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Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: NVME support on GA-H97-HD3
« Last post by dmdilks on August 03, 2020, 03:28:25 pm »
The other day I was messing around with my main computer. I had to pull out my M.2 sata adapter card. I had to use it to read a drive that I had to get some stuff off of it. Like most cards like this you have NVMe & sata ports.

The motherboard supports NVMe so I was able to use the NVMe port. What I'm getting at is if your motherboard doesn't support NVMe it will not read your drive in that port. So you have to use the sata port to read your drive. Plus more likely the NVMe drive will not fit in that port too.
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RMA and service / SSD RMA
« Last post by fadsarmy on July 31, 2020, 08:23:32 pm »
My nvme ssd recently failed whilst I was using it as a system drive. I had used it for over 18 months. Gigabyte rma said no fault found and returned the item back to me without any repair. Before the ssd failed, it had 10TB writes and 900 power on count. Now the ssd has only 53gb writes and 11 power on count. Any idea what has happened?
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Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: Z490i WIFI setup
« Last post by shadowsports on July 27, 2020, 02:43:24 pm »
Greetings,
I am not familiar with the Z490i's "virtual Wi-Fi".  However, (as a start) I suggest you remove the cFOS utility which has been known to cause any number of problems and strange behavior with connectivity, negotiation and bandwidth.

I assume this is your board?:

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/Z490I-AORUS-ULTRA-rev-1x#kf

On cursory inspection, I didn't see anything listed for "virtual Wi-Fi:

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
WIFI a, b, g, n, ac with wave 2 features, ax, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
BLUETOOTH 5.1
Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate
* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

What exactly are you asking for help with?  Or are you just using the term "virtual" loosely in reference to a miniport adapter?

Drivers for WLAN+BT (AX6 and BTv5) are here and support W10 through build 2004 as of today:

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/Z490I-AORUS-ULTRA-rev-1x/support#support-dl-driver-wlanbt

Maybe you can tell us more about the issue or error you are experiencing?

And, welcome to the forums!
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Motherboards with Intel processors / Z490i WIFI setup
« Last post by Qmaru on July 26, 2020, 03:14:14 pm »
Hi everyone,

New to the forum here. Im struggling to setup the virtual WIFI for my mobo. The manual doesnt tell you anything and i cant find a single thing online telling you howto set it up.

From what i can gather from the free CFOS tool, i seem to be missing the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter from my adapter settings but i cant get it to appear no matter what commands ive tried from the guide.

Any advice or help please?
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Graphic cards / Re: RTX 2060 Super WF OC 8GB - only one fan spins up
« Last post by shadowsports on July 25, 2020, 03:40:05 pm »
I have the above card installed and only one fan seems to spin, I know they're 0db fans and all but when the card decides it needs the fan running should both run together?

My understanding is yes.  Gigabyte cards use a alternate rotation to reduce turbulence.  So all  3 should run when/if needed.

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RMA and service / 3rd year warranty and RMA troubles
« Last post by bstulic on July 25, 2020, 09:04:45 am »
I'm from Croatia and 2.5y ago I bought X370 gaming 5 board on UK Amazon site, and with Amazon
as seller. Board died after 2.5y, I asked Amazon for RMA, but they replied that they cover 2y warranty
and Gigabyte is responsible for 3rd. Aftrt some chat on esupport gigabyte site, they said they
can't help me and this was their final answer:

"As the guarranty rule, you should first try develop the warranty issue form the dealer where you bought the MB, it will be safe and quickly.

In special case you can try contact with our RMA center in Europa with

partner_rma@gigabyte.de"

I emailed that address, but never got response.

Should I just give up? What are other people experiences in similar situation?
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Graphic cards / RTX 2060 Super WF OC 8GB - only one fan spins up
« Last post by lozart1970 on July 20, 2020, 04:39:52 pm »
I have the above card installed and only one fan seems to spin, I know they're 0db fans and all but when the card decides it needs the fan running should both run together?
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Suggestions / How to reduce stuttering and audio distortion in Windows 10
« Last post by regeneration on July 19, 2020, 12:42:41 am »
In Windows 10 build 1803, Microsoft made some kernel changes related to hardware timers that broke a lot of device drivers and caused high latency, stuttering and audio distortion on many systems.  Microsoft claimed it was fixed on several occasions but is not completely true. Here are several tips for these who have encountered such issues.

Enable/disable HPET and Dynamic Ticks
Some users claim that forcing High Precision Event Timer (HPET) as a main timer and disabling dynamic ticks solve latency issues and audio distortion. Some users said its the other way around.

To try this workaround, run cmd.exe as administrator and type in:
bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
bcdedit /set tscsyncpolicy enhanced
bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

Force disable with:
bcdedit /set useplatformclock false
bcdedit /set tscsyncpolicy legacy
bcdedit /set disabledynamictick no

Restore to defaults:
bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
bcdedit /deletevalue tscsyncpolicy
bcdedit /deletevalue disabledynamictick

You can try mix between the three.

Look for problematic drivers
LatencyMon is a free utility that can be used to detect problematic drivers. LatencyMon analyzes the possible causes of buffer underruns by measuring kernel timer latencies and reporting DPC and ISR execution times as well as hard page faults. It will provide a comprehensible report and find the kernel modules and processes responsible for causing audio latencies which result in drop outs. It also provides the functionality of an ISR monitor, DPC monitor and a hard page fault monitor.

LatencyMon will display the highest latencies of a kernel timer and report the highest execution times of ISR and DPC routines as well as hard page faults. In most cases it will also find the drivers and processes responsible for executing them. It will create a comprehensible report which also displays all sampled data in a detailed manner allowing you to perform in-depth analysis.

Sometimes bugged drivers may cause high latency in Windows' sub drivers. For example: network adapter driver and ndis.sys, display driver and dxgkrnl.sys, SATA controller driver and storport.sys.

There is another useful utility worth mentioning: TimerBench, a freeware that tests the theoretical and gaming performance of Windows' timer facility QPC (QueryPerformanceCounter) to compare different timer settings. TimerBench uses Unreal Engine 4 and DirectX 11.

Search for better drivers
Some vendors have updated their device drivers to address these issues. Some version of drivers may not be affected at all. Try updating to a new driver, older driver, and alternative one. Most vendors publish drivers on their websites, but there are some like Realtek that release new drivers only through Windows Update. For example, the latest Realtek audio driver is available here, and needs to be installed manually from the device manager. If automatic driver update  gets in your way, use this registry export to disable it. Sound Blaster Z owners should check out this driver.

Update/downgrade the motherboard's BIOS
Make sure to check the motherboard's/laptop's vendor website for BIOS and firmware updates. These may reduce latency and eliminate these issues completely. Try to contact the vendor's support, sometimes there is a beta BIOS kept in private. And sometimes older version works better.

Turn off power saving features
Latency seems to improve with high performance power plan and/or power saving features like C-states, C1E, EIST, Cool'n'Quiet disabled in the BIOS. Set your graphics card to prefer maximum performance from its control panel.
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Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: NVME support on GA-H97-HD3
« Last post by shadowsports on July 17, 2020, 02:18:52 pm »
Greetings,

This is going to be hit or miss...  probably more miss.  I was surprised to see nVME support listed for BIOS F6.  Almost think its a mistake.. The Z97 boards don't have this at all.

If supported, I think your challenge will be the card more so than the drive (960/970). Board is 6 yrs old.   
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Motherboards with Intel processors / Re: NVME support on GA-H97-HD3
« Last post by dmdilks on July 16, 2020, 04:09:05 pm »
Did you go into Disk Management to see if it is there? If it isn't format it might not see it.

Plus it might say that your Bios will support NVMe. But it really doesn't on some drives.

The Z170 board was the 1st board to really support NVMe drives.

One other thing did you buy the adapter by itself. I have had problems with NVMe side on the adapters. On that kind of board. In the past just like you are having.

Does it have a Sata port connection. If so try that to see if it works.
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