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Clocker 18th December, 2002 06:31 AM

8RDA+ 200Mhz No Go
 
Well, I'm a litte disappointed at this point. Originally, I could not even boot into windows at 200mhz FSB. THen I added a quiet 40mm fan to the NB heatsink and I could use WinXP about 15 minutes before the system would lock. So, thinking it is a heat issue, I pulled off the NB heatsink and cleaned off the crappy Epox paste (like gum) and applied some Arctic Silver. I can still only use Windows for a little while before the system hard locks.

Also, if I try to watch my PCI TV Tuner card, the system immediately locks (when at 200mhz FSB).

I don't think there is a PCI lock at 200mhz & that is what is causing the problem. If I'm right, I wish I went with Asus.

BUT, I've also heard that the PCI bus is locked to 1/2 the speed of the AGP bus. Not sure if that is true. Anyone care to speculate?

BTW...The rest of my system:

(2) Corsair XMS3500C2 256MB
AthlonXP 2400+
Adaptec 29160
Seagate X15-36LP (18GB)
Atlas 10K III (36GB)
Hauppaute WinTV Tuner
Intel Pro/100+ NIC (because the POS onboard NIC doesn't work!)

Next week I'm going to pull all my PCI cards to do some stability testing. Does anybody know of a utility I can use to measure the speed of the PCI bus?

C

MichaelMuck 18th December, 2002 07:22 AM

im running a 3 120g hd's on a pci raid card at 210 fsb, i think there is a pci lock

what are your mem settings?

RandyB 18th December, 2002 07:24 AM

Have you tried running with just one stick of ram in dimm 1 ?
If not try it with mem timings 4-2-2-2.0 which Bios are you running? If it's the shipping Bios then flash to the Beta Bios using winflash, I am having the best results with the beta Bios.
Do you have the Cpu interface set to optimum in Bios? If it is set to aggresive it can cause system instability at high fsb. Let us know how it goes.

Clocker 18th December, 2002 07:28 AM

Thanks for your feedback.

I'm currently running the latest official BIOS (released a couple days or so ago).

Memory settings are 'Optimal'.

I'll have to try using ONE stick of RAM tomorrow...thanks for the suggestion.

Clocker

popcicle 18th December, 2002 11:35 AM

Most probable a RAM problem. Including RAM heat.

Might run a RAM test like MemTest86 (83?) and

see what you get for memory errors. And while

using different combinations of RAM sticks and slots.


Luck.

Pops.


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