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Author Topic: MS 7246 (975x PUE) = Motherboard of many woes , help if you can.... (pics)  (Read 1688 times)

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mr_woodster

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My setup

MSI MS - 7246 v 2.1 (975x PUE)  bios 7.0 / 7.1/7.2/7.4
E6600 2.4ghz w/ 4mb cache
2x 1GB Corsair CM2 6400 (ddrII 800)
Silencer 610w powersupply
2x 74gb raptors Raid=0

I'll try to be as informative and brief as possible.
My journey started with a lot (not enough as it turns out) research for a nice board for the core 2 e6600. Finally choosing this motherboard after reading through the review on tomshardware.com . I'm not new to computer building, but who knows, maybe I've missed something.

I've come to find , the bios are quite horrible to say the least, with each "revision" i loose more options and less things work. 
This motherboard will not clock my e6600 correctly.  In system properties / CPUZ it is displayed as a 1.2ghz proccessor.
The bios also confirms this on boot up, Displaying 297mhz (33x9) along with the incorrect DDR2 533 speed.
Here are the settings in the bios (ver 7.0, the only version that seems to work with the RAID)
CPU FSB Frequency = 266mhz
FSB @ memory clock ratio = Auto (i believe thats 1:2 according to cpuz)

It feels like im missing a multiplier somewhere in the setup. Everything is half speed.
I've tried to update the bios to the one's ive listed , but with any other bios revision my FSB ratio option gets locked, and my raid doesnt work.
I've sent the motherboard in on RMA and its been returned, It came with the 7.4 bios flashed on to it  :rolleyes: which means my raid wouldnt work (and still would not detect the processor correctly).

I've included some pictures of the bios settings and what its displaying, just to prove im not out of my mind!
Any help would be great!




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This board do not support DDR II 800MHz RAMs natively. Native support is up to DDR II 667MHz.

You'll have to change your Memory Clock Ratio from Auto to Manual and set the fastest speed available, it should be 667MHz or 800MHz(not sure).

Disable C1E support and speedstep.
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mr_woodster

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Thanks for the tip, In the bios i can adjust the the ratio but none seem to stick. Oddly the 1:1.25 ratio the restart cant recover from, i have to clear the bios manually. This is with the ram's timming loosened up (5-5-5-15) and i've tried with the stock 1.8v aswell as 2.0/2.1/2.15v. Doesnt seem to change. 
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It seems pretty evident to me that you have a bad board. I've tried all offcial bios (and many betas) and NEVER my processor (the same as yours) was incorrectly detected.
I doubt that dissabling SpeedStep and C1E will help in any way, and if it does, that should be a sign of a faulty board, because I'm running at 3 Ghz (333 x 9) with SpeedStep and C1E enabled and all voltages auto without any problem.
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RMA you board for a replacement.
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mr_woodster

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I've taken your advice and requested another RMA and will send the board in. I've selected " CPU Mhz Error " as the reason for the RMA. Hopefully this will be informative enough for them to test and find the board faulty ( as this is the second time they have had it!).  Is there any thing else i can do to help the process along?
-Jarrod
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Don't worry, just send the board in and they'll process from there.
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