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    Lightbulb GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    I decided to update my BIOS to F9 and had nothing but trouble since, random blue screens and boot failures and windows start up repairs (Windows 7 ).
    After going to BIOS F5 I had a bit more success but still not entirely stable, no more blue screens and boot failures but when testing with Intel burn test I got a pass after 10 runs on standard but failed on high so I tried the standard test again but failed on the second run.
    I put all settings to stock and tried again on standard but still failed but one thing I did notice was the voltage moving between 1.36 and 1.28 as seen in cpu-z. Is it normal for the cpu voltage to fluctuate?
    I tried BIOS F8 tonight and couldn`t even get it to boot, just lots of blue screens and continuous short beeps (power error)during post.
    I went back to BIOS F5 and booted straight away although the voltages are still fluctuating between 1.136 and 1.28.
    The IDE/sata diagnostic led`s are lit during post but chk disc says the hard drive is ok,
    and the ram passes 24 hrs of Memtest 86+.
    I`m wondering if the inconsistent tests in Intel burn test and the voltage fluctuations are pointing to a faulty PSU?
    If anyone can shed any light on this or point me in the right direction it would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    You can't use the same settings with newer BIOS, are you trying to? You have to tweak things all over again, and the older settings you are used to may or may not work, so this may be the problem.

    Yes that is normal for the voltage to flucuate in CPU-z, that is called Vdroop. There is Vdrop and Vdroop, Vdrop is what you get in windows at idle Vs what you set in the BIOS, Vdroop is what you get at Idle Vs Load.

    Those are per Intel Design, to lessen this affect you need to enable LLC (Load Line Calibration) in the BIOS

    Continuous short beeps normally means your tRD (Static tRead Value) is set to low in the BIOS.

    Please flash back to the Latest BIOS, using Qflash and Disable Keep DMI Data. Then load optimized once you are done and reboot back to the BIOS to make all your needed changes, if you are using RAID please be sure to see the flashing guide so you do not mess up your array.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    If you get the continuous beeps right after the BIOS flash and load optimized/reboot, then do it again or remove one stick of ram so you can get in the BIOS. Then once in the BIOS set tRD (Static tRead Value) for each channel to 9 until we can help, and put performance enhance on standard.

    Please give me a link to your ram if you can, if not I'll go by the model # in your signature. Just wanted to verify the voltages mainly.

    Once you get going give me your current BIOS settings you are trying to use in a template from my signature, then I'll advise back.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    Thanks for that Lsd, I was tarting from scratch with my settings using optimised settings but just got reboots and blue srceens even after setting voltages and timings to stock.
    Here`s the link to my RAM, I`m using 2x2Gb.
    I`m not using raid and I read the Q flash guide thoroughly before I did it so I would be comfortable with what I was doing, think I might take a stick of ram out anyway and take it from there but i`ll get back to you when I`ve got the latest BIOS up and running.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    What FSB do you want to run? Let me know and I will give you some optimal settings that should help get you going.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    I think I`m gonna go with1066 FSB and try for a stable 3Ghz with my CPU.
    I had a stable 3Ghz with my Mushkin ram but only had 2Gb and now I`m using 64 bit Windows 7 I decided to go for 4Gb but as Mushkin is unavailable in the UK at the moment I went for the G.Skill ram and seem to be struggling getting a stable 3Ghz.

    Thanks again
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    I had to take a stick of ram out to get it to boot and then everything was ok, after going into the BIOS and entering some voltages (set at stock).
    I rebooted and everything was still fine so I shut down and put in the other stick of ram but back to square one, crashes and black screens so I shut down again and removed a stick of ram again and everything was fine again.
    It boots fine with each stick of ram individually but not both together with F9c BIOS but with F5 BIOS it boots with both, it`s a bit frustrating.

    I`ll post my settings tomorrow but basically they`re all auto at the moment

    Thanks again
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    1066 FSB (266) is only 2.4Ghz, is that really what you meant?

    As for your memory issue, did you set performance enhance on standard? If not do that, and set your memory voltage to the spec amount on the sticker of your ram, and also you may need to set MCH Core voltage to 1.2-1.24 for 4GB of memory.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    Yeah i was gonna stick with 266 for now because of all the trouble i`ve been having even on optimised settings. Anyway I swapped the ram into slots 2 & 4 and I`ve had no blue or black screens since so I think I may have had a bad ram slot.
    I`m now on 333 FSB and running 3Ghz and 1066 ram, passed intel burn test with 10 runs at standard and No5 test on memtest 6 times so I`m heading in the right direction

    I`ve got my BIOS settings here

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Fast
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 9
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.0
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.0


    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...............: 333
    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........................................... 4
    tWTR.......................................... 5
    tWR............................................ 6
    tRFC........................................... 62
    tRTP........................................... 4
    Command Rate (CMD) ......................... 2

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

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:8
    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.........................:8
    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….……….........................: 1.3500

    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: 1.260

    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: 1.500

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: auto

    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......: auto

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: 1.260
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........; .798
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: .930
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: 1.500
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: 1.200

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 2.1
    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

    BTW, how do you put your BIOS settings in a box instead of a list, been trying to work it out but it`s got me beat ;-)

    Thanks in advance
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    Quote Originally Posted by MrGav View Post
    BTW, how do you put your BIOS settings in a box instead of a list, been trying to work it out but it`s got me beat ;-)
    Wrap them with code tags, or select the text and click the # icon in the forum editor's toolbar.

    With your memory timings at FSB 333MHz tRD 6 or even 5 should be possible.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-DS3P boot failures and blue screens after BIOS update

    I`ve tightened my timings up a bit and lowered my cpu voltage and everything is nice and stable so with these timings do you think that tRD 6 is possible and are there any more gains to be had?
    Code:
    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............:  Fast
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 9
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.0
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 3.0
    
    
    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...............: 333
    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
    
    
    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD........................................... 4
    tWTR..........................................  4
    tWR............................................ 6
    tRFC........................................... 48
    tRTP........................................... 4
    Command Rate (CMD) .........................   2
    
    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................ 1066
    
    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:7
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    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
     tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:Auto
    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….……….........................: 1.3350
    
    CPU Termination…..... 1.200V*.......: 1.260
    
    CPU PLL…………………....1.500V*.......: 1.500
    
    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: auto
    
    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......: auto 
    
    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: 1.260
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........;  .798
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: .930
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: 1.500
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: 1.200
    
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 2.1
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: auto
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............:auto
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............:auto
    Thanks in advance
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