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ASRock BIOS issues?


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Jan 29, 2006
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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!


PS - System Specs:

AMD Athlon XP 3700+
ASRock 939Dual-Sata2
1GB PC3200 DDR400 RAM
Chaintech GeForce 6600 AGP 256MB
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!!!
Jul 12, 2005
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System Name Ummmm...Mine
Processor I7 920 @ 4.2ghz @ 1.29v's load
Motherboard ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
Cooling Custom 1/2 inch H20
Memory 3x2gb Patriot Sector 7 @2008Mhz 27-9-11-9 1T
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 580 SC 900/1800/1090
Storage 1-Mushkin 60gb SSD 1-500GB WD Black and 2-1TB 32mb WD Black
Display(s) 25 inch Hanns-G 2ms
Case Custom
Audio Device(s) Turtle Beach Catalina
Power Supply Corsair AX850 Pro Series-Modular
Software All Kinds...and then some.
Benchmark Scores 3dMark 11 P7066 Compare Link- http://3dmark.com/3dm11/251153
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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Jan 29, 2006
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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!!!