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"Activating AHCI caused the BIOS to hang on detecting the HD."

Did you install the OS with AHCI already activated in the BIOS, or did you try to activate, after already installing the OS in the default standard IDE translation? If the latter, that may be a problem. I recall reading several guides for activating and installing AHCI properly post OS install with standard IDE. I installed Vista 64 Ultimate with the AHCI already enabled in BIOS and had no problems whatsoever. I also used the ASROCK default overclocking settings in BIOS for 4ghz and only had to up the vcore some to pass OCCT small data set. Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Gabkicks View Post
I dont know how p55s are, but for me, upping the northbridge from 1.1 to 1.18 helped a ton on my x58 along w/ vtt to 1.34.

Try testing just 2gigs.

I did some more testing:

1. memtest86+ with 2 x 2 GB memory modules:
I removed the 2 x 2 GB memory modules in the 4 - 8 GB range.
-> 2 passes of memtest86+ without errors

2. memtest86+ with the other 2 x 2 GB memory modules:
I replaced the 2 x 2 GB memory modules with the ones from the 4 - 8 GB range.
-> After 2 passes about 80 errors. However, only in the 2 - 4 GB range, and none in the 0 - 2 GB range as I would have expected from the initial memtest86+ run.

So it looks like the culprit for my problems could be a bad memory module. It's just that the tests seem a bit inconsistent, especially since I realized I got one error in the 0 - 2 GB range in my initial test. In my initial test I switched the memtest86+ error report mode from individual errors to summary. In the individual errors I had seen one error in the 0 - 2 GB range which I then did not see in the summary and thought I had misread the individual errors. However, in the later test runs I saw memtest86+ resets the error count when switching the error report mode.

Tomorrow I will do more tests with each module separately. But I guess to be 100% sure that it is a memory module issue and not a motherboard problem I will have to get one of my colleagues test the RAM for me because I haven't got another PC with DDR3 memory slots.

Another thing I am considering is if it is a problem I did not manually clear the CMOS after updating the BIOS. However, the instructions did not tell one to do so.
post #203 of 329
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Originally Posted by mrestine View Post
"Activating AHCI caused the BIOS to hang on detecting the HD."

Did you install the OS with AHCI already activated in the BIOS, or did you try to activate, after already installing the OS in the default standard IDE translation? If the latter, that may be a problem. I recall reading several guides for activating and installing AHCI properly post OS install with standard IDE. I installed Vista 64 Ultimate with the AHCI already enabled in BIOS and had no problems whatsoever. I also used the ASROCK default overclocking settings in BIOS for 4ghz and only had to up the vcore some to pass OCCT small data set. Hope this helps.
I tried to install the OS with AHCI already activated. With BIOS Version 1.60 the BIOS got hung (Dr. Debug LED showed 78 "Initializes IPL devices controlled by BIOS and option ROMs.") and with BIOS Version 1.90 Windows 7 installation failed. But maybe these problems are caused by bad memory modules (see my other posts).

Which BIOS version are you using?
post #204 of 329
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Originally Posted by chris2meyer View Post
I tried to install the OS with AHCI already activated. With BIOS Version 1.60 the BIOS got hung (Dr. Debug LED showed 78 "Initializes IPL devices controlled by BIOS and option ROMs.") and with BIOS Version 1.90 Windows 7 installation failed. But maybe these problems are caused by bad memory modules (see my other posts).

Which BIOS version are you using?
1.40 BIOS. No reason to upgrade so long as it works and already allows 4ghz stable, at least for my situation. Sounds like something else is the culprit then for you though. I didn't read your memory posts when I posted yesterday, so you may be on to something. After finally reading today, that sounds like the problem. Good luck.
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post #205 of 329
I have singled out one memory module that consistently caused errors in memtest86+ and which I am returning to the seller.

However, one thing that is still troubling me is that the times for memtest86+ passes increase after the first pass (even with the ok memory). For example:
1. run with 2 x 2 GB: 26 minutes
2. + 3. run with 2 x 2 GB: 46 minutes each

As far as I understand memtest86+ does basically the same thing on each pass.

I have checked CPU and motherboard temperatures and they seem ok (~46 rsp. ~38 Celsius).

Anybody got an idea what's wrong or is this is a strange behavior of memtest86+?
post #206 of 329
Hi,

Am new to overclocking, and am looking at the Asrock X58 Extreme.

But I wanted to ask has anyone used the 'ES' chips in their system, and despite the 'supported CPU list' on the Asrock site, will the board take any i7-9xx or 'xeon 1366' chip ?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by THX Jedi View Post
Hi,

Am new to overclocking, and am looking at the Asrock X58 Extreme.

But I wanted to ask has anyone used the 'ES' chips in their system, and despite the 'supported CPU list' on the Asrock site, will the board take any i7-9xx or 'xeon 1366' chip ?

Thanks
I'm sure it will run an ES chip. Everything on the CPU support list, the board supports.
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post #208 of 329
Ok, here I am again. After I got my replacement RAM sticks, I still got errors when running with 8 GB but I no longer got errors with any one single stick.

So I asked in the Mushkin forum for advice. It was amazing how fast you got answers there. It looks like my RAM is getting too warm. So my first thought was getting a better ventilated case. Then I got the idea to try another type of RAM with heat spreaders. So I got myself 2 2x2 GB Kingston DDR3-1600 HyperX DDR3 Kits. However, after running memtest86+ for 20 minutes they already felt warmer than the Mushkin RAMs, nearly painfully hot, and I stopped the test for fear of damaging the RAM modules or the motherboard.

So now I will get myself a HyperX RAM cooler which seems to bring down RAM temperature by about 10 degrees in some reviews. Depending on the results I will see, if I get a new case with more fans (maybe the
Antec Big Tower Twelve Hundred).

Am I the only one that has temperature problems with 8 GB RAM and the AsRock P55?
post #209 of 329
yeah i was wondering if it was maybe an issue with your case. my ram doesnt appear to be too hot during gameplay, but mine's listed as needing 1.65volts.
post #210 of 329
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yeah i was wondering if it was maybe an issue with your case. my ram doesnt appear to be too hot during gameplay, but mine's listed as needing 1.65volts.
I think apart from the fact you got a well ventilated case, the Antec Twelve Hundred, it may also help that you only use 3 of 6 memory slots while I use all 4 slots and the memory sticks are therefore quite close together. With only 2 sticks my system is running stable.

Since I find it difficult to wait any longer to get my system ready, I have ordered an Antec Nine Hundred Two together with the RAM cooler which I should hopefully be able to pick up this evening.
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