Well it has been 3 days of ...
The DP45SG is no longer a nice experience for me.
I have used a rocketfish 5 rail 1000w power supply and an antec 650w 4 rail power supply.
I had troubles copying files from one hdd to another. Then I had troubles booting and i thought the power supply was dieing. I stopped by a local store and picked up the 1000w power cause i didn't have spare parts for this build laying around.
First problem bios corruption... Was using 0125, but downgraded to 0121 wondering if it was flaky. Pressing F2 during bios post would produce a black and pink screen. No text, no blue, no grey. I figured out i could blindly press F9, Enter, F10, Enter and it would apply the optimized defaults and reboot. Sadly that did not fix the pin and black issue at all! I prepared a USB stick and did a bios recovery. I was unable to see my screen and waited 20 minutes before just powering off the computer. I could now press F2 and see the bios screen options again. I thought i was safe, but later on that night it went back to the pink and black again... WTF! Ok its not a power supply related issue so far. Maybe its memory or even still the whacked out motherboard.I might go back to 0125 now that i think there is another issue since i got this pink and black screen even while using 0121.
Second problem ram issues... i am now using single memory sticks. I am open to suggestions and will continue to read around the forums. Is anybody running some PVS3rG1333ELK "patriot Viper 4GB kit" on this board successfully? It is PC3 10666 ram and I have read this board does not like 4 sticks of 10666 ram, but i only have 2. I think i saw some posts that indicate 2 sticks are fine, but 4 is a huge issue for this board. Sadly I can't even get 2 sticks running Auto reliably it seems. I thought I had it stable, but after studying the logs and finding my OS complaining the computer had rebooting unexpectedly I thought it was time to figure this out. These are 9-9-9-24 1.5v sticks. I did a 24hr memory test and it was fine in Dimm A 0 and 1 as DDR3. Sadly i know better its not really working. I tried to install windows and had problems getting installed. I took the system apart an striped down to 1 stick in Dimm A 0. I recovered the bios, configured the optimized defaults, and failed to load windows. I took the system apart and put the 2nd stick in the Dimm A 1. I recovered the bios, configured the optimized defaults, and was able to load windows. I rebooted changed the bios to ACHI mode. I installed windows 7 enterprise again, updated windows update, installed the video card drivers, audio drivers (problem there), and the newer Rapid storage Technology driver. I can run chkdsk and no reboot or hang, but i wont get my hopes high just yet. I can not run a blu ray without some pauses or video breakup still. Time to mess around with this stick in different slots to see if a slot has a problem. If it works in all slots then it is time to try that other stick again. Freaking more wasted time and the weekend is over already.
Third problem pcie width issues. since i had to take the system apart to figure out possible ram issues i thought i would trace down my PCIE x8 width instead of x16. BFG 9800GT OC 1GB PCIE 2.0 x16 running x8 wtf. Well I think it might be related to my PCIE tuner cards. Yes 2 tuner cards. They run at x1 or x8. 1 card is in the x1 slot. 2nd card is in the remaining x8 slot for crossfire mode. I would have used the other x1 slot but video card is too large and covers up that slot. Anybody know if i can use the 2nd slot at x16 if i dont use the 1st slot at x16?
So anybody got any suggestions about this crazy board. I know i should get a replacement motherboard and i have started searching already.
BFG 9800 GT OC 1GB PCIE 2.0 x16
Core 2 Quad Q9550 95W
PVS34G133ELK Patriot 4GB kit DDR3 1333 PC 10666
BOXDP45SG (OMG WTFH)
Antec Truepower 650W ATX12v V2.3 EPS12v V2.91 SLI XFIRE ORIGINAL POWER SUPPLY
Rocketfish 1000w Bought to prove the antec was not dieing...
2x Hauppauge HVR 2250 PCIE x1 or X8 slot