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by DanceMan
Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MadShrimps pits Clarkdale vs Phenom II + 785G
Replies: 25
Views: 28085

If you look at the CPU-Z charts they showed, it appears to be a C2 stepping.
by DanceMan
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech tests low power AMD cpu's: 2650e & X2 3250e
Replies: 2
Views: 1775

The Anandtech report is useful. They tested against both Ion and the new Intel Atom chipset. Each has its advantages. The new Atom wins on low power, and the Ion/Atom and AMD swap wins depending on the apps.
by DanceMan
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Anandtech tests low power AMD cpu's: 2650e & X2 3250e
Replies: 2
Views: 1775

Anandtech tests low power AMD cpu's: 2650e & X2 3250e

But you can't buy them. They come in Dell's Mac Mini clone, the zino HD and are apparently only sold to OEM's AT says they're faster than Atom in single threaded apps, eg twice as fast browsing, but the single core 2650e loses in multithreaded apps. But overall the breakdown is like this - single th...
by DanceMan
Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Blow through or draw through
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

This may no longer apply with current cpu's and heatsinks, but years ago with an Athon 1100 cpu and an odd wedge-shaped heatsink with 60mm fans on both faces of the wedge, the heat rising burnt out the upper fan twice. Depending on the degree of heat, I would expect a shorter life from a fan extract...
by DanceMan
Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Is it me or have things slowed down considerably?
Replies: 44
Views: 22338

The same question is being asked at Hardware Central Forums. Aside from computers becoming a commodity, the quality improving and notebooks taking over, an admin there made the point that the site is getting a lot of views rather than posts as people seeking answers can often find them with a forum ...
by DanceMan
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Any old cartoons fans here?
Replies: 7
Views: 2048

Sorry to disappoint, but none of those are old cartoons. -not by a long shot. Anything post rocky and bulwinkle is new. http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/rocky-bullwinkle.jpg Amen. Love the old Warner Bros. cartoons, old Max Fleischer. There's good new stuff -- Pinky & ...
by DanceMan
Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:25 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best G41 mobo and e3400, tight budget low-consumption box
Replies: 50
Views: 23702

flapane wrote:Thanks
sorry, but I'd stay with the gpu supplied on g41/43.
That was intended as an indication of what to expect in the bios of the ASROCK G41M-GS board you listed.
by DanceMan
Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best G41 mobo and e3400, tight budget low-consumption box
Replies: 50
Views: 23702

Asrock G965M-S, a very cheap board, has complete voltage control (though inaccurate) and limited fan control (about three settings IIRC) if that's any help. I was quite surprised to find extensive controls in the bios in such a cheap board.
by DanceMan
Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21057

I remember a nasty buzzing in the speakers of a relatively new TV way back when. The tech who received it at the warranty station had a smirk as he unscrewed the front fascia. He'd seen/heard this problem before. When the grill over the speaker was removed, a handful of pennies fell out. My toddler...
by DanceMan
Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: PCStat's Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
Replies: 25
Views: 21057

Cheap generic psu's

I go to yard sales and occasionally buy used components through craigslist. In the last couple of years I've taken apart at least four cases with dead motherboards. Open up the generic psu and inside are capacitors with swollen tops and the beginning of leakage. Have several even older towers with C...
by DanceMan
Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: ASUS ION AT3N7A-1 motherboard cannot use more than 768MB RAM
Replies: 24
Views: 10422

That's very odd. The approx 3G 32-bit OS limit is an operating system limit, but you're getting this in the bios. Years ago there were issues with chipsets having ram limits that caused boards not to see all the ram installed if the limits per slot were exceeded (eg. Intel's BX chipset in the PII/3 ...
by DanceMan
Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Are my disks stuffed?
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Run the hdd manufacturer's test utility. Download (free) and burn the Ultimate Boot CD. It has all of them and many more free diagnostic utilities. Seagate's Seatools will test many other manufacturers' drives if the proper one doesn't run.
by DanceMan
Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:57 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New build - weird inconsistent BIOS behavior... help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1571

as long as your power button isn't grounded to the case or anything else Before I build a computer, whether new or old used parts, I always boot the board and cpu loose on a non conductive surface (folded newspaper) with the minimum components, no drives, just to check that the basics are working. ...
by DanceMan
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 3901

What does this suggest? Is there something wrong with the memory? I don't have familiarity with recent AMD overclocking, but in the Intel world the memory speed or memory divider is usually turned back if overclocking because increasing the fsb for overclocking will in turn increase the memory spee...
by DanceMan
Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 3901

Did you notice the Minus? -12V is a signalling voltage. It does not power the cpu or any other major components.
by DanceMan
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 3901

Why not try loosening ram timings? What have you got to lose but a little time? Your default is 9-9-9-24? Try 10-10-10-28. If there's no change it's easy to put back and you'll have eliminated another factor. I've been mildly overclocking on an Intel G965 chipset and despite running the ram (Corsair...
by DanceMan
Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Stupid laptop doesn't see second (identical) memory stick
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

I thought there were downgrade rights with Vista that allowed you to load XP. Might be worth checking into it. If not, look for guides on stripping down Vista and tweaking it.
by DanceMan
Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Stupid laptop doesn't see second (identical) memory stick
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Never used Ready Boost or Vista. I can tell you that there were a lot of Toshiba owners that dumped Vista and installed XP. I think Vista can be okay if properly tweaked and if you have lots of ram. From what I read I wouldn't use Vista with less than 2G. If limited to 1G I'd definitely want to use ...
by DanceMan
Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New hardware - System halts/freeze at random - Wall of text!
Replies: 23
Views: 3901

When a computer freezes or locks up, I suspect memory. Had it happen on an old IBM PII laptop and traced it to a sodimm that was heat sensitive. It happened to someone on another forum a couple of days ago (AMD X3 and OCZ) and I advised him to try boosting the memory voltage and/or loosen the timing...
by DanceMan
Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Stupid laptop doesn't see second (identical) memory stick
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Check Toshiba's websites for specs and see if this model is limited to only 1G. Use the specific model variant # on the sticker on the bottom. I have a Toshiba A10 (Cel 2.0G) that is limited to 1G by Toshiba's crap bios. The chipset is capable of 2G but Toshiba has limited this model to 1G for marke...
by DanceMan
Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

Thanks again. I'm aware that once inside a case I might need to bump voltage up a bit, but I usually pay a lot of attention to airflow through a case. I don't think any of my cases have escaped the cutters, saws and grinders in the basement. Of course, the next test after my last post produced a seg...
by DanceMan
Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

Thanks, Miguel. Still dropping cpu voltage and running a quick stress test from UBCD. Last one was set at 1.125V and read out at 1.184V in the bios. When I have the cpu voltage stabilized I want to take the ram voltage off auto. I do wish there were better cpu testing tools available that ran outsid...
by DanceMan
Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

Loosening the ram timings from 4-4-4-12 to 5-5-5-15-40-5-3 worked. It's now at 276/2207 and passes Memtest and the cpu stress test on UBCD. After that I took the cpu voltage off Auto and worked it down, each time running the stress test. I don't think the PCIE lock is the only bios control that does...
by DanceMan
Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: anyone using the ECS A785GM-M ??
Replies: 1
Views: 765

I wonder if motherboards are like hard drives in the sense that a manufacturer can have the odd dog or occasional poor product but other lines that are quite reliable? I have an ECS Intel Atom/945 board that's been running 24/7 since it was built maybe 6 months ago. No problems yet. I have several t...
by DanceMan
Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

You have to be obsessive to do this. :roll: I finally got back to this and did another round of testing: Bios to Performance CPU PCIE Sync CPU Freq to 267 DRAM freq to 355/711 DRAM timings Auto (4-4-4 etc) Then I played with voltage, lowering CPU below the default 1.325V and ram to 1.794V. No boot. ...
by DanceMan
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

I was able to get it to 290fsb with loosened ram timings and voltages on auto, and it ran the cpu stress test from UBCD for 12 minutes. But attempting to fine tune the memory timings and voltages returned it to no boot. Increasing the ram voltage all the way above 2.0V didn't work; loosening the tim...
by DanceMan
Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

Tried 266 -- no boot. So I tried again with the Overclock Mode set to [CPU, PCIE, Sync.] and it booted. I'm positive I tried this option before, at something like 260 with a no boot result. By no boot in these cases I mean no display. Fans run and I can hear the cdrw cycling as well. Cpu is at 2169 ...
by DanceMan
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

Many thanks for the quick reply, Miguel. While the chipset is older, the board itself is fairly new; first bios release is dated 4/15/2009. It's only on a second bios release, and that was only to change two seemingly minor default settings. I'll try 266, and then try 333. I looked over the other se...
by DanceMan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

One setting I don't completely understand, and the manual provides no explanation is Overclock Mode:
The default value is [Auto]. Configuration options: [Auto], [CPU, PCIE, Sync.], [CPU, PCIE, Async.], and [Optimized].
As noted above I have it on [CPU, PCIE, Async.]
by DanceMan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:29 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Overclocking on G965
Replies: 14
Views: 3806

I think it can't actually lock the PCIE's speed propertly... Tried to lock it to 100, but will not boot once the FSB is set more than mhz xD Proves I've got something set wrong in the bios, but I can't tell which one. If anything in my settings above seems off, please comment. Maybe you could take ...