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    Default Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    First of all, my system spec is the following:

    Windows 7 x64
    i5-2500k
    2x2GB RAM
    HD6950
    Corsair 750w

    I am currently running F4 bio.

    The problem I have is that, occasionally (perhaps every couple days) I would experience system freeze while playing game, and will require restart of the system. In the process of eliminate, I eliminated all GPU related problem. The game runs smoothly but with the above problem. I go into event logs and it says something about missing file for power management. So I immediately think that it might be issue regarding PSU and perhaps when motherboard runs hot, it adjusts the fan speed and at that moment the system freezes.

    So I went into the BIO and disabled smartfan so it runs at 100% fulltime to avoid the power adjustment when motherboard runs hot. So now the freeze issue seems to be gone, but the game runs with some stutter. My memory is usually at about 55-65% with the game on. So I thought it might be PSU or RAM issue. So process of elimination, I want to see if the RAM is the problem first. I guess my questions are two folded.

    1) I would like to know what you guys think is the problem with the above description. Note that I am new to the computer stuff, so when I flash the bio with Qflash through USB drive, I did not follow the "go into Bio > set to optimize default > restart > set hard disk" steps. I also have not done the alt-F12 process to copy the BIO (since this is dual bio motherboard). I guess my question would be, how should I go about setting my motherboard first?

    2) If I were to improve the RAMs, what should I get as replacement? I am looking to upgrade to 2x4GB, but I don't know much about the 1.5v or 1.6v, 8-8-8-24 vs 9-9-9-24, and 1333 vs 1600 differences. What brand would you recommand?

    Note that I have uninstalled the energy saver thing that comes with the motherboard.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    Which ram do you have now and waht frequency is it running at?
    A few screen captures of EasyTune if you have installed it would be helpfull.
    Tuner -> Advanced -> Voltage tb, and also memory/spd tab(s).
    Snce you have P67 board, and K type CPU I can assume you plan to overclock, which CPU cooler do you have now?

    EDIT: my advice is to keep backup and main BIOS of different versions, this way you can quickly flash the backup to the main.

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    Hi, I don't have easytune. And for some reason when I try to install it, it says open driver handle failure. Error number 0x80040707. Des: DLL function call crashed: check FK.searchBIOSStr

    I did a quick CPU-Z and the memory shows the follows:

    DDR3 4096 MB Dual

    DRAM Frequency = 668.7 MHz
    FSB:DRAM = 1:5
    Timing = 9-9-9-24
    Manufacturor = Kingston
    1.5v

    Let me know if you need anything else. I don't know why I can't install easy tune....

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    If you have not updated the bios yet as you have said. I would recommend doing so first then reset all your setting and then try as chike has said.

    Make sure you grab that latest version of ET6 from the stick on top of this forum.
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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    Ok, going to reflash the bio.

    I use CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan for cooling system.

    In addition, my hard disk is 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

    One thing I don't understand is that when I go to gigabyte download & support and click on drivers. I wasn't able to install the following two things as it says system requirement not met:

    Intel SATA RAID Preinstall driver
    (For AHCI / RAID Mode)
    Note: Press F6 during Windows setup to read from floppy.

    Intel SATA RAID Driver

    I was able to install Marvell Console Driver (SATA3)

    Let me know if those two are required. Thank you.

    Also, what RAM would you recommand getting if I want to do 2x4GB?

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    4GB of DDR-1333 CL 9 shouldn't have a problem, but try to increase VTT gradually above 1.05v, up to 1.15v and see if that make things better.
    Also run Prime95 blend torture for 6+ hours to test stability.

    Try running ET6 installation as an admin.

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    The Preinstall driver is for the time of windows installation when you are asked for drivers (F6 or something).
    If you do not have a RAID then you don't need to install anything. Just a few changes in the registry and you can change from IDE mode to AHCI or RAID.

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    Is it good to switch over? If so, how do I do that? And if I switch to RAID, during reflash of BIO I will need to make sure I change the harddisk setting before I get to windows right? But if I don't switch over, I can skip that process after I reflash the BIO?

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    I don't remember what I did but after the changes I can switch back and forth from IDE to AHCI/RAID without a problem.
    I really don't think it makes any difference' but if you decide to build a RAID one day than other drives will have to be AHCI.

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    Default Re: Need help with P67A-UD4-B3 motherboard setting.

    Quote Originally Posted by pochen23 View Post
    Is it good to switch over? If so, how do I do that? And if I switch to RAID, during reflash of BIO I will need to make sure I change the harddisk setting before I get to windows right? But if I don't switch over, I can skip that process after I reflash the BIO?
    If you only have 1 drive or if you have 2 drives 1 for your OS and 1 for storage you wont benifit from using raid vs ahci. Raid reqires 2 or more of drives. RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If you are using IDE mode for SATA drives I would suggest switching over to AHCI mode.
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