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P5Wd2 Premium install problems

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August 30, 2005 1:43:14 AM

Hiya all.

Intel 3.4 P4
P5Wd2 Premium
2 GB OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400
ATI X800XL 256 PCI-e
Antec Phantom 500 watt Power Supply

I am having problems using 4 sticks of OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 512 each. When I put 4 sticks into the P5WD2 Premium MB the computer will not start. If I take out the one gb the computer starts fine. The Ram comes up as 4300 during boot. I know that I can set the ram up manually but where do I do that? In the spots where I thought that I'm supposed to adjust it when I reboot the computer it doesn't start xp or allow me into the bios. The Fans spin and it shows power but won't load. When I shut down and restart it goes back into bios and lets me fix it.

My second problem.
Currently I have a Maxtor Diamondmax 10 250 gb SATA HD and that along works fine. I have it in my Sata slot. I was able to install windows xp fine with no problems. I am trying to hook up my other two HDs that are not SATA. I cannot seem to get them to be seen by the computer or bios.

Anyone have any suggestions? I would appricate it as I am pulling my hair out over here but I am not going to give up.
August 30, 2005 6:19:30 PM

I'll tackle the 2nd problem first (call me lazy :cool: )...

The asus specs page for that mobo kept giving me a 404 error, but IIRC, there's only 1 IDE adapter native on the mobo. There is a built-in controller for more adapters on the mobo, and those most likely need drivers installed before they can be used. The drivers should be on the CD that came with the mobo.

For the RAM: I'm not a memory specialist, so I don't know why when you setup the RAM it doesn't work at all, but for the problem with only half the RAM working... Have you tried both gig individually to confirm they both work? Also ensure that all 4 memory slots work by moving a working gig to the other 2 slots.


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August 30, 2005 7:54:13 PM

Got most of it working today.

1. The first set of ram I had like I said wouldn't clock to ddr2 800 with the timings. The computer would not boot into the OS or bios unless I restarted. So I decided to swap them with the other set of ddr2 800 that I had and the second set worked fine when set to ddr2 800 with the right timings. I am guessing that the first set has some production problems of some sort and will RMA it out I guess. kind of sucks

2. The Hard drives worked fine after I downloaded a driver ite driver from asus website installed it and it saw the HD's right away. Its all good to go.

I'm lazy too I knew that update was there but I didn't do it first as I figured I could do without it. :-)
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September 4, 2005 5:31:25 AM

Hey I'm having the same trouble with 2 of my IDE drives! The SATA drive is detected just fine. Can you please post a link to the driver or its name or how to get to it?

I have also installed a DVD-ROM and a CD burner and I actually had to use the connector labelled HDD because the CD one only recognised the CD burner. Did you run into this kind of trouble?

I switched my IDE cable to the one that was supposed to be for the CD just in case but that did not work either for my 2 IDE drives!

Last question! For your 2 IDE drives, did you connect the cable to the Primary IDE connector on the mobo or the Secondary?

I'd sure appreciate your help!!

September 4, 2005 5:35:50 PM

The primary IDE which should be blue is the one that your CD and DVD should be on. The red IDE slots should be used for the HDs.

ASUS P5WD2 Premium
Intel 3.73 EE @ 5.6Ghz
XMS2 DDR2 @ 1180Mhz

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September 5, 2005 7:31:47 AM

Thanks for the reply! I actually figured it out late, really late last night :) 

The cable with the blue, black, and grey connectors was labelled as an HD cable but I used that one for the CD and the DVD otherwise they were not detected.

For the HDs, I installed all the drivers provided on the ASUS support CD. Those included the ITE drivers for the red connectors on the mobo. You can only start using IDE drives on the red connectors only after you install windows and the ITE drivers. They are still not recognised in the BIOS but they are by Windows. It works and that's what matters!

September 6, 2005 5:22:18 AM

They will show up just not on the first BIOS screen. Go to the screen that has the BOOT config and look under HDs.How many and what interface HDs are you using total.

ASUS P5WD2 Premium
Intel 3.73 EE @ 5.6Ghz
XMS2 DDR2 @ 1180Mhz

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