Short questions because I want to buy a board of the same series, just the "plain" version with only one pcie x16 slot (either the DS3 or the DS3R):
1) Does IDE on this board work out of the box or are there some problems with it? I would have to use IDE for an optical drive and a hd.
2) What about sensors support? Does lm-sensors support this board already with all sensors or what is the current status?
BTW: I would really welcome a test with a vanilla kernel in those mainboard reviews. I have no idea how many patches and such are applied to the kernels shipped with some distributions and personally I prefer to at least have the option to switch to a vanialla kernel. In such it would be nice to have a test if everything works nicely with vanialla and attaching a config file that does support all the stuff, too.
Hi,I have this motherboard (GA x38-DQ6) and I have a question about the raid. Does Ubuntu Gutsy support ICH9R chipset? I would like to set raid 5 but I don't know if it's possible in Ubuntu Gutsy. If it's possible, whick program I have to use so as to install ubuntu gutsy in a raid array? Is there some guide?
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by ]--Freeman--[; 01-16-2008 at 06:07 AM.
Raid 5 should be possible with Kanotix Thorhammer, if you try that be sure to click on the IRC icon and ask for instructions, dmraid installs are possible but for example you can not use gparted to partition it. Also best to use some other tricks like GRUB4DOS when you want to do a dual boot system on raid (and install bootloader into partition). No Ubuntu kernel has ever had the needed dmraid 45 patch and the included dmraid of course would not load the extra module even if present. U is in that way pretty stupid
I bought a GA-P35-DS3P for my second build, in no small part because of this
review (the OSx86 community also loves this board), so this seems a handy
place to put some initial build gotchas.
 Only a PS/2 keyboard can be used to access the BIOS, to turn on USB
keyboards and mice. Then, a USB keyboard can be used e.g. with the Ubuntu
Server install disk. Otherwise, one determines that one's USB isn't fried by
using the Ubuntu Desktop install disk, which defaults to booting to live disk
if it doesn't hear from you. One may need to keep the PS/2 keyboard handy for
future BIOS work, as it is picky about USB keyboards even after changing this
 My Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX 2 x 2 GB memory (2.1v 800 4-4-4-12, but
800 5-5-5-18 in SPD) failed memtest+ (don't use the copy on a Ubuntu disk, get
the latest from www.memtest.org) with my f1 BIOS. The latest BIOS is now f2.
The download is a Windows .exe, so unpacking it gave me my first productive
use ever of my virtual Windows on my Mac. I couldn't update from a USB flash
drive, contrary to the documentation. Formatting an internal Sata drive to a
single FAT32 partition, and putting the unpacked BIOS files on it, did the
trick nicely and very swiftly. I had far less trouble with my memory in the f2
BIOS at default settings, 1 error in an hour rather than hundreds. I then
manually set 2.1V, 4-4-4-12, and as I write I'm an hour into testing with no
TIP: When you take your shiny new SATA drive (Raptor, anyone?) out of its OEM
pouch, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200. Immediately attach it to an
already working machine, format it FAT32, and copy on the updated BIOS files.
NOW install the drive in your build. Flash the latest BIOS as soon as you can,
to save hours of your life, and while the mobo is still returnable. It will go
(In my case, the memory instability crashed my first install, leaving the hard
disk in an unsettled state, causing the BIOS to hang on reboots until the
drive was disconnected. So removing it to give it a clean temporary format
killed two birds with one stone.)
If this post saved you a few hours of your life, allow me to rant a moment. I
haven't checked the language rules for this forum, so you'll just have to
imagine a calm, exceedingly tenacious guy turned so furious spewing
obscenities that his brains are hemorrhaging out his eyeballs.
What gives with  and ? Perhaps in Taiwan a Windows-centric attitude
isn't seen as the equivalent of a whites-only drinking fountain, but this has
The big picture is what really bothers me here. When a GB of flash memory goes
on sale for $8, which could hold THREE decent Linux distributions, where does
this industry get off with 1980's BIOS code that's in the MS-DOS reading
I mean, there's room for code that reasons [insert Homer code voice:]
"Huh. We've got USB devices disabled, but it's been MINUTES, and Marge, I
haven't heard a peep out of that PS/2 port. Oh yeah, the hard disk seems
corrupt, should I just freeze like I'm as stupid as an Adirondack deer? Oh
yeah, those USB ports keep getting insert events like someone's going around
trying all of them, thinking he blew the wiring. Should we turn one on as a
courtesy? Keep moving it, keep him guessing. Oh! Oh! Marge... Ya know that
stealth OSx86-ready micro-iSight next to the mobo LEDs? The guys got the cover
off, see that case intrusion sensor, and he's LOOKING at us. Oh Marge,
jeesh!!! he's got a sledge hammer and he looks mad. He's raising it.. Marge,
turn on the USB! turn on the USB!"
I expect nothing less than BIOS code like this. Why are we all lemmings that
Usually you can flash from usb stick pretty easy as well.
Just extract the files, you can do that with linux using "unrar x
Thanks for the Linux extract pointer.
Any idea why I couldn't flash from a USB stick? Is there a BIOS setting?
On the other hand, this BIOS is fussy about USB keyboards, it may be fussy
about USB sticks. Is _IS_ a great mobo once one gets past all this, I'd
buy it again.
Given how there are posts all over the web of people who take the warnings
seriously on not risking a BIOS flash, while they suffer the consequences of
an old BIOS (are we all afraid to pull those tags off of pillows, too?), and
how flaky USB sticks can be in the best of times, I stick to my
A part of the standard build procedure should be to put the latest BIOS on the
first hard disk before assembling the hard disk into the case.
[My memory went 10 hours with no errors in Memtest+, after manually setting
+0.3V (from 1.8V to 2.1V) and 4-4-4-12. There was only a single error with the
F2 BIOS and auto-detect. From my experience I'd say to manually set the memory
no matter what, and to be sure to run Memtest+ overnight.)
which is working flawlessly at rated 2.1V, 4-4-4-15 settings; I'm in the midst
of a multi-day mprime (prime95 for Linux) torture test. I do plan to
overclock, but I'll relax the memory as necessary so scientific calculations
can go months without errors; this is my need.
In the end, Corsair tech support was great, and their memory was probably
fine, but I like the potential for the new memory, so I took an opportunity
What I uncovered as the probable explanation for my problems is an issue
anyone using this board should understand, whether or not they ever plan to
get into overclocking: Like it or not, using performance memory with this
board requires manually changing BIOS settings as if one is an overclocker.
And here's the rub: One can run afoul of Gigabyte's "helpful" and poorly
documented automatic BIOS settings. Specifically, "Performance Enhance"
defaults to Turbo, not Standard, going to manual memory timings does not
by itself disable this feature, and the shaky English makes it sound like
only a yahoo would settle for Standard. In fact, one must explicitly
disengage Turbo, according to Gigabyte phone tech support, and this is
documented nowhere on Gigabyte's site or in the manual.
Some good explanations of what Turbo is mucking with can be found on these
pages; the last article is an awesome read:
There's a theme here, if one reads criticisms of this board. One has to
simply know what various settings are before one changes them, e.g. +0.3V
is pretty obviously setting the memory voltage to 2.1V if one already knows
that the standard is 1.8V. Anyone buying memory should have picked this up,
but the list goes on...
In short, if one has any troubles with this board, a proper course for
navel-staring is to contemplate each and every BIOS setting in turn. The
particular issue to watch out for is automatic performance enhancements that
might be guessing wrong or interfering with manual changes you're required
or want to make.
This is literally how I resolved my issues. I was trying to relax the
memory in any way possible, and downgrading "Performance Enhance" from its
Turbo default (GA-EP35-DS3P F2 BIOS) to Standard did the trick. Only then
did I research what I had just done. The English suggesting I was settling
for performance only a loser would accept didn't stop me, because I was
trying to slow things down as a test.
I nevertheless love this motherboard. Ultra Durable speaks for itself, I
wanted this grade of parts. (I became disenchanted with making headphone amps
after realizing all they'd do for me is make noise, but I remain fussy about
parts.) And the BIOS is extremely configurable for experts. My Q6600 at full
load draws less power and runs cooler than my previous Q6600 build on idle (!)
using an Intel "Bad Axe II" motherboard (there are many factors in this, but
this motherboard is the biggest one). The Intel mobo has actually given me
zero trouble, but it's unexciting, like an old Chevy.
Well the Turbo default is not so good for manual OC, but what I dislike more in the BIOS is that it always wants to OC the ram when raising the fsb. Of course it is possible to control that manually too, just the auto mode is only good for high priced OC ram.