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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    Thanks, LSD. I'll try these settings. Don't worry about the RAID...it was a fresh install of Windows. Yes, I lost the data on the drives when I turned off the RAID settings but all I'm out is the amount of time it takes to sit through another install. No big deal. I'm just trying to get the system stable enough to boot and *stay on*. I'll let you know if these settings work.

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    Set all the settings you recommended and now the system is getting past the Verifying DMI Pool Data sequence. However, upon attempting to boot from the Ubuntu Live CD, the system still shuts off in the same place (loading file system). I'm not ruling out an incompatibility with the RAID but wouldn't it just give me an error rather than shutting the whole system down?

    I'm going to try the single memory stick, auto timing, and 2.0 memory voltage setup next. (I'm at work; my husband's at home with the PC and setting the BIOS settings I tell him over the phone. I'll wait until tonight to do further testing.) If that doesn't work I'm grasping at straws what to do next.

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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    Would it be worth it to get better memory (DDR2-1066, perhaps) or go with 4x1GB rather than trying to fight with the Kingston ValueRAM I've got now? I've read elsewhere that this board doesn't like 2x2GB RAM much and maybe if I invest some in some better RAM I'll have better luck keeping the system from shutting down?

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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    Well you may just have not got things all right, I need to see the exact settings you are trying before I could be sure.

    Better memory may be good, but not 4x1, that is harder to get setup then 2x2

    Will it install with only one stick installed with all auto settings, except ram voltage set and performance enhance set to auto?

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    Haven't had a chance to try just one stick with all auto settings and RAM at 2.0. I'm at work; PC is at home.

    Here's the settings we set the BIOS to, per your suggestions:

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: [Fast]
    CPU Clock Ratio ...........................:10x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:+0.0
    CPU Frequency .............................:3.33Ghz (333x10)


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control

    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333 Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:100

    C.I.A.2 ...........................................:[Disabled]


    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]

    CPU Clock Drive...........................: 800 mv
    PCI Express Clock Drive................: 900 mv
    CPU Clock Skew ..........................: 0 ps
    MCH Clock Skew .........................: 100 ps

    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [Standard]
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............:[2.40B]
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ...............:800
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................: 6 [Auto]
    tRCD ......................................... 6 [Auto]
    tRP'........................................... 6 [Auto]
    tRAS.......................................... 18 [Auto]

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD........................................... 3 [Auto]
    tWTR.......................................... 3 [Auto]
    tWR............................................ 6 [Auto]
    tRFC........................................... 68
    tRTP........................................... 3 [Auto]
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:0 [Auto]

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................ 1066

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................: 10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:1 [Auto]
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:0 [Auto]
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:0 [Auto]
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:0 [Auto]
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:6 [Auto]
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:6 [Auto]
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:5 [Auto]
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:8 [Auto]
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:[Auto]
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:[Auto]
    DDR write training..............................[Auto]

    Channel B
    Static tRead Value.........................: 10
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:1 [Auto]
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:0 [Auto]
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:0 [Auto]
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:0 [Auto]
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:6 [Auto]
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:6 [Auto]
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:5 [Auto]
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:8 [Auto]
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:[Auto]
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:[Auto]
    DDR write training..............................[Auto]

    Motherboard Voltage Control
    Load Line Calibration........................[Disabled]
    Voltage Type.………... [Auto]

    CPU
    CPU Vcore….……….........................:1.18750V [Auto]
    CPU Termination…..... ......................:1.200V [Auto]
    CPU PLL………………….....................:1.500V
    CPU Reference.…………........................:0.760V [Auto]

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.260V
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V [Auto]
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V [Auto]
    ICH I/O……………….....1.570V (you suggested 1.580 but only had the options 1.570 or 1.590)
    ICH Core…………...……1.200V (you suggested 1.160V, only had the options of 1.100V or 1.200V)

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....2.000V
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V
    Channel A Reference 0.900V
    Channel B Reference 0.900V

    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Disabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Enabled]
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled]
    Dual bios Recovery Source.............:HPA

    Integrated Peripherals
    SATA RAID...................................:[Enabled]
    SATA Port 0-3 Native Mode.............:[Enabled]
    USB Controller...............................:[Enabled]
    USB 2.0 Controller.......................:[Enabled]
    USB Keybord Support..................:[Enabled]
    USB Mouse Support.......................:[Enabled] (we have a USB mouse)
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............:[Enabled]
    Code............................................:[Auto]
    Onboard SATA/IDE........................:[RAID]
    Onboard SATA/IDE Control Mode.....:RAID

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    hard code your ram in .. don't use auto .... 5-5-5-15( what ever your ram spec is) .. trfc = 68 is high .. probably need 46-56 only .. static read start with 9 ... your ram is 800 .. use 800 to start in diver strength ...

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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    I'll hard code those settings, thanks.

    Well, so far without having to do the single-stick method and auto timing, we've managed to get the system to where it'll boot and install Windows onto the RAID. It's installing now, so my fingers are crossed (no shutdowns thusfar). I know what caused a shutdown before (installing that USB wireless device) so I'll try that and if it causes a shutdown, we'll go back and tweak the settings some more. If it doesn't cause a shutdown, I'll go ahead and start installing the system drivers and keep an eye on it.

    LSD, if you see any of the settings in one of my previous posts that could be tweaked further before I respond again, let me know. Godto suggested that I lower one of the timing settings from 68 to around 56.

    I'm hoping this works. If I can get the system stable at stock, *maybe* we'll play with overclocking it. For now, I'm happy with what I've got after being a whole year without a decent computer after our 4 year old AMD Athlon 2800+ bit the dust after a power surge (at least that's what we think it was). We've been using my 5 yo son's eMachine in the meantime...anything is an improvement over nothing!

    I'll be back with updates.

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    UPDATE: Well, it gets past the initial blue-with-white-text setup screens and reboots. Then Windows XP gets to the colorful setup screens (the "Installing Windows" 39 minutes to complete part). When it gets to "Installing devices", the green status bar goes across almost half way and the PC turns off. Somewhere there's some device it doesn't like with the current BIOS settings.

    I made the changes Godto suggested and it shuts off in the same spot. The RAM is now hard coded to 6-6-6-18, trfc = 56, static read is now 9 for the two channels, and driver strength is now 800. All the rest of the settings I posted at 2:41 EST are the same.

    Getting closer, I think... What next?

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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    Install with only one stick of ram, and only your one needed CD drive, and your GFX card. To rule out all other hardware

    You are sure you have the correct settings for your disks right? If you are not sure, post a pic of integrated peripherals page

    And you are using the correct F6 driver right? I mean installing via F6 correct one, and then choosing the correct one when presented with the choose driver part of F6? Just checking

    There should be NO Hard drives listed in standard CMOS page. If you see your drives listed there change them to NONE then Auto/NONE inside like shown here >>>




    *EDIT*

    Sorry, just noted you added Integrated Peripherals to the above settings >>>

    All looks good for now except this >>>



    Integrated Peripherals
    SATA RAID...................................:[Enabled] << This is what you want to set to RAID.. See below comments

    SATA Port 0-3 Native Mode.............:[Enabled]

    Code............................................:[Auto] << Code? Whats this


    Onboard SATA/IDE........................:[RAID]
    Onboard SATA/IDE Control Mode.....:RAID << These are for the Gigabyte (purple Ports) are you using those ports? If so you need to use the gigabyte F6 drivers not the intel ones. You should however use the Yellow Intel ports (Put your RAID Disks at 0 and 1 port) and use the Intel F6 driver
    Last edited by Lsdmeasap; 11-28-2008 at 02:48 PM.

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    Default Re: Problems with GA-EP45-UD3P powering off unexpectedly

    Yes, I'm using the two purple Gigabyte ports for the HDD raid. I'll switch it to the yellow ports and see what happens. There are no HDDs listed Integrated peripherals page in the BIOS. I've got two IDE CD drives set to cable select mode; should that really matter how many I have connected? I'll disconnect the one I'm not using just in case.

    I've only got the GFX card, two HDDs, and two CD drives connected as it is. Well, and the USB mouse. I've disabled the serial and parallel ports to free up the IRQs since the board didn't come with the optional external ports assigned to these connections. I'll go down to one memory stick, the GFX card, one CD drive, and will remove the USB mouse and will move the HDDs to the yellow raid. Should I disable the onboard (Gigabyte) RAID just to rule that out?

    Thanks!

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