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post #1901 of 12343
I have a little tidbit for you folks.

I tried to "hot flash" another PLCC chip (those little removable BIOS chips that were available on some M2N32 boards). The goal was to write another mobo's BIOS to the chip. Let it suffice to say I'm using the same computer as I type this (didn't fry meh rig) but despite numerous efforts with a plethora of flash utilities, there was no success. However, I ALMOST successfully flashed my mobo BIOS to the foreign chip.

I feel that the chip may have been incompatible with my mobo.

Here are some common errors from programs:
  • BIOS image not compatible/diff. model, etc.
  • BIOS image too old! Cannot downgrade! (WHAT? That's lame.)
  • New BIOS file size not same as current BIOS.

Programs I tried (random order):
  • AWDFLASH (DOS)
  • UNIFLASH (didn't even run)
  • AFUDOS (DOS)
  • Asus E-Z Flash (in CMOS setup)
  • Asus Update (Windows XP)

I could hot flash backup chips all day for my mobo, provided the chips were compatible. That reminds me: Has anyone had luck going from a newer BIOS back to an older one?
Edited by Slink - 4/17/09 at 10:40pm
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post #1902 of 12343
I flashed from 2101 to 2001, before going to 2205. Again, some folks at ASUS reccomended it for better stability.

I tried with one stick. Same results, boots fine, Windows loads, BIOS available but only with NumPad keys. Windows itself runs fine, but the BIOS and loading process is very sluggish. I'll try to manually set the timings on the memory. I think maybe with all settings on Auto it takes some time for the BIOS to set everything?...

EDIT: Just updated my system specs - decent, I guess?
Edited by AtiViVo - 4/17/09 at 10:59pm
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post #1903 of 12343
@AtiViVo: Excellent. Thanks for info.

I gots ta get me some 2205. This 2001 BIOS is wonky.
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post #1904 of 12343
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RAM works at 5-5-5-18 /2T timings , Unganged (Win64 recognizes all 4gb), NB frequency at 1067mhz , DRAM at 401mhz.

CPU 2.8ghz 14x200mhz multiplier/bus speed (I think?) at default 1.36v (CoreTemp reads it as 1.32v). HyperTransport ~1005mhz (that's the maximum for the M2N32-SLI, right?). Right now testing the new audio card, 5.1 suround player and several background programs running, CPU temp ~37 to 39C. System is stable... heh, I sound like a Borg!.

By the way, Device Manager lists the x3 720BE as "three CPU's". Is that correct?

I'll try the 1 stick of RAM tomorrow - it's already evening here and I have awfull room lighting, and I'd hate to use a flashlight.

Any reccomended (free) overall system test program? 3d Mark?
Yep everything sounds okay, now overclock that puppy by the multiplier if you have aftermarket cooling! It will probably do 3.6ghz at a vcore of 1.4000-1.4500v in the BIOS. Aftermarket coolers these days are pretty cheap, you can do 3.6ghz on a Xigmatek HDT1283 for $25 @ the egg after rebate.

3dmark06 is pretty alright for benching.
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post #1905 of 12343
Thread Starter 
So check out this new thread I started and get your rears entered so that the thread can grow and the whole world can see just how good these M2N boards really are.

Don't be shy and don't worry if you only have a small overclock like 200Mhz over stock. The idea here is to get this thread going and build it from the ground up... So if you have any kind of overclock that you can post & validate then please by all means post your results. Who knows you could get recognition for some time to come.

I hope to see you all in there.

Thank you,

N2G
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post #1906 of 12343
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Well If you cant get the vcore any higher then that's the max but my MB will put out 1.7vcore so I doubt that you cant go any higher than 1.325. Do you have C&Q disabled?
What's C&Q and how do I disable it?
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What's C&Q and how do I disable it?
That's Cool & Quiet, and it's found in the BIOS. It's one of the CPUs features.
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post #1908 of 12343
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That's Cool & Quiet, and it's found in the BIOS. It's one of the CPUs features.
What does it do?
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post #1909 of 12343
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Qool N Quiet allows your system to run on minimul voltage/wattage/frequencies to conserve power usage. when the system sits at idle it powers down the cpu and slows the frequency down. Then any time you start doing something that requires the cpu to run faster it powers the chip w/more voltage and increases the cpu frequency to handle the load you are asking it to perform.
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Qool N Quiet allows your system to run on minimul voltage/wattage/frequencies to conserve power usage. when the system sits at idle it powers down the cpu and slows the frequency down. Then any time you start doing something that requires the cpu to run faster it powers the chip w/more voltage and increases the cpu frequency to handle the load you are asking it to perform.
Oh alright, if I find and disable C&Q, what should I up vcore to?
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