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    Unhappy Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Hi,

    I own a GA-EP45UD3P (rev 1.1) motherboard and installed 4 modules of Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15 2.0V modules (two kits of BL2KIT12864AA106A)...-> Total memory : 4GB

    So I installed the latest firmware upgrade from Gigabyte (F8).

    All settings are in "Auto". The memory settings say that my memory is at 5-7-7-24 timings (my memory is 5-5-5-15) and that the voltage is 1.8V (the memory voltage is at 2.0V)... So I correct those settings, I put 5-5-5-15 for timings and 2.0V..

    My PC restarts randomly to day by day circles.. In random time.. and when I fire up Bios settings, the Bios itself is changing the values to 5-7-7-24 and 1.8V.. and round we go..

    Can anybody help me please? I'm desperate..


    PS : My CPU is a Core2Quad Q9300 CPU..

    PS2: Oh !! I forgot to tell you that a lot of times , when I change those values in Bios, and then the PC restarts , it restarts forever... (on...off...on....off...on....off...etc..) so I have to pull off the Power cable..

    Thanks!
    Last edited by ultraxmode; 05-02-2009 at 08:59 PM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    There a couple of other voltages that probably need adjusted, just look for a bios template in this thread and follow it. When you get to restart cycle usually means an unstable setting in bios. I think I would try to get stable on 2 gig of ram before trying 4.
    Last edited by chuckm; 05-02-2009 at 11:49 PM.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    You think that this is the problem? (4 memory banks occupied) ?

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    I have the same problem with my EP45-UD3R and Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1066. It is rated at 5-5-5-15 @ 2.2V but it always boots (after many reset cycles) into 5-7-7-24 @ 2.2V.

    I have not found a solution yet.

    Alex

    Quote Originally Posted by ultraxmode View Post
    Hi,

    I own a GA-EP45UD3P (rev 1.1) motherboard and installed 4 modules of Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1066Mhz 5-5-5-15 2.0V modules (two kits of BL2KIT12864AA106A)...-> Total memory : 4GB

    So I installed the latest firmware upgrade from Gigabyte (F8).

    All settings are in "Auto". The memory settings say that my memory is at 5-7-7-24 timings (my memory is 5-5-5-15) and that the voltage is 1.8V (the memory voltage is at 2.0V)... So I correct those settings, I put 5-5-5-15 for timings and 2.0V..

    My PC restarts randomly to day by day circles.. In random time.. and when I fire up Bios settings, the Bios itself is changing the values to 5-7-7-24 and 1.8V.. and round we go..

    Can anybody help me please? I'm desperate..


    PS : My CPU is a Core2Quad Q9300 CPU..

    PS2: Oh !! I forgot to tell you that a lot of times , when I change those values in Bios, and then the PC restarts , it restarts forever... (on...off...on....off...on....off...etc..) so I have to pull off the Power cable..

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Do you have USB Storage Function set to [Enabled]? Try setting that to disabled. It worked for me.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Yes Svengali, I have it to enabled. Lets disable it.. and see how it goes...

    Thanks!

    EDIT : I disabled USB Storage Function... problem remains... If I could low the clocks for the memory? Set it to 800MHz ? What are the timings then? and the Voltage?
    Last edited by ultraxmode; 05-03-2009 at 05:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    @ alexf1852

    The Crucial 2.2V sticks had a design flaw and you should RMA them for a new set of 2.0V sticks, they will RMA them for you. Just tell them you have nothing but issues and would like to have the 2.0V replacements

    @ ultraxmode

    4GB needs some changes for sure, and Auto voltages and such is not helping. I will give you a template now with the important changes you should make. If you want a full template let me know and I can help with that later.


    This will be for stock setup mentioned above, anything I leave blank set to Auto, anything that says Auto leave of course for now

    Please load optimized defaults and set your ram voltage only then apply, if you have not done so already. If you have not, please read this guide for tips you need to be aware of when loading optimized defaults >>>

    You must load them though, this is a requirement anytime you flash the BIOS or build a system. On that note I also advise you use the latest BIOS linked below.

    GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-EP45-UD3P (rev. 1.0)


    Code:
    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto or Fast
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 7
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.5
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 2.5
    
    
    Clock Chip Control 
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Enabled] 
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333Mhz
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Set to 100
    
    C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]
    
    
    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive...........................: <<< 800
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................: <<< 900
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: <<< 
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: <<< 
    
    
    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [STANDARD]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 3.20B
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 1066
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]
    
    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................5
    tRCD .........................................5
    tRP'...........................................5
    tRAS..........................................15
    
    Set all Suggested below to highest Values first.  Then later you can lower, one at a time, testing as you go
    
    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD...........................................
    tWTR..........................................
    tWR............................................
    tRFC...........................................54-62
    tRTP...........................................
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................:2
    
    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................ 1066
    
    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:7-10
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
     tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
     tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto 
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto 
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    
    Channel B
    Static tRead Value.........................:7-10
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto <<< Leave for all below as well
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:Auto
     tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:Auto
     tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:Auto 
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:Auto 
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:Auto 
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto  ps
    
    Motherboard Voltage Control
    
    CPU
    CPU Vcore….……….........................:Auto if not overclocking, if you are overclocking please do find and set your own voltages
    
    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: << If overclocking Please set to stock, Auto overvolts this way to much.  Optimal range for overclock would be 1.2-1.5 depending on Vcore, try to keep at least .1 under vcore.  Auto is fine if not overclocking
    
    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: << If overclocking Please set to stock, Auto overvolts this way to much.  Optimal range for overclock would be 1.5-1.65.  Auto is fine if not overclocking
    
    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: <<< .64% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly 
    
    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......:<<< .67% Of Vtt (Termination above) Auto Will set this correctly 
    
    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: << 1.2-1.3 (1.20-1.24 often fine)
    MCH Reference….…….0.800V...........; <<< Leave
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: <<< Leave
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: <<< 1.55
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: <<< 1.14
    
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 2.0-2.04
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: <<< Leave
    
    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled]
    C2/C2E State Support....................: [Disabled]
    x C4/C4E State Support..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]
    Virtualization Technology................: [Disabled] Enabled if you use Vmware/Virtual PC
    
    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[Disabled] *Note* Must be enabled to flash from USB

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Svengali View Post
    Do you have USB Storage Function set to [Enabled]? Try setting that to disabled. It worked for me.
    I had it enabled. Then I disabled it. No change. I had left the computer off overnight. Came back the next evening and it wouldn't boot even after countless reboot/reset cycles. I took out two of the four sticks (2 x 1GB sticks left in dual channel mode) and it booted right up. I changed the BIOS settings from 5-5-5-15 to 5-7-7-24 like it usually uses. Then shut it off and inserted the other two sticks back in. It booted up after about 2 or 3 reset cycles.

    These sticks worked fine in an ABit board that I had previously. So my money is that this board is bad. But I don't want to be without a computer for 2-3 weeks. I'll probably bite the bullet and send this board back in a couple of weeks.

    alex

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    @ alexf1852

    The Crucial 2.2V sticks had a design flaw and you should RMA them for a new set of 2.0V sticks, they will RMA them for you. Just tell them you have nothing but issues and would like to have the 2.0V replacements
    When you mentioned this same thing to me in another thread similar to this one, I went to Crucial support and mentioned this to them about the 2.2V sticks having a design flaw. The person told me that this wasn't true and didn't grant my RMA because the 2.0V or the 1.8V sticks were considered to be a different product and couldn't be substituted for my 2.2V sticks.

    If I were certain that my problem was definitely my memory modules, then I would not care to spend another $50 for compatible memory modules. But since these modules worked fine in my other Abit board, and they work fine in this board in both 5-7-7-24 (after a few reset cycles) and 5-5-5-15 (after an eternity of reset cycles), I still tend to think that this board is bad. I would hate to buy another set of memory sticks and find that I still have the same problem.

    Alex

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-EP45UD3P vs. Ballistix 1066..Problem!

    Alex, I dont think your board is bad.. I think they have a minor incompatibility with the ballistix modules...

    I think that with a little help for the guys here in this forum, we are gonna make it.. ;)

    @LSDmeasap :

    I had no printer at home, so today I will print your settings and try them in the afternoon.. I'll keep you informed ! Thank you so much for your help !

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