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Ext User(RonM)
05-10-2011, 10:47 PM
You have to manually enter in your voltage, 2.0, and timings,
which the website for your ram says are CL 6-7-7-20.
It says you can go up to 2.05 v before violating the warrantee.
EasyTune is a software program that Gigabyte includes with some of it's
boards.

OCZ / Products / Memory / OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Fatal1ty 4GB Dual Channel
OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 Fatal1ty 4GB Dual Channel
a..
a.. OCZ2F10664GK
CompUSATigerDirect USANeweggAmazon
b..














1066MHz DDR2
CL 6-7-7-20
(CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS)
Available in 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kits
Unbuffered
Fatal1ty Branded XTC Heatspreader*
Lifetime Warranty
2.0 Volts
240 Pin DIMM

Special Features

2.05V EVP***

Part Numbers

4GB Dual Channel Kit PN - OCZ2F10664GK




OCZ2F10664GK
CompUSA . TigerDirect USA . Newegg . Amazon




OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 / 1066MHz / Fatal1ty Edition / 4GB Dual
Channel

The OCZ Fatal1ty series is the official memory for the
Championship Gaming Series. These high-performance memory kits were
co-developed with the expertise of the world's 12-time champion to meet the
needs of fellow gamers, and are designed to help deliver exceptional gaming
visuals and overclocking potential to ensure your high-powered gaming PC
maintains unsurpassed stability.

The OCZ Fatal1ty memory kits feature high densities and
blazing frequencies to help DirectX-10 PC games reach their full potential
on the latest platforms.


* XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreaders optimize
the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by
means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space
inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat
is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded
more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical
stability is maintained.







--
Ron A. Marraccini
Legal Investigations - PSID #33657
2000 N.E. 42nd Ave., #192
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 407-8948


"Giga Guy" <Giga@Guy.com> wrote in message news:49B88683.629926BC@Guy.com...
> RonM wrote:
>
>> The board defaults to the 800Mhz setting -
>> Go into the bios and change the settings/voltage per the RAM sticker
>> yourself.
>
> You saying that just by increasing the ram voltage, that the mobo will
> be able to "sense" something in the ram and increase the clock speed
> automatically?
>
> I think it said 2.0 or 2.1 or 2.2 v on the package. I did up the
> voltage to 1.9 but it still said 800 mhz in the bios.
>
>> Don't use the EasyTune program as it may overvolt.
>
> There's no OS on this thing yet. Is there a ram stress program that
> boots from a floppy? Was it something like memtest86? Is that what I'm
> thinking about?
>
>> Let me know how it goes - I am wondering if I
>> should have got the faster stuff myself.
>
> The earliest I'll be able to post back my next results will be about 6
> pm EST tommorrow.

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
The story so far:

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M

Memory tried:

- OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
- Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf

Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total

Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
and run from floppy drive.

Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
as long as I care to let it run).

Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.

System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
itself.

Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).

I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).

I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.

I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
clock them to 800 mhz no problem.

I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
(626) 854-9338.

I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
kit). They said:

KVR1066D2N7K2/4G

But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
DDR3 at that speed and faster.

Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.

Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
listings for 2gb dimms.

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf

I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
(unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).

Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
64-bit with 8gb each.

What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
memory situation?

I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?

I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?

Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?

Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
The story so far:

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M

Memory tried:

- OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
- Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf

Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total

Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
and run from floppy drive.

Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
as long as I care to let it run).

Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.

System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
itself.

Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).

I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).

I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.

I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
clock them to 800 mhz no problem.

I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
(626) 854-9338.

I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
kit). They said:

KVR1066D2N7K2/4G

But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
DDR3 at that speed and faster.

Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.

Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
listings for 2gb dimms.

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf

I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
(unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).

Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
64-bit with 8gb each.

What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
memory situation?

I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?

I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?

Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?

Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?

Ext User(Bob Bailin)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
"Giga Guy" <Giga@Guy.com> wrote in message news:49B98C17.CDC18E8D@Guy.com...
> The story so far:
>
> Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
> CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M
>
> Memory tried:
>
> - OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
> - Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
> http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf
>
> Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total
>
> Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
> no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
> connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
> and run from floppy drive.
>
> Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
> time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
> as long as I care to let it run).
>
> Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
> mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.
>
> System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
> exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
> itself.
>
> Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
> 2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
> auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).
>
> I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
> board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
> mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).
>
> I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
> 2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
> sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
> screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.
>
> I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
> clock them to 800 mhz no problem.
>
> I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
> (626) 854-9338.
>
> I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
> kit). They said:
>
> KVR1066D2N7K2/4G
>
> But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
> not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
> DDR3 at that speed and faster.
>
> Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
> kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.
>
> Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
> listings for 2gb dimms.
>
> http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf
>
> I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
> (unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).
>
> Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
> motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
> 64-bit with 8gb each.
>
> What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
> memory situation?
>
> I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
> industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?
>
> I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
> always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
> to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?
>
> Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?
>
> Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?

Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying 1066 MHz
memory.
If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, Kingston offers their
KVR800D2N6K2/4G kits (2x2G) for $39/ea at newegg.com. No, they won't
be as fast as working 1066 memory, but I doubt you'd notice the difference
in a blind test. I've found that with some motherboards, fast memory doesn't
always behave as expected when manually configured for slower speeds.
My previous Intel mb wouldn't boot if I set my 667 memory to 533, for
instance, but it worked fine at 667 using the spd settings.

I was going to suggest that you leave room to expand by buying one
8GB kit, but they're $443/ea, not the expected $80/ea.

Do yourself a favor and reset the memory timings to factory default
by removing all the memory and booting the system until it beeps.

Bob

Ext User(Bob Bailin)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
"Giga Guy" <Giga@Guy.com> wrote in message news:49B98C17.CDC18E8D@Guy.com...
> The story so far:
>
> Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
> CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M
>
> Memory tried:
>
> - OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
> - Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
> http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf
>
> Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total
>
> Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
> no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
> connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
> and run from floppy drive.
>
> Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
> time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
> as long as I care to let it run).
>
> Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
> mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.
>
> System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
> exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
> itself.
>
> Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
> 2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
> auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).
>
> I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
> board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
> mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).
>
> I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
> 2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
> sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
> screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.
>
> I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
> clock them to 800 mhz no problem.
>
> I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
> (626) 854-9338.
>
> I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
> kit). They said:
>
> KVR1066D2N7K2/4G
>
> But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
> not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
> DDR3 at that speed and faster.
>
> Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
> kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.
>
> Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
> listings for 2gb dimms.
>
> http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf
>
> I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
> (unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).
>
> Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
> motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
> 64-bit with 8gb each.
>
> What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
> memory situation?
>
> I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
> industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?
>
> I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
> always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
> to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?
>
> Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?
>
> Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?

Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying 1066 MHz
memory.
If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, Kingston offers their
KVR800D2N6K2/4G kits (2x2G) for $39/ea at newegg.com. No, they won't
be as fast as working 1066 memory, but I doubt you'd notice the difference
in a blind test. I've found that with some motherboards, fast memory doesn't
always behave as expected when manually configured for slower speeds.
My previous Intel mb wouldn't boot if I set my 667 memory to 533, for
instance, but it worked fine at 667 using the spd settings.

I was going to suggest that you leave room to expand by buying one
8GB kit, but they're $443/ea, not the expected $80/ea.

Do yourself a favor and reset the memory timings to factory default
by removing all the memory and booting the system until it beeps.

Bob

Ext User(RonM)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Try these guys - It's also a dedicated Gigabyte forum
and they have a couple of guys who are pretty knowledgable

http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/

--
Ron A. Marraccini


"Bob Bailin" <72027.3605@compuserve.com> wrote in message
news:BAgul.18573$YU2.17090@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>
> "Giga Guy" <Giga@Guy.com> wrote in message
> news:49B98C17.CDC18E8D@Guy.com...
>> The story so far:
>>
>> Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
>> CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M
>>
>> Memory tried:
>>
>> - OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
>> - Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
>> http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf
>>
>> Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total
>>
>> Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
>> no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
>> connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
>> and run from floppy drive.
>>
>> Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
>> time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
>> as long as I care to let it run).
>>
>> Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
>> mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.
>>
>> System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
>> exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
>> itself.
>>
>> Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
>> 2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
>> auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).
>>
>> I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
>> board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
>> mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).
>>
>> I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
>> 2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
>> sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
>> screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.
>>
>> I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
>> clock them to 800 mhz no problem.
>>
>> I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
>> (626) 854-9338.
>>
>> I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
>> kit). They said:
>>
>> KVR1066D2N7K2/4G
>>
>> But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
>> not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
>> DDR3 at that speed and faster.
>>
>> Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
>> kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.
>>
>> Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
>> listings for 2gb dimms.
>>
>> http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf
>>
>> I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
>> (unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).
>>
>> Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
>> motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
>> 64-bit with 8gb each.
>>
>> What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
>> memory situation?
>>
>> I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
>> industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?
>>
>> I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
>> always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
>> to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?
>>
>> Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?
>>
>> Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?
>
> Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying 1066 MHz
> memory.
> If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, Kingston offers their
> KVR800D2N6K2/4G kits (2x2G) for $39/ea at newegg.com. No, they won't
> be as fast as working 1066 memory, but I doubt you'd notice the difference
> in a blind test. I've found that with some motherboards, fast memory
> doesn't
> always behave as expected when manually configured for slower speeds.
> My previous Intel mb wouldn't boot if I set my 667 memory to 533, for
> instance, but it worked fine at 667 using the spd settings.
>
> I was going to suggest that you leave room to expand by buying one
> 8GB kit, but they're $443/ea, not the expected $80/ea.
>
> Do yourself a favor and reset the memory timings to factory default
> by removing all the memory and booting the system until it beeps.
>
> Bob

Ext User(RonM)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Try these guys - It's also a dedicated Gigabyte forum
and they have a couple of guys who are pretty knowledgable

http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/

--
Ron A. Marraccini


"Bob Bailin" <72027.3605@compuserve.com> wrote in message
news:BAgul.18573$YU2.17090@nlpi066.nbdc.sbc.com...
>
> "Giga Guy" <Giga@Guy.com> wrote in message
> news:49B98C17.CDC18E8D@Guy.com...
>> The story so far:
>>
>> Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0
>> CPU: Intel Q8200 Core2Quad CPU (2.33 ghz fsb) SLB5M
>>
>> Memory tried:
>>
>> - OCZ 2F10664GK (PC8500) Fatality Edition 4gb kit
>> - Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C7 G (composed of 2 dimms: CM2X2048-8500C7)
>> http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TWIN2X4096-8500C7.pdf
>>
>> Both are kits of 2 dimms, 2 gb per dim, 4 gb total
>>
>> Test situation: Motherboard installed in a desktop case, no hard drive,
>> no CD rom. Generic video card plugged into PCI slot. Floppy drive
>> connected to motherboard. memtest86 (v 3.5, single core version) booted
>> and run from floppy drive.
>>
>> Memory is tested (first, all dimm's installed individually, one at a
>> time). All dimms pass (pass = memtest86 runs for several minutes, for
>> as long as I care to let it run).
>>
>> Next, memory is installed in pairs (single channel mode, dual channel
>> mode). 2 dimms max. Dimms are not mixed.
>>
>> System fails test when both dimms are installed. memtest fails at
>> exactly the same point - early during the first pass. System reboots
>> itself.
>>
>> Have tried both 800 and 1066 mhz ram speed. Have raised ram voltage to
>> 2.2v (for OCZ) and 2.0v for Corsair. Have set the timing to both
>> auto/spd and manual (according to ram documentation).
>>
>> I called OCZ and confirmed that this ram has not been QVL'd on this
>> board. In addition, the OCZ tech said that he's read that gigabyte
>> mobo's have a lot of problems running 4 gig kits (2 x 2mb).
>>
>> I tried a bunch of different timing settings and ran the voltage up to
>> 2.20 v (That number 2.20v is stamped on the
>> sticker on this memory, the OCZ tech says he's not seeing that on his
>> screen). OCZ phone is 800-459-1816.
>>
>> I tried a 2gb kit (2 x 1gb) Kingston (KHX6400D2LLK2/2G) and was able to
>> clock them to 800 mhz no problem.
>>
>> I tried calling gigabyte, but after 15 minutes on hold I hung up. Phone
>> (626) 854-9338.
>>
>> I called Kingston and asked what they have for QVL on that board (4gb
>> kit). They said:
>>
>> KVR1066D2N7K2/4G
>>
>> But they said they stopped making them July 2008. They say that you are
>> not going to see much DDR2-1066 anymore because everyone is focusing on
>> DDR3 at that speed and faster.
>>
>> Called Corsair (510) 657 8747. They suggested Q2x8G6400C4DHX (8 gb
>> kit). I want to run 8 gb on this board.
>>
>> Gigabyte memory support list for this board is useless. Hardly any
>> listings for 2gb dimms.
>>
>> http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/MemorySupport/motherboard_memory_ga-ep45-ds3l.pdf
>>
>> I have a package of Kingston KHX8500D2K2/4G that I haven't yet opened
>> (unless I open it carefully I won't be able to return it).
>>
>> Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
>> motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
>> 64-bit with 8gb each.
>>
>> What the **** is the deal with these ****ING motherboards and ****ING
>> memory situation?
>>
>> I havn't bought any new motherboards for 2 YEARS. Is this how far the
>> industry has come in that time? A TOTAL ****UP?
>>
>> I knew ASUS was a ****ed up company that made ****ed up motherboards. I
>> always had good experience with Gigabyte in the past. Have they fallen
>> to the catagory of ****ed up motherboard makers too?
>>
>> Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at 800 mhz?
>>
>> Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?
>
> Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying 1066 MHz
> memory.
> If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, Kingston offers their
> KVR800D2N6K2/4G kits (2x2G) for $39/ea at newegg.com. No, they won't
> be as fast as working 1066 memory, but I doubt you'd notice the difference
> in a blind test. I've found that with some motherboards, fast memory
> doesn't
> always behave as expected when manually configured for slower speeds.
> My previous Intel mb wouldn't boot if I set my 667 memory to 533, for
> instance, but it worked fine at 667 using the spd settings.
>
> I was going to suggest that you leave room to expand by buying one
> 8GB kit, but they're $443/ea, not the expected $80/ea.
>
> Do yourself a favor and reset the memory timings to factory default
> by removing all the memory and booting the system until it beeps.
>
> Bob

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Bob Bailin wrote:

> > Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
> > motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
> > 64-bit with 8gb each.
>
> > Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at
> > 800 mhz?
> >
> > Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?
>
> Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying
> 1066 MHz memory.
>
> If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, ...

I've tried to run both types of 4gb kits at 800 mhz AND THEY DON'T WORK!

My definition of "don't work" means that memtest86 will not run for as
long as I let it run.

I've tried the default settings and kept the memory speed to 800 mhz and
I can't get a single 4gb kit to run memtest86 for more than the first
few seconds before the machine spontaneously reboots itself. Memtest86
fails at exactly the same point regardless of the pair of 2gb dimms
that's installed.

And here's another thing:

When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86, even with just a
single dimm installed (of any type, 1gb, 2gb) it freezes the instant it
starts.

Is there a (known) problem with

a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???

or

b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???

I'm going to ask (a) again separately in the intel newsgroup.

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Bob Bailin wrote:

> > Bottom line (so far) - impossible to get 2 2gb dimms to run in this
> > motherboard. I bought 3 of these boards, two of them to run XP-pro
> > 64-bit with 8gb each.
>
> > Is the EP45-DS3L capable of 8gb of memory, running AT LEAST at
> > 800 mhz?
> >
> > Or have I bought 3 steaming piles of shit?
>
> Despite your 2nd to last question, you seem hell-bent on buying
> 1066 MHz memory.
>
> If you can actually settle for 800 MHz memory, ...

I've tried to run both types of 4gb kits at 800 mhz AND THEY DON'T WORK!

My definition of "don't work" means that memtest86 will not run for as
long as I let it run.

I've tried the default settings and kept the memory speed to 800 mhz and
I can't get a single 4gb kit to run memtest86 for more than the first
few seconds before the machine spontaneously reboots itself. Memtest86
fails at exactly the same point regardless of the pair of 2gb dimms
that's installed.

And here's another thing:

When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86, even with just a
single dimm installed (of any type, 1gb, 2gb) it freezes the instant it
starts.

Is there a (known) problem with

a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???

or

b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???

I'm going to ask (a) again separately in the intel newsgroup.

Ext User(Paul)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Giga Guy wrote:
>
> And here's another thing:
>
> When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86, even with just a
> single dimm installed (of any type, 1gb, 2gb) it freezes the instant it
> starts.
>
> Is there a (known) problem with
>
> a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
>
> or
>
> b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>
> I'm going to ask (a) again separately in the intel newsgroup.

What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there
known issues with the various available BIOS
versions ? Sometimes, a later BIOS will handle
2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned early version
will.

I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here.
1GB DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.
A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95,
while a pair have problems (Prime95 won't pass).

So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a
rock.

Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for
a problem the users are having.

"Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

Paul

Ext User(Paul)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Giga Guy wrote:
>
> And here's another thing:
>
> When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86, even with just a
> single dimm installed (of any type, 1gb, 2gb) it freezes the instant it
> starts.
>
> Is there a (known) problem with
>
> a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
>
> or
>
> b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>
> I'm going to ask (a) again separately in the intel newsgroup.

What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there
known issues with the various available BIOS
versions ? Sometimes, a later BIOS will handle
2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned early version
will.

I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here.
1GB DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.
A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95,
while a pair have problems (Prime95 won't pass).

So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a
rock.

Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for
a problem the users are having.

"Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

Paul

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Paul wrote:

> > When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86 it freezes the
> > instant it starts. The single-core version works fine.

> > Is there a (known) problem with
> >
> > a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
> >
> > or
> >
> > b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>
> What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there known issues
> with the various available BIOS versions ? Sometimes, a
> later BIOS will handle 2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned
> early version will.

The board came with F9 bios version. I flashed it to F10 (the latest).
Made no difference.

But that's not the point. When I plug in a single 1gb dimm, or even a
pair of 1gb dimms, the single-core version of memtest86 runs just fine,
but the multi-core version hangs or crashes the instant it comes up on
the screen.

Perhaps the multi-core version memtest86 works on dual-core cpu's, but
not quad-cores?

> I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here.
> 1GB DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.

My problem is that a single 2gb dimm *will* run fine, but two 2gb dimms
won't (and again, I define "runs fine" when the single-core version of
memtest runs for as long as I let it).

> A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95,
> while a pair have problems (Prime95 won't pass).
>
> So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a
> rock.

You you also have problems with a pair of 2gb dimms, but single 2gb
dimms are ok. ?

What CPU do you have?

> Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for
> a problem the users are having.
>
> "Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard"
>
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

The full spectrum, from 5 out of 5 to 1 out of 5. And interestingly,
quite a few 1/5. Here's some comments:

--------------
Cons: Extremely finicky on RAM. Out of three different brands of RAM,
only one works (others are specifically on Gigabyte's compatibility
list). Frequently reboots itself upon startup with two different power
supplies, indicating that it has some internal power problems. I've
RMA'ed this motherboard, and the new one has the same problems as the
one I sent back to Gigabyte, so these problems are unique to this model,
not to this specific motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Between the ridiculously unstable hardware and some
compatibility problems I'm having with its onboard audio and MythTV
(Linux DVR software), I've basically given up on this motherboard. I'm
not sure what to do with it, though, because it's such a poor
motherboard that I wouldn't feel right selling it to someone else!
--------------
Cons: Memory slot #3 failed after only six months. Computer would not
POST with memory module in slot #3. Computer would boot if only slot #1
or slot #2 & 4 were used, but was not stable in games. Gigabyte tech
support suggested sending for RMA. Gigabyte RMA facility did nothing -
sent same board back. Gigabyte sent no emails or paperwork with MB
indicating what they did or why they sent the same board back.

Other Thoughts: I have had many other Gigabyte boards in the past and
was surprised that this one was not as reliable.
---------------
Pros: looks like a great motherboard if you just get it to work.
most the people who got it to work seem to be satisfied, and its a cheap
one too

Cons: got it twice, both times it was dead on arrival. so I gave up and
ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. only 30 dollars more and a lot
better. def worth it!

Other Thoughts: I dont recommend this motherboard because a lot of
people have trouble getting it to work, and I got it dead on arrival
twice, as posted above. If you get it to work then nice for you,
otherwise I recommend GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. Cheap upgrade and
far better. Much more stable and it's awesome for its price class
----------------
Cons: It Keept on restarting wouln't post couldn't get any os on it :(
---------------
Pros: None - system would not work.

Cons: Seems to have memory problems, even with good memory.

Other Thoughts: 1st board arrived with broken pin on N-bridge cooler.
Used a spare pin to attach. System had several problems during disk
imaging and XP reinstall (blue screen, IRQL error). Issues seem to be
memory related, so I tested the new memory in another system and they
were fine. RMA'd the board figuring damage to N-bridge based on the
loose cooler.
2nd board arrived and had same blue screen during XP reinstall. Tried to
tweak voltage, buss speed, memory freq and timing. Nothing fixed the
issue. Tested memory with that system and showed errors. Test the same
memory in a different system and passed more than 15 tests over several
hours. Also tested new video card and hard drive. Every thing tests fine
in my other system. I am sending 2nd board back for refund.
Bottom line - this board has memory issues. Online searches find many
with similar problems. Good luck if you purchase this board...it's a
roll of the dice apparently.
----------------

Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.

What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Paul wrote:

> > When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86 it freezes the
> > instant it starts. The single-core version works fine.

> > Is there a (known) problem with
> >
> > a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
> >
> > or
> >
> > b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>
> What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there known issues
> with the various available BIOS versions ? Sometimes, a
> later BIOS will handle 2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned
> early version will.

The board came with F9 bios version. I flashed it to F10 (the latest).
Made no difference.

But that's not the point. When I plug in a single 1gb dimm, or even a
pair of 1gb dimms, the single-core version of memtest86 runs just fine,
but the multi-core version hangs or crashes the instant it comes up on
the screen.

Perhaps the multi-core version memtest86 works on dual-core cpu's, but
not quad-cores?

> I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here.
> 1GB DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.

My problem is that a single 2gb dimm *will* run fine, but two 2gb dimms
won't (and again, I define "runs fine" when the single-core version of
memtest runs for as long as I let it).

> A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95,
> while a pair have problems (Prime95 won't pass).
>
> So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a
> rock.

You you also have problems with a pair of 2gb dimms, but single 2gb
dimms are ok. ?

What CPU do you have?

> Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for
> a problem the users are having.
>
> "Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard"
>
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345

The full spectrum, from 5 out of 5 to 1 out of 5. And interestingly,
quite a few 1/5. Here's some comments:

--------------
Cons: Extremely finicky on RAM. Out of three different brands of RAM,
only one works (others are specifically on Gigabyte's compatibility
list). Frequently reboots itself upon startup with two different power
supplies, indicating that it has some internal power problems. I've
RMA'ed this motherboard, and the new one has the same problems as the
one I sent back to Gigabyte, so these problems are unique to this model,
not to this specific motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Between the ridiculously unstable hardware and some
compatibility problems I'm having with its onboard audio and MythTV
(Linux DVR software), I've basically given up on this motherboard. I'm
not sure what to do with it, though, because it's such a poor
motherboard that I wouldn't feel right selling it to someone else!
--------------
Cons: Memory slot #3 failed after only six months. Computer would not
POST with memory module in slot #3. Computer would boot if only slot #1
or slot #2 & 4 were used, but was not stable in games. Gigabyte tech
support suggested sending for RMA. Gigabyte RMA facility did nothing -
sent same board back. Gigabyte sent no emails or paperwork with MB
indicating what they did or why they sent the same board back.

Other Thoughts: I have had many other Gigabyte boards in the past and
was surprised that this one was not as reliable.
---------------
Pros: looks like a great motherboard if you just get it to work.
most the people who got it to work seem to be satisfied, and its a cheap
one too

Cons: got it twice, both times it was dead on arrival. so I gave up and
ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. only 30 dollars more and a lot
better. def worth it!

Other Thoughts: I dont recommend this motherboard because a lot of
people have trouble getting it to work, and I got it dead on arrival
twice, as posted above. If you get it to work then nice for you,
otherwise I recommend GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. Cheap upgrade and
far better. Much more stable and it's awesome for its price class
----------------
Cons: It Keept on restarting wouln't post couldn't get any os on it :(
---------------
Pros: None - system would not work.

Cons: Seems to have memory problems, even with good memory.

Other Thoughts: 1st board arrived with broken pin on N-bridge cooler.
Used a spare pin to attach. System had several problems during disk
imaging and XP reinstall (blue screen, IRQL error). Issues seem to be
memory related, so I tested the new memory in another system and they
were fine. RMA'd the board figuring damage to N-bridge based on the
loose cooler.
2nd board arrived and had same blue screen during XP reinstall. Tried to
tweak voltage, buss speed, memory freq and timing. Nothing fixed the
issue. Tested memory with that system and showed errors. Test the same
memory in a different system and passed more than 15 tests over several
hours. Also tested new video card and hard drive. Every thing tests fine
in my other system. I am sending 2nd board back for refund.
Bottom line - this board has memory issues. Online searches find many
with similar problems. Good luck if you purchase this board...it's a
roll of the dice apparently.
----------------

Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.

What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

Ext User(david)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:34:08 -0400, Giga Guy rearranged some electrons to
say:

> Paul wrote:
>
>> > When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86 it freezes the
>> > instant it starts. The single-core version works fine.
>
>> > Is there a (known) problem with
>> >
>> > a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
>> >
>> > or
>> >
>> > b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>>
>> What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there known issues with the
>> various available BIOS versions ? Sometimes, a later BIOS will handle
>> 2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned early version will.
>
> The board came with F9 bios version. I flashed it to F10 (the latest).
> Made no difference.
>
> But that's not the point. When I plug in a single 1gb dimm, or even a
> pair of 1gb dimms, the single-core version of memtest86 runs just fine,
> but the multi-core version hangs or crashes the instant it comes up on
> the screen.
>
> Perhaps the multi-core version memtest86 works on dual-core cpu's, but
> not quad-cores?
>
>> I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here. 1GB
>> DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.
>
> My problem is that a single 2gb dimm *will* run fine, but two 2gb dimms
> won't (and again, I define "runs fine" when the single-core version of
> memtest runs for as long as I let it).
>
>> A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95, while a pair have
>> problems (Prime95 won't pass).
>>
>> So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a rock.
>
> You you also have problems with a pair of 2gb dimms, but single 2gb
> dimms are ok. ?
>
> What CPU do you have?
>
>> Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for a problem the
>> users are having.
>>
>> "Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
>> Motherboard"
>>
>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345
>
> The full spectrum, from 5 out of 5 to 1 out of 5. And interestingly,
> quite a few 1/5. Here's some comments:
>
> --------------
> Cons: Extremely finicky on RAM. Out of three different brands of RAM,
> only one works (others are specifically on Gigabyte's compatibility
> list). Frequently reboots itself upon startup with two different power
> supplies, indicating that it has some internal power problems. I've
> RMA'ed this motherboard, and the new one has the same problems as the
> one I sent back to Gigabyte, so these problems are unique to this model,
> not to this specific motherboard.
>
> Other Thoughts: Between the ridiculously unstable hardware and some
> compatibility problems I'm having with its onboard audio and MythTV
> (Linux DVR software), I've basically given up on this motherboard. I'm
> not sure what to do with it, though, because it's such a poor
> motherboard that I wouldn't feel right selling it to someone else!
> --------------
> Cons: Memory slot #3 failed after only six months. Computer would not
> POST with memory module in slot #3. Computer would boot if only slot #1
> or slot #2 & 4 were used, but was not stable in games. Gigabyte tech
> support suggested sending for RMA. Gigabyte RMA facility did nothing -
> sent same board back. Gigabyte sent no emails or paperwork with MB
> indicating what they did or why they sent the same board back.
>
> Other Thoughts: I have had many other Gigabyte boards in the past and
> was surprised that this one was not as reliable. ---------------
> Pros: looks like a great motherboard if you just get it to work. most
> the people who got it to work seem to be satisfied, and its a cheap one
> too
>
> Cons: got it twice, both times it was dead on arrival. so I gave up and
> ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. only 30 dollars more and a lot
> better. def worth it!
>
> Other Thoughts: I dont recommend this motherboard because a lot of
> people have trouble getting it to work, and I got it dead on arrival
> twice, as posted above. If you get it to work then nice for you,
> otherwise I recommend GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. Cheap upgrade and
> far better. Much more stable and it's awesome for its price class
> ----------------
> Cons: It Keept on restarting wouln't post couldn't get any os on it :(
> ---------------
> Pros: None - system would not work.
>
> Cons: Seems to have memory problems, even with good memory.
>
> Other Thoughts: 1st board arrived with broken pin on N-bridge cooler.
> Used a spare pin to attach. System had several problems during disk
> imaging and XP reinstall (blue screen, IRQL error). Issues seem to be
> memory related, so I tested the new memory in another system and they
> were fine. RMA'd the board figuring damage to N-bridge based on the
> loose cooler.
> 2nd board arrived and had same blue screen during XP reinstall. Tried to
> tweak voltage, buss speed, memory freq and timing. Nothing fixed the
> issue. Tested memory with that system and showed errors. Test the same
> memory in a different system and passed more than 15 tests over several
> hours. Also tested new video card and hard drive. Every thing tests fine
> in my other system. I am sending 2nd board back for refund. Bottom line
> - this board has memory issues. Online searches find many with similar
> problems. Good luck if you purchase this board...it's a roll of the dice
> apparently.
> ----------------
>
> Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.
>
> What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

Try memtest86+ instead.

http://www.memtest.org/

Ext User(david)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:34:08 -0400, Giga Guy rearranged some electrons to
say:

> Paul wrote:
>
>> > When I try a the multi-core version of memtest86 it freezes the
>> > instant it starts. The single-core version works fine.
>
>> > Is there a (known) problem with
>> >
>> > a) memtest86 and Intel Q8200 Core2Quad ???
>> >
>> > or
>> >
>> > b) Intel Q8200 Core2Quad and Gigabyte EP45-DS3L ???
>>
>> What version of BIOS are you using ? Are there known issues with the
>> various available BIOS versions ? Sometimes, a later BIOS will handle
>> 2GB DIMMs, better than an untuned early version will.
>
> The board came with F9 bios version. I flashed it to F10 (the latest).
> Made no difference.
>
> But that's not the point. When I plug in a single 1gb dimm, or even a
> pair of 1gb dimms, the single-core version of memtest86 runs just fine,
> but the multi-core version hangs or crashes the instant it comes up on
> the screen.
>
> Perhaps the multi-core version memtest86 works on dual-core cpu's, but
> not quad-cores?
>
>> I have a similar problem with another brand of motherboard here. 1GB
>> DIMMs run fine, 2GB DIMMs will not.
>
> My problem is that a single 2gb dimm *will* run fine, but two 2gb dimms
> won't (and again, I define "runs fine" when the single-core version of
> memtest runs for as long as I let it).
>
>> A single 2GB DIMM passes memtest and Prime95, while a pair have
>> problems (Prime95 won't pass).
>>
>> So I'm back to 2x1GB config, which is solid as a rock.
>
> You you also have problems with a pair of 2gb dimms, but single 2gb
> dimms are ok. ?
>
> What CPU do you have?
>
>> Sometimes, the reviews on Newegg may list a cure for a problem the
>> users are having.
>>
>> "Customer Reviews for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel
>> Motherboard"
>>
>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345
>
> The full spectrum, from 5 out of 5 to 1 out of 5. And interestingly,
> quite a few 1/5. Here's some comments:
>
> --------------
> Cons: Extremely finicky on RAM. Out of three different brands of RAM,
> only one works (others are specifically on Gigabyte's compatibility
> list). Frequently reboots itself upon startup with two different power
> supplies, indicating that it has some internal power problems. I've
> RMA'ed this motherboard, and the new one has the same problems as the
> one I sent back to Gigabyte, so these problems are unique to this model,
> not to this specific motherboard.
>
> Other Thoughts: Between the ridiculously unstable hardware and some
> compatibility problems I'm having with its onboard audio and MythTV
> (Linux DVR software), I've basically given up on this motherboard. I'm
> not sure what to do with it, though, because it's such a poor
> motherboard that I wouldn't feel right selling it to someone else!
> --------------
> Cons: Memory slot #3 failed after only six months. Computer would not
> POST with memory module in slot #3. Computer would boot if only slot #1
> or slot #2 & 4 were used, but was not stable in games. Gigabyte tech
> support suggested sending for RMA. Gigabyte RMA facility did nothing -
> sent same board back. Gigabyte sent no emails or paperwork with MB
> indicating what they did or why they sent the same board back.
>
> Other Thoughts: I have had many other Gigabyte boards in the past and
> was surprised that this one was not as reliable. ---------------
> Pros: looks like a great motherboard if you just get it to work. most
> the people who got it to work seem to be satisfied, and its a cheap one
> too
>
> Cons: got it twice, both times it was dead on arrival. so I gave up and
> ordered GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. only 30 dollars more and a lot
> better. def worth it!
>
> Other Thoughts: I dont recommend this motherboard because a lot of
> people have trouble getting it to work, and I got it dead on arrival
> twice, as posted above. If you get it to work then nice for you,
> otherwise I recommend GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P instead. Cheap upgrade and
> far better. Much more stable and it's awesome for its price class
> ----------------
> Cons: It Keept on restarting wouln't post couldn't get any os on it :(
> ---------------
> Pros: None - system would not work.
>
> Cons: Seems to have memory problems, even with good memory.
>
> Other Thoughts: 1st board arrived with broken pin on N-bridge cooler.
> Used a spare pin to attach. System had several problems during disk
> imaging and XP reinstall (blue screen, IRQL error). Issues seem to be
> memory related, so I tested the new memory in another system and they
> were fine. RMA'd the board figuring damage to N-bridge based on the
> loose cooler.
> 2nd board arrived and had same blue screen during XP reinstall. Tried to
> tweak voltage, buss speed, memory freq and timing. Nothing fixed the
> issue. Tested memory with that system and showed errors. Test the same
> memory in a different system and passed more than 15 tests over several
> hours. Also tested new video card and hard drive. Every thing tests fine
> in my other system. I am sending 2nd board back for refund. Bottom line
> - this board has memory issues. Online searches find many with similar
> problems. Good luck if you purchase this board...it's a roll of the dice
> apparently.
> ----------------
>
> Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.
>
> What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

Try memtest86+ instead.

http://www.memtest.org/

Ext User(Jon Danniken)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
"Giga Guy" wrote:
>
> Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.
>
> What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

That's too bad, mine has been performing without any problems with the last
six months, and with a 2x2Gb RAM kit in it as well. Absolutely ZERO hassles
on this board for me; maybe they ran out of the good ones.

Jon

Ext User(Jon Danniken)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
"Giga Guy" wrote:
>
> Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.
>
> What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.

That's too bad, mine has been performing without any problems with the last
six months, and with a 2x2Gb RAM kit in it as well. Absolutely ZERO hassles
on this board for me; maybe they ran out of the good ones.

Jon

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
david wrote:

> Try memtest86+ instead.
>
> http://www.memtest.org/

I see now that there are two different "streams" of memtest:

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html

http://www.memtest.org/

I've been running version 3.5 from the first website.

Which one is preferred?

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
david wrote:

> Try memtest86+ instead.
>
> http://www.memtest.org/

I see now that there are two different "streams" of memtest:

http://www.memtest86.com/download.html

http://www.memtest.org/

I've been running version 3.5 from the first website.

Which one is preferred?

Ext User(Giga Guy)
05-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Jon Danniken wrote:

> "Giga Guy" wrote:

> > Looks Like I'll be returning at least 2 of the 3 boards I bought.
> >
> > What a god damn piece of shit this board looks to be.
>
> That's too bad, mine has been performing without any problems with
> the last six months, and with a 2x2Gb RAM kit in it as well.

What type of ram are you running? (brand and model number)

> Absolutely ZERO hassles on this board for me; maybe they ran
> out of the good ones.

Please try running this version of memtest from a floppy and tell me if
it runs for at least 1 pass:

http://www.memtest86.com/memtest35.zip

I'm basing my assessment that this motherboard is shit because that
version of memtest fails to run for more than a dozen seconds before
causing the system to reboot when I have two 2gb dimms installed, but
runs fine with a single 2gb dimm installed.

I'm just discovered that there is a different version or stream of
memtest and now I'm really scratching my head over this whole memtest
thing...

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