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    ABIT NF7-S (v2.0) and RAM trouble

    Hi.

    basically i have been running, abit nf7-s (v2.0), xp1600-m, 2x256mb pc2700 (samsung), r9700 for a while. This week i bought some RAM off the forums, 1gb twinmoss twister pc3700 (2x512mb). It arrived this morning, so i chucked it in in dual channel (same as i was running the old RAM). But nothing happened, fans span, but no display, or beeps.

    So i reset the CMOS, and unplugged it from the wall. Tried again, still same result. Then took the sticks of RAM out and tried, got a long beep (saying no RAM.) Put a single stick of the new stuff in, and still got a long beep; then thinking it maybe the RAM i put a stick of my old RAM in, but that just gave a long beep.

    Then i put the RAM in my brothers computer and that worked first time, with the old and new.

    I am just in the process of rebuilding the computer from sratch, but is there anything i am not thinking of about?

    I dont think that the motherboard is completely dead as it beeped, and the RAM works fine. Also it isnt a compatibility thing as the guy had it running in an NF7-S as well.

    Anyone got any ideas as the problem?

    Ill post back once i have rebuilt the computer - I have just tried the computer again, but still the same thing.

    Im pretty much lost for ideas.

    Thanks
    Will.
    Last edited by blockers; 27-08-2005 at 06:22 PM.
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    Yes. Corrupt Bios is a strong possibility.

    Did you reset the CMOS on your board before sticking the new ram in?
    You could either buy a new bios chip preflashed with a bios of your choice or attempt to HotFlash in another board.

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    Also, i'd try an overnight CMOS clear.
    Pull PSU connector from the board.
    Remove CMOS battery.
    Set CMOS to clear and leave it overnight.

    This has worked for a few ppl in your situation.

    Another trick thats worked(on DFI nForce2's anyway) is sticking an old stick of PC2100 in there and then trying to boot. Not sure this will work in your situation though...

    If you want a new bios chip then let us know and i can put you in touch with someone that does them cheap. Around £12 delivered preflashed.
    The nForce2's use the same bios chips as the nForce3 & 4's.

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    Hi - thanks for that shinobi, ill give reseting the CMOS over night, sadly i dont have any pc2100 to test in there.

    With the hot flashing do i have to use an nforce2 chipset board? my brother runs an abit motherboard KT333 chipset i think, would that work?

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    You sure do. An nForce2, 3 or 4 board will do for hotflashing, something that uses the exact same chip. KT333 won't do. I can dig out a guide out for you if you want.

    I'm not as familiar with the Abit NF7 nForce2 boards, i'm a DFI man, but just been talking to a m8 and he says the NF7's are just as prone to bios corruption as these DFI's(personally i think its an nForce2 thing).

    Anyway, hope the long cmos clear works

    If you wanna buy a new bios chip preprogrammed with an NF7 bios(just take the old chip out and stick it in) you can get one off this guy.
    This is his site. It'll work out a bit over £10 for a bios chip preflashed with shipping and will take around 4-7 days to arrive from the US.


    Hes a great guy Tmod. Helped me a lot in my bios modding escapades Really knows his stuff.
    And as you can see from the posts in the thread hes reliable, fast and cheap.
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    hey mate.if you want me to hotflash the BIOS chip for you then just send it to me.

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    There you go blockers, your sorted. If the long cmos clear don't work then you can just get it hotflashed by pumbertot.

    Be careful taking the chip out though blockers(its pretty easy to break the housing) and make sure you put it back in the right way, so note the way it fits in before you take it out.

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    Righty, so the long CMOS clear didnt work sadly. If it is still ok for me to send you the chip pumbertot that would be great - just PM your address.

    Thanks for the help chaps
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    address PMed.

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    Hope that sorts it for ya blockers. I really can't see it being anything more than a corrupt bios. I see it all the time in the DFI support forums. Usually by someone adjusting their ram timings too tight, swapping out ram without clearing the Cmos or just by a plain old bad flash.

    I tell you what i would recommend, a Bios Saviour. Thats the one you want for nForce2's. nForce3 & 4's and some other boards use the same one so you could use it still when you upgrade.
    Can't complain at that price either. I've never seen anywhere sell them as cheap as what Scan do.

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    your pm box is full mate hence the post here.

    ive got it mate.had to pick up a floppy drive off my bro to pop in the mrs rig so can do the flash.gonna try it tomorrow so fingers crossed it will work. do you want the latest official or one of the merlin modded BIOS everyone seems to use?

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    Pumbertot - if you havent flashed it already go for the merlin modded one, havent heard of it but it sounds magic

    Cheers for the info shinobi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blockers
    Pumbertot - if you havent flashed it already go for the merlin modded one, havent heard of it but it sounds magic

    Cheers for the info shinobi.
    flashed it already and popped it in the post but missed last post on way to nightshift.put the lastest BIOS 27 on it.soz.

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    No worries - thanks for all the help pumbertot! thats brillant top lad.


    Will.
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