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Ga-Ep45-ud3p initial boot problems please help

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August 10, 2009 4:01:08 PM

Ga-Ep45-ud3p initial boot problems please help

Gents, I have taken the plunge to build a new computer and although I think I’m close, I am having some issues. Any help will save me hours and days of time. I am trying my best o hang in there without forking out money to have someone fix this but after 4 straight days and two OS reloads and repeated re-boots, I am getting close to giving up. Please help!!!

My problem occurs during startup or cold boot. It appears to goes away when the machine is warm or rebooted after entering the BIOS.

On the initial boot I am getting garbles across the screen as though the video card is not working. When XP loads, everything is large as though I have just installed a new video card. I reboot and hit DELETE to go into the Bios and I have a readable but very garbled video screen. I enter MB Intelligent Tweaker and hit the down arrow key down very fast and then up very fast and suddenly the screen clears up. Sometimes it clears up when I enter the Tweaker screen and other times it takes a minute or two.

I have version 1 of the board and have updated the Bios this past week (F9).

My system-
Hard Drive-Raptor SATA Hard Drive (150) non-raid
Chip-Intel Q9550
Memory-DDR2 OCZ2P10664GK PC2-8500 (2x2048)
Video Card-PNY Verto GeForce 8600GT PC Express x16
Two CD rom drives set up as Cable Select
OS XP with SP3

I have tried different settings for the ram but no luck.
First boot device is set to Hard Drive.

After reviewing the below specs, please contact me for any further info.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.
Alex

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Robust Graphics Booster ...............: FAST
CPU Clock Ratio ..........................: 8x
Fine CPU Clock Ratio +.5
CPU Frequency ...........................:2.83


Clock Chip Control
Standard Clock Control
CPU Host Clock Control..................: [disabled]
CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) ............: 333Mhz
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:Auto

C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]


Advanced Clock Control [Press Enter]
CPU Clock Drive...........................: 800mv
PCI Express Clock Drive.................: 900mv
CPU Clock Skew (ps)....................: 0ps
MCH Clock Skew (ps)...................: 0ps


DRAM Performance Control
Performance Enhance...................: [Turbo]
Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.).....: AUTO
(G)MCH Frequency Latch...............: [Auto]
System Memory Multiplier ..............: SPD [AUTO]
Memory Frequency (Mhz) ..............: 1066
DRAM Timing Selectable ................: [Manual]

Standard Timing Control
CAS Latency Time........................5
tRCD .........................................5
tRP'...........................................5
tRAS..........................................18



Advanced Timing Control
tRRD...........................................4
tWTR..........................................4
tWR............................................6
tRFC...........................................72
tRTP...........................................4
Command Rate (CMD) ....................0

Driving Strength Profiles
Driving Strength ............................800-1200 Bench them all

Channel A
Static tRead Value.........................:6
tRD Phase0 Adjustment...................:0 Auto
tRD Phase1 Adjustment...................:0 Auto
tRD Phase2 Adjustment .................:0 Auto
tRD Phase3 Adjustment..................:0 Auto
Trd2rd(Different Rank)....................:8 Auto
Twr2wr(Different Rank)...................:8 Auto
Twr2rd(Different Rank)...................:7Auto
Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank)..................:9 Auto
Dimm1 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto
Dimm2 Clock Skew Control...............:Auto

Channel B
**same as above**

Motherboard Voltage Control
CPU
Load-line Calibration Disabled
CPU Vcore….……….........................:1.27500v [Auto]
CPU Termination…..... 1.200v.......: <<< [AUTO]
CPU PLL…………………....1.500v.......: << 1.5 [AUTO]

CPU Referen.…………....0.760v.......: <<< auto


MCH/ICH
MCH Core…………….....1.100v...........:AUTO
MCH Reference….…….0.760...........; AUTO
MCH/DRAM Ref.…......0.900V...........: AUTO
ICH I/O……………….....1.500V............: AUTO
ICH Core…………...……1.100V............: AUTO

DRAM
DRAM Voltage ……....1.800v............: 2.1 (THIS IS IN PINK)
DRAM Termination .…0.900V............: <<< auto
Channel A Reference 0.900V............: <<< auto
Channel B Reference 0.900V............: <<< auto

Advanced Settings
Limit CPUID Max. to 3.....................: [Disabled]
No-Execute Memory Protect............: [Enabled]
CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E)................: [Disabled]
CPU Thermal Monitor 2(TM2) ...........: [Enabled]
CPU EIST Function.........................: [Enabled]
Virtualization Technology................: [Enabled]
Delay for HDD 0
Full Screen logo Disables
Init Display First PEG

Integrated Peripherals
SATA RAID/AHCI Mode [Disabled] I set it up on OS install initially on AHCI but when I hit “Load Optimal Levels” the screen went to disabled
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [Disabled]
Azalia Codec [Auto]

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August 10, 2009 4:47:31 PM

First things first: have you done a "Load Optimized Defaults" since startup? This is a mandatory first step. Another is to uninstall EasyTune and/or EnergySaver, if they are installed...


My advice: strip the system of everything, except:
video card and monitor
keyboard
all PSU plugs
one stick of RAM in slot closest to CPU...
jumper the RST_CMOS pins for a few seconds...
Then do the LoadOpt...

I'll post only the settings to change:

MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
Robust Graphics Booster ...............: AUTO
PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) .........:100 (not 'auto')

C.I.A.2 .................................:[Disabled]

DRAM Performance Control
Performance Enhance...................: [Standard]
Command Rate (CMD) ....................0 (auto should set this to 2 after load opt)
Driving Strength Profiles
Driving Strength ............................auto
Channel A
Static tRead Value.........................:6 (bump this to 7, on both channels)

DRAM
DRAM Voltage ……....1.800v............: 2.1 (THIS IS IN PINK) (I believe this will show red for any value above 2.05 - your RAM is spec'd at 2.2V

Advanced Settings
CPU EIST Function.........................: [Disabled]

Integrated Peripherals
SATA RAID/AHCI Mode [Disabled] I set it up on OS install initially on AHCI but when I hit “Load Optimal Levels” the screen went to disabled
SATA Port0-3 Native Mode [Enabled] (activates IRQ sharing for drives; unless using Windoze version ME or earlier, always leave enabled)

Additional setting:

On the "Integrated Peripherals" page:

Your manual shows "Legacy USB storage detect", but later BIOS say "USB Storage Function" - either way, set to "Disabled"
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