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Asus m5a97 le r2.0 windows not booting and random crashes/freezes

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October 20, 2013 4:15:41 AM

So I upgraded my PC, got new motherboard (asus M5A97 le r2.0), CPU (AMD FX 8320) and ram (kingston hyperx 1600mhz 8gb). Installed everything and started getting problems. Bios worked just fine, everything was recognized, got one beep for successful start. Still, windows wouldn't load. Thought that problem is just incompatible drivers so I tried reinstalling windows. Tried reinstalling from usb. And there was my first problem. USB booted just fine, it got to "Windows is loading files" screen and then just froze at the end. Still, after several reboots, it got past that, windows started installing fine, but after restart during installation I kept getting black screen after bios. Strangely, after several restarts with trying different bios settings, windows continued installation and finished it. It still wouldn't boot normally, but sometimes (very rarely), it actually started and loaded windows. But after restart it still is back to black screen after asus logo. I tried memtest86 to see if CPU or ram could be faulty. It usually just crashed after a few seconds of test, but in one case I managed it to run a full test. It didn't show any errors.

I am starting to think that problem could be faulty motherboard. Problem should be in one of the new parts since I took HDD, video card and PSU from the old PC and they are working just fine.

Anyway, my system:

AMD FX 8320 CPU
Asus M5A97 le r2.0 motherboard
Kingston hyperx 8gb 1600mhz ram
GTX 560 ti video card
Western digital 1tb sata HDD
OCZ 500W PSU
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October 20, 2013 6:01:23 AM

Try updating the BIOS, if newer version available and also test the system with single RAM stick installed.
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October 20, 2013 6:06:59 AM

I already updated to the newest bios (2006) and have only one ram stick. Ram is in the slot that was shown in the manual as desirable for single stick (second from the CPU).
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October 20, 2013 6:18:05 AM

It looks like a memory issue. Are the RAMs listed here: http://www.kingston.com/en/memory/search/Default.aspx?D... ?
Can you borrow a RAM module from a friend and test?
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October 20, 2013 6:32:11 AM

Thanks for answer.
No, ram isn't listed there. I have this one http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator_new/partsi...
Unfortunately, I don't have any friends from whom I could borrow DDR3 ram. Could you suggest any way how I could test ram without booting windows?
Actually, when thinking about it, there was something strange about RAM. When I installed it, motherboard put it at 1333mhz, instead of 1600 that was listed on package.
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October 20, 2013 6:55:57 AM

1333 is the default speed, so it's normal. Try clearing the CMOS (unplug the power cord and use the CMOS jumper or remove the CMOS battery for few minutes), downloading Memtest ( http://www.memtest.org/ bootable iso), booting from the USB and running the test.
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October 21, 2013 2:37:10 AM

Thank you so much for answering. Really, you helped me so much, now everything is working just fine.
After you mentioned that it might be RAM fault, I put RAM in different slot AND removed my old Creative Audigy sound blaster sound card. As it turn out, sound card was preventing windows from booting and causing all those random crashes. Still, if you wouldn't suggested that I check ram, I would have never thought about removing it, so thank you very much.
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October 21, 2013 3:45:26 AM

Glad you've solved it and thank you for posting back.
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December 11, 2013 9:34:38 PM

i solved the same problem by buying a different motherboard and it worked the asus m55a97 le sucks.
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January 1, 2014 12:17:56 PM

hampdenguy said:
i solved the same problem by buying a different motherboard and it worked the asus m55a97 le sucks.


I am having the same issue now with the MB. It will crash at random times. I have tried new memory (from the "approved list) and messed with the memory settings, moved the RAM to different slots as well. I will try the one stick of RAM and removing the battery but fear it is a bad mobo.
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January 1, 2014 12:27:50 PM

What graphics card and what BIOS version?
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January 20, 2014 1:27:03 PM

OK guys I am sure there are more than one of you looking for an answer to this and i kid you not I had exactly the same problems with exactly the same setup apart from having 4Gb of kingston memory instead of 8. I have since solved this problem and it was a matter of waiting time on the part of Asus.. They released a Bios on january the 10th 2014 .. The bios is numbered 2202.. My computer no longer freezes and and works as a computer i expected to work.. I was worried for a while but now am completely happy with my setup... Shame Asus could not get tis sorted sooner but as they say "All good things come to those that wait"

Bios 2202 Asus M5A97 LE R2.0

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_LE_R20/#support...
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February 7, 2014 8:13:17 AM

There's a lot of bios issues with the m5a97 r2.0 and le r2.0. It's really sad I have the r2.0 not le and finally found a bios revision that works well enough for me (not 100% perfect, but 95% free of crashing and/or freezing). For a lot of people the newest bios released in January 2014 is fixing things for people, but if it doesn't like in my situation, u just need to find a bios revision that works. Of course make sure that all ur hardware works fine tho before messing around with bios revisions. That should surely b ur last step in fixing stability issues.
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April 23, 2014 11:19:53 AM

Jamie Arron said:
OK guys I am sure there are more than one of you looking for an answer to this and i kid you not I had exactly the same problems with exactly the same setup apart from having 4Gb of kingston memory instead of 8.


Hey guys, just read this thread after searching google for an hour. So I have the M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ MoBo as well and the problem I am seeing is that when the machine starts up and runs, there are no issues and it runs well... the problem I'm seeing however is that upon reboots or shut downs and power up's... it will freeze while trying to load Windows (Server 2012 x64)... you know when the little dotted circle is spinning. If I reboot like 5 or 6 times (totally random) it will eventually boot into Windows. At least up until I have to run updates again or something. So damn frustrating. So is this the same issue that you all are having?

My specs are:

BIOS 2301
8-core AMD FX-8320 (black)
CRUCIAL 32GB (8gbx4) D3 1866
RAID 0 (2x1TB 7200 Seagate drives)

I guess 1st, what drivers should I install via the Asus Support Downloads page? There is nothing for 2012 Server.


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