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Amongst LanParty UT 250Gb owners, how many of you have replaced your stock passive northbridge cooler with an active one? If so, which was it replaced with? I would like people's thoughts on whether active cooling is required or recommended when overclocking. Also, to Angry_Games or RGone (or anyone else who knows), will the stock passive cooler be adequate for running 1.7 volts through the northbridge? I am trying to pin down the cause of my Detecting Array hanging issue on cold boots, and some people have had success ridding themselves of this problem with more northbridge voltage.

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(10/15 JSJ)

Why that bios " Flghtmstr1"? I cannot remember what if anything is in the 10/15 that would actually benefit your setup. @220HTT you certainly should not need Vdimm of above 3.1V available in the stock 9/14 bios and I think jess1313 or SjS have modded that one if you "think" you just got to have over 3.1Vdimm to reach 220HTT.

 

You got the 2 sata drives on 3 and 4 right? Ok, go into bios and load optimized defaults>YES>save and exit>reboot and then use winflash and flash back to the 9/14 bios. In Winflash "options" choose flash 'all' bios. After flash it will say "reboot?" and say; NO and go right back and flash the 9/14 again. This time when asked to "reboot?"; say yes and go into the bios and load optimized defaults again. Exit and shutdown and move cmos jumper to clear for about 10mins or maybe 15 mins. Of course during the cmos clear take the power supply power cord away from the wall outlet.

 

Follow this exactly as I have written out above. If you do not understand what I wrote just ask and will try to write the steps for you as 1, 2 and 3 if need be.

 

After you get it flashed back to the 9/14 and you clear the cmos you will have to go back and Do the IDE raid configuration again. Turning on all the Sata in the IDE raid config. All 4 of them. Reboot and right back into the bios and choose the hard drive itself that you want to boot first in your case the ~153.8gb SCSI array. This so the array is the first hard drive that boots and also you will need to reset the other items in bios that you do not use. Turn off parallel ports and serial ports and 1394 if not used. Turn off all things not in actual use. And make sure the bios is set up like you need it. DO NOT TURN OFF ANY SATA DRIVES. LEAVE ON BOTH 'sets' OF SATA IN GENIE BIOS AND ALL 4 SATA IN IDE RAID CONFIGURATION.

 

Then try a few cold boots. Over the next few times you have the computer off and report back what you find.

 

RGone...

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I'm still using passive, but my own custom made solution.

 

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It's one of those tall blue Zalman heatsinks with most of the fins trimmed down to fit under the nvSilencer5 on my 6800.

 

The stock heatsink doesn't fare well at 389HTT :D

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NF3's dont have a NB...they do have a SB I suppose...maybe RG will tell me im wrong again lol.

 

anyway...the one that comes with it is fine

 

but if you want great, get ahold of Viper John and buy one of his kick-arse sinks he makes specifically for this board ;)

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How long you had the board? You got your receipt and all at necessary shett right?

 

Email me and send me this to begin with so I can point RMA to you.

Product model (and revision if known)

System serial number

Invoice number

Place where you purchased this product

 

I said email now and not PM I cannot record jack shett with PM's.

RGone...

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have u checked the 12v is plugged in hella tight? you might need to hook it around stuff to get it locked in, use the bios to see how to minimise resistence in the socket

psy thats what i did, but took out the zalman and put in the hs off my dead kv8 pro

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I've replaced mine with a vantec iceberq, alu version, the temps were 34@idle & 40@load, but today, doing some wiring arrangement, I must have moved the cooler, now my temp has gone up to 46-48@ idle.

I will tear all apart and reseat the d·$$% cooler again............

 

Matias.

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Alright RGone, this is interesting. When I popped in my 9600, the board cold-booted normally. I figured my Thermaltake 480 watt was enough, but do you believe it possible that the problem lies in my power supply? I've noticed that in these forums, a 480 watt actually lies on the weaker end of the spectrum, with so many OCZ Powerstreams in use. Maybe i'll pick up one of those...

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Flghtmstr1, there is so much discussion about power supplies that it is almost impossible to tell what is what. The problem is I "know" one that works. I don't have to spend the dollars for the easier to adjust OcZ power supply. I do not like Antec at all anymore.

 

So many people had problems with various ATI cards a few weeks ago that I had no idea why they would not work easily. Some got the 9800pro to crank giving them 1.7VAGP in bios and that helped. Many put only one drive and the video card power together on one lead from the power supply and it worked.

 

However I look at it most of the time this way. If the board cranks with one card and NOT another then the board actually works, but hates the card or there is another not yet uncovered variable causing a problem.

 

RGone...

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