EP45-DS3R, Q9300, 8 GB G.Skill RAM
Hey guys, my first post and it seems like i joined a great community!
I've builded my current rig a couple of weeks ago and didn't had any issues with it since then! Lately, i upgraded to 8Gb of ram and had used 4 sticks, 2 Gb each, all identical from G.Skill. And i run Vista.Ultimate.x64 with SP1 integrated on RAID 0 setup.
After moving to 8 GB, i've experienced some random freezes, when idle it would never freeze, but some times even opening browser it could just freeze.
I read here, that i should add more voltage to MCH Core and so i did.
Right now its set to 1.2V and freezes are gone.
Now i moved to tweaking and getting all performance i can from my memory.
I had Memtest86+ v1.7 on bootable cd and downloaded 2.01 version too.
But both wouldn't boot. Its just freeze at "Loading..." sentence and i had to manuly reset.
I tryed everything:
Tryed 2 sticks, 4Gb, nothing
Added MCH Core up to 1.4, same
Added ICH I/O from 1.5 to 1.6V, nothing
Added voltage to memory from 1.8 to 1.9V, still nothing
Loosed timings on both channels, Static Tread from 7 wich was on auto to 12, nothing
Loosed other timing settings, didn't help
Flashed to F10E BIOS, nada
I'm desperate, i just can't boot to Memtest cd, anyone have any idea what's wrong?
Apparently, i could just play with the settings all night long and ended up throwing the rig out the window! LOL, because it seems that it had nothing to do with the BIOS settings.
Somehow, it might be actually a bug in BIOS its self, but Memtest won't run until i disable RAID !!!
With RAID enabled i can boot from all other Cds (Vista,True Image) but not the Memtest, nor 1.7,nor 2.01 and 3.4....
So if you want to test the ram and you have a raid setup, you better disable it.
And just for knowledge, if anyone interested, you won't loose data if you disable raid in bios, just don't break the array.
Last edited by VenuS; 09-12-2008 at 07:11 PM.
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