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Biostar TA785GE 128M Ver. 6.1

It works with a Phenom II X4 965, but not an X4 9950?

The motherboard's onboard error codes say "memory error" when the 9950 is installed. When the 965 is installed, it boots up just fine.

I've updated the MB's BIOS and cleared the CMOS.

Still the same issue.

Both CPUs are officially listed on the CPU support list.
What gives?
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post #2 of 15
Have you tried different RAM? The Phenom 1 memory controller wasn't all that great. I couldn't use my 1066MHz RAM with my old 9850.
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It's using a pretty popular memory model.
800 MHz by the way.
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post #4 of 15
Downgrade the BIOS?
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post #5 of 15
Hrm, with the 965 installed, go into the CMOS and drop the memory speeds way down, and give them a touch of extra voltage. That may help.
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post #6 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hy3RiD View Post
Downgrade the BIOS?
I'm thinking of doing that.
Perhaps to the version above the initial release.

But here's the thing...
The later BIOS versions add C3 CPU support.
I could potentially lock myself out of the motherboard.

Here's a list of the all the BIOS revisions:
http://www.lejabeach.com/Biostar/TA785GE128M/

Quote:
Originally Posted by allikat View Post
Hrm, with the 965 installed, go into the CMOS and drop the memory speeds way down, and give them a touch of extra voltage. That may help.
Down to around 667?

Edit:
Clocking the memory down to 667 didn't help.

Perhaps it's certain memory features that are enabled that don't work with the 9950?
Edited by Evil Penguin - 6/9/11 at 7:58am
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post #7 of 15
Are you sure that the 9950 works/is healthy ?!
Edited by Dromihetes - 6/9/11 at 8:01am
   
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post #8 of 15
I believe it may have something to do with TDP (125-140W). Both are higher power consumption processors and this is a weaker 4+1 phase board. It may not be able to support certain processors with high power consumption. You should also stick to the stock cooler if going to use this mobo with any of these processors.
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The CPU "should" work...

As for TDP... One 125w CPU works, but not the other?
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post #10 of 15
xd_1771 is right.
Just looked at the mobo picture.Looks weak in the VRM area and that CPU is very power hungry ,140 CPU TDP most probable.
It would kill the mobo quite fast if it would start.
   
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