2 Bus Clocks Write to Read delay (Twtr) - 2 Bus Clocks Read to Write delay (Trwt) - 2 Bus Clocks Refresh Period (Tref) - 3120 Cycles Write CAS Latency (Twcl) - 1 DRAM Bank Interleave - Disabled DQS Skew Control - Auto DQS Skew Value - 0 DRAM Drive Strength - 7 Max Async Latency - 8 Read Preamble Time - 5.5 IdleCycle Limit - 16 Dynamic Counter - Disabled R/W Queue Bypass - 16 x Bypass Max - 07 x 32 Byte Granularity - Disable(4 Bursts)
  14. I have had the board since july and I have been tweaking it ever since. Surprisingly, I am sure it was set for my default settings at the time all this started which has all dram options specified. Thanks for the reply RGone. This was tickling the back of my mind. But I know I never chipped the mb with anything though. When I installed the chipset waterblock, the chipset and vidcard were really close and I wasn't aware it was close enough to bend/break anything on the vidcard. But alas to my dismay I noticed the capacitor/resistor had a small break. After the card was soldered it worked and is working right now. And there was never any physical contact out of the ordinary with the mb. One thing I did figure out. If I press the power either 4 or 0 led lights turn on. And if I press reset repeatedly it will eventually go to 3 and then finally start up. Its not the way I always want to start the comp even for restarts. And it will probably screw the board. So thats a dead end. Thanks for the replies everyone. If anyone else wants to throw in their ideas it would be greatly appreciated. MatthewC
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