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New i7-2600K system - ASRock Z68 PRO3 board, Mushkin 2 x 4GB, Crucial C300 RealSSD...


When I first put this system together, I just dropped in the SSD with the OS from my old system and after it detected and installed the new hardware, I was up and running. But a weird video thing caught my attention. The HDMI video feeding my main screen would go to white, flashing from almost black to some kind of white mess.


Ok, maybe I'll just monitor (pun intended) the situation and see how it goes since it only did this a couple times, right?


But then I ran into a file transfer problem between my desktop and WHS 2011. I was trying to transfer a 40GB folder with a DriveImage XML backup image of a recently repaired computer to my server where I keep the rest of these file types. The copy function got hung up on 'Discovering files' to be transferred. It'd just hang. So I'd kill it in Task Manager and that would crash Windows explorer.exe every time. Not a very reassuring feeling about my new system. I had thought to made sure the driver was updated via Windows update. Yes, I can hear you now. But unfortunately I didn't think to get drivers from the manufacturer's site right away, so... I had a Intel NIC sitting in a box nearby. I stuck it in and the problem disappears. Files now transfer, speeds look good. So I figure something's wrong with the ASRock board.


Between flashing video and the onboard NIC snafu, I figure I'm looking at an RMA. But then, finally, it dawns on me to check the manufacturer's site and yes, there is a newer version. So I dl and install it. What do you know? Problem solved. Geez! Where's pcdoc when I needed him? Oh, I can hear him now, "...always check the manufacturer's site for the latest drivers." Got it.


So to continue this Murphy's Law kind of day, I misplaced (deleted) an important file. The file in question was my FF json, the bookmarks backup with all my customized keywords, those short 2- and 3-letter shortcuts I use in the address bar to quickly navigate. Somehow or other, I had accidently deleted it from Dropbox. Great... Except, this episode turned out well, too, as I discovered (thankfully) that Dropbox lets you recover deleted files.


So that's how I spent my day off, locked up in an arm wrestling contest with my technology. Someone tell me why I love this stuff? :D


I suppose this means I should look on the manufacturer's site for video drivers, eh?

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AWWWWWWW! Same problem. After running over three weeks on my test setup in the basement on my DVI monitor I was pretty confident I had really stressesd it to the max and tried just about everything I could think of to play around with it. Imagine my surprise when I was getting flashes of snow when I moved my new HTPC build to the family room and plugged it into the Samsung 850 -- snowy screen if I switched HDMI inputs and then switched back to the HDMI for the HTPC. I updated all of my drivers and I flashed the latest BIOS. After the BIOS flash I noticed a BIG improvement in stability but still the occasional screens of snow if I switched HDMI inputs after an hour or more. Finally concluded it has to be a driver issue/conflict of some sort and am planning to do a complete new install this weekend -- hopefully that will fix it and prove it was a driver issue. In the interim we're back to using my Acer AR3610 as our HTPC. Sigh!


Murphy's Law should have know -- don't get cocky!

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I've note trusted MS drivers for third party hardware for quite some time and still live by the rule, "if it ain't broke.....leave it the hell alone".

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