I agree. You just have the HDD LED connector in backwards.
i have to say this...
LED's are diodes...as such if they are backwards they never light(since they only let power through one way....unless u are talking zener or however it is spelled....but thats another topic all together ).....this ain't a floppy drive
@ topic....think of it as a backup power on light
for real it looks to just be off my one pin and getting power all the time.....
Like, do I really want to break the CPU cooler seal to remove the Zalman so I can remove the CPU, argue with Intel support about returning the board, disconnect everything, unscrew all the standoffs, go to fedex, and then still wait a minimum of a week+ to get a replacement board, so I can reinstall the CPU, cooler, everything else, just for a HDD LED?
Is it really that important? no.
But I would like it to work - seems like a $250 MB should have everything working, right?
OK, plan B: On the VERY remote possibility that the LED failed, where would you go to get a replacement?
The case is a Lian Li, but they've never responded to me for the rattling case fan that came in it, so I don't know how to get their attention to try for an LED replacement. Maybe they're still looking for a translator for my e-mail to their support page about the clattering fan.
As a last test...plug it in....1-3 even if the led stays on....then with the power off unplug your cd rom(DVD/RW. ect) and if you are not running raid, your hard drives.....boot.... is the light still on solid in the bios with no drives attached? if so maybe you should contact Intel.
If not....power down....put the hard drives then cd/dvd drives back one at a time....until you find the issue....Most CD/DVD drives do not use that LED (its just a wire in the IDE cable), Some do. Samsung does for example.....so maybe its just a defect in you optical drives?
yes that is grabbing at straws but its all that i can think of shy of a bad board...
do you mean they charge 25$ just to talk to them and have them trouble shoot with you? If so.....damn them to hell
Where did you buy the board? can you RMA to them? can you live with 2 Power lights?
I know the HDD led does not seem like much....but i'd miss it....after all on my K8V-SE the via sata controller was not connected to the led....and that sucked...always looking(to the led) to see if things where loading or whatnot.
First, Intel didn't charge me the $25 - I agree that would have sucked.
But because it was my first call to them, they gave me a freebie!
Of course, they didn't solve the problem..... Instead they kept pushing to "get back to the basics". That meant reloading the bios using the recovery bios file. Learned something: When you use the Express bios update, it just overwrites the previous bios data. when you use the recovery bios upgrade method, it purges prior bios data and flushes the bios area clean before reloading the new version. Of course it requires removing the jumper, but...
Anyway, the recovery bios wouldn't work either. Soooo, in the spirit of "getting back to the basics", they want me to remove the MB from the case, only connect essentials (floppy, monitor, etc.) and try again.
Do I need to tell you I wasn't thrilled about removing the MB?