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Looking for advice on MSI K7T266-Pro2 rev. 2 and Matrox G550

Discussion in 'Matrox' started by Paul Gelinas, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. Paul Gelinas

    Paul Gelinas Guest

    I have an MSI K7T266-Pro2 rev. 2 motherboard and a Matrox G550 video
    card stably running Windows NT 4.0 and Debian Linux 3.0.

    In the past, I tried upgrading (clean install actually) to Windows XP,
    but gave up, as I kept getting video driver errors "infinite loop in
    MGA64.DLL" or some such.

    Scouring Usenet archives and amdforums, it looks like the problem may
    have been AGP Fast Writes being turned on.

    Before I try it again, I'd appreciate input from anyone who has this
    working successfully.

    I've attached a listing of my current BIOS settings.

    Thanks very much in advance for your assistance,

    PaulG

    Advanced CMOS Features
    ----------------------
    Quick Boot...................Enabled
    Full Screen Logo Show........Disabled
    1st Boot Device..............CDROM
    2nd Boot Device..............IDE-0
    3rd Boot Device..............Disabled
    Try Other Boot Devices.......No
    S.M.A.R.T. for Hard Disks....Disabled
    BootUp Num Lock..............On
    Floppy Drive Swap............Disabled
    Floppy Drive Seek............Off
    Primary Display..............VGA/EGA
    Password Check...............Setup
    Boot to OS/2.................No
    Internal Cache...............Writeable
    System BIOS Cacheable........Disabled
    C000,32k Shadow..............Disabled
    APIC Function................Enabled
    MPS Table Version............1.4
    ==========================================

    Advanced Chipset Features
    -------------------------
    Configure SDRAM Timing by....SPD
    SDRAM Frequency..............SPD
    CAS Latency..................2.5
    Row Precharge................3T
    RAS Pulse Width..............6T
    RAS to CAS Delay.............3T
    Bank Interleave..............Disabled
    Burst Length.................4QW
    SDRAM 1T Command.............Disabled
    Fast Command.................Disabled
    AGP Mode.....................Auto
    AGP Comp Driving.............Auto
    Manual AGP Comp Driving......CB
    AGP Fast Write...............Disabled
    AGP Aperture Size............64Mb
    AGP Master 1 W/S Write.......Disabled
    AGP Master 1 W/S Read........Disabled
    Write to Read Delay..........Enabled
    Read to Write Delay..........2
    AGP Read Synchronization.....Disabled
    PCI Delay Transaction........Enabled
    ==========================================

    IPCA Function................Yes
    AXPI Standby State...........S1/POS
    Power Management/APM.........Enabled

    ==========================================

    Plug and Play Aware OS.......No
    Clear NVRAM..................No
    PCI Latency Timer............96
    PCI IDE BusMaster............Enabled
    ==========================================

    Spread Spectrum..............+/- 0.25 %
     
    Paul Gelinas, Apr 3, 2004
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  2. Why is your "Plug and Play Aware OS" set to No? For Windows XP it should be
    set to Yes.
     
    Homer J. Simpson, Apr 6, 2004
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  3. Paul Gelinas

    rich Guest

    surely the Primary Display should be set to AGP not VGA/EGA?
     
    rich, Apr 6, 2004
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  4. Paul Gelinas

    Paul Gelinas Guest

    I think so too, but I'm still running NT 4.0, and wasn't going to
    change it until I was ready for the XP install.

    PaulG
     
    Paul Gelinas, Apr 6, 2004
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    Paul Gelinas Guest

    Actually this confused me until I saw the option for 'Primary Graphics
    Adapter' = 'AGP', which selects the card. 'Primary Display' only sets
    the default color/resolution.

    Now that I look at the listing below, that option is missing from my
    original posting. It should have been right after the 'PCI Latency
    Timer' option.

    Which begs another question:

    Any advantage to in/decreasing this setting?

    I often get popping from my SB PCI128, and I read somewhere that
    changing the delay might help, but I got conflicting answers as to
    which way to set it, and settings of 32/64/96 (64 was the default)
    have no noticable difference between them.

    PaulG
     
    Paul Gelinas, Apr 6, 2004
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