I have a buffalo drive station external hard drive (with own power supply) attached to my machine via a usb port,
my motherboard is a gigabyte ep45t-ds3r running a e8600 at 4ghz.
when i have the external drive turned on the system memory check at bootup fails (corsair ddr3 9-9-9-24 at 1333) and the system restarts until the backup bios kicks in and boots at standard speeds of 3.33ghz.
with the drive off the system will boot normally.
i am at a loss as to the reasons for the boot failure but it happens every time.
the only modifications i have made to the bios to facilitate the overclock are the change to the fsb (from 333 to 400) and a modification to the ram ratios to bring the timings back to 1333
any thoughts or suggestions as to what to try in order to stop this bizarre error?
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It happens to me as well, a quick fix is to unplug the USB cable before you power on. Then as it loads the OS, re-connect the USB.
heh ye thats pretty much what i have been doing, making sure when i finish a session, turn them off before closing down, so i dont have to remember whats going on when i turn the system back on in the morning..