BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Jeff Gaine » Tue, 26 Sep 2006 00:07:58


I am planning an upgrade to Core 2 Duo. The machine will be used mainly
for development, with perhaps half a dozen instance of VS 2005 running
plus half a dozen tools. I am hoping that Core 2 will give me good
responsiveness when switching apps.

I also want to be able to stream MP3's to a Hauppage Show Center - which
is a bit fussy about chipsets, it won't play with my current Nvidia NForce
4 setup.

Tom's Hardware seem to rate the D975XBX as rock solid, if a percent or two
slower than others.

Is anybody using the board who can give a view on it? I am not interested
in over-clocking, modern PC's think much faster than I can :-)

--
Jeff Gaines
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BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Beman Dawe » Sat, 30 Sep 2006 10:18:04


I've been using a D975XBX with a Core 2 Duo E6700 for two or three
weeks. Mostly I give it very high marks, but I am having a problem with
dual graphics cards. I'm a software developer, and run three monitors.

I have to start the machine with only one board enabled, then manually
enable the second card with Win XP Device Driver. Otherwise, both cards
get assigned the same IRQ, and the system hangs. By enabling one later,
they get separate IRQ's and all is well.

I haven't found a way to submit a problem report to Intel. If anyone
knows how to attract the attention of a real person there, I'd
appreciate hearing about it.

--Beman Dawes

 
 
 

BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Jeff Gaine » Sat, 30 Sep 2006 17:22:32


Thanks for your reply, Beman :-)

I have just re-organised my study to make space for a third monitor, I was
planning to run 2 x XFX 6600GT graphics cards, looks like it may be an
issue so it's good to know!

I can't help with an Intel contact. I had a similar problem with a dual
processor Asus board once, even though I managed an email exchange with
them they were unable (and uninterested) to solve the issue. I'm not sure
manufacturers spend much time testing multi-head.

Is it possible to allocate a specific IRQ in the BIOS for each card? It's
been a long time since I had to do that but it was useful with ISA cards.

--
Jeff Gaines
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BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Beman Dawe » Mon, 02 Oct 2006 05:25:58


A three monitor rig is wonderful for software development. I run the IDE
on the central 24" monitor, the reference document (design, or whatever)
on the right 17" monitor, and the program under test on the left 17"
monitor.


Yes, according to ATI it is possible via the Device Manager by disabling
ACPI on the Computer property page. Then on the Device Manager property
page for one of the monitors, Resources tab, uncheck "Use automatic
settings" and assign the IRQ by hand.

I haven't tried that yet. While having to do a special startup song and
dance is a PITA, it does work and I'm worried about destablizing my system.

If you get your three monitor rig running OK, please send me an email
and tell me how you did it.

Thanks,

--Beman
 
 
 

BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Beman Dawe » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 20:09:01


I finally got my two graphic card / three monitor rig to run reliably
without problems. The solution was simple; both graphics boards have to
use Nvidia GPU's. If either or both use ATI GPU's, there are serious
problems that I was never able to resolve. When I switched to two Nvidia
cards, everything worked right away.

--Beman
 
 
 

BadAxe (D975XBX ) Motherboard

Post by Jeff Gaine » Sat, 07 Oct 2006 20:24:39


Thanks for the update Beman, looks like I'll get myself an early Christmas
present then :-)

--
Jeff Gaines
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