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Thread: EP45-DS3L Freeze on Dual Channel




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    Default EP45-DS3L Freeze on Dual Channel

    Hi! I'm hoping you guys can help me out with a problem!

    Okay, so I have a newly built machine which can post, but ends up freezing a little bit afterwards. I do not even have windows installed.

    System Specs:
    E8400
    EP45-DS3L
    G. Skill F2-8500L5D-4GBPK
    eVGA 9800GTX
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 GB Drive
    Corsair 750w

    The ram is not on the ram compatibility list. :(

    I had to lower the MCH to 1.05v to get the machine stable. This would allow it to run through a couple memtests in single channel. Once I switch over to dual channel, it crashes again. I up'd the ram voltage to stay within the 2.0 - 2.1 range. But other than that, I haven't changed anything else.

    Any ideas on how to get the machine stable while dual channeled?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Dryluck; 02-03-2009 at 09:32 AM. Reason: forgot hd

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L Freeze on Dual Channel

    Entered the RAM Timing manually? Which appear to be 5-5-5-15 try @ 2.1v and if its ok lower to 2 and see what happens? Do you have any other ram to test in your MB? Buy the way what FW version are you running on your Seagate? Download SeaTools to tell you if its to hard to get it out and look. You should find out though as I think your drive might be one of the drives that have a new FW version out to fix a bricking issue.
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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L Freeze on Dual Channel

    Hi NimrodAUS!

    Thank you for your speedy reply, and sorry for my own slow one. T_T I have been unable to log on during the week due to work stuff. Apologies.

    I have tried setting RAM timings manually as you suggested. It stalled 30 seconds into the memtest at 5-5-5-15 @ 2.1v. :(

    I have two sticks of ddr2 generic ram (2x512MB = 1 GB) that i am trying from my dad's machine. I have run a memtest, and for the most part, it works. There are a couple of flags on the memtests, but the machine is not crashing on dual channel.

    I have taken a taken a look at the FW version on the hard drive. It is version SD15. Hard drive is ST3500320AS.

    I am probably going to look into getting some ram that is on the compatibility list on the Gigabyte website. Any other suggestions before I cave in?

    Thanks for your help so far! It is much appreciated.

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    Default Re: EP45-DS3L Freeze on Dual Channel

    Well Buddy I really dont know what else you can try with your ram, Id say that you have a dodgy stick or two, have you run memtest 86+ V2.11 on each stick individually?

    There is a Fireware update for your HDD, however seagate seem to have removed the user download link from there website, I was lucky to be there when it came out but you may have to contact them, I updated my 1tb and I havent had any problems. However I had nothing on my drive, If you have mission critical data on yours then perhaps you should just leave it the way it is. heres the link Seagate issues new firmware updates for bad HDDs :: TweakTown
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    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
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