Now I need your expertise. Whenever I go to install any operating system the rig freezes and will get stuck. Ive tried Windows 7 (64 and 32), Ubuntu, and XP 32. Every single one gets stuck in a similar fashion. It will start to load files, then 20-30 seconds in it just stops. I managed to get memtest to run and let it complete 1 pass with no errors. How long do you need to let memtest run to find errors usually?
I've tried 2 different graphics cards, as well as 2 different DVD drives. All of my DVD drives are IDE rather than SATA, could this be causing problems?
The current BIOS is 1.6, should I try updating to the latest 1.7 BIOS? Should I just use the M-FLASH utility found within the bios. I've never flashed a BIOS before so im reluctant to try on my brand new rig.
Lastly, how can I manually change the voltages in the BIOS, as all of the voltages are set to AUTO and grayed out? I'm concerned the RAM may be undervolted by default.
Thank you so much for your help.
The install issue is an odd one. Make sure you are on all stock/auto settings when you are installing your O/S, just to be sure everything is stable. The RAM should be set to auto speed (1066Mhz) and the timings leave @ auto as well, we'll get to those later on, after the install. You will have to set the RAM volts manually though at this point (prior to O/S install). If it is a low voltage kit, set to 1.65v, if it is not low voltage, then set it to 1.9v.
Once you are certain you have the bios ready to go, try re-installing the O/S. If you are using multiple disk drives, then set the SB volts to 1.25v.
Good Luck, and let us know as questions arise.
Edited by mduclow - 12/3/09 at 8:31am