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    Default do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    Hello,

    First a little history - I bought this mb about 2 months ago to upgrade my old winxp box. Additionally, I purchased a AMD Athlon II x4 630 and a Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4670. When I first built the computer I was running in IDE mode and a few days after the build I enabled AHCI. The computer has been acting freaky ever since. Random restarts, fatal errors, waking from sleep problems and etc (I dont let the computer go to sleep anymore). Then yesterday, for whatever reason, I started getting fatal errors again, immediate memory dump and the system reboots. However, this time when I logged back into windows the visious cycle restarted and I couldn't get into the OS.

    So, I decided to reformat and rebuild. Just like last time, installing Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit went smooth as silk. Checked the device manager and there are no missing drivers. Also, I did not enable AHCI.

    So, on that note, do I need to install the drivers from gigabyte. On gigabyte's website there are drivers for the chipset, lan, and audio. Additionally, do I need to install the ATI radeon drivers? The divice manager correclty identifies the graphics card as an ATI Radeon 4670. In fact, one of the first updates installed by Windows 7 was an updated driver for that particular card.

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    Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
    AMD Athlon II x4 630
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB Kit (2x2) DDR2 800
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 16MB cache
    LG DVD Burner
    FSP 450 Watt PSU
    Coolermaster Midtower Case

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    You should install your Chipset drivers, and LAN and Audio if you need these, otherwise that is all you really "Need" to install.

    Yes, I would also install ATI Drivers, direct from ATI

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    AHCI install autmactly from windows 7 disk
    i am guess you have you added the one deive to a raid stip and enable the AHCI at the bottom you all set
    unless i missunderstod something

    and the ininstall you ATI drivers
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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    Quote Originally Posted by Judge-dredd View Post
    AHCI install autmactly from windows 7 disk
    i am guess you have you added the one deive to a raid stip and enable the AHCI at the bottom you all set
    unless i missunderstod something

    and the ininstall you ATI drivers
    AHCI may automatically install on win 7 but my bios is set to ide mode so it should not be using the AHCI drivers. I think my problem initially (when i first built the system a couple months ago) was not originally setting up for AHCI then changing the bios then changing back when I was having problems.

    I think some of my random reboots were caused by AHCI and others were caused by my USB backup drive or my ipod plugged into the USB port. I saw reports about random reboots with the USB over at Tom's Hardware.

    Really what I am curious about is the need of the gigabyte drivers and ati drivers for the system when Win 7 did a good job of installing everything and running w/o a hitch. I just dont know the differnce between what win 7 installed automatically and what gigabyte and ati provide.

    I created a recovery image last night of the system. So, tonight I am going to install the latest gigabyte drivers and ati drivers and hope system stability doesnt go down the tubes.

    I appreciate everyone's insight.
    Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
    AMD Athlon II x4 630
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H, rev 1.1, F11
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB Kit (2x2) DDR2 800 BL2KIT25664AA80A
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 16MB cache
    WD Caviar 250GB 7200RPM 8MB cache
    LG DVD Burner
    Corsair 650 Watt PSU
    Coolermaster Midtower Case

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    Let us know how you get along in your testing

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    Well...I got everything back up and running. But there is one thing I am confused about and I dont know if it is going to cause a conflict later.

    I downloaded and installed the Gigabyte drivers for this motherboard. The drivers included the chipset driver, lan driver and sound driver. When I ran the setup for the chipset driver it installed the catalyst control center and went through a driver installation. What specific drivers it installed is a mystery to me but it did install something. Afterwards, I downloaded the latest drivers from ATI for my video card, HD4670. When I ran the set up for this it installed another catalyst control center and installed the ATI driver for the HD4670.

    This is what is confusing. Is there going to be a problem later b/c I installed two catalyst control centers?

    Other than that, everything seems to be working fine.
    Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
    AMD Athlon II x4 630
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H, rev 1.1, F11
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB Kit (2x2) DDR2 800 BL2KIT25664AA80A
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 16MB cache
    WD Caviar 250GB 7200RPM 8MB cache
    LG DVD Burner
    Corsair 650 Watt PSU
    Coolermaster Midtower Case

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    no you should not have any problem
    Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown cooled By Swiftech APOGEE GTZ CPU waterblock
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Water Cooled
    Corsair Dominator 12GB (6 x 2GB) Model CMD12GX3M6A1600C8
    2 Gigabyte GTX 480 in SLI
    6 Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM in Raid 0
    2 Plextor sata Blu_ray Drives Model PX-B320SA
    Ultra X4 1200 Watt
    Thermaltake Armor+Thermaltake Bigwater 760 IS
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
    Creative Gigaworks 750S 7.1 Suround 700 watt
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

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    Default The BSOD's won't stop

    OK all...here we go again. Been running this fresh build for a week and a half and got my first BSOD and memory dump last night. When I left the computer I had IE open with a couple of PDFs open. Came back about an hour later there was a pop up message about windows error reporting and wanting to send info to microsoft. I sent the data. I immediately got a BSOD. It flashed real fast and I saw the memory dump at the bottom of the screen then the system rebooted.

    So, does anyone have a clue how I can determine what is causing this? I am just miffed. I have three computers running windows 7 Enterprise 64bit. All of them have close to the same hardware (AMD Athlon II or Phenom II, Gigabyte 785 MB's, DDR2 ram or DDR3 ram). All of them are running the same software. But this is the only system that is having this problem.

    Anyone have any thoughts. See my current sig for system components.
    Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
    AMD Athlon II x4 630
    Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H, rev 1.1, F11
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB Kit (2x2) DDR2 800 BL2KIT25664AA80A
    Gigabyte GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-Bit DDR3
    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM 16MB cache
    WD Caviar 250GB 7200RPM 8MB cache
    LG DVD Burner
    Corsair 650 Watt PSU
    Coolermaster Midtower Case

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    Default Re: do i need to install the gigabyte drivers for ga-ma785gm-us2h

    You would need to post your full settings here and PM artdrivers and see if he will come help you with your settings, you may just need a few adjusted is all.

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