Can Shuttle SN41G2 (Black) (Nforce2 Chipset) run w-DDR400 ?
Posted 10 November 2003 - 05:31 AM
Initally, I thought this was due to my using the onboard Video that uses an NVidia MX440 chip. Stuff I had read had led me to believe that since this video chip only runs at a slower speed, it can only access memory that runs at 266 mhz. So I went out and bought a new MSI GeForce FX5600 card that uses AGP 8X, which should allow it to run with memory settings at least up to 333 Mhz, shouldn't it ? Yet I am unable to get to do so in any sort of stable fashion.
Anyone have one of these Nforce2 Shuttle systems that have the BIOS settings for the Memory set to values representing 333 mhz or higher ? I'd really appreciate hearing back from anyone who does, or who has any info or suggestions for me on how to get this to run with memory settings that reflect the DDR333 or DDR400 memory they have installed ?
Oh - I've tried flahing the bios to the newer v22 BIOS - not much luck there, sadly ..
Posted 10 November 2003 - 12:47 PM
But to make sure, try it with just one stick first.
I've never heard that your gpu can limit the speed of your ram ;(
Why couldn't you flash your bios?
download it here http://www.shuttle.com/hq/support/download/dwn2.asp?model=SN41G2#
You also need a utility from ftp://ftp.shuttle.com/BIOS/utility
or a dos utility.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 01:15 AM
I've used this PNY Verto High-Speed memory before in Nforce2 motherboards, without a problem. They use speed-binned winners out of Samsung's DDR chips, and can run at 433 Mhz CL2.5 without breaking a sweat. I've read in other forums about an issue where the system reset's the CL to 3, and the system has a real issue running at CL3 period. So I guess my next step, is to try to do what other's have done - clear the CMOS, swap out the high-speed memory with some generic PC-2100 stuff, and then once it is able to reboot OK, go into the BIOS and set the memory timings using EXPERT mode (including manually forcing it out of CL3), shut it all down, swap back in the high-speed DDR-433 memory, and it all should work OK .. anyone reading this think it's a bit more convoluted of a process for a user to have to do ?
Anyone else have any ideas for me to try ? Should I see about replacing the BIOS chip ? Should I chalk it up to a bad motherboard, and see about getting it replaced ? Is this the normal Shuttle/Gforce2 experience ?