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Friday, February 27, 2009

Gigabyte EX58-UD3R with Intel i7 920

Got a PC set up last month with the latest Intel chipset : The i7. Due to $$$ constraint, I had to forgo my favorite Asus motherboard and got a Gigabyte EX58-UD3R instead. While its not bad, I had a hard time getting my Linux up. In the end, I simple give up. I guess Linux just need to wait. Windows 7 works fine on it, which is a relief. It at least means that I have a Windows 7 read system now. 

However, I wanted to point out one weird problem I am having now. I do not know if I mentioned, but DDR3 triple channel actually means you need 3 pieces of RAM. While happily I gotten 2 pieces, I was running the whole PC fine. Problem started when I got my third piece of RAM. It was the same model and build. I started getting blue screen in my Windows Vista with error like:

This totally got me. It get very unstable until I have to reboot a few times sometimes to boot up.  So, I got a bad RAM. That was my thought. I gotten a new piece and after plugging it in, things started again. The strange thing was, when I had only 2 pieces of RAM, it work fine and stable for hours.

So, I guess I am pretty much screwed by my motherboard. In any case, I will proceed with a RMA for the motherboard. I hope this certainly solved my issues.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

did you insert the dims in the right places? I believe is 1 2 and 4, so skip the colored one on the board

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