I have a Asus A7N8X Deluxe V1.04 that had 2x256MB of Corsair Platinum DDR400 memory and a Athlon XP 2400+ and it worked flawlessly for over a year. Recently,
I bought a 3000+ Retail and a 512 MB Corair stick to upgrade. I had some blue screens after install, so I pulled the new memory and then updated the BIOS to 1008 (from
1001g) and installed the Nvidia 1.16 drivers from their site. I set the BIOS for 166 FSB and memory to Auto (which it says 166 at boot up).
Now the system works OK, but I see two odd things. First, at boot-up, I see the BIOS
startup and then I see a (very) dim screen with the XP logo. After 15 seconds, this
screen goes to normal intensity and I see the blue blocks going across the rectangle
and the system boots up fine.
Second, once and a while, the display and mouse freeze for about 10-15 seconds and then everything is normal. It happens every once and a while.
I contacted ASUS and they told me to set the CPU freq to 166 (it was already), go to user defined and set memory to 100%. Then they sent me to the Nvidia site and had me install motherboard drivers (it says nforce_udp_winxp_3.13 on the file name).
After I did that, it booted quicker, with just a few second pause on the splash screen (where the blue blocks paused). But, once up and running, the system freezes for 10-20 seconds EVERY 2 minutes
so, I reinstalled the 1.16 drivers that I got from the ASUS site and I'm back to a
minor pause every once and a while.
Looking for any advice from people that have this motherboard/CPU combo.
Also, when I go to install the 512 MB DIMM, what should be the ordering of the three
DIMMs, since I have a 256 MB, 256 MB, and 512 MB DIMM? I'm confused as to how to do this & get the best dual channel performance.
Thanks in advance!
right now, I don't have the new memory installed, I'm running with 2 256 MB sticks. With BIOS at 1008 and using the V1.16 nVidia drivers from ASUS, my system seems to be working OK, except that once per session I see a 10-15 sec freeze and then things are fine. It usually happens shortly after I boot and log in.
ASUS support suggested a newer version of motherboard drivers, but that caused my system to freeze every 2 mins, for 10-15 seconds! I reinstalled the drivers from their web site.
I'm wondering if there is some BIOS setting incorrect?
Does anyone know the "right" ordering for DIMM placement on this motherboard? IOW. If I have 2 256 MB DIMMs do I place them in slots 1 & 3 or slots 2 & 3 (the two blue slots)?
If I want to add a 512 MB DIMM, what should be the placement? Note all three are the same brand and type, just that one is higher density.
Thanks in advance.