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FINAL STATUS UPDATE (GREAT NEWS !!):


The good news is that NO MORE black screen or errors when reboot from BIOS with the same P5K-Dlx and Crucial Ballistix 8500 2GB ram kit !! (Tested and proven with another P5K-Deluxe and counting..!!


The Details:

Just before I completely give up on this motherboard and rams, I decided to have one last try in getting the TWO to work together properly before I RMA the motherboard in without no restocking fee.

Here's what I've done (Asus P5K-Dlx and PC2-8500 2GB/4GB ram kit owners, this is FYI !!):

1. I went to Asus support to download the newest BIOS 0311 once again, BIOS ROM date: 05/28/07, unzipped the BIOS ROM file to the USB Flash drive.

2. Shut the system down. Switched OFF the PSU. Unplugged the power cable from the back of the PSU.

3. Took out ONE stick of ram and leave only ONE on Dimm.

4. Turned the system back on. Go into BIOS and entered "Load to Default"

5. Entered BIOS again, *** CHANGE THE CONFIGURATIONS FOR THE RAMS AND THE CPU "MANUALLY" ***

6. Set AI Overclocking to Manual, CPU Ratio to Manual and default multiplier, FSB Freq to default ~ 266, PCI-E Freq ~ 100, DRAM Command Rate to 2T.

7. PC2-8500 Rams configurations manually set to: DDRII 1066, Primary timings ~ 5-5-5-15, DRAM voltage ~ 2.2v, FSB Termination V ~ 1.3v, NB voltage ~ 1.4v.

After I manually configured EVERYTHING above, entered save and exit BIOS.

8. Shut the system down, Switched OFF the PSU, Unplugged the power cable from the back of the PSU, wait for about 30 secs and do a COLD BOOT just to make sure the settings I configured are perfectly normal.

9. Now it's OFFICIALLY ready to use "EZ FLASH" under BIOS to make a BIOS update/reflash. Followed the flash procedure as usual and after it's done, the system auto restarted.

10. Entered BIOS, entered "load to default", entered save and exit BIOS.

11. Shut the system down, switched off the PSU, unplugged the power cable from the back of the PSU. ***CLEAR CMOS Procedure DONE (recommand 5mins or longer)***

12. Entered BIOS and configured the same settings again as stated above (Step 6~7). Repeat STEP 8.


At this point, I thought "why not make another BIOS flash with the same bios file - 0311 but in **DUAL CHANNEL** mode."

I followed exactly the same procedure from STEP 1 ~ 12 as stated above to flash the same BIOS file 0311 again in DUAL CHANNEL this time.

The result was a total success like flashing the BIOS in SINGLE CHANNEL.


CONCLUSION:

I never had to manually configure anything before I make any BIOS flashes in the past. However, today I learned my lesson that no matter which type of RAM I've, I should always manually configure the settings under BIOS becouse there may be a chance of error that the motherboard isn't configuring the settings properly **BY DEFAULT**

In the past we all know that we should never flash a BIOS under overclocked condition and shouldalways revert the settings "back to default"

Now we have extent our knowledge that "load to default" DOES NOT necessarily guaranty a 100% successfuly BIOS flash."

"Load to default" isn't completely safe or stable for all system configurations. Sometimes, WE are smarter and know what's right for a successful BIOS flash.

My 12 cents.
    
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 Batch# L723A765 VID: 1.2625 Asus Rampage Formula (X38 Edition) XFX 8800GTS Extreme 320mb Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR-II PC-8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD2001FASS/WD6401AAKS/WD20EARS (AHCI) Pioneer 212D DVD-RW Vista Ultimate x64 SP2 BENQ E2420HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech WAVE keyboard Corsair HX620W Modular Antec 900 2*120mm Intake 1*120mm & 1*200mm Exhuast Logitech G9 
Mouse Pad
IceMat 2 Fusion White 
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