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Anyone have/ever had Asrock 775Dual-VSTA/Upgrade Max out

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January 29, 2009 1:00:59 AM

Hello. I am new to this forum. I currently have a 775Dual-VSTA Motherboard made by Asrock, which curiously is not on the list of vendors in this forum.

My question is for those of you who have or have had this board regarding what components you have installed on it.

The details of it are here:

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=775Dual-VST...

I purchased it almost 2 years ago and am trying to max it out to last a little longer before having to rebuild a whole new computer; I am on a budget. The goal is to be able to last a little longer in the gaming market(I would love to be able to play Far Cry 2 and GTA4) and also make the computer faster on start up (currently about 2 minutes from push button to completely loaded on Windows XP). The computer set up has worked flawlessly for the last two years.

Here is the CPU support list

http://www.asrock.com/mb/cpu.asp?Model=775Dual-VSTA&s=7...

I currently have a Prescott Pentium 4 3.4 CPU. I have been watching the e6600 and e6700 prices and they are reasonable new or used.

Here is the VGA card support list

http://www.asrock.com/mb/vga.asp?Model=775Dual-VSTA&s=7...

I currently have a 7900GS card. According to the list, I can go as high as a 8600GT or 8800GTX. Unfortunately, the PCIe is only set-up for x4 but will fit a x16 card so I have to be careful. Upgrading the card may buy me some more time and is fairly cheap now.

I currently have two 512 sticks of DDRII667 memory (PC5300) and according to the website, the max is 2GB. However, I ordered a pair of 1GB sticks from Newegg and when I installed them, the computer booted but nothing was viewable on screen. When I put the 512 sticks back in, the computer was normal again. Hopefully the replacements work, otherwise I am clueless.

My question is: What CPU, GPU, and Memory did you have max in your identical board?

Hope someone has had this board before and can help me.

Thanks,

Josh
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January 29, 2009 1:21:31 PM

If your new memory still doesn't work with the asrock board, I would look at the newegg socket 775 ddr2 boards. They usually have one new or open box for less than $50 shipped. You can also check the for sale forums for a used e6600 or socket 775 board; the e6600 often goes for around $80 shipped; lots of guys including myself have leftover fry's electronics combo special ecs boards cheap. I use the anandtech for sale forum.
January 29, 2009 1:26:17 PM

o1die said:
If your new memory still doesn't work with the asrock board, I would look at the newegg socket 775 ddr2 boards. They usually have one new or open box for less than $50 shipped. You can also check the for sale forums for a used e6600 or socket 775 board; the e6600 often goes for around $80 shipped; lots of guys including myself have leftover fry's electronics combo special ecs boards cheap. I use the anandtech for sale forum.


What do you mean by "I would look at the newegg socket 775 ddr2 boards"? any link to that? the e6600 go for about that much on ebay, but where on here can I pick one up with paypal?
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January 31, 2009 3:16:47 PM

I am using an E5300 with 4GB of Mushkin and an HD3870 on this mobo, BIOS 3.13g.
January 31, 2009 10:05:12 PM

theAnimal said:
I am using an E5300 with 4GB of Mushkin and an HD3870 on this mobo, BIOS 3.13g.


You are the only person I have found that is still runing this board.

-How were you able to run 4GB on this board when it says 2MB max?
-What CPU are you running? I have a 3.4 Prescott Pentium 4 that i have been able to stabilize(runs very cool) at 3.75. What have you been able to overclock at? I am looking at buying a used e6600 or e6700 C2D.
-Is the HD3870 the highest ATI card that will work on the x4 PCIe slot on this board?
-Will the SATA 3.0 work with this board's Sata 1.5?

I would greatly appreciate any more info you can provide to help me last a year or so more..

Thanks,

Josh
January 31, 2009 11:00:23 PM

jaq78 said:
You are the only person I have found that is still runing this board.

-How were you able to run 4GB on this board when it says 2MB max?
-What CPU are you running? I have a 3.4 Prescott Pentium 4 that i have been able to stabilize(runs very cool) at 3.75. What have you been able to overclock at? I am looking at buying a used e6600 or e6700 C2D.
-Is the HD3870 the highest ATI card that will work on the x4 PCIe slot on this board?
-Will the SATA 3.0 work with this board's Sata 1.5?

I would greatly appreciate any more info you can provide to help me last a year or so more..

Thanks,

Josh


-I'm using an unofficial BIOS (3.13g, actually noticed there's a newer one, time to flash again) from pctreiber.net. http://www.pctreiber.net/filebase.php?cat=22 It has support for >2GB (actually sees about 3.3, 3.25 available in Windows).
-The CPU is a Pentium Dual-core E5300, which right now I have up to 3.4GHz (from 2.6). The E7X00 series is also supported. The E5200/5300 sell for < $100 and have a default 200MHz FSB, and would definitely recommend them over the E6600/6700 due to the limited FSB of this mobo.
-The HD4XX0 cards are supported as well.
-I put a jumper on my HDD so I'm not sure, besides AFAIK there are no current HDDs which are able to use more bandwidth than SATA 1.5 offers anyway.
February 22, 2009 1:55:19 AM

theAnimal said:
-I'm using an unofficial BIOS (3.13g, actually noticed there's a newer one, time to flash again) from pctreiber.net. http://www.pctreiber.net/filebase.php?cat=22 It has support for >2GB (actually sees about 3.3, 3.25 available in Windows).
-The CPU is a Pentium Dual-core E5300, which right now I have up to 3.4GHz (from 2.6). The E7X00 series is also supported. The E5200/5300 sell for < $100 and have a default 200MHz FSB, and would definitely recommend them over the E6600/6700 due to the limited FSB of this mobo.
-The HD4XX0 cards are supported as well.
-I put a jumper on my HDD so I'm not sure, besides AFAIK there are no current HDDs which are able to use more bandwidth than SATA 1.5 offers anyway.


on your e5300, what number did you set in the bios to jump it from 2.6 to 3.4?, why would that be better than the e6600/e6700? I am not following on what you mean about limited FSB of the motherboard...
February 22, 2009 6:12:58 AM

jaq78 said:
on your e5300, what number did you set in the bios to jump it from 2.6 to 3.4?, why would that be better than the e6600/e6700? I am not following on what you mean about limited FSB of the motherboard...


I upped my FSB from 200 to 262. The FSB on this mobo will not go much over 300, so for a chip with 266 default FSB and a low multiplier you don't have much headroom.
February 22, 2009 12:52:55 PM

Right, I have found that 297 is the best FSB for the e6700 on this board which puts it at 2.97ghz. With that said, is the e5300 at 3.4 actually better than the e6700 at 2.97 when L2 Cache 2MB vs L2 Cache of 4MB on the e6700 and Front Side Bus 800MHz vs FSB of 1066?
February 22, 2009 12:55:09 PM

I also don't see that model on the CPU supported list for the board on the ASROCK website...
February 22, 2009 12:55:47 PM

What about the X6800? How high can it go on this board?
February 22, 2009 3:22:23 PM

jaq78 said:
Right, I have found that 297 is the best FSB for the e6700 on this board which puts it at 2.97ghz. With that said, is the e5300 at 3.4 actually better than the e6700 at 2.97 when L2 Cache 2MB vs L2 Cache of 4MB on the e6700 and Front Side Bus 800MHz vs FSB of 1066?


Yes. The cache does not make much difference, nor does the FSB (which is actually 1048 vs 1188).
February 22, 2009 3:23:51 PM

jaq78 said:
I also don't see that model on the CPU supported list for the board on the ASROCK website...


I'm using a beta BIOS, which adds support for E5X00 and E7X00.
February 22, 2009 3:24:38 PM

jaq78 said:
What about the X6800? How high can it go on this board?


As high as the default Vcore will allow.
November 1, 2009 1:17:18 PM

theAnimal said:
-I'm using an unofficial BIOS (3.13g, actually noticed there's a newer one, time to flash again) from pctreiber.net. .

So I have been to
http://www.pctreiber.net to get the latest bios, but am a little unsure how to update the motherboard with it ...as all the instructions are in German. Google translate does a good job ... but still suffers and as this task is something that you HAVE to be confident with, I was hoping that someone on here could either direct me to some english instructions or at least let me know via this thread on how I go about flashing the bios ?

I flashed the bios to 3.10 yesterday ( the latest official bios ) via windows and that was easy and worked a treat. But I am not than confident in uping to 3.19a as there is just a file with a "19a" extention and nothing else ?!

Any help would be greatly appreciated !!

Thanks,

Chris." target="_blank">

Hi,

I appreciate that the original thread is quite old ... but I hope someone could help me ?

I obviously have the 775dual-vsta board and have just seen on this forum and others that you can "install" beta bios's to get extra features etc ... the most important one to me is allowing it to use more than 2gb memory.

So I have been to http://www.pctreiber.net to get the latest bios, but am a little unsure how to update the motherboard with it ...as all the instructions are in German. Google translate does a good job ... but still suffers and as this task is something that you HAVE to be confident with, I was hoping that someone on here could either direct me to some english instructions or at least let me know via this thread on how I go about flashing the bios ?

I flashed the bios to 3.10 yesterday ( the latest official bios ) via windows and that was easy and worked a treat. But I am not than confident in uping to 3.19a as there is just a file with a "19a" extention and nothing else ?!

Any help would be greatly appreciated !!

Thanks,

Chris.
November 3, 2009 6:23:30 PM

bigmox68,

you have two choices:

1) If you have a floppy drive and a working boot floppy, download the 3.10 DOS bios update from the ASROCK site, copy the ASRflash.exe file and the new BIOS image file (e.g. "75DVSTA3.19a") to the floppy, reboot and run the ASRflash from the DOS command line once you've booted from the floppy. Follow the instructions given on the ASROCK site, just substitute the 3.19 BIOS file for the 3.10 file.

2)If you don't have a floppy anymore (I don't), download the 3.17a boot image from the PCTREIBER site, burn it to a CD, and boot from the CD. Run the flask utility as mentioned above.

The 3.19 rev adds support for the latest CPUs, and a graphics card. If all you care about is the memory patch, you should be fine with the 3.17 rev.

Hope this helps.
Anonymous
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January 3, 2010 7:52:06 PM

Hi Josh

Still with your 775Dual-VSTA? Is the board working ok?
Don't want to sell it and renew your computer? :-)

Thanks in advance

Roger
Brazil
January 30, 2010 7:57:20 PM

aboczsr said:
bigmox68,

you have two choices:

1) If you have a floppy drive and a working boot floppy, download the 3.10 DOS bios update from the ASROCK site, copy the ASRflash.exe file and the new BIOS image file (e.g. "75DVSTA3.19a") to the floppy, reboot and run the ASRflash from the DOS command line once you've booted from the floppy. Follow the instructions given on the ASROCK site, just substitute the 3.19 BIOS file for the 3.10 file.

2)If you don't have a floppy anymore (I don't), download the 3.17a boot image from the PCTREIBER site, burn it to a CD, and boot from the CD. Run the flask utility as mentioned above.

The 3.19 rev adds support for the latest CPUs, and a graphics card. If all you care about is the memory patch, you should be fine with the 3.17 rev.

Hope this helps.


aboczsr,
If I follow you correctly, and I need 3.19 (For E7500) and don't have floppy, I would download 3.1 DOS from ASRock and , copy flash and 3.19 to cd and boot from it. Does that sound correct?
April 8, 2010 9:05:34 PM

Hello, Does anyone got the 3.19 BIOS update for Asrock 775Dual-VSTA ? The German website seems to no longer have it...
So if someone can send it to me it will be really appreciate:

you can post it to: paullambda@yahoo.com


Tank you
October 21, 2010 6:56:44 PM

Hello,

Does anyone got the 3.19 BIOS update for Asrock 775Dual-VSTA ?

I think This German site is no longer possible. please send me this bios update in my Email: Iraklilion@gmail.com

Thank You
April 20, 2011 7:06:11 AM

i am currently running a asrock 775 dual vista and heres what i am running


his radeon 4670 agp 1gb ddr3 128bit


2gb balistix ddr2 667


creative xfi hi fidelity 24bit

600W coolmax psu

and an intel pentium 4 3.0ghz prescott 64bit

my os was win7 but went back to xp pro sp3

runs xp and win 7 perfectly
November 22, 2011 8:03:59 PM

hunterfox said:
i am currently running a asrock 775 dual vista and heres what i am running


his radeon 4670 agp 1gb ddr3 128bit


2gb balistix ddr2 667


creative xfi hi fidelity 24bit

600W coolmax psu

and an intel pentium 4 3.0ghz prescott 64bit

my os was win7 but went back to xp pro sp3

runs xp and win 7 perfectly


Hunter for gods sake man What Graphics driver are you using? Full Catalyst or just driver? I have this board and exact card and cant get the right drivers. PLEASE HELP
January 29, 2012 9:26:19 PM

aboczsr said:
bigmox68,

you have two choices:

1) If you have a floppy drive and a working boot floppy, download the 3.10 DOS bios update from the ASROCK site, copy the ASRflash.exe file and the new BIOS image file (e.g. "75DVSTA3.19a") to the floppy, reboot and run the ASRflash from the DOS command line once you've booted from the floppy. Follow the instructions given on the ASROCK site, just substitute the 3.19 BIOS file for the 3.10 file.

The 3.19 rev adds support for the latest CPUs, and a graphics card.

Hope this helps.


OHHHH! It did! And it did well! Thank you dude! d_(^_^)_
I have beed surfing the web for answers to my questions for two days and here you go! It was pretty straight simple but the web is full with bullshi7 info and unwanted ads... however I did downloaded the 3.10 ASRflash and the 3.19a Bios from PCTREIBER. Followed your instructions and the ones on Asrock's site and all went well. Now i got more CPU options in Bios and my E5200 works x12.5 @2500MHz (will wait for stability test and than OC).
MBO: ASROCK 775Dual-Vsta
CPU: E5200
GPU: AGP : Ati Radeon 4670 1GB DDR3 128bit
RAM: 1G+512MB Kingston KVR DDR400
PSU: 405W very very budget _(T_T)_
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January 29, 2012 10:44:07 PM

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