Originally Posted by FrontFloater
as I have some problems with exactly this combination, I dare to put my first post into theis thread (I did some search first of course, but I don't see any other thread with exactly what I'm expereiencing)
I built an all new system of the M3A32-MVP Deluxe (the small one without WiFi on the newest 1002 BIOS), the 9850 Black Edition. RAM is 4 Gigs of 1066 COZ Platinum, a 3870 X2 gfx card, 2x WD 320 GB (regular 7200 SATAs in Raid 0), all powered by a 750 Watts Corsair PSU.
As I said, the whole setup is new, so it's a bit hard for me to find out the source of the evil, described as follow:
While all components are prefectly recognized by the BIOS and they run absolutely nice and stable, once the biox is up, I do have VERY inconsitent cold boots. Nearly 100% of all boots end up in a black screnn before even the BIOS comes up. it looks very much like the power distribution on POST is not complete (on the NZXT case I use the upper blue case LED won't shne, which is just like I wouldn't pug in the second power connector (the 4 pin one) to the MoBo at all).
If I then start to cycle thorugh power offs and new boots, after some time the system will boot normally, - sometimes I might get an F1 errros, stating a CPU cooler error at the first successful boot).
Once the system is up, as I stated, everything works fine. I can alos do reboots without any hickups or cold boots after shutting down, if I don't wait too long, without problems.
Does anybody make any sense out of this behavior? I suspect the Motherboard, above all. However it might also be the PSU or the CPU. Any similar expeiences with that combination or ideas? Any hint would be helpful, because it seems to be high time to RMA at least one component, but I have no idea which one and don't want to wait for ages with a non operative system.
Edit: I forgot to mention the CPU cooler for reference (as I sometimes get that F1 error about it). It's a Zalman CNPS 8700NT (the one that's controlled directly by the MB)
First, I would check the RAM, it could be a RAM issue, one of your RAM sticks being bad. I would also update your bios to 1002, that is the most phenom compatible that I have seen. Next, check your PSU, I had to connect the full 8-pin (6+2pin) connector into the mobo to get it to boot properly with the Phenom, so make sure that's connected. With the X2s you only needed the 4-pin, but the Phenoms are different.
Also, you might try a barebones bootup, disconnect everything and take out everything and reconnect/replace one piece at a time until you get a successful bootup (i.e.):
1. Take out the CPU and see if you get a beep or not, if you don't, it may be the CPU or Mobo.
2. Take out the RAM and see if you get a beep or not, if you don't, could be RAM or Mobo again - but more likely RAM.
3. Try with another GC or try the GC in another PCIe slot.
Let me know what you find out. Hope this helps some.
I know some of those suggestions are a bit old-school, but they still work really well for singling out problems.
Originally Posted by Gen
The Corsair memory is awsome, work beuatifully. The only complaint was the motherboard did not detect rated timings or voltage, it set 1066 mhz and some ungodly timings of like 8-8-8-24 or something at 1.8V. I set them to the rated timings (5-5-5-15) first and left the voltage alone, no boot, then I set the voltage to what it was rated at 2.1 and wolla, took right off. I have had it like that for 3 or 4 days now gaming and ible load and no problems what so ever, no locks, bsod, reboots, no boots, etc.
I quess I am going to give the Zalman a go and see how well it does. By the way, do you have it mounted horizontal or vertical or is it vertical only?
Edit: Also, I havn't tried overclocking the memory yet, so I have no clue how it will go yet. I soon want to see where I can take it, but I will probally leave memory at stock.
Let me know how your Zalman works. Mine is mounted Vertically, unfortunately the only way you can mount it on the M3A32-MVP.
I'm still thinking Corsair Dominator, Crucial Ballistix, or G. Skill PC2-1066 4GB kits, so not sure definitely as of yet. I'm getting fed up with the GeIL that I have, it doesn't OC hardly at all
Originally Posted by Gen
I don't remember the site, but I read on it some guy was getting just over 3.5 ghz with water cooling, not 100% stable but close. There was other people on there getting 3.0-3.2 with aftermarket air coolers, stable. I'm hoping I can get 3 ghz out of mine, that would make me very very happy.
I can get my PC up to 3GHz, but Windows won't boot if I go past 2.9. I know it's my RAM. I've had numerous issues with it in the past, so we'll see.