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About Darkgaledust

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  • Birthday 1994-01-05

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  • Steam

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Maple Ridge B.C. Canada


  • CPU
    Intel i7 4790k @ 4.7 ghz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Z97-A
  • RAM
    Kingston HyperX Fury 4x4GB @ 1600mhz
  • GPU
    Asus GTX 780ti
  • Case
    Fractal design Core-3500
  • Storage
    120GB intel 520 SSD, 2TB WD green drive
  • PSU
    Corsair TX750
  • Display(s)
    Benq XL2420z, Benq XL2411XZ (2), LGTV (32")
  • Cooling
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G910
  • Mouse
    Logitech G502
  • Sound
    Fiio E10k - Shure SRH840 headphones
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
  1. (TLDR; Update your bios before attempting anything. This sounds obvious but a lot of threads in my google adventures clearly didn't do this first. Also this is a gamble, so if your board doesn't support it then a bios update first will really save you some hassle.) I just spent a few hours straight with a Z97-A motherboard and the absolute AWFUL hoops I tried jumping through just to figure it out. So I hope this helps, cause I was kicking myself for too long with the simplest solution. First, I installed my drive, no problem. It didn't show up in bios or windows, but I found that I needed to change a setting in the bios to enable m.2 compatibility as opposed to pci-e x2 mode. After that windows detected it, so I went ahead and cloned my drive. After rebooting and trying to boot from it, I realized it still wasn't there in the bios. So I did some searching. Most people said that z-97 doesn't support booting from NVME, only some boards do, etc. So now I'm really panicking. I turned off secure boot and CSM in bios and was able to install windows from a USB drive. Except it wouldn't continue the install, it would only loop in bios and restart the USB drive's installer. At this point I had no idea what to do. The drive showed up in windows just fine so I could load it with programs and everything. Format it and assign it a letter. I just couldn't boot from it because the bios wouldn't recognize it. The BIOS So I updated my bios and BAM it showed up instantly, finished windows installation and loaded fine. So I thought okay, now I'm going to wipe it and re-clone my current boot drive. BSOD right away. So It doesn't like being cloned, but it worked with a fresh install. So now I'm here on a Samsung 970 EVO 1TB and it's running flawlessly. So if you're doing this, make sure you've updated your bios, and that your windows install is fresh for the sake of compatibility.
  2. Check the Qualified Vendors list for your motherboard and try disabling XMP altogether. That did help me boot in once. Otherwise, best of luck!
  3. Thanks for all the replies! Sorry this is late, but I did some digging around and sure enough, my kit of ram is not on the QVL for my motherboard. So I'm going to try and return my kit and/or get a new kit that's supported. Do you think a bios update in the next few weeks could help?
  4. Well it decided to work, not going to screw with it for a while, at least not until a few bios updates get pushed out.
  5. so I literally changed the ram frequency back and forth a whole bunch, and I guess it just worked, cause it just booted again with both dimms.
  6. The board only has 2 slots. And yes I installed the latest bios update.
  7. So I just picked up a Ryzen R5 1500x for my girlfriend's build, and I have the weirdest issue. I went with Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 ram for this build. 2x4gb dimms. Windows WILL SOMETIMES MAYBE boot with both DIMMS installed. But It's only happened 3 times since I put it together. With 1 DIMM it works fine. Regardless of which DIMM I use or which slot I use it in. If there's one, it boots. Can anyone help? MSI B350M Gaming pro motherboard. EDIT: The 3 times I've gotten it to boot into windows with both dimms installed was after booting in with 1 dimm, installing all the driver software for the whole computer fresh, turning it off and installing the second DIMM. I thought it was fine but then I went to overclock and had to wipe my cmos. Back to the 1 dimm issue.
  8. Darkgaledust

    My Rig

    Just some Pics I've taken of my rig over time. Enjoy!