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A short report on my CFX3200-DR's resurrection:

Last night, before hitting the hay, I finished all the vital hookups to the motherboard and attempted a first POST. Success! One happy beep, hit DEL, and I'm in the BIOS.

Hiccup #1: The board didn't detect my single HDD.

I went through my BIOS options (it has been forever since I'd fired this board up, and I swapped CMOS batteries as well), looking for anything that might need to be enabled for the HDD to be detected. Since this was the ULI primary SATA controller, there really was no option that needed to be enabled, but I thought I'd check anyway.

So I swapped SATA ports (there are four off of this controller). Port 1: Dead. Port 2: Dead. Port 3: Excelsior! (Port 4 was already spoken for).

You know all those times when we speculated that perhaps there was something wrong with the ULI controller, and that was part of why this board was so unstable in WinXP? Maybe there really IS a defect to this specific motherboard?
Awe that's a real bummer man. Maybe there is a solution that does not get much publicity like a heat gun to the ULi chip or something.
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Awe that's a real bummer man. Maybe there is a solution that does not get much publicity like a heat gun to the ULi chip or something.
Hmm, maybe. I'll do some Googling. Maybe something will turn up.

At any rate, at least two of the ports work. That's enough.

Though that definitely destroys any resale value this board may have had.
    
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Well lets hope it's not as bad as one of my Destroyer mobo issues. One of the Destroyers just decided to stop posting all together. I pulled it out of the chassis and put it on the bench. No luck or love from the mobo. So I pulled all the hardware off it and put it on my reserve Destroyer and guess what. It fires right up as if it did not skip a beat. So I dug and dug around the mobo and to my surprise I found a very small crack perpendicular to the out side edge. I don't know if it was like that when I got it from ebay or if it happened in my possession some how. Honestly I don't see how I could have done it but I won't rule out the possibility of it happening while I own it just not by my own doing
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Well lets hope it's not as bad as one of my Destroyer mobo issues. One of the Destroyers just decided to stop posting all together. I pulled it out of the chassis and put it on the bench. No luck or love from the mobo. So I pulled all the hardware off it and put it on my reserve Destroyer and guess what. It fires right up as if it did not skip a beat. So I dug and dug around the mobo and to my suprise I found a very small crack permandicular to the out side edge. I don't know if it was like that when I got it from ebay or if it happened in my possetion some how. Honestly I don't see how I could have done it but I won't rule out the possablity of it happening while I own it just not by my own doing
Haha, you know you may be on to something there, N2G. I bought my CFX3200-DR (actually, both of them; I have another one, a virgin in its box) from eBay.

I guess we really do run a risk of receiving less than healthy hardware when we buy used, especially if we buy via eBay. Perhaps I'll have to go have a really up-close look at the CFX when this contest dealie is over.
    
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I have yet to determine this the cause of it's problems but my suspicions lean towards this being the reason it was sold on ebay in the first place. There is always the possibility that it happened in my possession some how. I don't remember seeing any cracks on it when I got it but it's so small that I may have over looked it all together because it was missing 2 bios chips. Then when I placed my other boards bios chips on this one it posted and booted into windows w/out hesitation or any problems.
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first one will get a second validation after a while
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Guys, I need some help with my rig before the winter contests start.
What does it take to get stable with four DIMMs?

In Memtest, only 3.2GB show up. Is memtest 32bit? In windows, CPUz shows 4 1GB sticks but task manager only shows 3.2GB. Its a 64-bit OS, what gives?

Zero Memtest errors, both with just the new sticks and with all four sticks. No OCCT Memtest errors either.

But I still BSOD/lockup when playing Minecraft for extended periods of time, as it will start to fill up the RAM.

RAM is running at 172MHz, 3-4-4-8 2T. Well below specs of 250MHz, 3-4-4-8 1T.

This is starting to bug me... I don't want to up the RAM voltage in case my cooling is insufficient (the 120mm fan isn't blowing directly at the RAM, just past the ram). It's already running at 2.8V IIRC. Should I up the NB voltage a tad? (Current chipset voltage is 1.6V)
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Guys, I need some help with my rig before the winter contests start.
What does it take to get stable with four DIMMs?

In Memtest, only 3.2GB show up. Is memtest 32bit? In windows, CPUz shows 4 1GB sticks but task manager only shows 3.2GB. Its a 64-bit OS, what gives?

Zero Memtest errors, both with just the new sticks and with all four sticks. No OCCT Memtest errors either.

But I still BSOD/lockup when playing Minecraft for extended periods of time, as it will start to fill up the RAM.

RAM is running at 172MHz, 3-4-4-8 2T. Well below specs of 250MHz, 3-4-4-8 1T.

This is starting to bug me... I don't want to up the RAM voltage in case my cooling is insufficient (the 120mm fan isn't blowing directly at the RAM, just past the ram). It's already running at 2.8V IIRC. Should I up the NB voltage a tad? (Current chipset voltage is 1.6V)
If you intend to use this in the go competitins then I'd suggest pulling out 2x sticks of ram or even pulling out 3 and just running one stick of ram for stability and cpu speed purposes. For overall and general useage you may have bad ram. Have you ran memtest86+ ver 4.10 yet? Most people will tell you that s939 chips did not like having all 4 ram slots populated.
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Nate:
Enable your hardware memory hole in BIOS .

And to get 4 sticks STABLE will require DDR333 stock speeds instead of DDR400 (due to the memory controller). You can still push them back up to 400 and higher if you can get them there though .
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Attention EVERYBODY that's on the email list for the Contest!!!
We still have a few things left to finalize. And I need those lists I requested so I can finalize the posting. I'd like to have it done and ready to roll by this weekend (Saturday preferred). This way, all I have to do is edit the rules into the thread and get it officially kick started. You guys know who you are that I'm referring to .

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