it is a Gigabyte gah-55-USB3 with a Clarkdale I3 - 540 - 3.06 Ghz.. I'm running Windows 7 x 64
Memory : ADATA ( brand new) 1600 Mhz, 512 x 64. Capacity: 8 gig kit ( 2x4gigs each) = 16 gigs ( 2 kits of the same Adata).
Adata Model #:AX3U1600W4G9-DB
Crucial has memory identical to ADATA's. Theirs passes their compatibility test so I don't understand why Adata's wont work
I tried resetting the BIOS. underclocking adjusting the latency above or lower than the memory spec
I noted that on Gigabyte's site it said :" do not use ICore 3, Icore5 or Icore 5 with HD Graphics if over clocking or using Memory higher than 1333Mhz.
But below in that list, it says I'm ok to use a CPU with HD Graphics as long as I don't go above 1666 Mhz . So its very badly ambiguous!
I'm wondering if I should disable the HD graphics ( no point in buying a CPU with no graphics like the Lynnfield CPU).
If I disable the HD graphics and use a discrete graphics card, could it work?
With the memory upgrade, it boots all the way up to the Window's menu ( where it asks, boot normally or launch repair). It boots normally but just before
the animation starts ( the red, green yellow swirling images), it freezes.
I noted I might of answered the POST Bios wrong. it did ask me if I wanted to boot in AHCI or IDE mode, in a hurry, I kept answering yes boot in IDE mode, so im wondering if its because its booting in IDE Mode.
Either way, when I put the 2 x 1 gig sticks back, the Corsair. It boots normally without any effort
The Intel® Core i3-540 supports up to 1333 MHz at 1.5 v. Selecting the incorrect SATA controller mode (AHCI/RAID/IDE) in BIOS will also cause boot issues with your operating system.