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Even if the drivers are not WHQL verified, they almost always work perfectly. The problem with WHQL certification is that it takes a long time for microsoft to fully test and approve the drivers, therefore, many manufacturers release products with un-approved but perfectly stable/compatible drivers (they will usually say so in the manual)
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Even if the drivers are not WHQL verified, they almost always work perfectly. The problem with WHQL certification is that it takes a long time for microsoft to fully test and approve the drivers, therefore, many manufacturers release products with un-approved but perfectly stable/compatible drivers (they will usually say so in the manual)
That's true once windows is installed. But slipstreaming or using F6 during installation with non WHQL can lead to BSOD.
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F*** ... I tried changing memory timings for bios didn't detect them automatically, and now everything is F*****. I guess bios didn't like the factory timings on the memory. Once I saved and exit out of bios, it went directly into the bios flash screen and did not move out of it. I don't think it takes 15 or more minutes to flash, so it powered down, no choice. Nothing worked after that. I had to use the mobo CD to reflash the bios, and now I have an older version, s***, looks like I'll be flashing her again. This stinks ... could my memory be the problem if I can't even set the correct timings on it?
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F*** ... I tried changing memory timings for bios didn't detect them automatically, and now everything is F*****. I guess bios didn't like the factory timings on the memory. Once I saved and exit out of bios, it went directly into the bios flash screen and did not move out of it. I don't think it takes 15 or more minutes to flash, so it powered down, no choice. Nothing worked after that. I had to use the mobo CD to reflash the bios, and now I have an older version, s***, looks like I'll be flashing her again. This stinks ... could my memory be the problem if I can't even set the correct timings on it?
Next time instead of flashing the bios, you could use the CMOS reset jumper on the motherboard. This will get you back to default bios settings without flashing.

I'd suggest getting the latest bios, then using cpuz/cpuid to check the memory's SPD settings and comparing those to what the specs for the memory are to make sure it's what you're expecting.

Could be mem, could be mobo, or cpu's memory controller. Did you have the latest BIOS installed when it was detecting the wrong speeds?
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I reset the cmos, however it still wouldn't boot, didn't make it to the bios, all I got was boot to cd or floppy, so I inserted the mobo cd, and rest is history, I have the latest before the beta that just came out a week ago. CPUZ is giving me the right numbers as advertised, but still having trouble reaching it. Perhaps I'm not the only one w/ the same problem, ppl posted the same issues @ newegg about the memory not reaching cl 2, and 2.5 is the max, maybe I'll up the voltage and see what happens. And if it can't reach the advertised #s, perhaps a RMA?

How do you find out if it's the mobo or CPU? Which programs to test?
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Ok here's the load down ...

Trying to install win xp sp1 on Raid 0 (SATA controller 3 and 4) using the NVIDIA controllers. Got raid 0 to setup correctly, stripping size 128k, formatted HDD, set the partition to install the OS, however, after the files are copied, and the install is at the Win screen, it keeps popping up a message stating something about the Win logo not compatible or verified by microsoft. Then it goes to say something about the NVIDIA drivers not compatible with Windows XP. But the installation process is still going on, everything installs, however it will not boot. Even in safe mode, it does not boot.

Is there a problem with the NVIDIA drivers?? Do I need SP2?? What did I do wrong?

The NVIDIA drivers were copied to the floppy from the mobo CD from the beginning, I used F6 for third party drivers, and hit S twice for both driver and controller. Is the floppy still needed after that?

Forgot to mention, there's no OCing yet.



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Next time, you might want to use a smaller striping size. Ideally, you want a 4X ratio of cluster size to stripe size. You'll find it performs faster
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How exactly does the 4x ratio work, can you explain it a little or direct me to some reading material. Thanks
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