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    i just got a new gigabyte ga78gpm-ds2h board and got gentoo installed. thought everything was ok, but have been getting random lock ups, even during boot.

    here is more detail about that: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-716353.html
    sorry about the cross post, but think i am at the point now where i need to figure out a hardware problem.

    i think i have a bad board or bad ram. i am not sure how to go about determining that. any suggestions ?

    thanks
    matt

  • #2
    Originally posted by mattmatteh View Post
    i just got a new gigabyte ga78gpm-ds2h board and got gentoo installed. thought everything was ok, but have been getting random lock ups, even during boot.

    here is more detail about that: http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-716353.html
    sorry about the cross post, but think i am at the point now where i need to figure out a hardware problem.

    i think i have a bad board or bad ram. i am not sure how to go about determining that. any suggestions ?

    thanks
    matt
    Try one chip at a time and run memtest.

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    • #3
      As deanjo said, memtest all chips, one at a time. On gentoo, keyword the latest memtest86+ version:

      echo "sys-apps/memtest86+" /etc/portage/package.keywords

      emerge it (emerge sys-apps/memtest86+) and add a boot entry for it (the ebuild will give you a grub entry to use, but adjust the "root (hdN,N)" entry.)

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      • #4
        When you use OC ram, then raise RAM voltage. Usually written on em.

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        • #5
          I'm running a gigabyte board and in order to get my ram running at 1066mhz at dual channel I had to pump up the voltage and break it in. It crashed for a while but after a few months the problem up and disappeared. Note that it seems gigabyte cheaps out on the voltage there, because I can't even get my ram to 2.2v like it says on the chip. only 2.1v... It's running fine these days though.

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          • #6
            judging by your post over there at the gentoo forums though there may be a hardware issue so who knows what will happen if you start messing with voltages... but hey, why not fry everything and make gigabyte replace it all till it works

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            • #7
              so far on stick 2 in slot one has not locked up, 22 hours.
              i have 4 * 2GB sticks of kingston 1.8v, 6-6-6-?.

              i see if i can get 48+ hours with out locking up and memtest each stick.

              thank
              matt

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              • #8
                it seems that the board is POS. i can not get any consistant results. thought i had bad ram, but can not isolate it. and usb dont really work. it just randomly stops.

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                • #9
                  now that i am returning the POS gigabyte board i need to get something else now.

                  i am thinking about perhaps the same 780g and sb700 but different brand. what i dont like is the slow hard drive, flakey usb, video tearing and minor stuttering.

                  or ditch amd and go with an nvidia based board. i was thinking nvidia 750a or 8200. i havent looked at the linux support for nvidia yet. would that either of those have better usb, sata/ahci, video playback ?

                  thanks
                  matt

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mattmatteh View Post
                    or ditch amd and go with an nvidia based board. i was thinking nvidia 750a or 8200. i havent looked at the linux support for nvidia yet. would that either of those have better usb, sata/ahci, video playback ?

                    thanks
                    matt
                    Yes to all of the above.

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                    • #11
                      I had to pump up the voltage and break it in. It crashed for a while but after a few months the problem up and disappeared. Note that it seems gigabyte cheaps out on the voltage there, because I can't even get my ram to 2.2v like it says on the chip. only 2.1v... It's running fine these days though.

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                      • #12
                        i asked kingston if the voltage was too low and they said that a new board like that should have no problem running at 1.8, which is common for 800 Mhz ddr2 ? i am not a ram expert, i havent followed hardware in a while.

                        and to test, i drove to my brothers house and swaped ram, i think his was rated at 2.1 or something, and that gave odd booting problems too.

                        i got an asus board with nvidia 8200 now. uptime has been 17 days. it works.

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