I've just 'upgraded' to this board from it's older brother, the D975XBX and I must say, it really wasn't worth it!
The board details:
D975XBX2 (Retail Boxed Edition)
OS: Windows 2003 Server, Std Edition. SP2
Problem Number 1:
I've got 4GB of G.Skill F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ memory and neither of the boards like booting up with all 4GB in them. (By 'booting' I mean showing the bios screen, turning the monitor on etc - perhaps it's better known as 'posting' ?)
On the XBX I just used to get beeps, with the XBX2 I get nothing at all.
If I remove *any* 1 of the 4 sticks, it boots fine.
For now I've just had to live with 2GB in the box and another 2GB in a cardboard box! (in an anti-static bag of course ;-) )
Mem timings were set at 4-4-4-12 and I tried a few different voltages in the 2.0 - 2.1 range. The XBX didn't have 2.0, which is basically why I got this new board in the first place, hoping it would fix it and I could use the full 4GB! Now I wish I'd have saved my cash!
Problem Number 2:
I can't get rid of a yellow exclamation mark in device manager on the 'Intel(R) 80332 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge B - 0332' entry.
Properties on the entry just shows that windows thinks there aren't enough free resources.
Problem Number 3:
Having done a clean install of 2003 Server (SP2) and put all the very latest drivers on, every time I boot up and log in, I'm greeted by a couple of message boxes complaining that the Intel Audio Studio program is unable to initialise some of the Dolby API stuff.
I've tried uninstalling / reinstalling the drivers... no luck.
The sound still works though, or at least the normal wav / mp3 stuff does - I've not tested anything else yet really.
It might well be a different controller, I don't know, but I never had this problem with the XBX.
Problem Number 4:
I have a brand new Dell Perc 4e/DC installed and Vista's setup program simply refuses to find any drives on it - hence I can't install it.
Even if I try to load the drivers manually via the 'Load Driver' option, it finds the hardware entry in the INF files okay, but it still won't show any drives when I click 'Refresh' on the drive list.
I know it's working fine because about 24hrs ago I installed Win2k3 on the same drives / card - and I'm typing this post on it!
I'm wondering if this isn't somehow related to Problem 2?
I've also noticed that the floppy drive light seems to stay on whenever the machine reboots and the Perc card is doing it's little checks / spin ups etc at the SCSI BIOS screen. Some sort of conflict... who knows?!
I've tried the card in PCIe 2 and PCIe 3. Same problem in both.
So basically, if anyone has any ideas on any of these issues, I'd be very glad to hear them. Thanks