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    Installing AB9 Pro

    Just got this motherboard and I am having trouble with installing the rear i/o plate. Do you need the metal pins that are on there, or are they just present to prevent damage to anything? Thanks in advance.

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    What kind of trouble are you having with the I/O sheild?

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    • Hidden Hippo's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • Tagan TG530-U15 530W
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      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 64-bit
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      • BenQ FP241W
    I've found that the small tabs (I've found out that they're supposed to ground the sockets) were getting in the way. I've managed to fix this though with some careful bending of the little metal pins and everything is going smoothly now.

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    Let us know how the new rig turns out. E.g. problems encountered, etc

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    I'm also intrested in any feedback you can offer about the AB9

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    The review from anandtech can tell you alot about this board.

    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2799

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    I know about all the reviews, I was after some feedback from an end users point of veiw.

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    Sean,

    I've not purchased this board yet. I want to make sure everything is OK. Thats why I enquired about the Bios version on another thread. I am following up from the anandtech review which mentioned a problem and stated that the next bios should update it (hopefully).

    I do intend to purchase this board but I think its early days (new P965) and you never know what surprises can prop up. I can probably wait at least a week or two before purchasing.

    I should have made this clear to both you and the other users.

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    The bios version mentioned in the review is now avaliable to download and more will be on the way.

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    • Hidden Hippo's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
      • CPU:
      • i5 2500k (stock)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB Corsair Ballistix 1600MHz
      • Storage:
      • 250GB WD Caviar
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD4870 1GB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan TG530-U15 530W
      • Case:
      • Thermaltake Armour
      • Operating System:
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    Well at the moment it sin't that great. I've got everything installed and hooked up, but more often than not I get C1 errors (generally memory incompatibility). I've tried replacing the CMOS as I was getting a CMOS checksum error, made sure nothing was shorting the mobo, tried the RAM sticks in each slot. As a final resort I'm going to flash the BIOS with the 1.1 version which is supposed to increase compatibility with some types of RAM.

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    You made need to increase the DDR voltages

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    • Hidden Hippo's system
      • Motherboard:
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      • i5 2500k (stock)
      • Memory:
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      • 250GB WD Caviar
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD4870 1GB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan TG530-U15 530W
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      • Thermaltake Armour
      • Operating System:
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    Tried that. I increased them from 1.8 to 1.9V and rebooted. Got the same post code. I've read that some people have had problems with running the core 2 duo processors on the v1.0 bios though.

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    • Hidden Hippo's system
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      • CPU:
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      • Memory:
      • 8GB Corsair Ballistix 1600MHz
      • Storage:
      • 250GB WD Caviar
      • Graphics card(s):
      • HD4870 1GB
      • PSU:
      • Tagan TG530-U15 530W
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      • Thermaltake Armour
      • Operating System:
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      • BenQ FP241W
    Managed to sort it out. Not the ideal solution as I'm having to run my 800MHz RAM at 533, but it works, so I'm happy. I'll wait for a nice BIOS update before trying proper speeds.

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    Thats a shame. I'll have to rethink whether this is the right board for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hidden Hippo
    Managed to sort it out. Not the ideal solution as I'm having to run my 800MHz RAM at 533, but it works, so I'm happy. I'll wait for a nice BIOS update before trying proper speeds.

    What voltages does the spec say for your memory?

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    AB9 Pro with G.Skill PC2-6400 memory

    My memory is rated at 2.0-2.1 V, yet I'm only able to boot with voltage at 2.3 V using only one stick. Even if the memory modules are rated as PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) the motherboard tries to boot with the memory speed reduced to DDR2-667. This also applies if I'm maually setting the the memory speed to DDR2-800.

    These findings have been made with the 1.3 BIOS version. I have verified that I'm now actually able to set CAS at 4 or 5 and getting a a latency of 4 or 5. With earlier BIOS versions CAS would always be set at 3 regardless of SPD or BIOS settings. With BIOS version 1.1 I was actually able to boot with my G.Skill rams in dual channel mode, but with the newer version 1.3 I have had no such luck.

    Naturally I'm very disappointed with Abit not being able to provide a BIOS that solves the memory issues that plagues this motherboard. I had great hopes that the next BIOS version would solve the issues that has been raised in many forums regarding the AB9.

    The question now is whether to hope for a new BIOS version that solves the issues at hand or returning the motherboard and exchange it for another brand.

    Regards
    Last edited by DKViper; 17-08-2006 at 09:47 AM.

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