Gigabyte EP35 DS3L memory settings

I'm fairly new to the forum, but not new to system building at all (go back to the 486SX days). I finally upgraded my Athlon XP system recently after 4 years. Went with:

e7200 (no OC)
Gigabyte EP35-DS3L (F4 bios)
zotac 8800GT AMP edition
4 GB (2x2) G.Skill PC2 8500 (8500CL5D)
Seagate 7200.10 250GB

for the main parts. But the problem is: after the initial install of XP (went super smooth, faster than I've ever experienced before!), it was OK for a few days but then I started getting weird errors: Windows installer saying it can't install new updates for whatever reason, trouble loading windows after the loading screen disappears (it would just reboot, but would then be fine after restarting again), and for a while I got the BSOD after I installed SP3 which went away after numerous reboots. I've went through all that I could think of, and am currently thinking it's the RAM settings since I haven't messed with that at all. So, I've gone through and manually defined the settings based on the following from G.Skill:

My question is, they're saying to set the "refresh to ACT delay" to 0, but I don't have that in my settings. It goes from "auto" and then 1-255, but I can't find 0 anywhere. Does anyone else have this issue? And, do you think this could the cause of my issues or am I barking up the wrong tree? I'm going to point my finger at the hard drive next. Scandisk/chkdsk run successfully though, so I'm not too sure.

Any help is appreciated, thanks!
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  1. just checked with gigabyte site supported memory list [pdf]does not show any g.skill,suggest you do the same and replace asap,warranty y'know..:>)
    Take a look at this forum. It should answer a few or your questions.

    And this for your update problem:
    If you use method 2 put a space after the quotation marks or it wont work. Looks like...C:\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe" /wuforce
    The article does not have the quotation marks but your run window entry will.
  3. Agree 100% with 86p. I have personally experienced these compatibility issues as well. G.Skill is generally good RAM, but P35 chipset boards seem to have issues with native DDR2-1066. Get DDR2-800 and overclock it if you want to.
  4. I'm planning a system using the GA-EP35-DS3L with an E8400 CPU and 1066MHz memory (Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5)

    Is the 1066 memory still problematic? About 9 months ago, I tried running this same memory in a GA-P35-DS4 at 1066 and it never worked without errors. I finally dropped it to 800MHz and it was fine, but that was rather disappointing since I paid a big premium for the 1066 speed at the time.

    The GA-EP35-DS3L supports FSB of 1333/1066/800 MHz and supports memory speed of 1066/800/667 MHz.
    Is it necessary to run the FSB at the same speed as memory? Or would it be better to run the FSB at 1333 and the memory at 1066?

    Another thing I noticed is that even though the Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5 is sold as 1066, the SPD (of the memory I tried 9 months ago) had settings for 800MHz. Corsairs said that was the highest timing that was supported by the SPD standards. Is that still the case?

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