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I have a new system that I built from scratch using what are supposed to be high end parts.... but I'm having a lot of problems.


Namely, the system won't POST on start-up at all. Never. You have to keep flipping the power (actual switch) on and off, then try to boot, then flip the power off again, repeat, over and over until the system will POST.


With the latest BIOS I now get an error message saying the system has detected a failed POST and offers me the option of entering BIOS setup or trying again--- which will again fail.


Once you're in Windows Vista things are mostly ok, but the system will from time to time BSOD, or reboot itself, and sometimes you get strange memory messages (like address xxxxxxxx couldn't be referenced) etc


Is there a problem with this motherboard and this memory?


I didn't see anything while researching before the purchases, but now when search I find several threads here.... something is definitely up.

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Can you tell me what settings you have manually set in the BIOS for both memory and CPU?


Ok Hopefully this will help:


Main BIOS Screen:




Processor Settings:




Memory Settings:




I'm of course wanting the memory to be at 1333 but I'd rather get this issue with POST'ing and etc resolved before I mess with setting the CPU to 3.00 GHZ

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With the MB and CPU you have you will have to run the memory at DDR1066, you cannot run the memory faster than the CPU FSB with any Intel Chipset.
Well I'm aware I could increase the CPU FSB to 333 (and run the Q6600 at 3.0 Ghz, memory @ 1333) but I wanted to leave any overclocking stability issues out of the discussion at hand.


Any recommendations or ideas to try to allow the system to POST normally and run stable?

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Yes set the memory frequency at DDR667 or DDR800 and set the memory Voltage to what is printed on the modules and set the NB/MCH/SPP Voltage to +.2 Volts over default. And you may have to lower the CPU multiplier.
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