Set mem timings on old mobo.

Raeven_Zero

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I have a Gigabyte GA-7N400 that I built years ago that has been setting in storage forever. I got it out, dusted it off, took it apart and rebuilt it just to make sure everything was right. The old Athlon XP 3200+ is running a little warm but I'll figure that one out on my own. The real problem i'm having is that it's sensing the memory timings way below what they should be and there is no option to change them in the bios. I know how Gigabyte is with their bios and how you have a special key combination to unlock some features. Can anyone help me out with this? Thanks.
 

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I found the problem. Apparently Nforce2 only supports 3 DIMMS and this board has 4 slots. Gigabyte compensates for this by putting the speed at the lowest setting and raising latency. Now that I have that part figured out....I would still like to know if I can set the timings manually.
 

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Yes, you can. Download the manual from Gigabyte (pdf file) and you will see that you can set system performance to:
Normal
Turbo
Manual

If you select manual then you can input speed parameters.
 

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Actually it has no option there to change timings. BUT on the other hand, I found that you can enable the ADVANCE bios setup with the CTRL+F1 combination. After that you have access to timings.....why do they have to make everything so complicated?
 

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I did read the manual and all it mentions is the Normal, Turbo, and Manual settings which did nothing for me since they controlled frequency but not latency. It was later when I was looking through it again that I noticed the Advance Bios Settings and was able to find the key combination. Even with the right settings it is difficult to run everything properly. For instance, CPU-Z shows that I have 3 DIMM slots, one with 512 and 2 with 256 when in reality I am running 4 256 modules (don't ask why, when I bought them they were top of the line). I am still having a horrible time keeping the CPU cool at stock speeds with my Volcano 10.

Thanks for your help, have a good weekend.