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ASRock BIOS issues?

drokkon

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I just built two new computers based around an AMD Athlon XP 3700+ processor on an ASRock 939Dual-Sata2 MB. Both have tiny issues that need to be ironed out, I'm sure - but both work well for the most part.

One, however, has a more serious problem, it seems. Occassionally (once every day or two) the system will lock up. Wasn't a huge deal, just an annoyance. But today I downloaded a demo (Lucasarts' Empire at War) to play my first game on this system.

While it ran beautifully on my roommate's computer, I was treated to some sounds without any video at all, followed by some 3D graphics that were running at 1-2 fps at most. It was absolutely inane, and frustrating to say the least.

In any case, the one part of any system that I've always struggled with is the BIOS. Could that be the problem? The options aren't that great, and the "Chinglish" documentation usually explains the options like this: "Turn to turn this feature ON, choose ENABLE" without any description of any of the features.

I've found a few sites online that describe some BIOS features, but none are anywhere near describing the feature of my motherboard. Is there anyone out there that may be able to help with that?

Sorry for being so long-winded, and thanks for your time!

Teddy

PS - System Specs:

AMD Athlon XP 3700+
ASRock 939Dual-Sata2
1GB PC3200 DDR400 RAM
Chaintech GeForce 6600 AGP 256MB
WD 250 GB SATA2 HDD
16X DVD-writer
Antec TPII 550W Power supply

I also have a DVD Rom, 2 80GB hard drives, a floppy drive, and wireless PCI card installed. Oh and a wicked-sweet Antec P180 case!!!
 
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Have you tried the OCW Forums yet?
OCW Forum For ASRock

I've got the ASRock Dual SATA 939 and It runs like the Wind for me......Especially after Volt modding the Core to get alittle Extra.

If you listed some of the Bios settings your Interested In....I may be of some assistance. :)
 

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Wow, Raptor - thanks so much for the link! Can't believe I hadn't stumbled on that forum yet! I'll definitely look for answers there, and if need be, I'll be back to pick your brain about BIOS options (I need help with basically all of them regarding RAM and CPU timing things - I just left everything set to "Auto")

Thanks again!!!