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Any tips on a number of things to do before I drop my new 7750 into its new home?
Clear the bios? I read that the bios sets the auto voltage way to high for these things so should I lower it to 1.2xx v first?
Also Spaceballsrules with the OCZ freeze do i just put a small dollop in the centre ? or do I spread it all over the chip?
Thanks
Just put a glob in the middle of the chip and let the CPU spread it out as you tighten it down. Once you power up the rig, the heat will also help spread it. I like to cycle the rig through a few runs with Prime95 to get it nice and hot. The OCZ Freeze will be like butter on a hot biscuit. Nom nom nom

As far as the BIOS is concerned, what BIOS version do you have running currently? I would use the 1903 or 2001 BIOS for the Kuma.
Reset the BIOS to defaults before installing the new chip.
I have no experience with the Kuma chips personally, so I am not sure whether or not the mobo will automatically overvolt the Kuma. Just diasable Co9ol'n'Quiet to be safe, but that just helps with underclocking the CPU, including voltage.
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Any tips on a number of things to do before I drop my new 7750 into its new home?
Clear the bios? I read that the bios sets the auto voltage way to high for these things so should I lower it to 1.2xx v first?
Also Spaceballsrules with the OCZ freeze do i just put a small dollop in the centre ? or do I spread it all over the chip?
Thanks
One very usefull tip I can give you is to try to save the settings you think you will need to a bios oc bank, either bank 1 or bank 2. This way if you do experience problems booting beucase of an under/over voltage issue then you can hold down either the F1 key or the F2 key before you hit the reset button and then keep holding either F1 or F2 down untill you see the three lights flash on your keyboard. At that point you are good and can release the F1 or F2 key. Next get into your bios to make the appropriet changes to your cpu voltage. Then immedietely F10 save and go right back into the bios to the power tab so you can look into your system monitor to check the cpu and mobo temps.

Good Luck,

N2G
Edited by N2Gaming - 3/22/09 at 9:46am
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Right now I'm running 2101 bios.
Good idea N2G will defo give that a go.
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Right now I'm running 2101 bios.
Good idea N2G will defo give that a go.
Thanks.
Before you make any changes I would save your present bios settings to bank 2 in the ez overclock. This way you can always go right back to that setting.

Even in the event you fubar your bios settings so much that you have to clear your cmos jumper on your mobo, you can always get right back to where you left off by loading your best bootable settings thus far by going to the Tools menu, ez overclock and then load from the bank of settings you wish to load from.

Additionally you can have more saved settings on a usb thumb drive. I have been practicing this method and it works flawlessly. The save to file would be the option for the usb drive. With the save to file option you can then transfer the bios settings to multiple pc's effortlessly. I can almost do it blind folded. Another bennefit to save to file option is you are not limited to the amount of bios settings you can save and you can also name the files. "example" OC2500Mhz or 2500MhzOC etc etc. So you can save your settings to file and then go bench mark those settings and then go back into your bios make another little tweek F10 save and if it post's go back into bios and save to file w/a differents name f10 again and try to boot into windows.

I would practice that now. Try to set the voltages to your cpu and ram with a known safe voltage that you can boot to ATM. Then f10 and save. Next after you save those voltages go right back into the bios and see what your settings are reading in the system monitor. Once you know how your mobo will juice your cpu after the changes go to the tools and go to ez overclock and save to bank 1 or bank 2. Then you can bios settings in the ez overclock bank 1. I believe the F1 key forces your bios to load the settings saved to bank 1 and F2 forces your bios to load settings from bank 2. Try this and let us know how it works out for you.

You guys really got to try this if you have not so far. You will be overjoyouse with how easy it is. and how cross reference able it is. Additionally we could all share the same settings once we find a sweet spot for an overclock.

Of course the sharing of bios settings would be possible if we were running identical cpu/ram.

Good Luck,

N2G
Edited by N2Gaming - 3/22/09 at 10:14am
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Wow n2g that sounds interesting I'm gonna have to take care and study what you've said and make sure I do it properly. Will let you know how it goes. Pretty useful I orded a new Usb pen a couple of days ago
spaceballsrules I need at least 4 gigs of ram, my 2 gig isn't cutting it anymore. I do alot of sound stuff and its pretty intensive. So any 4 gig suggestions would be really useful for me. Since i'm running xp32 I read that any more than 2 gigs wont be used. So I'll have to switch to a 64 os. Or wait for windows 7..... which could take forever.
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Wow n2g that sounds interesting I'm gonna have to take care and study what you've said and make sure I do it properly. Will let you know how it goes. Pretty useful I orded a new Usb pen a couple of days ago
spaceballsrules I need at least 4 gigs of ram, my 2 gig isn't cutting it anymore. I do alot of sound stuff and its pretty intensive. So any 4 gig suggestions would be really useful for me. Since i'm running xp32 I read that any more than 2 gigs wont be used. So I'll have to switch to a 64 os. Or wait for windows 7..... which could take forever.
6+ months and Win 7 should be on the shelf for retail purchase. At least that is the time we were given to beta test it. you can try the beta for free you know. PM me for details if you'd like.
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with the OCZ freeze do i just put a small dollop in the centre ? or do I spread it all over the chip?
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Princip, just for you reference here are the instructions straight from OCZs website on how to apply the thermal compound: http://www.ocztechnology.com/display...zeInstructions. The size of a grain of rice in the middle should be sufficient enough.

Good luck

N2Gaming, good tips on restoring to previous overclocks with the F1 and F2 keys. I wasn't aware of that on this board(M2N32-SLI).
Edited by thlnk3r - 3/22/09 at 10:49am
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Wow n2g that sounds interesting I'm gonna have to take care and study what you've said and make sure I do it properly. Will let you know how it goes. Pretty useful I orded a new Usb pen a couple of days ago
spaceballsrules I need at least 4 gigs of ram, my 2 gig isn't cutting it anymore. I do alot of sound stuff and its pretty intensive. So any 4 gig suggestions would be really useful for me. Since i'm running xp32 I read that any more than 2 gigs wont be used. So I'll have to switch to a 64 os. Or wait for windows 7..... which could take forever.
Aha, I thought you were already running 4GB
Any of these will work fine - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146789

If you have the $$$, get the Mushkins. If not, all the RAM in that link is top notch, so just choose with your wallet. The only difference with any of those is the voltage. I would get one that runs 2.0-2.1V rather than one that runs at 2.1V if you want to OC it. You will get better temps/performance from those.
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Hey guys I finally started the BIOS Flash guide and this is what I got so far. I would like all your feed back and methods of flashing so that I can include as many as possible Thank you ,

N2G



This Article is written as a guide to help walk ASUS users through a step by step set of procedures for flashing your BIOS. I will try to cover as many methods possible so you will be able to choose the best way to flash your BIOS with the hardware you already have. I may mention the Pro’s and Con’s of each method as I see fit from my own personal experience.


Finding your Current BIOS Version:

To begin I would like to teach you the easiest way to find the current bios version loaded to your PLCC EEPROM chip. Open the latest version of CPUZ if you don’t already have it you can download it from here. Once you have CPUZ running in windows click on the mainboard tab on the top of the cpuz window. Then if you look about half way down the window you will see the BIOS field and the Version will be listed there. Now that you know what bios you have you need to learn how to save it.


Saving your Current BIOS to a file:

There is a couple of ways to do this but for now I will focus on the easiest way that I know of. Install the Update Utility program from you M2N series Drivers disk. If you don’t have the disk you can find the program here . You have to do a little work here but it’s worth it if don’t have the disk. You have to make the following choices on the page I have provided a link to. First you have to select motherboard followed by the type of motherboard platform, so choose am2. Finally choose your motherboard model. Then the ASUS browser window should ask you for the type of OS you are running, just tell it your OS version to make the downloads page happy and you will be awarded w/all the available downloads available from ASUS for your particular OS and motherboard model. Now that you are on the down load page select the Utilities option and save the latest Update utility. Then unzip the Update file and run it to install it to windows. If you don’t have any Unzip applications installed you can find one here. Sorry the link is not ready and I will not be able to hold your hand for the Unzip application. Once you have Unzipped and installed the Update Utility you can begin to save your current bios version to a file. The Update program will ask you for a name of the file so you should only give it a hexadecimal number like 2001 or 2101 and save it to a drive of your preference. " I like to save to the desktop so that I know exactly where it is. This makes for easier file transferring to a floppy or USB thumb drive later on after I rename the file. I will talk about renaming the file later and why it is done.


Downloading a Different BIOS Version :

Go to the ASUS downloads page and find the bios you wish to flash/update to. Just follow the instruction already listed above for getting the Utilities ASUS Update application. Once you are on the down load page, click on the bios tab and you should see a list of bios versions. Next click the bios version you wish to try. You will get a window asking you to save or run. Always chose save file. Then save the bios file to a drive location of your preference. Once again if you are not good at remembering the saved download drive location you can always save to the desktop so that it will be easy to find. Now that you have saved the bios file you may need to rename it.


Renaming a BIOS File:

The ASUS BIOS Flash applications like a clean standardized file name when you use the applications. So, for the best results after you download and unzip any BIOS file rename the file if needed. If the bios file is named with a 4 digit hexadecimal number followed by the .BIN then you are good to go. " Example 2101.BIN or 1903.BIN " If not then change the bios file name accordingly. If your file is named M2N32SLI2001.ROM after unzipping it then do the following to make the file Flashable with the instructions in this guide. Rename the file by deleteing the M2N32SLI from the file name and leave only the 4 digit hexadecimal number of the bios version. Then change the .ROM to a .BIN Ok now that you have renamed your file make sure it is good. Right click on the renamed file and click on file properties. The file should have a 1MB file size and a .BIN allocation to the end of the file name. If all this checks out for you then you are ready to flash your bios.


BIOS Flash USB Technique #1
" This is the most user friendly method in my opinion "

This method requires the use of a USB thumb drive. Place your recently/properly named bios file onto a USB thumb drive and reboot your system. Hold the delete key so that you will be taken into the BIOS
screen. Warning if you are not comfortable with going into your bios and making changes stop right now. You will require the help of a more skilled person possibly a computer technician for the bios flash because you may need to make bios setting changes after a bios flash.
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