I'm hoping someone can shed some light on a problem I'm having. I've had a hell of a time with an extremely unpredictable recently built computer. I don't even know where to start with the history, so I'll try to share some key facts.
It is a Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3LR
. Reviews on NewEgg have some complaints about instability and it's lack of claimed DDR3 support. I had to use settings described by another reviewer to underclock my memory to get it to work. It has since passed
memtest many times.
I've encountered mutliple occasions of a complete system freeze.
Booting after freeze seems to require a random amount of restarts to get it to come up. Sometimes I have to hit the reset button 30+ times until I can get the log in prompt to come up.
Right now, I have one SATA HDD, in IDE compatibility mode in the system. I dropped the FC12 Stable dvd in, the very DVD I installed the current system with, to install it again on another partition. I get to the same point every time, where it hangs:
"trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs"
Googling that didn't help me much, since it mostly seemed to address people messing with their own kernel builds.
If I choose "boot from local drive" on the options list from the install DVD, it goes to "PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT" with a blinking underscore cursor. Where when I boot normally, it will either give me JUST the blinking underscore alone, or the FC loading screen with no progress.
I suspect this motherboard is a pile of **** and needs to be RMA'ed, or simply returned. Anyone care to support or reject that hypothesis?