Quad-core PC project - Problems so far ...

I was expecting a few problems setting up the quad-core systems, fortunately, issues have been few and far between.

I was expecting a few problems setting up the quad-core systems, fortunately, issues have been few and far between.

The main headache I've had relates to installing Windows Vista.  On trying to install Vista a got the following error:

STOP 0x0000000A (somenumber, somenumber, somenumber, somenumber) IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

This is an issue that I've seen a few times before so I was prepared for it - it's detailed in this knowledge base article on Microsoft

This BSOD occurs when the following is true:

  • The computer uses more than 3 GB of RAM.
  • The computer uses a storage system that is running the Storport miniport driver.
  • The computer uses a controller that uses 32-bit direct memory access (DMA).

There is a patch for the problems but this doesn't help when you're installing Windows so I whipped out 2GB of RAM and after that the installation went just fine.

Other, far more minor issues include:

  • I had a tricky time getting the Arctic Cooler heatsink and fan past the heatsinks on the board
  • The connectors on the motherboard for the EL I/O (electroluminescent panel for the I/O port are really small and fiddly
  • The manual for the Asus board is, well, lacking

Overall, I'm thrilled with the system!  ;-)

Tomorrow, I'll post some benchmarks and load on Windows XP and see if it gives me greater performance that Vista.

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