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    Default GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Greetings.

    Ugh, I am pulling my hair out trying to get my system working and would appreciate any help / advice that you experts might have.

    I just migrated from an Intel DP45SG (which had it's own problems) and was hoping to reuse all of the rest of my equipment and replace only the MoBo. Upon emailing Crucial and Gigabyte support, it sounded like the board EP45T-USB3 was the one to go with, so I bought one. After installing the system with all 4 DIMMs, I got repeated short beeps. I read the forum and played around with things (removing some of the sticks, unplugging the video card power, ... . I dropped to two DIMMs in slots 3_1 & 3_3 and finally got to the BIOS page, I may have had my DIMMs not seated well. I bumped the DRAM voltage to 1.8v per Crucial and the DIMM specs. I was able to reboot and run for a short while before BSOD. I tried swapping the slots to 3_2 & 3_4 and ran for about 15 minutes before random reboots would occur.

    After much reading of the forum, I tried to follow the recommended steps of updating the BIOS (per stasio's sticky page) to F2D (45TUSBP.F2D, 5/12/2010) with QUpdate and a USB drive. That is when my major problems started. Could not get a reboot after being told everything succeeded in the Qflash. Went into a repeated boot, run for 5-10 seconds, reboot cycle. After panic and no success getting back to the BIOS setup, I cleared the CMOS with the reset pin / no battery / 1 hour wait.

    It is weird, but with two DIMMs, I am in the endless 5-10 second boot (no beep, no vid), reboot cycle. If I hit the reset button at the right time, I can reboot and POST to the BIOS page. With one DIMM, I get a slow boot to a single long beep and no video. If I hit the reset button at that point, I can POST to the BIOS page. During one of the successful POSTs, I tried to flash the F1 bios back (after downloading from the Gigabyte website). There is no change in behavior with the "original" bios. FWIW, while it is trying to boot from first power up, I hear a quiet little ticking noise, like the speaker is trying to emit a sound, but not quite. Pushing the reset almost always does lead to a successful POST.

    Soooo, two requests for help.
    1) How the heck do I restore back to my original state of being able to POST the first time from a power up ... AND/OR ... how do I get the new F2D bios to flash and work successfully? I would be happy running F1, as long as I can get back to a successful POST.
    2) Can somebody walk me through trying to get stable RAM? I would love to be able to get all four sticks in and run w/out a freeze or BSOD. Nothing else on this box will be OC, if that makes any difference. I have seen various references to MCH voltage and other Crucial DIMMs, but not exactly like mine.

    Oh, a little more info. I have run Memtest on the Intel MoBo numerous times and the DIMMs all seem good.

    OS: Windows Vista and Windows 7
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Quad Q9550
    MoBo: GA-EP45T-USB3, Rev 1.0
    Bios: F1
    RAM:
    2 x Crucial Ballistix BL25664TA1336.16SFB1, 1333MHz 6-6-6-20 1.8v (Black w/LED)
    2 x Crucial Ballistix BL25664BA1336.16SFB1, 1333MHz 6-6-6-20 1.8v (Gold w/out LED)
    P/S: Antec Earthwatts 500 (in a Sonata III case)

    Thanks for any and all help!
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Please a provide a link to your exact memory modules specs (for both memory models) from the Crucial website.
    Are you using 4 x 2GB of memory?
    You should first perform a bios clear using the procedure in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html.

    Disconnect all unneeded hardware such as hard drive, audio card, mouse, etc. Your goal right now is to be able to boot into the bios with ONLY one memory module in slot #1.

    Can you try booting using PS/2 keyboard?

    When you get into the bios, immediately load OPTIMIZED bios settings from the main menu screen, then save settings and exit. Immediately go back into the bios and apply the suggested bios settings in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post295784, post #5.

    Before you post again, please follow steps 1 - 3 from post #5 to provide detailed information in your forum signature.
    We can better help you if you post your bios settings in your posts, instead of attaching a document with the settings.

    Do you have a case speaker connected to the mobo SPKR pins?
    Did you use QFlash (from the main bios screen) to flash your new bios version?
    Did you flash using @BIOS when in windows?
    I'm not familiar with QUpdate.

    You might need to try to get your system running by removing the motherboard from your computer case and place your mobo on a book or cardboard box beside the computer case.

    Do you have another psu that you can test with?

    **edit** These are starter steps, next step will be to get your system stable with only 2 memory modules and to run Memtest86+ for at least four full passes to ensure that your bios settings are somewhat "stable".
    Booting into windows is on the back burner for now.
    Last edited by profJim; 12-07-2010 at 06:09 PM. Reason: more info
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    For additional trouble-shooting tips, check out http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post301218.

    If/when you are able to boot to your bios, try setting your DDR3 memory speed lower than 1333MHz.
    1066 memory speeds would be ideal until you get your system stable.
    If you want to reflash to your previous bios, don't do this until your system is stable.
    Flashing while your system is unstable might lead to a permanently damaged (aka "bricked") motherboard.

    When you're removing or installing hardware or trying to clear your bios:
    1. power down your system
    2. power off your psu using the psu on/off switch at the back of your case
    3. unplug the psu cable from the back of your psu or the wall socket
    4. then press and hold the front panel on/off switch for 10 - 15 seconds to discharge any stored electrical charge in your system.
    Sometimes the system will boot after 5 - 10 boot loops.
    Good Luck
    Last edited by profJim; 12-08-2010 at 03:09 AM. Reason: spelling
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Hi profJim,

    Thank you for the help! I have followed the steps that you suggested (assuming that you meant clear the CMOS when you said clear the BIOS) and I am back to being able to boot again. Yeah! One problem down, a gazillion more to go (well just the problem of getting the RAM stabilized hopefully).

    I modified my signature per your request and will paste my BIOS settings at the end of the message (instead of as an attachment). Here is the current situation, I am running the latest BIOS (per stasio's sticky for my MB) F2D. I was using QFlash, not QUpdate. The stress of working on this is causing my brain to fade. I booted with one stick of RAM, loaded the optimized settings and rebooted, set the other settings from the "wont post" message and rebooted.

    The case speaker is wired and working.

    I have only 1 DIMM in slot 3_1. This is one of the Gold sticks from Crucial BL25664BA1336. Your suggestion to incrementally work on getting things to work makes sense, and I will start with this set. The other set was purchased from NewEgg and is listed as BL25664TA1336. I don't know the equivalent product spec page at Crucial, searches for that part don't produce anything. It appears to be the same as the Gold DIMMs that I first listed, except that they are Black and have LEDs.

    I can boot and force loading of Memtest (v4.0) but I get failures. I have swapped DIMMs and have the same problem with both gold sticks. The two Black bl25664ta1336 sticks pass 4 complete Memtest passes (with only one stick at a time installed at 1066). So it sounds like the system might not be quite stable yet. Explicit settings are listed below, auto is listed where it is set. I think I changed the memory speed to 1066 correctly. This system is a far cry from the days of dip switches on the old original IBM PCs!

    Thank you again for your help. You are a life saver!

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster ...............: Auto
    CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8 x
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio.....................:.+0.5
    CPU Frequency ...........................: 2.83GHz (333x8.5)


    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control..................: [Disabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........: 100

    C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]


    Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive...........................: 800mV
    PCI Express Clock Drive.................: 900mV
    CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: 0ps
    MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: 0ps


    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance...................: [Standard]
    Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: <-- not listed option
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier ..............: 3.20B
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 1333 1066
    DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Auto]

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time........................ 9 auto
    tRCD ......................................... 9 auto
    tRP'........................................... 9 auto
    tRAS.......................................... 24 auto

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD........................................... 4 auto
    tWTR.......................................... 5 auto
    tWR............................................10 auto
    tRFC...........................................74 auto
    tRTP........................................... 5 auto
    Command Rate (CMD) ....................: 0 auto

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength ............................ auto

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value.........................:9 auto
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:0 Auto
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:0 Auto
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:0 Auto
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:0 Auto
    Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:8 Auto
    Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:8 Auto
    Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:7 Auto
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:9 Auto
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
    DDR Write Leveling ...: Auto
    DDR Write Training ...: Auto

    Channel B
    Static tRead Value.........................:9 auto <-- same values as channel A
    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
    Load Line Calibration: Disabled
    CPU Vcore….……….........................: 1.23750v

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

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

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: auto 0.760

    CPU Reference2………,,0.800V*.......: <- dont see this in my MIT

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core…………….....1.100V...........: 1.200V
    MCH Reference….…….0.760V...........; auto 0.760
    MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: auto 0.750
    ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: 1.500V
    ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: 1.100V

    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ……....1.800V............: 1.800V
    DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: auto 0.750
    Channel A Reference 0.900V............: auto 0.750 <-- I have a Data VRef and Address VRef for both channels
    Channel B Reference 0.900V............: auto 0.750

    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]

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ..............[Enabled]
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Glad you're making progress! The first step is the hardest.
    You have 4 Ballistix modules. The Black modules with the LED lights are Ballistix Tracer modules. The nearly identical part numbers for the gold and black modules indicate that they are probably from the same family/batch. This is good.

    Look at the label on your psu to get the full model number. The newer D-models are not quite as good as the original EA-500 models.

    Using a small piece of masking tape attached to one side of each memory heat spreader, label them as follows:
    gold #1 = A
    gold #2 = B
    black #1 = C
    black #2 = D

    CPU Referen.…………....0.755V*.......: auto 0.760 <-- this "style" is confusing, make it look like your bios screen for all settings, I get confused easily I flunked mind reading at tweaker school

    Before you test further, make the following bios changes:
    Code:
    CPU Clock Ratio ....................: [8] <-- set to 6 to underclock your cpu
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio................:.[+0.5] <-- set to 0 (zero]
    
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) .............: 1333 1066
    DRAM Timing Selectable .............: [Auto] <-- set to MANUAL
    
    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time..........9.........: [6] 
    tRCD .....................9.........: [6]
    tRP'......................9.........: [6]
    tRAS.....................24.........: [20]
    
    Advanced Timing Control <-- leave these set to [AUTO]
    
    Channel A and B <-- both channels should always have the same setting
    Static tRead Value.........9.........: [7]
    
    MCH Core .............1.100V.........: [1.20] <-- try 1.24 - 1.26 
    
    Leave your DATA and ADDRESS vref settings on AUTO
    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ...........: [Enabled] <-- set this to Disabled
    We need to determine if you have faulty memory modules and/or faulty memory slots.
    To hopefully save you from having to perform 20 possible memory tests here's what I would try:
    1. slot 1 = module A, slot 3 = module B
    2. slot 1 = module C, slot 3 = module D
    3. slot 2 = module A, slot 4 = module B
    4. slot 2 = module C, slot 4 = module D

    If all dual module tests fail, you might need to perform up to 16 single module tests.
    Do you see where this is heading? There is a method to my madness.

    Write down the results of each test, along with Memtest86+ error details that include the pass/loop number that failed, the test number that failed, approximate # of errors. Once errors occur, that test is done and it's time to move on to the next test.

    Don't get discouraged, we'll find out what the problem is. Any questions?

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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Oh POOP!!
    I completely skipped your promising results with the Black Tracer Modules.
    Skip tests 1 & 3 above with the gold Ballistix modules for now.
    Perform tests 2 & 4 with the black Ballistix Tracers in:
    -- Memory channel A using slots 1 and 3
    -- Memory channel B using slots 2 and 4

    Post your results of these two tests & we'll continue.
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Ya, I gathered it sounded like 2 sticks pass memtest at given settings, and the other 2 sticks fail.

    So sounds like you have one or two faulty modules.

    Also, please verify with this app, what tRD you are actually getting from auto. This is Static tRead Value in the BIOS, Performance Level in this app
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    The Static tRead Value for both Channel A and Channel B when set to Auto is 9 for all four sticks. I have modified the BIOS per profJim and am in the process of running MemTest on slots 1 & 3 of the Black DIMMs.

    If both Gold DIMMs fail as a single stick at the prior settings, are they both bad? They both passed MemTest in my old MoBo (Intel DP45SG) when I put them in originally. I could understand one failing, but both? I thought they were failing in this setup due to possibly some other setting or difference (i.e. some BIOS setting). Granted in the old setup, I was never able to get them to run both at the same time at 6-6-6-20, and just took the default SPD values when in slots 1 & 3 of the Intel MoBo.

    After I let these tests run on the Black DIMMs, I will see what tests are failing for the Gold and post those results, probably late this afternoon / evening.

    Thanks again for all your help guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ya, I gathered it sounded like 2 sticks pass memtest at given settings, and the other 2 sticks fail.

    So sounds like you have one or two faulty modules.

    Also, please verify with this app, what tRD you are actually getting from auto. This is Static tRead Value in the BIOS, Performance Level in this app
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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    With the changes to the BIOS that profJim suggested, my Performance Level setting as reported by MemSet 4.1 is 7. As I mentioned in my earlier post, the Static tRead Value when set to Auto in the BIOS is 9.

    The failures that I am seeing with MemTest86+ v4.0 on the Gold sticks (installed one at a time in slot 3_1) appear at different addresses on all tests, except for test #7 - Random Number Sequence. The reported failure addresses ranged from 785.0MB to 2030.9MB. From what I can tell, all the failures appear in the high byte of the word being tested, 99% are resulting in ff000000, a few others come through with fe000000, f9000000, e7000000, and 9f000000. Could this be a BIOS issue, something like a leading or trailing timing (or voltage) for a read or write?

    The Black Ballistix Tracer modules passed all MemTest tests 4-5 times without any failures at the current settings. My system is still set at the values profJim suggested. The tests were done with both Black Ballistix Tracer in slots 3_1 & 3_3 and then again in slots 3_2 & 3_4.

    What are my next steps with both the Tracer DIMMs and the Gold DIMMs?

    Thank you for your continued help. You guys are really life savers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ya, I gathered it sounded like 2 sticks pass memtest at given settings, and the other 2 sticks fail.

    So sounds like you have one or two faulty modules.

    Also, please verify with this app, what tRD you are actually getting from auto. This is Static tRead Value in the BIOS, Performance Level in this app
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    Last edited by JoeR; 12-09-2010 at 08:18 AM. Reason: Clarification

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    Default Re: GA-EP45T-USB3 & Crucial Ballistix help requested

    Can you post a CPU-z screenshot of the SPD tab, one for each type of module you have.

    Just want to check what the default voltage is for each at stock speeds.

    If it's 1.8V then they are all the same, and the gold should pass at exactly the same settings as the black ones.

    Also verify with Easytune, HWmonitor, or Everest that your memory voltage is actually being set to 1.8V. You can also check the realtime voltage in the PC Health section of the BIOS, it should be 1.8V or close

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