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Troubleshooting my new build

Apr 17, 2012 12:46 PM

Hello all, I just built a system with: i7 3930k, Cruicial m4 128 ssd, Gtx 570, asus p9x79 pro, gskill 1866 32gb and areca 1223 raid 3.

 

I've also installed the latest drivers for each from their respective websites.  However, i'm getting sporadic display driver not responded then recovered messages where the screen goes black and comes back to life.  In addition, I'm getting random freezes where the computer screen goes to black and can only be revived through pressing the power button.

 

Any suggestions on how to stabilize my system?  I saw a thread about not havin the correct voltage ram, would this be the case?  I actually chose the above ram based on the videoguys recommended system.

 

Thanks in advance for any help!

-marc

 
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    Apr 17, 2012 2:04 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    system with...

     

    http://princessfats.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/homer-drool1.jpg

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:46 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    Thanks for posting this, I'm considering building a version of the Videoguys system.  FWIW, Shawn Lam swapped out his g.skill ram, maybe you're having the same problem he had.  Appreciate you posting as you get this worked out!

     

    http://www.shawnlam.ca/2012/premiere-pro-cs6-video-editing-computer-bu ild/

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 6:38 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    Hi Marc - you're not the only one!  I've got 2 friends who forged ahead with fairly much the same system from Videoguys DIY9 and are having the same stability issues.  I've been waiting for them to actually test what they have been recommending for several months but they still haven't even built a DIY9 system themselves.  Why are they recommending these components when they haven't even been tested together???  Shame as I really enjoyed their advice and updates.

     

    I've been in touch with another person who has the same specs as yours but a Quadro 4000 card.  No problems at all with the GSkill Ram.  (He has tweaked things quite a lot however but I don't know what).  However I've noticed many people on this board are quite anti Quadro so I don't know who/what to believe anymore.    Keep us updated.

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 11:36 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    The random freezing can usually be cured by updating to the latest BIOS.  For both Asus and Gigabyte boards BIOS releases before those in early March had this problem.  F9 for Gigabyte boards largely cured this, but F10 is better.  Asus has similar BIOS releases.  The second Gigabyte release specifically listed memory compatibility issues.  I know of an Asus user who solved this issue by updating BIOS.

     

    My 3930K system using a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard (I have had too much trouble with Asus in the past) is perfectly stable with 1.5V RAM, specifically 8x4 GB CORSAIR XMS3 PC3-12800 running at stock speeds. 

     

    I have never experienced the display driver problem, though I did with my previous system.

     

    So it is possible to build a 3930K system which is OK.

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 11:43 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    Good point - try that Marc.  I checked the ASUS website and there was a new BIOS released for your board a couple of weeks ago:

     

    P9X79 PRO BIOS 1010 (2012.04.06  update)


    1. Improve system stability.
    2. Improve memory compatibility.

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 1:59 AM   in reply to Jared Andrews

    Jared Andrews wrote:

     

    Good point - try that Marc.  I checked the ASUS website and there was a new BIOS released for your board a couple of weeks ago:

     

    P9X79 PRO BIOS 1010 (2012.04.06  update)


    1. Improve system stability.
    2. Improve memory compatibility.

     

    Interesting, almost identical to the Gigabyte F10 BIOS release note - maybe they are using the same BIOS provider?  The two seem to have parallel BIOS releases.

     

    Hope this works out for you.

     
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:10 PM   in reply to StarMarc

    StarMarc,

     

    Motherboards have a way of redoing the boot order; possibly all you need to do is point the bios "boot order" to put your Areca first in the list (assuming your boot drive is on it).

     

    Jim

     
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    Apr 19, 2012 5:53 AM   in reply to StarMarc

    It is more than likely that the last stage of the BIOS update was to load optimum defaults.  This takes no notice of any changes you have made to BIOS settings, so as Jim suggests, your system is set to boot from whatever is connected to SATA port 0 on the motherboard.

     

    You need to re-boot, enter the BIOS, and repeat all the settings you changed; in particular, make sure that whatever drive has your Windows installation is set to be first for boot.  In practice, I generally run with my optical drive set as primary boot, and my system drive as secondary boot.

     

    I always keep a paper record of my BIOS settings.  If they are few in number a written list is easy.

     
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    Apr 20, 2012 5:21 AM   in reply to StarMarc

    One more addition to that procedure:

     

    The "clean install" procedure will corrupt any sound card or onboard sound drivers which may have been installed! This will make the NVIDIA HDMI out the only audio device installed. Therefore, you must reinstall any onboard audio or sound card drivers after this procedure.

     
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