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  1. #91
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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    delete this ..
    Last edited by viper_880; 11-28-2007 at 05:04 PM.

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    Managed to get my motherboard booting to the gigabyte load screen and am currently flashing the BIOS with F8....

    What I did was remove all components and memory; took out the battery and used a screw driver to short... after a minute inserted the battery and booted the machine; seems to have cleared the CMOS (as per the instructions manual)

    I'm half way through the BIOS update so will keep you informed..

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    The issue is with this board and it's craptastic Bios... I already took out the battery, swapped RAM positions... there is no way my other components is at fault when all I did was update bios using GigaByte's @Bios utility and reboot. All was working for 4-months until this bios update. If they don't want a certain version of bios to be updated then they should have eliminated so the utility can't pick it up.

    You gotta love how mobo makers just slap a big warning on not updating bios when they should be more specific about what models can't and shouldn't update. Better yet, test your f'ing bios!!!

    I'm not wasting any more time on this board... filed for RMA and ordered a new Abit mobo. I'm taking my business elsewhere. If they won't take this crap board back and replace it, I'll be glad to file a complaint with BBB here in the USA.

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    I'm still having issues...

    I can boot without the constant switching on and off that I had previously or crashing mid way through using the PC; I can load the BIOS and boot from any drive but the issue I'm having now is that I can't seem to put an OS on there... I put the XP disc in; press F12 to choose the boot drive... The XP disc kicks in and I follow all the on screen instructions... After the formatting of the C drive to NTFS it asks to reboot; the machine does so (I don't press F12) so the machine should kick in the OS installation. But however after the post screen I get the "Verifying DMI Pool Data" and then crash; back to rebooting...

    Now I'm not sure whether either the motherboard has not messed up my HDD or the motherboard is still not functioning correctly..

    I know this is a bit off the subject but I need help; I don't build PC's for a living.. this was built for me; I am a little technical but more with software...

    Thanks in advance...

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    hmm.. I've got my PC running... just been sent F9.... what do I do?!?!?!?!

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    Hi all,

    I am another p35c-ds3r owner having the exact same problems as others have reported on these forums.
    My specs:
    GA-P35C-DS3R Rev 1.1 Bios F4
    Q6700 @ 2.66 (stock)
    4x1gb Crucial Ballistix P8500c 1066Mhz
    BFG 8800gtx OC2
    Initailly dual boot (xp and vista64) now Raid 0 2x320gb HDD Vista64 Home
    Fatality SB pro sound card

    My tale:


    This was my first build and am far from being an 'expert'. I finished the build a couple of months ago. Stability has always been a problem especially in vista and with games. I initially put the instability down to issues with the GTX drivers, however although the nVidia drivers have been less than great, as the days ran into weeks the instability issues got worse.
    3 days ago, my system failed to boot into vista or xp. I had major issues trying to recover with either Vista or XP discs with Master Boot errors and BSOD. I even tried fresh installs of the OS but it would always crash in vista or fail to copy files in xp. I was at this point ready to throw my precious pc out of the window. I googled all my issues, vistited these and many other forums an the common factor was RAM issues. I tested the RAM with Memtest86 and sure enough at about 20% test it threw up countless errors. I then tested all sticks of RAM individually and each test passed without a single error.
    I put the 4 sticks back in, adjusted the DDR2 voltages to +0.3 and manually set the timmings to 5-5-5-15. There was no improvement at all. I got worried when I flashed to Bios F8 reset the DDR2 voltages to Auto and the DDR2 voltages were reading as high 2.41 in Bios, all 4 sticks were getting too hot to touch.
    I reflashed the Bios to F4, removed 2 sticks of RAM and set up raid0 in the Bios. This time when I attempted a fresh install of Vista it worked! I got the OS setup, loaded all drivers and updated Vista. I rebooted set the DDR2 voltages to +0.2 and set timmings to 5-5-5-15 ( as I had learned from these forums). So far with 2x1gb RAM the system is as stable as I have ever had it and even enjoyed a couple of hours of Crysis in DX10 mode with only 1 crash which was video driver related. I have tested the system in Everest, again it is stable, the RAM doesn't get too hot and the reported average DDR2 voltage is 2.14v. Strangely my vista experience index has actually gone from 5.6 to 5.8 since removing the 2gb of RAM.
    With 4x1gb RAM this system wont even boot and both windows memory test and Memtest86 throw up a load of errors. With 2gb RAM i dont get any errors. I have as yet to try the 800mhz trick of tuning down the DDR2 from 1066mhz, i guess I could but my point is I shouldn't have to, nor should I with voltages and timings...but still

    I am currently communicating with Gigabyte as clearly there is an issue with this mobo and 4x1gb RAM I will post if I get any success. I only wanted to share my experience so others may save hours of pain trying to find the problem as I have done. Thanks to forums such as this one I saved some embarrasing calls to Vendors and manufacturers not to mention some valuable time.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    I had to underclock the RAM to 1000 to run 4 sticks. However, I could lower the timings to 4-4-4-12, so lower latency offsets the loss of speed.

    This may be a P35 chip problem as I've read one of a competitor's forum and people are having similar problems with an equivalent board.

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    Thank you Blargh23 I'll give it a go.
    The tech people at Gigabyte today also suggested dropping the speed but they suggested 800. Anyway I'll try it and see what happens, with 2gb ram my system today is very stable, probably the best I have ever had it.

    Keep up with the good info peeps :)

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    I tried under-voltage; tried reducing RAM speed... on 2 sticks of OCZ RAMs... still nothing works.

    I'm glad some of you can find a working solution but this is still a workaround maker's poor quality control. I'll RMA my board this weekend and should received a new Abit mobo tomorrow. There is light at the end of a tunnel.


    Edited: Below is is the official answer I received from their support after 3 days wait.... the same day, I found this forum and already confirmed it is this board that has a problem. I like how they blame it's corrupted due to "unsuccessful flash" of bios when their own utility clearly updated the new bios and instructed me to reboot.

    "1) Please clear the CMOS by disconnecting the power cord from the power supply, the power connectors from the M/B and removing the CMOS battery for 2 minutes.
    2) If the problem still persists, the BIOS chip might be corrupted/defective due to unsuccessful flash; please contact your vendor for checking out the M/B or the replacement, if under their warranty. If it's not, please contact our RMA department for reprogramming the BIOS chip."
    Last edited by techman; 11-30-2007 at 10:59 AM.

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    Default Re: GA-P35C-DS3R problems

    ABIT IP35-PRO im getting this motherboard had i seen this motherboard before i got this gigabyte i would of bought it anyway

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