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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3L Problems?

    I would suggest you manually try these settings. And do not mind the red warning, it is just there to remind you if you do not know what you are doing too much can kill your hardware

    Where are you seeing Single channel for you ram? It should be dual if they are matched sticks. Please be sure you have them plugged into the same color slots on the motherboard. If they are not please do so


    Robust Graphics Booster___________ [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ____________ [8]
    CPU Host Clock Control_ [Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (MHz)__________ [333]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz)_______ [100]
    C.I.A. 2__________________________ [Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)____ [2.40]
    DRAM Timing Selectable_______ SPD __ [Manual]
    Performance Enhance = [Standard]

    CAS Latency Time________________ 4
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay_________4
    Dram RAS# Precharge Delay_______4
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)__________ 12


    Start with the highest setting and then lower as you have time to test by lowering one at a time and testing

    ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD)_________ 3-4
    Rank Write to READ Delay________ 4-6 - 9-11 <<< (Use first)
    Write to Precharge Delay_________ 3-5
    Refresh to ACT Delay______________ 32-42 (You can likely easily start with 38, or just keep at 42)
    Read to Precharge Delay__________3-6
    Static tRead Value_______________ 7-10 (likely with no overclock you can start with 7)
    Static tRead Phase Adjust________ 1-31 <<< Leave on Auto or Zero or 1-31

    System Voltage Control____ [Manual]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control__ [+0.300V] +0.3 = 2.1 which is Fine for your ram, it may even work fine at 2.0. 2.2 is way to hot for that ram for sure so do not use it
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control_ [+0.1V] <<< For stability
    FSB OverVoltage Control___ [+0.1V] <<< For stability
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control [+0.1V] <<< For stability
    CPU Voltage Control_______ [1.25] <<< Since you are not overclocking or anything you can set this to what you see being used or a bit less likely

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3L Problems?

    Lsdmeasap, I noticed that my ram was single-channel when I opened the case and looked at it. Also, if you'll look at the info I typed up in my last post, it says "Memory: Type DDR2; Size 2048 MBytes; Channels # Single." I did change it to dual-channel and was pleased because I was able to do it myself. Much easier than the ram on the last computer I had.

    I have not had any problems with the computer lately; no "windows recovery error" or anything similar. However, I still don't know why I was getting those errors or why my CMOS battery is having to be replaced every two months.

    I contacted Gigabyte through their support page and their reply basically told me to test my processor and MB by putting my processor on a different MB and a different processor on my MB and seeing if they were both still functional. I have no way of doing this. They also said that if my processor turns out to be functional, I should RMA my motherboard. I don't know whether to do this or not. Any suggestions?

    I took your advice and my settings now look like this:

    Robust Graphics Booster [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio [8X]
    CPU Frequency 2.66GHz (333x8)
    CPU Host Clock Control [Enabled]
    x CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) 333
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) [100]
    C.I.A.2 [Disabled]
    Performance Enhance [Standard]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD) [2.40]
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) 800 800
    ******System Voltage Optimized******
    System Voltage Control [Auto]
    DDR2 OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    FSB OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control [Normal]
    CPU Voltage Control [Normal]
    Normal CPU Vcore 1.35000V

    However, I wasn't sure how to change anything else that you suggested.

    And one last question...By changing these settings, will this fix the problems I'm having with my CMOS battery? I really don't want to have to change it so often, and feel that this is indicative of a bigger problem, but I still don't know what.

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3L Problems?

    Most ram will do Dual channel as long as you have it in the correct matching color slots.

    If your CMOS battery is really needing to be replaced I would say your PSU is dying and be looking to get a new one. I dont think your board would be draining it

    Gigabytes answer to you about testing the CPU on a different board, what is that about? The CPU would have nothing to do with the CMOS battery if that is what they meant. My suggestion to you would be to either go ahead and buy a GOOD power supply or borrow one if you can for X amount of time and see if your battery still drains. I am not up on the latest GOOD PSU's you may already have one so dont think I am saying you do not.

    You could maybe just have a bad 3V line on your PSU is all

    You could also try a BIOS flash via Qflash with a floppy or USB to a newer NON beta BIOS. Here is the P35-DS3L Rev 2.0 BIOS page, click on Rev 1.0 if your board is not 2.0 before you download a BIOS and flash with it
    GIGABYTE - Support - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-P35-DS3L (rev. 2.0)

    To see the rest of the timings I would have suggested to you it looks like you are using a older BIOS. So when in the BIOS on the MAIN page hit Control + F1 the screen will flash, then go into the MIT section and you will then see more settings

    NO, the settings I suggest/suggested previously would have nothing to do with the CMOS battery. That would be a Board or PSU problem, or possibly a BIOS issue but I lean more towards PSU/board

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    Liz, if you don't know you most probably have a brand new power supply unless you dealt with a very shady builder, which I don't believe as you have all high quality parts. Are you sure you have Vista basic instead of premium??? That is surprising considering your parts lists.

    The Corsair VX 550 is a mid range power supply and considered one of the best on the market and it only came out last year. Here are two reviews by two of the best power supply reviewers on the net.

    [H] Enthusiast - Corsair VX550W vs. Corsair HX520W

    JonnyGURU.com - Power Supply Reviews and more! - Reviews - Corsair VX550W Power Supply Review

    If you haven't changed too many cmos batteries see how the new battery works out first.

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3L Problems?

    Merman, all of the parts were new in January. I ordered them all online myself and had someone else build the computer for me. And yes, I bought Vista basic myself.

    I still don't know why I'm having problems with the CMOS battery, but apparently all of the other problems I was having were caused by a failing hard drive. I looked in the event viewer and saw thousands of "bad block" errors, so I downloaded SeaTools and my drive failed the test. Fortunately I already had everything backed up, so right now I'm using an old drive I had.

    So far everything is running smoothly. Hopefully I won't be back here 2-3 months from now with another dead CMOS battery.

    Thanks again to everyone who replied. I appreciate your help more than words can say.

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3L Problems?

    Good luck, I have never seen a drive cause that but funny things happen everyday!

    Hopefully that was your issue and all will be well for you in the future

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