Hey, I have just recently built a computer with the nvidia 680i sli motherboard, q6600 2.4ghz processor, and it is a liquid cooling system with a 8500 geforce video card loaded with Windows Vista 64bit. I am using the PC6400 DDR2 OCZ SLI-Ready 2gb x 4 sticks
I have installed Windows Vista 64bit with 2gb of ram (1stick) and everytime I sign into windows, after a minute or two, it will just freeze and the only thing i can do it is use the power button to turn it off. I am new to this but am wondering what is the problem and how to get the rest of the ram to work with a total of 8gb running.
Please if anyone has the same problem or know the solution as to what I can do, it will be greatly appreciated.
I have installed Windows Vista 64bit with 2gb of ram (1stick) and everytime I sign into windows, after a minute or two, it will just freeze and the only thing i can do it is use the power button to turn it off.
To clarify, 1 stick or all 4 when the system crashes?
Assuming 1 stick for the moment - be sure it is set to mfg spec voltage in the BIOS. If you need more help on finding this setting let us know. It will be in BIOS setup somewhere, but it's a little different with different BIOS/MPBOs.
Get 1 stick stable then add the extra ram later.
That chipset (nvidia 680i) IIRC sometimes needs a small voltage increase on the Northbridge.
Freezing shortly after booting can also be a heat problem - did you get all the air out of your lines? Have you checked your temps?
2.0 didnt change anything, it'll jus freeze 2minutes right after the desktop loaded and now i changed it to 2.1. i refreshed my windows experience score and same thing again, it crashed so i had to boot it again.
All I can suggest is that you double check your temps. A system crash shortly after booting windows often indicates an overheating problem. Be sure the water block is secure against the CPU and that there is no air in the system. There are usually instructions about bleeding out the air before you run the system.
Someone above suggested running memtest and this is a good way of determining system stability by taking the OS and drivers out of the picture.
You might also try bumping up the northbridge voltage a tad as this has helped many people get that chipset stable.
will do, thanks so much for ur help. ill let u kno the status once more and if nothing helps, i will most likely jus send the mobo back but its gonna be a lot of time taking things out and the waterblock. =/