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I am really, really lost, help please!

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December 22, 2007 12:25:48 PM

Further to my thread about not being able to boot, I have my new PSU....
And I still can't get the DELETED computer to boot!!!
I've tried booting with no RAM, no GFX no nothing and I can't get anywhere!
I have a GA-M57SLi-S4 and everything else is from my sig.
PSU is an 850W CoolerMaster Real power Pro and is brand spanking new.
I've tried crossing components with my old 754Skt build and still get nothing.
I have 4 RAM sticks and have tried various, 5 HD's tried various, an 8800GTX & a 6800GS and have tried both. Tried 3 PSU's. Is the CPU likely to be screwed enough not to boot?
It has been reseated with the stock HS with Akasa paste instead of the stock stuff... Any ideas?
Thanks... I am ready to throw the **** out of the window!!

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December 22, 2007 12:33:22 PM

Sorry if this has been mentioned in your previous thread ... I haven't seen it. My guess would be the motherboard... Do you have any friends nearby with an AM2 computer you could try the CPU in to test?
December 22, 2007 12:38:53 PM

what he said, and then, if the CPU turns out to be fine, RMA the mobo
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December 22, 2007 12:42:18 PM

Lukebird,sorry to hear about your problems.Like Coret suggested, it might be the motherboard.
December 22, 2007 12:42:41 PM

Umm... Maybe that PSU is too much Power. Might wanna get a phenom instead. :oops: . o O (J/K!!!)

Things I'd do:

(starting with only CPU/HS - 1 Stick RAM)

1.) Make sure the PC speaker is connected correctly to listen for beep codes.
2.) Run the MB out of the PC case on cardboard. Only wires hooked up would be the PSU, no case wiring, except the PC speaker.
3.) Power up the system with a flathead screw driver on the correct pins.
4.) Recheck the CPU, to make sure no bent pins
5.) Try to find a friend with similar setup to help test components or PC shop.

It only best to see if you can get the system running without the video card to hear the beeps from the bios. If that can't be done, then its either the CPU or MB from that point.
December 22, 2007 12:46:46 PM

Grimmy said:
Umm... Maybe that PSU is too much Power. Might wanna get a phenom instead. :oops: . o O (J/K!!!)

Lol.
December 22, 2007 12:49:13 PM

Grimmy said:
3.) Power up the system with a flathead screw driver on the correct pins.
Phillips head works as well :) 
December 22, 2007 12:50:15 PM

:heink:  . o O (had another thought)

Say... if that was a new MB he got from gigabyte, would it have the latest bios version?

I kinda wonder if he has a combo that just won't work because of the bios version.

@cfvh600.. glad it made ya laugh, hope it doesn't make anyone mad. :sweat: 
December 22, 2007 12:53:42 PM

coret said:
Phillips head works as well :) 


heh, yah... I guess I just used my own preference. :D 
December 22, 2007 1:09:08 PM

Thanks muchly for the suggestions :) 
I'll add a little more detail.
My old gigabyte board seemed to have failed so that was RMA'd and found to be faulty. This SLi one is new and I have seen the manufacturer POST screen once and thats it. Now I get nothing at all.
Board is a matter of a week old so i don't know what sort of BIOS rev. it would be on. And even if I did, how would I load one as I can't boot?
I shall pull out the mobo in a few mins and try testing again.
Damned annoying though!
I haven't been able to play Crysis in 2 1/2 weeks! :( 
I shall post again shortly :) 
Thanks again for the suggestions!
December 22, 2007 1:30:22 PM

Did you remove the BIOS jumper ?
Try to take a look at it. Sometimes mainboard manufacturer keep the jumper on BIOS reset position. Read the manual to find how's the jumper position.
December 22, 2007 1:33:11 PM

Thats a good call. :D 

Although, my MB doesn't have a jumper, but a push button to reset the bios.

:lol: . o O (man how things have changed.. I kinda miss reg jumpers)
December 22, 2007 1:41:09 PM

slicessoul said:
Did you remove the BIOS jumper ?
Try to take a look at it. Sometimes mainboard manufacturer keep the jumper on BIOS reset position. Read the manual to find how's the jumper position.

You mean on the Clear CMOS jumper?
If so, no.
Right, anyway to the above suggestion, I have a little query.
This is school-boy and I apologise :D 
The speaker connection, what in the hell am i supposed to connect to that?
I have a CM-690 case, which I assume has no built in speaker?
I haven't seen one of those in ages! :) 
December 22, 2007 1:41:44 PM

Grimmy said:
Thats a good call. :D 

Although, my MB doesn't have a jumper, but a push button to reset the bios.

:lol: . o O (man how things have changed.. I kinda miss reg jumpers)


Got a soldering iron handy? You could always take the switch off and make a jumper out of some wire :p 
December 22, 2007 1:45:49 PM

Most of your question would be answered from your manual.

I'm d/l your manual for GA-M57SLi-S4, atm. Gawd it takes a long time to get. :cry: . o O (and I got 8-10MB bandwidth)
December 22, 2007 1:46:57 PM

coret said:
Got a soldering iron handy? You could always take the switch off and make a jumper out of some wire :p 

:lol: 

:sweat:  . o O (naaaaa... I don't wanna burn myself with the soldering iron)
December 22, 2007 1:50:48 PM

Grimmy said:
Most of your question would be answered from your manual.

I'm d/l your manual for GA-M57SLi-S4, atm. Gawd it takes a long time to get. :cry:  . o O (and I got 8-10MB bandwidth)



Gigabyte website are making changes. But they always do though... :)  :)  :) 
Yesterday, i'm trying to download BIOS update, it took 5 minutes and 6 errors page not found :pfff: 
December 22, 2007 1:58:29 PM

Gah...

:cry:  . o O (I had to restart the d/l... it got stuck!!)
December 22, 2007 1:59:18 PM

Grimmy said:
Most of your question would be answered from your manual.

I'm d/l your manual for GA-M57SLi-S4, atm. Gawd it takes a long time to get. :cry: . o O (and I got 8-10MB bandwidth)

Most of the manual is pretty useless.... :??: 
It basically just explains what the speaker connector does...??
Perhaps you could point it out to me?
Thanks :) 
December 22, 2007 2:24:57 PM

Sure... Finally got it downloaded.

Page 26 has the diagram for the headers on the MB PC speaker. Basically the speaker is 2 wire, but has a 4 pin header. So you need to be sure you put the red wire to the (+) pin, and the black to the (-) pin.

Page 30 shows where your jumper is for resetting the bios, which is near the battery:

Quote:
19)CLR_CMOS (Clear CMOS)
You may clear the CMOS data to its default values by this header. To clear CMOS, temporarily
short the two pins. Default doesn't include the jumper to avoid improper use of this header.


If you don't have a PC speaker, might want to look for something like:



That was just an example, some are even smaller. Perhaps if you find a Radio Shack, you could get one locally. But usually your PC case should have one.
December 22, 2007 3:04:35 PM

Well without a speaker I'm pretty much screwed for the moment then :( 
I have a port tester and the PSU tested fine so, (hopefully) thats ok :) 
Thanks all for your help, but I guess without a speaker I'll have to put it on hold for a few weeks :( 
Bloody computers...
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