Date Joined: 08/24/09
Pros: Cheap, lifetime warranty
Cons: For those of you having problems running at a lower speed...it may be that the problem is actually that these are high density chips (4 to a side) rather than low density (8 to a side) and that a BIOS update would fix your problem. (if available).
Overall Review: These will definitely not work on older laptops due to a low/high density issue. Check with your computer manufacturer before purchasing.
Pros: Cheap, fits.
Cons: The memory modules I received are not what is pictured. The ones received only have 4 chips per side and are high density, which causes immediate errors after POST going into Windows as well as Memtest 4.20.
Overall Review: Modules would probably work on newer laptops, but I was upgraded a batch of HP 8440p, and even with the newest BIOS these chips are not compatible.
Pros: P19 BIOS (May 2010) released to support 6-core CPUs
Cons: Shipping BIOS on the boards I have received has been P15 (July 2009).
Overall Review: Flashing the BIOS is a dangerous past time. Make sure your system is plugged into a battery backup!
Although the board has been around for awhile, Foxconn continues to release BIOS updates and support this product. Hats off for that!
I haven't seen any information on the product page of the web site indicating this board only officially supports 95-watt CPUs. Considering 6-core CPUs are 125-watt and are now supported, the 95-watt limitation is probably incorrect or outdated information.
Similarly, the board will probably support 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR2, which wasn't really around when it was introduced to the market, but I haven't confirmed this.
Pros: Inexpensive, great feature set, supports AM3 per manufacturer web site with latest BIOS, has overclocking options (voltage,etc.) in the BIOS
Cons: Board has old BIOS upon receipt and needs to be updated to support newer processors. Foxconn Live Update doesn't work so well for this model any longer; you will need to do a manual search. Also, make sure you download and use the latest drivers from the AMD/ATI web site, not the ones on the out-of-date CD-ROM.
Overall Review: YOUR BOARD IS NOT DOA, but has an old BIOS. Using an older AM2 chip to boot/flash the BIOS will allow you to use the newer CPU that makes the board appear DOA.
Pros: Great drive, relatively quiet, auto firmware update with LG Update software
Cons: Adware built into firmware (TN00).
Overall Review: If your drive ships with firmware revision TN00, there are two updated firmwares available for the drive. TN01 removes Bluebirds (the adware), and TN02 updates it for "Windows 7 compatibility."
Just Google GH22NS50 TN02 and grab the firmware from the LGE website.
According to LG, they had no idea this drive had the Bluebird software in the firmware when it went out.