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Hi, see sig for specs...

 

I just put this together after getting my 7800 in the post today and already its acting up...the computer posts and i can get into the BIOS, but when I go to install windows it sits on the screen that says "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration...". I set the first boot device to CD-ROM, but it freezes here

 

whats up with that?

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#1, as per rules, I don't see the bios version in your sig for your motherboard. 5/10/2005 or later for San Diego support, 6/23 is the latest official version at the dfi.com.tw downloads page (see Critical Sticky thread for links)

 

 

OCZ VX stock speed/settings with your 3700+:

 

 

Genie BIOS Settings:

FSB Bus Frequency - 200

LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio - Auto

CPU/FSB Frequency Ratio - Auto

PCI eXpress Frequency - 100Mhz

 

CPU VID StartUp Value - 1.500v

 

CPU VID Control - 1.300v

CPU VID Special Control - Above VID * 110%

LDT Voltage Control - 1.20v

Chip Set Voltage Control - 1.50v

DRAM Voltage Control - 3.20v (you don't have to use 3.2v...but I always do on BH-5 based stuff)

 

DRAM Configuration Settings:

DRAM Frequency Set - 200 (DRAM/FSB:1/01)

Command Per Clock (CPC) - Enable

CAS Latency Control (Tcl) - 2.0

RAS# to CAS# delay (Trcd) - 02 Bus Clocks

Min RAS# active time (Tras) - 06 Bus Clocks

Row precharge time (Trp) - 02 Bus Clocks

Row Cycle time (Trc) - 07 Bus Clocks

Row refresh cyc time (Trfc) - 16 Bus Clocks

Row to Row delay (Trrd) - 03 Bus Clocks

Write recovery time (Twr) - 02 Bus Clocks

Write to Read delay (Twtr) - 02 Bus Clocks

Read to Write delay (Trwt) - 03 Bus Clocks

Refresh Period (Tref) - Auto

Write CAS Latency (Twcl) - Auto

DRAM Bank Interleave - Enabled

 

 

 

DQS Skew Control - Auto

DQS Skew Value - 0

DRAM Drive Strength - Level 8

DRAM Data Drive Strength - Level 2

Max Async Latency - Auto

Read Preamble Time - Auto

IdleCycle Limit - 256 Cycles

Dynamic Counter - Disable

R/W Queue Bypass - 16 x

Bypass Max - 07 x

32 Byte Granularity - Disable(8 Bursts)

 

this is with an older bios...a newer bios like the 6/23 will have a new option called

 

DRAM Response Time

 

 

set this to FAST

 

 

Also, i use the yellow slots only (with all types of memory, especially high voltage stuff like BH-5/VX), and I ONLY use the -2 version of bioses (right now a lot of us are using 6/23-2 or 7/04-2BT modified)

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sorry, I don't know what the BIOS is yet.....003!?, thats what the driver disc says. I can't install that before installing windows right....I am yet to install windows...

 

also, i have the RAM in the orange slots so I will swap them over too

 

EDIT: lol, theres so many stickies around here its not funny :) , I went through and found all the SLI-DR stickies I could...but still theres more I see :P

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had splash screen disabled

 

I edited the BIOS DRAM Timings etc... but it spat and reset itself to default...also the DRAM voltage control wouldn't go above 2.60v (thats with the RAM in the orange slots still). Will changing them into the yellow slots help this?

 

BIOS is 01/25/2005...does this need to be updated to the 05/10 version to work with the Sandy CPU?

 

can I install windows with the 01/25 BIOS?

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That's probably what your problem is, the 1/25 BIOS.

 

Go ahead and upgrade to the latest official BIOS on the DFI website, and I would wager that would solver your problem.

 

Click here for a direct link to the page where you can download the BIOS for your board.

 

The 3/10 version incorporates:

1. NVMM 4.85 and NV RAID 4.81.

2. Enhanced memory compatibility.

3. Enhanced USB Compatibility.

4. Enhanced the support of Athlon 64 in version E3(Venice), E4(San Diego).

 

and the 6/23 version incorporates everything above, as well as:

1. Patch Dual-Core CPU performance problem.

2. Add Errata 123 option.

3. Add ACPI SRAT option.

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That's probably what your problem is, the 1/25 BIOS.

 

Go ahead and upgrade to the latest official BIOS on the DFI website, and I would wager that would solver your problem.

Dumb Q: how? I have no OS installed....

 

via floppy?

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:) you don't need to have your OS installed to flash your BIOS. :)

 

You can do it any number of ways! I'll list 3 here:

1) floppy drive

2) CD-Rom drive

3) USB flash drive

 

I'll find a sticky on detailed info on how to flash your BIOS and post it here for you.

 

*EDIT*

Here it is:

http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread...ight=BIOS+Flash

 

This is a detailed BIOS thread, but if you scroll down to the bottom of post #3, you will see how to flash your BIOS with a floppy drive.

 

*EDIT*

Here's another good read that talks about flashing with a CD-ROM drive, and myself talking about doing it with a USB flash drive:

http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread...=USB+BIOS+FLASH

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Place a floppy in the pc you are posting on then download the file N4D623-3.exe open the file it will create the boot floppy for you. Place the floppy in your DFI lanparty and then power up the computer. the flash will begin automatic. Press f1 when the bios software tells you too.

 

 

download this file N4D623-3.exe

 

How to flash BIOS with Diamond Flash Image?

 

Diamond Flash Image is unique feature developed by DFI to facilitate users flashing BIOS. User does not have to run the complicated procedures, but just flash the BIOS as an easy job.

1. Prepare one piece of clean floppy diskette.

2. Run the BIOS file from website directly or copy it to HDD to run.

3. It will image to floppy disk drive "A" including flash utility, BIOS file along with instruction and create booting program automatically.

4. Boot up the system from FDD. It will automatically flash the BIOS.

5. Press "F1" as instructed when completing the flashing.

6. Run "Load Optimized Defaults" or "Load Setup Defaults" in BIOS after completing the BIOS flashing.

 

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