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Asus P5W DH Deluxe my computer won't boot

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September 8, 2006 4:42:57 PM

My computer:

Asus P5W DH Deluxe
E6600
MSI 7900 GT
2 GB RAM
2x300 GB SATA Samsung spinpoint
Seasonic 430W power supply
Antec P180

My computer was alive this morning, turned off before I went to the university. When I returned I hit the power on button, the fans started running but no screen. Wondering if it could be the motherboard.

I get no POST screen

My dvd player wouldn't open, which I found weird since it gets the power from the PSU, so changed the connection, and it opened.

The motherboard have had a temperature around 50C since I bought it

Have tried clearing the CMOS, disconnecting stuff, but no luck

The motherboard gets power, the green light is on. The CPU fan and chassis fans are running. The HDD only have a "knittering" sound for like 1 sec, and nothing more, the screen remains black (don't think the VGA card is broken, cause windows is installed and the HDD don't work anything beyond power up)

help, this is my 2nd Asus P5W DH Deluxe that just stops working!
September 8, 2006 6:17:56 PM

I am not seeing a good answer to your question as it is not obvious what the cuase is. I would try the following things:
1. Reset the cmos/bios

2. Make sure the video card is seated well in the connector (maybe remove it and reinsert it) make sure that the extra power for the video card is live and connected maybe use a differnt one like you did for your dvd drive. Maybe the harness or the power supply having problems.

Disconnect the drives from power and the data connector just to see if machine complains that there are no bootable drives.
September 8, 2006 8:57:33 PM

didn't work

But if my motherboard had been functional, I would have gotten to the POST screen anyway wouldn't I? A defect CPU, RAM, HDD etc wouldn't affect this?
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September 8, 2006 9:12:14 PM

Are you hearing the diagnostic "beeps" as it starts up? If so, how many?
September 8, 2006 9:16:12 PM

I don't think my Antec P180 have a built in speaker, so can't hear a thing
September 8, 2006 9:23:44 PM

well, it has built in speaker, but the pins don't match excactly. But there are a lot of smaller pins which I might fit on the motherboard to get sound, gonna try out.
September 8, 2006 9:26:14 PM

Sorry,
I read your post then got on a roll thinking about what things I would try to narrow it down to a single possible thing....

speaker would help as the other poster said. I hope you find the cause.

Jim
September 8, 2006 9:29:26 PM

If I were you I'd definitely try a newer powersupply just in case.. If the power supply doesnt help I am out of ideas go with what the other tech gurus have to say in the forum.. I am newb
September 8, 2006 10:04:06 PM

well, it has built in speaker, but the motherboard has a 4 pin connector for system warning messages

the p180 comes with a 10 pin thingy (which fits fine on the motherboard, but doesn't give any sound) and have a lot of single pins, but tried them on the 4 pin connector, doesn't give a sound
September 9, 2006 12:05:01 AM

Hi, Is the fan on the video card running?
May I suggest flashing the BIOS with the newest update available from ASUS.
I believe they've added better support for the SLI Cards, memory modules, and the newer CPU's.

This fixed a Boot up problem with P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe MB, XFX GeForce 7950 GX2, Corsair 800mhz, Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X6800 (Beta BIOS) :) 
September 12, 2006 1:06:33 PM

Make sure your CD/DVD Rom drive is plugged into the SIDE PATA-IDE connector. Also might wanna doublecheck that power supply, I did the same to mine, replaced it with a 600-Watt PSU and its fine now.
September 12, 2006 1:40:04 PM

Try remove all power connector from all boards/fans/drives (SATA & PATA), then reconnect it.....

If that also didn't work, borrow your friends' psu (pref. a reliable one) an also gfx card(s)...
September 12, 2006 2:02:22 PM

I'm expecting answers from a technician tomorrow, so will hold on and see. Of course, if the motherboard turns out to be fine I have a big problem solving task ahead of me ;) 
September 12, 2006 2:27:16 PM

They are more than likely going to tell you the board is fine. I'm pretty sure you blew out the power supply. aBg_rOnGaK is correct here, borrow a friend's PSU, or purchase a new one and hang onto the packaging incase you wanna return it later.
September 12, 2006 3:26:25 PM

If they tell me the board is fine I'll buy a new powersupply and test it.

BTW: 430W should be enought power to run my system, right?
September 12, 2006 5:12:25 PM

Try using only 1 memory stick at a time. I had the same problem and it turned out one of the memory sticks was bad (sent it back to corsair). Also check to make sure your memory is listed as being compatible.
September 13, 2006 5:48:25 AM

Quote:
didn't work

But if my motherboard had been functional, I would have gotten to the POST screen anyway wouldn't I? A defect CPU, RAM, HDD etc wouldn't affect this?


A BIOS error, defective CPU, bad RAM, hard drive error, bad video card, bad monitor, cabling error, motherboard problem, can all prevent the POST from showing.

ASUS recommends removing the battery, while clearing the CMOS (5-10 seconds) on their newer boards.

Try pressing F1, DEL, and ESC repeatedly. This just worked for me a few minutes ago, after my girlfriend accidentally shorted out the MOBO by putting coins on an exposed upside down floppy drive. I had no video.
The POST and BIOS came up after a few tries.

Clearing and re-setting the CMOS fixed the problem.
Then Scandisk fixed the crash errors on the hard drive automatically after the OS load froze and I rebooted.
September 13, 2006 12:05:36 PM

We are gettign exactly the same thing here
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/PC-won-boot-hel...

This also does this with an old asus motherboard at work. this cant be coincidence right? i know of 3 different mobos which do this. nto to mentiont he numerous other people on teh itnernet with this problem and no answer to how we can fix it -_- my cpu tem oruns at 31-35 degress celcius


Quote:
My computer:

Asus P5W DH Deluxe
E6600
MSI 7900 GT
2 GB RAM
2x300 GB SATA Samsung spinpoint
Seasonic 430W power supply
Antec P180

My computer was alive this morning, turned off before I went to the university. When I returned I hit the power on button, the fans started running but no screen. Wondering if it could be the motherboard.

I get no POST screen

My dvd player wouldn't open, which I found weird since it gets the power from the PSU, so changed the connection, and it opened.

The motherboard have had a temperature around 50C since I bought it

Have tried clearing the CMOS, disconnecting stuff, but no luck

The motherboard gets power, the green light is on. The CPU fan and chassis fans are running. The HDD only have a "knittering" sound for like 1 sec, and nothing more, the screen remains black (don't think the VGA card is broken, cause windows is installed and the HDD don't work anything beyond power up)

help, this is my 2nd Asus P5W DH Deluxe that just stops working!
September 13, 2006 8:59:05 PM

I would like to point out that while you may think its getting power. It might not be getting enough power. Just because that light is on means its getting a current, not enough power to post. Chassis fans also require less than a AAA battery to operate. I would suggest stickin in a higher watt power supply to see if it starts. A short in the PSU can and will cause the situation you describe. Now I'm not saying its guaranteed, but I am saying its highly possible. Besides, no loss buying a PSU and returning it later that day to Best Buy or whatever, just tell em it didn't fit when you got it home and your returning it. If it does work, go out to NewEgg and buy a better PSU for cheaper (Retail Stores gouge on PSU's)
September 14, 2006 2:32:09 AM

Do not forget to connect the 4-pin ATX +12 V power plug
This will cause a similar boot up problem also.
It plugs in on the motherboard pretty close to the place where you plug in the keyboard and mouse. See users manual, if needed.
September 14, 2006 10:25:22 AM

That has been there a while. The 701 BIOS version has been shipping on boards for the past two months at least.
September 14, 2006 11:31:24 AM

Ur 430w power supply is under powered for ur system and that could be the main problem.

get a higher wattage psu. u need about 600w of power


Here is a Power Supply Calculator
September 14, 2006 11:39:12 AM

The latest BIOS is 1305, August 31, 2006.
September 14, 2006 6:35:25 PM

Quote:
They are more than likely going to tell you the board is fine. I'm pretty sure you blew out the power supply. aBg_rOnGaK is correct here, borrow a friend's PSU, or purchase a new one and hang onto the packaging incase you wanna return it later.


Well guys, this guy was right ;)  The technician tested the board, it booted fine and post screen came up. He agreed to update the bios for me (eventhough the bios on the card successfully allowed me to install winxp etc and run for a week, so guess thats not gonna fix anything).

Also got a multimeter to check the PSU, all connections show right voltage. Can't really see "to little power" being the problem, cause I used the computer for over a week until i halted.

So now I'm down to the RAM or the CPU itself, gonna take these to the technician tomorrow, and check if any of them prevents the computer from POSTING.

Don't see the VGA card as the problem either, from the sound of the HDD it didn't load anything (like the OS), and really can't blame my VGA card for that ;) 

any other good tips? appriciating the feedback :D 
September 14, 2006 11:32:08 PM

Did you try your components in the motherboard after the BIOS update?
Other people have been able to run part time also, but needed the update to run properly.
Some people had to reboot multiple times before the OS would load, and there are few other scenarios also.
September 15, 2006 9:29:52 AM

Quote:
Did you try your components in the motherboard after the BIOS update?
Other people have been able to run part time also, but needed the update to run properly.
Some people had to reboot multiple times before the OS would load, and there are few other scenarios also.


Well, took the memory modules with me when I went to pick up my motherboard from the technician, he put them on just to test, worked perfectly.

So now I know the memory modules are fine, motherboards is fine, PSU is fine.

Will assemble my computer when I get back from the university today, hopefully you are right, and the BIOS upgrade will fix it all!

crossing fingers!
September 15, 2006 3:39:42 PM

Quote:
Did you try your components in the motherboard after the BIOS update?
Other people have been able to run part time also, but needed the update to run properly.
Some people had to reboot multiple times before the OS would load, and there are few other scenarios also.


Well, problems solved. Writing this message on my computer, guess a BIOS upgrade was all it needed, eventhough I find it a bit strange. Thought support for hardware was a ALL OR NOTHING situation, but guess a computer can get cranky after a little while ;) 

Everybody, thx for your participation in this problem solving, but wont declare my PC healthy until I have had it on for another day or so withouth probs ;) 
September 15, 2006 6:17:26 PM

I had the same problem with mine. You need to update your bios to the newer one on Asus website dated 08/28/06. This will allow to go into windows. Once your in install the intel processor update on the p5wd deluxe disk this should take care of the problem. It took me 12 hours to figure this out. It also could be possible that its the video card. That motherboard supports ATI crossfire not Nvidia.

My Specs

Antec neo 550watts
p5wd deluxe
e6600
crucial ballastix ram 2X1gb ddr800
ATI x9100xtx
Raid 0 2@74g raptor

3D mark 05
game test 11971
CPU test 9414
September 16, 2006 7:40:27 AM

hi guys been reading this thread with interest as my pc has developed the same kind of issue....

was working fine for weeks and all of a sudden the pc will switch on with fans on full but no post...
what i notice is that the power and reset lights on the pc stay on all the time and the x1900xt card has 2 leds on it these both stay on all the time , no post beeps no nothing...
i have taken the graphic card and used it in another pc however re installing the card in the asus it will return to the same .. both leds on...

the only way i have been able to get the pc to boot again is to compleatly strip and rebuild it ... however i cant be doing this ever week to 2 weeks will drive me nuts.. any ideas?
i have tried a new psu and still get the same issue

oh yeh and another point ... for some reason removing or pluging in a usb device can cause the pc to boot when off...

p5w dh deluxe (latest bios)
6600 core2due
x1900xt
2x hitachi 250 raid
September 16, 2006 4:38:43 PM

Food for thought.
I believe your video card has a BIOS that can be updated to xtx.

Re-flash the MOBO to newest BIOS. There are new BIOS viruses out there.

If those didn’t work, I would also try a different video card in the ASUS board to try deducing the problem.
64MB cards are cost about $25.- to $30.-

As to the USB boot when unplugging.
I would look in the BIOS, and check for something like “wake up upon USB signal”.
You can have the computer turn on by various methods set in the BIOS.
September 16, 2006 6:10:48 PM

the board already has the latest bios ... and the card works fine in my amd system as soon as the card goes back in the asus the system just wont boot no beeps and fans on full.. just stripped and rebuilt and this time its stayed the same just fans on full....

even tried diff cpu and psu...

oh well time to send it back
September 17, 2006 8:45:00 AM

yip rebuilt in and out of case .. last 2 times out of case the pc would boot fine .. this time still stuck with fans on full... the 1900xt still has 2 leds lit... as soon as i move to the amd system the card boots without a hitch so i can rule out graphics error ... upgraded hard drives so can rule out them .. have a celeron d for testing .. so can rule out cpu and have tried 3 different psu`s
used 1 stick of ram for testing and tried each different slot...

error is no bios beeps, fans on full, power and led lights on, graphics card leds on, motherboard led is green , no pic on screen...

even removing power for graphics card you dont get to see the warning message
hmmmm

only thing that bugs me is you can bet that as soon as i sent back for testing it will work fine for them.

will call them on monday and see what they say.. may be i should contact asus directly
September 17, 2006 5:41:23 PM

ok rebiult again today .. and its back up and running .. not done anything different ... question is how long will it last this time !!!!
September 17, 2006 6:19:35 PM

Memory Note
Check your qualified memory vendor’s list.

Also check the motherboard memory configuration in your manual.
Sometimes you have to determine if you have single sided (SS) or double-sided (DS) to properly configure the memory. You can try switching the memory from Dual mode to single channel slots. To check for a dual channel problem.
September 17, 2006 6:20:10 PM

Many motherboard manufacturers are requiring a BIOS update to support the latest new batch of processors from AMD and INTEL.
September 17, 2006 6:24:40 PM

I was just writing this when you posted the new comment.

I would guess that you tried switching monitors and you recently cleared the BIOS, tried a single processor video card, and verified the one stick of ram your using is good and not 800mhz., have the 4 pin +12v plug connected to the motherboard. Re-flashed latest BIOS using your 805 CPU and a single processor video card (if readily available). Verified speaker works and is connected properly.

Congratulations on getting up and running again.

Print out / Back up critical Data.
Verify you have the latest BIOS update.
Update to the newest ASUS Drivers.
Check for video card updates (BIOS and Driver).
Check for updated game patch's

Check memory.
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
Memtest86 can miss errors that Memtest86Gold can find, resulting in faulty RAM induced reboots.

Some manufacturers accept RMA’s directly.
With ASUS, I think your suppose to return it to the vendor for testing, replacing, or a BIOS update service.
September 17, 2006 7:04:14 PM

Quote:
hi guys been reading this thread with interest as my pc has developed the same kind of issue....

was working fine for weeks and all of a sudden the pc will switch on with fans on full but no post...
what i notice is that the power and reset lights on the pc stay on all the time and the x1900xt card has 2 leds on it these both stay on all the time , no post beeps no nothing...
i have taken the graphic card and used it in another pc however re installing the card in the asus it will return to the same .. both leds on...

the only way i have been able to get the pc to boot again is to compleatly strip and rebuild it ... however i cant be doing this ever week to 2 weeks will drive me nuts.. any ideas?
i have tried a new psu and still get the same issue

oh yeh and another point ... for some reason removing or pluging in a usb device can cause the pc to boot when off...

p5w dh deluxe (latest bios)
6600 core2due
x1900xt
2x hitachi 250 raid


My P5W-DH does the same thing. It happens whenever I make the slightest change in setup, unplug a Sata drive, or if there's been a bad software crash. I find that the answer is to hold "Insert" while powering on, enter Bios and just "save" it again, (the settings haven't been lost) and reboot normally. It's an annoying bug which seems to happen with 1305 and 1201 but didn't occur with 1101.
September 17, 2006 7:18:09 PM

Quote:
I find that the answer is to hold "Insert" while powering on, enter Bios and just "save" it again, (the settings haven't been lost) and reboot normally.


Did you mean the reset/reboot Button?
September 17, 2006 7:41:23 PM

Quote:
I find that the answer is to hold "Insert" while powering on, enter Bios and just "save" it again, (the settings haven't been lost) and reboot normally.


Did you mean the reset/reboot Button?

No, the Insert button on the right side of the keyboard, to the left of Delete. This is the standard way of clearing Bios settings while booting but in this case it doesn't, it just lets the machine boot while leaving your settings alone. Turn on with the power button then a split second later press and hold Insert until the monitor shows POST and the Video card fan spins down.
September 17, 2006 8:02:03 PM

got 2 lcd monitors here no issues with them...

currently running the 1305 bios .. however this might be a issue see message above!!

4pin +12v connected checked and double checked
re flashed the 1305 bios today after getting it to work just in case of a bios error... however if it goes again will try reverting to an older bios

speaker works when it boots correctly :) 

running ati cat 6.8

not done a mem test yet.. but i doubt this to be the issue .. as i have had full evenings of gaming with no crash....

all these issues come from a cold boot ...normally in the morning or after the pc has been off for a long period


will try the following ... "I find that the answer is to hold "Insert" while powering on, enter Bios and just "save" it again, (the settings haven't been lost) and reboot normally"

if it fails on boot again
Quote:
I was just writing this when you posted the new comment.

I would guess that you tried switching monitors and you recently cleared the BIOS, tried a single processor video card, and verified the one stick of ram your using is good and not 800mhz., have the 4 pin +12v plug connected to the motherboard. Re-flashed latest BIOS using your 805 CPU and a single processor video card (if readily available). Verified speaker works and is connected properly.

Congratulations on getting up and running again.

Print out / Back up critical Data.
Verify you have the latest BIOS update.
Update to the newest ASUS Drivers.
Check for video card updates (BIOS and Driver).
Check for updated game patch's

Check memory.
http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
Memtest86 can miss errors that Memtest86Gold can find, resulting in faulty RAM induced reboots.

Some manufacturers accept RMA’s directly.
With ASUS, I think your suppose to return it to the vendor for testing, replacing, or a BIOS update service.
September 18, 2006 3:03:22 AM

Quote:
well, it has built in speaker, but the motherboard has a 4 pin connector for system warning messages

the p180 comes with a 10 pin thingy (which fits fine on the motherboard, but doesn't give any sound) and have a lot of single pins, but tried them on the 4 pin connector, doesn't give a sound


Do you hear beeps when you boot up now?
If you have an old 2-pin case speaker, you could attach it to 2 of the 4 pins. The outer two I believe. Refer to manual for speaker header location if needed.

4-pin speaker.
http://www.directron.com/casespeaker.html


This MOBO seems awesum, it's loaded with features.
September 18, 2006 7:36:32 AM

mine booting fine for now .. and when it boots the fans spin at full then switch down low and the same time the motherboard will beep once and off we go, will load xp fine

its when you switch on and all you get is fans at full thats when it drives u nuts...

its a great board when its working .
September 19, 2006 4:05:04 AM

For those of us using Nvidia cards who have already or are thinking about changing over to Intel Chipset based motherboards, then here is the mod which allows cards up to 7900GTX to be used in SLI.
This does not yet support the 7950 GX2 series of cards (no quad sli)
http://www.webalice.it/bairam/85.96_mod.exe

I also recomend using at least a 650-watt PSU.

Don't forget to plug in the 4 0r 8 pin +12volt ATX plug into the motherboard.
September 19, 2006 7:31:59 PM

I could very well be worng, but could ATI video cards be causing this problem. People who have ATI cards (X1900 mostly) are having problems with POSTing on P5B Deluxe motherboards and P5w DH motherboards.
September 19, 2006 8:24:57 PM

any links to more info on this?
September 20, 2006 2:41:02 AM

Quote:
mine booting fine for now .. and when it boots the fans spin at full then switch down low and the same time the motherboard will beep once and off we go, will load xp fine

its when you switch on and all you get is fans at full thats when it drives u nuts...

its a great board when its working .


its yoru bios man. same with the other "no post first time" guys

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/PC-won-boot-hel...
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