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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H EES and other BIOS questions

    I forgot - I also would like advice on the UMA Frame buffer size - 512M or Auto?

    Which would be better and why?

    For reference - I believe the board has 256M dedicated VRAM, and I have 2GB of system RAM, so the options work out to 768M VRAM and 1.5GB system RAM (for WinXP 32-bit SP3), or 256M dedicated and variable additional Video and less System.

    (Or some lower than 512M but fixed setting?)

    Thanks again!!!

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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H EES and other BIOS questions

    Are you sure you have floppy disabled in the BIOS? Check to be sure, then I would go ahead and reinstall your chipset drivers to be sure.

    I have seen this myself with Intel boards, but not for a while, and I never knew what caused it either I just did like you did and disabled it.

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    I ran Crysis Benchmark Demo at 1280x960 and 16xQ AA (and 3.0 FPS) for 30 minutes last night with no issues, so I'm taking that as a positive sign.

    Another dumb newb question, but are there chipset drivers for the 785G - I didn't see them here, so I'm thinking they may be included with the Catalyst HD4200 drivers.

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    Hi Tiger-Heli
    Which would be better and why?
    You should consider a dedicated graphics card. The onboard graphics can't come close to any graphics card with 128bit or 256bit memory speed. The memory speed of your onboard graphics is 64bit. Also you will free up that memory for other resources if you get a dedicated graphics solution. I went with a Sapphire HD3870 with a single slot fan. It was a huge improvement to that onboard solution. They have HD4850, HD4870, HD5800 series now which are suppose to be much better than a HD3870 but I got a good deal on this and am glad I purchased it. It was more than likely one of the best improvements I made to this system.
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H EES and other BIOS questions

    We keep getting deeper into the weeds from what I was asking!!!

    I understand that a dedicated graphics card would improve performance - I'm not that unhappy with it as it is - if it quits BSODing, which hopefully it has.

    If I don't get a dedicated graphics card, I want to know whether the UMA frame buffer should be set to AUTO, 512M, or something else?

    And I want to know if there are chipset drivers separate from the Catalyst drivers?

    And if there aren't - If I were to get an Nvidia Graphics card, does that mean I would have to install the Catalyst drivers for the chipset and the Forceware drivers for the new graphics card - that seems really strange, but it seems likely?

    Thanks again!!!

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    It does not matter if you set it to auto or 512M. With the memory you have it will still be the same. @ Auto it will set it to 512M due to the 2GB's of memory you have.
    Yes you will still have ATI SATA controllers which are considered Catalyst drivers.
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H EES and other BIOS questions

    Last question hopefully and then I am good - at least until something else weird happens:

    You said I would still have ATI SATA controllers which ARE CONSIDERED Catalyst drivers.

    If I go to support.amd.com and look for 785G drivers, I don't find anything. Am I correct in assuming the latest 9.11 HD4200 video Catalyst drivers also update the 785G chipset?

    Thanks!!!

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    No they are seperate. The SATA is in the Southbridge AMD SB-710 You can get a seperate SATA driver. Look closely some dates are new.
    GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver - GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (rev. 1.0)
    Maybe these will help.
    7-Series Integrated Chipset
    If you want to go with Nvidia?
    You can uninstall the video drivers in control panel/add remove programs click on ATI Catalyst Install Manager. There they offer a choice if you want to uninstall the chipset drivers also.
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    Default Re: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H EES and other BIOS questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger-Heli View Post
    I forgot - I also would like advice on the UMA Frame buffer size - 512M or Auto?

    Which would be better and why?

    For reference - I believe the board has 256M dedicated VRAM, and I have 2GB of system RAM, so the options work out to 768M VRAM and 1.5GB system RAM (for WinXP 32-bit SP3), or 256M dedicated and variable additional Video and less System.
    If you have the GA-MA785GMT-UD2H you have no "dedicated VRAM" AKA sideport memory so all of your VRAM is borrowed form main memory. (the board with sideport is the MA785-GPMT-UD2H) I have mine set at 256MB which should be sufficient. I had it at 128Mb but got a lot of event viewer diagnostic messages about video memory "thrashing" after I was playing a few movies with DXVA in MPC-HC

    And I want to know if there are chipset drivers separate from the Catalyst drivers?
    The installer from the Gigabyte site has everything, including the USB filter and AHCI (SATA2) drivers. The AHCI driver is only necessary if you are running your drives in AHCI mode (not that beneficial considering the crappy drivers from AMD)

    You can download the latest drivers from AMD in separate packages

    Drivers & Support | GAME.AMD.COM

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