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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    You would need to ask them about flashing the SPD, I can't advise on if that would help or not.

    It may not, they may just not be compatible with the current Gigabyte BIOS for this board.
    That was quick, it locked up just after posting so it can't be the memory. That must a record for the shortest time before a lock up. Must of been 10 minutes max.
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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    Have you asked them on the forum or via email if your exact model has been tested on this board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Have you asked them on the forum or via email if your exact model has been tested on this board?
    No, but the lock up was when the OCZ Reaper wasn't installed so it cannot be the memory which is causing it.

    But it might be worth asking to find out whether anyone has had any problems with it and if anything needs to be done to ensure stability. I did ask myself when I first built this system and was told that I might need to raise Refresh to ACT to as much as 72 for stability with 2x2GB.

    But the memory cannot be the problem if it locked up when different, Gigabyte certified memory was installed.

    I don't think event viewer shows anything which makes it difficult to work out as there are no clues. It could be the Satellite card as I did update the drivers but lock ups seem a strange reaction and should not happen.
    Gigabyte X48-DS5 F7 Bios
    Intel Q9450 2.66GHz 8 x 333, 8 x 438 (3.5GHz when overclocked) 1.35V with Intel Power saving enabled
    Windows XP Pro SP2 32 bit
    2x2GB OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500
    Corsair HX 520 PSU
    Gigabyte GV-RX385512H HD3850 512MB
    Western Digital WD5000ABYS 500GB SATA hard drive
    Western Digital WD5000YS 500GB SATA hard drive - disconnected
    Seagate 250GB SATA hard drive
    Samsung 1TB
    Samsung 500GB
    Seagate 80GB
    BenQ 1640 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    NEC 3520 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    Pinnacle Dual DVB-T PCI Tuner
    Mystique Dual PCI-e DVB-S2
    mCubed T Balancer Fan controller controlling 6 case fans and CPU fan - CPU fan recently changed after system freezing started with new higher speed CPU fan.
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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    I would just get a small HDD and put a fresh install of your operating system on it just to rule out a corrupt OS....

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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    Ya, how about that?

    Could you try a clean install with no new drivers, ect and see how things are?

    Of course install the latest Intel Chipset drivers from here, but for testing leave everything else unsintalled such as sound drivers, your satellite card, ect
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...?ProductID=816

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    I would just get a small HDD and put a fresh install of your operating system on it just to rule out a corrupt OS....
    I have lots of OS installs on this PC and the system lockups occur on all Windows XP installs so I very much doubt it can be a corrupt OS. It can go days without a lock up and other times it happens very quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ya, how about that?

    Could you try a clean install with no new drivers, ect and see how things are?

    Of course install the latest Intel Chipset drivers from here, but for testing leave everything else unsintalled such as sound drivers, your satellite card, ect
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Prod...?ProductID=816
    It would take time to do which I don't think would be time well invested ATM.

    I have uninstalled the Sat card drivers and then removed the card from my PC last night. I can use the PC without the card until the weekend as it is not essential until then. I would use it if installed but don't need it to record anything.

    It's been well over 12 hours so far and no lock ups and the PC hasn't been in standby like usual when not being used.

    If it can go until the end of the week without issue, I will take it up with the card manufacturer. They have said that new drivers are being prepared to fix things but I somehow doubt that will ever make it 100% stable.

    On Windows 7 things seemed much more stable, at least for as long as I could tolerate Win 7 which was for about a day. I dislike that OS, Win XP does everything better and faster for me, it's only the memory size and management that is missing.
    Gigabyte X48-DS5 F7 Bios
    Intel Q9450 2.66GHz 8 x 333, 8 x 438 (3.5GHz when overclocked) 1.35V with Intel Power saving enabled
    Windows XP Pro SP2 32 bit
    2x2GB OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500
    Corsair HX 520 PSU
    Gigabyte GV-RX385512H HD3850 512MB
    Western Digital WD5000ABYS 500GB SATA hard drive
    Western Digital WD5000YS 500GB SATA hard drive - disconnected
    Seagate 250GB SATA hard drive
    Samsung 1TB
    Samsung 500GB
    Seagate 80GB
    BenQ 1640 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    NEC 3520 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    Pinnacle Dual DVB-T PCI Tuner
    Mystique Dual PCI-e DVB-S2
    mCubed T Balancer Fan controller controlling 6 case fans and CPU fan - CPU fan recently changed after system freezing started with new higher speed CPU fan.
    minifan blowing through northbridge

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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    There is a later 'albeit a beta' bios available for your board. Why don't you try updating to the latest one F8c?

    GA-X48-DS5 (rev. 1.1) - GIGABYTE

    You say you prefer xp over win 7...........Well I like the smoothness and the ease of win 7, I will never go back to xp.

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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    I dislike win7 too! I prefer Vista

    Yes, please try the latest BIOS mentioned above

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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    Quote Originally Posted by JustRob View Post
    There is a later 'albeit a beta' bios available for your board. Why don't you try updating to the latest one F8c?

    GA-X48-DS5 (rev. 1.1) - GIGABYTE

    You say you prefer xp over win 7...........Well I like the smoothness and the ease of win 7, I will never go back to xp.
    I can work considerably faster using XP, I have to access a lot of files and folders and XP makes that considerably faster using the right software which doesn't work well with Win 7, it's only partially functional so not really useful. I don't want or need the eye candy, I find it distracting. Functionality is my priority and XP does most of what I need.

    Going to Win 7 is excruciatingly slow in comparison.

    I don't really see a reason to change the Bios, I don't know of any improvements that would benefit me. From what I have read it was only the Intel Raid controller Rom that was updated.

    So far with the Sat card and drivers removed it was stable for 29 hours of running until I put it in Standby. It has been running for about an hour since coming out of standby and so far all is stable. It's still a bit early to be certain, a couple more days should be more indicative whether it was the Sat card but so far so good.

    I did have an idea about the PCIe frequency, could setting that directly to 100 be affecting things? I have been setting it to 100 instead of auto for a long time. I have seen mentioned that adjusting that can sometimes affect things if a few steps of adjustment are made, 97 to 103 for example.
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    Gigabyte X48-DS5 F7 Bios
    Intel Q9450 2.66GHz 8 x 333, 8 x 438 (3.5GHz when overclocked) 1.35V with Intel Power saving enabled
    Windows XP Pro SP2 32 bit
    2x2GB OCZ Reaper HPC PC2-8500
    Corsair HX 520 PSU
    Gigabyte GV-RX385512H HD3850 512MB
    Western Digital WD5000ABYS 500GB SATA hard drive
    Western Digital WD5000YS 500GB SATA hard drive - disconnected
    Seagate 250GB SATA hard drive
    Samsung 1TB
    Samsung 500GB
    Seagate 80GB
    BenQ 1640 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    NEC 3520 IDE DVD-ReWriter
    Pinnacle Dual DVB-T PCI Tuner
    Mystique Dual PCI-e DVB-S2
    mCubed T Balancer Fan controller controlling 6 case fans and CPU fan - CPU fan recently changed after system freezing started with new higher speed CPU fan.
    minifan blowing through northbridge

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    Default Re: GA-X48-DS5 totally unstable - need some help

    They only post a few things in change logs, MANY other items may have been corrected/added or changed. Do not let the minor change log stop you from updating

    That Intel ROM will also improve your boot times if you are using RAID or AHCI as well, so it's well worth the update for that alone.

    Setting PCIE 100 is the default, so no setting that should not affect anything, we only suggest manually setting this because when overclocking if left in auto it can raise this as well without the user intending to do so.

    Using more could possibly help though, not less, try 101-103 and see if anything changes. Normally though this only helps reach a higher overclock

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