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Asrock Server/Workstation will not boot

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April 5, 2014 6:47:11 AM

I have reduced down to these items:

mobo Asrock E3C224D2I
cpu Pentium G3220
and ram KTD-PE313/8G

There is no HDD and only a VGA monitor and keyboard plugged in.

When I switch on the monitor is not doing anything. It just acts like the thing is switched off.

Please help I don't know what to do?
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April 5, 2014 7:10:47 AM

It won't boot without a drive
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April 5, 2014 7:16:22 AM

I thought bios was on the mobo
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April 5, 2014 7:20:53 AM

aatje92 said:
It won't boot without a drive


will it still go to bios
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April 5, 2014 7:24:50 AM

Some motherboards will some wont, but i have no experience with workstation motherboards. My first suggestion would be try to boot it with a bootable system (like hiren's bootcd) from USB or CD
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April 5, 2014 9:32:32 PM

I have tried booting with hirens v15.2. The thing is there should at least be a post so I plugged in a speaker to the onboard connector. No beeps whatsoever, apparently even without ram you should get beeps but nothing.

I tried just the psu (24pin + 4pin cpu) motherboard, reseated cpu and speaker. Not a sound except the cpu fan.
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April 5, 2014 9:36:36 PM

In the past my mobos have always posted and gone bios, is there possibly some difference with server boards an extra step to get it to bios. If it wont even post wtf could it be they are both brand new parts.
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April 5, 2014 11:11:53 PM

OK so I have removed a cap from a jumper dubbed "ME Recovery", it has three pins (2 default, 2 recovery) and now my computers singing to me three long beeps on power. I am assuming it's now a mere memory compatibility issue. The bios is "64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS" I can't find a beep code can anyone confirm this?
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April 5, 2014 11:34:08 PM

There should be an explanation of the beep codes in the manual. But it sounds like a more serious problem i would try to return the mobo if i where you
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April 6, 2014 2:38:49 AM

aatje92 said:
There should be an explanation of the beep codes in the manual. But it sounds like a more serious problem i would try to return the mobo if i where you


Hi A, thanks for your help. I had hoped more people would have some knowledge of this issue here.

Essentially I ordered the motherboard from the US and it took 3 weeks just to get here, I think if I send it back I will get screwed until the cows come home.

http://www.asrock.com/support/faq.asp?id=286

Above is the FAQ from Asrock who make the board. When there is no ram I get three long beeps, when I put ram in I get nothing, since I get three beeps on no ram I think the CPU-mobo is fine because bad CPU is no beep. So I think it is bad memory (or non-compatible) as per the third line. I checked for memory compatibility and found a very short list, essentially Asrock are plying new ground with mini-itx server boards so probably made a mistake picking it.

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Mod... QVL

I will be taking it to a computer store tomorrow to get it checked and I will give him the info. Hopefully he has some server sticks he can test it with. I will also initiate the return in case it does turn out to be defective.:??: 

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April 6, 2014 2:41:42 AM

Hmm it could also be a memory problem but since you weren't getting any beeps at first it sounded like faulty. Maybe it is the ram it could well be possible. Good luck!
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April 6, 2014 7:12:24 PM

Your system doesn't POST because Kingston KTD-PE313/8G is ECC Registered memory for Dell servers. That motherboard requires Unbuffered ECC memory; Registered memory definitely won't work.
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