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  1. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Rockall   

    Hey Guys,

    It's been far too long, but I'm just dropping a line to say that I'm still alive. Right after I got the new custom computer running I had to kick it into high gear regarding a district-wide art show that had to be setup on May 12. Barely did it in time, and this was in spite of having numerous nights with my being awake and bleary-eyed till 2-3 AM.

    Truthfully, I still haven't fully recovered, as I then had to make up an enormous amount of time with my own two kids, and my wife who was essentially a single mother.

    Plus, I'm still trying to determine if my custom system is working up to par. To test it out, I've been making short excursions into ArmA 2, which is the most intensive title I own. But the issues I've had with that title is a whole different ball of wax, which I'm having addressed by the ever helpful and friendly BIS community.

    In short, every couple of days, I grow more sure that my system's okay...

    And this week I'm starting up a Human Geography online university course, so...

    In short, I'm hoping to get back into testing this excellent campaign by this weekend, if not earlier. I hope that you'll still have me in that regard!

    Have to run. It feels good to be "almost" back!
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  2. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Reinstalled GR, want to paste over backed up files BUT...   

    Wow! That looks like a GREAT utility!

    Thanks for the link!
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  3. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Reinstalled GR, want to paste over backed up files BUT...   


    Are the .xml's in charge of keeping track of keyboard reassignments? I pasted my old files over the newly installed ones, and all of my old key settings were gone. The Rockall and other mods are listed appropriately, although I only quickly tested Rockall out.

    So, it looks like I have to try and remember all of those again.

    Now, am I mistaken, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that GR cannot properly stretch itself out to the widescreen format. Everything's distorted by being wider. Is this true, or...?

    Thanks!
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  4. Kyle_K_ski added a topic in GR (PC) - Tech Support   

    Reinstalled GR, want to paste over backed up files BUT...
    Howdy Folks,

    Reinstalled GR, want to paste over backed up files, and I want to get back to testing Rockall again, BUT...

    ...I'm confused as to which files I should NOT copy/paste from the backup I made of the game's installation directory on my old Dell computer. Specifically, I do NOT want to overwrite any potential Registry values, as for me, they are DEFINITELY different from when I had GR installed on my old system. On my old Dell, the game auto-installed to Program Files/Red Storm Entertainment, but this time, it auto-installed to Program Files/x86/Red Storm Entertainment.

    Any advice on which files not bring over from the backup to the new installation?

    Thanks in advance!
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  5. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I tested out the LightScribe drive just a few minutes ago, and I discovered something REALLY weird.

    I (finally!) installed Ghost Recon, and played a default Firefight. Results? No high-pitched whine from the optical drive.

    I installed the one real "indulgence" I permitted myself with this build (and only because I found it on sale), ArmA 2 Combined Operations. Played a mission. Results? As above.

    Then I tried STALKER SOC again. Results? The high pitched whine resurfaced, but only when the game was loading, AND (this is the weird part), for however long the game was paused when Escape was first pressed on the keyboard till the time I pressed said key again to reenter the game, and for however long I was accessing the Inventory screen. Other than those occasions, there's no whine.

    So, I'm guessing that it's not really an issue with the optical device, but rather with STALKER's programming. To be fair, I'm playing STALKER with the "STALKER Complete" mod, but I'd be hugely surprised if said had any impact on causing the whining sounds.

    Any ideas?

    I have to say, this custom-built system is about 30% quieter than my old Dell one. And I'm really starting to like Win. 7. The "Library" feature is superb. I just wish that I could add a Display Desktop shortcut to the quick launch menu bar. Haven't been able to figure that one out yet.
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  6. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    That high pitched whining it does, that would be grounds for an exchange, yes? I can't imagine that this type of noise, and at that level of volume, would be considered to be the "industry norm."
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  7. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    From Roco*AFZ*


    As an educator, I deeply appreciate your point. Also as an educator, I deeply achieving a fine education through the least painful means possible.

    And thanks again All, for everything that has helped me to GET MY SYSTEM UP AND RUNNING!



    YES, Win. 7 is finally installed, I put a ton of my files from my backup on it, and I very briefly tried, in the wee hours of the morning, STALKER--SOC.

    At the start of the game, there was quite a bit of artifacting going on, with small rectangular "boxes" of portions of the screen dragging a little bit more slowly than the rest of the screen. Strange, but it seemed to go away after a little bit, but I'm still going to keep my eye on it.

    What has me concerned, though, is the high-pitched whine that I heard coming from my case. I'm very sure that it's the Lightscribe optical drive producing the sound, and I suspect, to a much smaller degree, that it could be the front-mounted LED case-fan. Sometime today, I'm going to have Julie have her ear close to the case so that she can help me determine what's making the noise. The annoyingly loud noise starts up primarily when a level's being loaded/reloaded, or a Save is being made. I was so tired, that it's hard for me to recall all of the applicable details.

    What think you?
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  8. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    ACTUALLY there are more than two options!

    And I'm clueless as to the one I should have.

    Here are the non-RAID options:
    1. without NCQ and Hot Plug functions (IDE mode)
    2. with NCQ and Hot Plug functions (AHCI mode)


    The with-RAID options are detailed on the motherboard's disc, but after reading up on RAID, I'm pretty sure that it's not even really an option for me, with having but one SATA3 hard drive, correct?

    So, if that assumption is correct, which of the two non-RAID options should I go with?

    Thanks in advance!
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  9. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    Gaaaahhhhh!!!!!

    I almost forgot, but the manual for the motherboard states that are two potential adjustments that could be made to the motherboard BEFORE installing Win. 7.

    One that has a RAID setup, and...

    ...one that doesn't.

    An alteration to the motherboard MUST be made, so, I'm guessing that since I have only ONE hard drive (and not part of a server), that I just want the non-RAID option, correct?
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  10. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    Thanks for the kind comments folks. I just happened to take pictures of this thing, and will be happy to post them once Windows 7 is up and running smoothly, as well as a game or two (Ghost Recon and STALKER are the first two in).

    I'm more than a bit nervous about making adjustments to the BIOS, which is something that I've only ever done once before, with the guidance of a Dell technician on the phone line. That was many years ago.

    The good news is, and you can blare your horns for this, I have successfully changed the Time and Date settings in the BIOS. Everything else, though, gives me a bit of a shiver down my spine, and primarily because there's a product's advertised figures, and then there's the REAL values, which typically are quite smaller than advertised on the package.

    I don't want to input the wrong data.

    I'd like to describe what's on the screens available to me, and if you'd be kind enough to let me know if there are any settings that I should alter, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    For 10 seconds or so, the very first screen gives me the options to


    If I run the BIOS Setup, and then open up its "Main" tab, it lists some information that I hope is accurate. Too often, I've read of motherboards having this information wrong, with the results being the owner had a slower system than he/she should.

    Everything listed below is in a gray font that's inaccessible by using the standard methods.



    The other point of concern that I have, also written in inaccessible gray font, is found under the "OC Tweaker" menu. Now I realize that your motherboards may not feature the same features as mine, but I'm confident that there are similarities. Under this window, the following infor is listed...



    I'm also assuming from scrutinizing the "H/W Monitor" menu,that the fact that I there are no values listed for the computer's case-fans is normal?


    Does anything look odd in regards to the above data?


    In the end, what I would like to hear is that "Kyle, these screens look good--you're hardware is being maxed without overclocking. Just slide that Windows 7 DVD into the optical drive, and let it do its thing..." At this point in time, I'm not interested in overclocking the system, but I do want all of the hardware being used optimally. If you see any exceptions, please let me know.

    Thanks again for your consideration.

    Yours!
    Kyle
    April 21, 2011

    Thanks for the kind comments folks. I just happened to take pictures of this thing, and will be happy to post them once Windows 7 is up and running smoothly, as well as a game or two (Ghost Recon and STALKER are the first two in).

    I'm more than a bit nervous about making adjustments to the BIOS, which is something that I've only ever done once before, with the guidance of a Dell technician on the phone line. That was many years ago.

    The good news is, and you can blare your horns for this, I have successfully changed the Time and Date settings in the BIOS. Everything else, though, gives me a bit of a shiver down my spine, and primarily because there's a product's advertised figures, and then there's the REAL values, which typically are quite smaller than advertised on the package.

    I don't want to input the wrong data.

    I'd like to describe what's on the screens available to me, and if you'd be kind enough to let me know if there are any settings that I should alter, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    For 10 seconds or so, the very first screen gives me the options to


    If I run the BIOS Setup, and then open up its "Main" tab, it lists some information that I hope is accurate. Too often, I've read of motherboards having this information wrong, with the results being the owner had a slower system than he/she should.

    Everything listed below is in a gray font that's inaccessible by using the standard methods.



    The other point of concern that I have, also written in inaccessible gray font, is found under the "OC Tweaker" menu. Now I realize that your motherboards may not feature the same features as mine, but I'm confident that there are similarities. Under this window, the following infor is listed...



    I'm also assuming from scrutinizing the "H/W Monitor" menu,that the fact that I there are no values listed for the computer's case-fans is normal?


    Does anything look odd in regards to the above data?


    In the end, what I would like to hear is that "Kyle, these screens look good--you're hardware is being maxed without overclocking. Just slide that Windows 7 DVD into the optical drive, and let it do its thing..." At this point in time, I'm not interested in overclocking the system, but I do want all of the hardware being used optimally. If you see any exceptions, please let me know.

    Thanks again for your consideration.

    Yours!
    Kyle
    April 21, 2011
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  11. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I cannot find words to adequately describe how bad I feel about this small, but HUGE mistake.

    I know that some of you put a lot of time into trying to help me, and I know that time is a precious commodity for all of us. So, not only did I waste my own time, the time of my wife, my two darling kids, and for yourselves, but to be perfectly honest, the stress that I've felt from trying to figure this out has made me, well, grumpy, and that isn't fair to those who are closest around me either.

    Again, I'm frustrated with myself for what's occurred, and I'm grateful that, thus far, I'm getting some warm and happy responses to my gaff of cosmic proportions.

    Alright, now before I start to install the OS tonight, I'd like all of you to take a look at the following text, and let me know if you'd be worried about anything posted there. This is what I saw on the monitor once I hooked it up to the now properly powered motherboard:



    Now, I was watching the motherboard's Dr. Debug LED display during the entire of the initial loadup, and I didn't see the above till the numbers on the Dr. Debug display settled and stayed on "85." The other codes that were quickly flashed were D1, D3, D5, 2A, 38, 3A, 60, 75, 78, and finally 85. There were more numbers, but they changed far too quickly for my hand to record on the notepad. To me, all of the codes that I referenced in the ASRock manual seem to indicate that devices were detected and connections were being made--all of it sounded like "routine" stuff.

    I'm assuming then, that code #85

    simply means to tell the computer's user, through the monitor, what the errors are. And from what I saw on the monitor, I'd assume that the errors to be reported deal with the following lines:


    The above sounds like "routine business" to me as well, yes? If so, what should I do first, connect my system to the internet, press F2 to have the BIOS to run the Setup (which I assume would connect it to the official website to download the latest BIOS, and get and set the correct date and time), or should I wait on updating the BIOS, and just start installing Windows 7 Professional Upgrade, or...?

    And am I correct in reading the "good" news that first screen gave me? It looks like it detected EVERYTHING, and it didn't report any device-based errors, so all of that stuff, the graphics card, the CPU, etc., etc., that's all working appropriately, yes?

    Thanks in advance, oh Forgiving Ones (I hope!)!!!

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  12. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I called ASRock support here: 1-909-590-8308

    And the gentleman I spoke with, Derick, made reference to taking the motherboard out of the case completely, having it just hooked up to the PSU, the cooler, and with no RAM. When I start it up, it should make 3 beeps, which means that the motherboard's fine, and that the RAM is missing. He mentioned that I ensure that I have the power firmly plugged into its 24 pin and 8 pin sockets, at which point I interrupted him and said, "Uh, what 8 pin power socket?"

    "Well sir, there are two power sockets, one for a 24 pin and one for an 8 pin."

    Guess who did NOT have the 8 pin power hooked up?

    Yeah, that's right, ME !!!!

    So, I hooked up the 8 pin, cleared the CMOS, started it up, and got SEVERAL beeps, saw the Dr. Debug LED system light up, flash through a score of numbers, only to settle on #85, which according to the manual reads...
    Display errors to the user and gets the user response for error.


    Now, I have no idea what that means, and I'm guessing that it might be saying that because I don't have it hooked up yet to a monitor. So I'm going to go and do that now. If you have more details on said error report, please post here.

    ARRRRRRRRGH!!!!! I am SO sorry for missing something SO obvious. Only, it's not obvious, because even after I got off of the phone with the man, it took me a long several minutes just to find it because the CPU cooler makes it almost impossible to see.

    I feel like such a CHUMP!

    Forgive me all ! :'(
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  13. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I hope that the congratulations aren't too early. I just received an email from the friend who supplied the graphics card, and while he doesn't supply any reasons in his email (he's at work) he highly doubts that the Lightscribe Optical Device is the culprit.

    He wants me to basically go through the same procedures that Roco originally advised. Here's what Adam (who supplied me with the GeForce graphics card) recommended to me:


    I've already gone through the whole RAM-testing bit. The monitor didn't produce a picture.
    According to Adam's email, his four biggest culprits are the RAM, the motherboard, the power supply and the CPU.

    How do you feel about this? Is it VERY likely that I identified the real problem (the Lightscribe), or do I now need to strip everything out just to get a look at the processor, visually see whether its damaged or not (and if not damaged, risk damaging it by reseating it into the motherboard). The lack of an additional power supply is a major headache. I might know people who could have a powersupply, but the odds of it being as beefy as a 600W one are pretty slim.

    I want this mess OVER WITH, you know?
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  14. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I think that I finally found THE CULPRIT that's been plaguing me!

    I used the previously mentioned testing method, but I then went one step further: I added one device at a time. A major pain in the butt, but a method I'll be MOST pleased with if it results in a positive outcome. To speed things up, I did NOT have my monitor hooked up to the graphics card (I can only place the case on the ground for the monitor hookup; it was a lot faster for me to go monitor-free, and just keep the case on the worktable. Also note that I cleared the CMOS before each and every additional change indicated in the table below.

    Here's my One Part Added At A Time checklist. Each part is listed in the order that it was installed in.

    Part Installed Motherboard Beeps? Dr. Debug LED #
    HIS Radeon graphics card None None
    Rear case fan None None
    AC'97-Front case panel audio switch None None
    Power Switch/HDD LED/Reset System panel head None None
    USB-Front case panel None None
    SATA port-Front case panel None None
    Top case fan None None
    Front case fan None None
    Seagate Barracuda 320 GB hard drive None None
    SATA connection to optical drive (this device does not yet have power) None None
    Lightscribe Optical Drive (power now connected) YES, two short & rapid beeps None ?


    One might wonder why it is that I did the Lightscribe Optical Drive in two steps, and the only reason why I did that was because ALL of the other device-hookups produced no sounds, and I wanted to "tightly corner" the Lightscribe device just to better ensure and detail it should it prompt a beep. Here's a listing for the Lightscribe Optical Device: Lightscribe product description link .

    So, the question is now this: what is the significance of the 2 short beeps finally sounding out when the Lightscribe is fully connected, and why did the Dr. Debug LED system NOT display a code after the beeping?

    Is it safe to assume that the Lightscribe is the faulty device, or does the motherboard have a malfunction in handling said device, or is it the AMD Phenom II processor that's faulty when the device is plugged in, or...?

    I need a short break from doing this. So I haven't yet bothered to plug it into the monitor to see if it results in anything different, but then I can't imagine how the consequences would be any different if I did.

    Are there any additional tests that you would like me to run, or did my methodology prove something (hopefully) conclusive?
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  15. Kyle_K_ski added a post in a topic Computer bulit, but monitor & maybe hard drive not working...   

    I don't recall seeing any LED's on the motherboard being lit.

    Here's what I'm going to do:

    Clear the CMOS, hook up the power supply to the outlet, start up the system with just the HIS Radeon card, motherboard, processor, and CPU cooler being connected, and, whether the two-beeps are produced or not, and thoroughly-check to see if any LED's are lit.

    Then, hook every cable and chord back up (yay, such fun!), clear the CMOS, hook up the power supply to the outlet, start up the system, wait for the two-beeps, and thoroughly-check to see if any LED's are lit.

    And then report back to you all. I've got to make breakfast for the family, and then I'll get my hands back into that case. Let me know, hopefully before I start the latest testing, if any of my above procedures could be better refined.

    Yours!
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