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HTPC Stuck at Post Screen RAM Check OK

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December 26, 2008 11:28:42 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm putting together an HTPC and ran into some problems.

I'm trying to isolate the issue after putting everything together:

here's what i have connected so far:

Intel Core 2 Duo 8500
ECS G31T-M Mobo
(i'm using the onboard graphics for now - I
pulled the video card and TV tuner out - one problem at a time)
Samsung HD503IJ SATA 500 GB HD
IDE DVD drive
2x 2GB crucial DDR2-6400 RAM

I can see the post screen and it even gets past the check ram, but i cant get to the BIOS.

I've tried resetting the CMOS but no help there either...

Thanks in advance for all the help/comments!!!



December 26, 2008 11:40:40 PM

That's as far as it gets?
Should be detecting your drives at that point..
What button are you pushing to get into the BIOS? ;) 
December 26, 2008 11:42:37 PM

Try taking out your CPU and reseating it. I had an AMD machine do that a while back and when I reseated it, it POSTed.

Other suggestion if the CPU thing doesn't work is try one stick of RAM at a time, switching them if it doesn't work the first time.

You can try a different power supply if the above doesn't work. Some motherboards are sensitive to certain power supplies, though generally it won't boot if it is power supply but you never know.
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December 26, 2008 11:43:37 PM

Yah, it stops there.

I've tried Del, F1, F2, F10, F11, F12, everything!

When i press F11, the top line turns into "Boot popup "
December 26, 2008 11:45:18 PM

Also, you can try hitting the esc or del or other key to stop that memory check
December 26, 2008 11:47:14 PM

rmicro1 said:
Try taking out your CPU and reseating it. I had an AMD machine do that a while back and when I reseated it, it POSTed.

Other suggestion if the CPU thing doesn't work is try one stick of RAM at a time, switching them if it doesn't work the first time.

You can try a different power supply if the above doesn't work. Some motherboards are sensitive to certain power supplies, though generally it won't boot if it is power supply but you never know.




I've done the Ram swap out and the same results, I'll try taking out the CPU, that sucks, i don't want to take it apart, but i will if i have to!
December 26, 2008 11:51:18 PM

bbmatt said:
Yah, it stops there.

I've tried Del, F1, F2, F10, F11, F12, everything!

When i press F11, the top line turns into "Boot popup "



It doesnt give you any options after hitting F11? a drive selection or something like that?
December 27, 2008 12:10:05 AM

The post screen (ram check) is instantaneous, I can't press esc to cancel it.

When i press F11, the following screen shows up:

December 27, 2008 12:18:42 AM

What button does the manual say to press to get into the BIOS for your mobo?
December 27, 2008 12:24:17 AM

del...

could it be the processor, even though it registers?


The HD or CD doesnt need to register to get to the bios, so i dont get why its not letting get into it?
December 27, 2008 12:33:35 AM

maybe the ram is crapping it out, can you try a different stick?
December 27, 2008 12:36:40 AM

Yah, I tried my PC stick and it still doesn't work and i tried the new stick on a different machine and it works.
December 27, 2008 1:09:06 AM

reseated the processor, same problem.

I'm stumped :( 
December 27, 2008 1:09:47 AM

Did you try a different brand of RAM?
December 27, 2008 1:11:41 AM

Yah, it was totally different, I don't know what brand it was, I pulled it out of my HP and stuck it in the HTPC.
December 27, 2008 1:29:39 AM

how would I flash the bios if the system does not recongize any of my drives (wont got past POST screen o even show me the "enter del for setup" line?

December 27, 2008 1:59:51 AM

umm, make a bootable floppy on another computer. Then you could disconnect the hdd and dvd and see if itll boot off the floppy
Anonymous
February 25, 2009 12:37:42 AM

Hi i know that this post is old but if people run in to this problem as i have they can get answers here, i got the same error on my pc and i exhausted hours and hours over this error until i turned off the pc opened up the case so that you can see the motherboard then i took a jumper (little plastic clip) off the two pins it was on and moved it left 1 pin (there are 3 pins and it sit on two of them) mine was near the little silver battery and there is only 1 set of 3 pins with a jumper on it so you should find it, once youve done that switch it on nothing should happen and you think that its broken but what you just did has reset the bios, now switch off your pc and put the jumper back to its original position then turn your pc back on voila you should now be able to access your bios and not be stuck on the memory check status screen hope this helps all.


Mark frodsham
Anonymous
November 18, 2009 5:54:04 PM

Mark, I got the same problem and resetting bios didn't work either. This problem seems to stump every puter expert I've talked to. BBmatt, did you get it sorted yet??? Did you manage to update the bios ... I aint tried that yet.
Anonymous
November 18, 2009 5:56:58 PM

bbmatt said:
how would I flash the bios if the system does not recongize any of my drives (wont got past POST screen o even show me the "enter del for setup" line?

Mark, I got the same problem and resetting bios didn't work either. This problem seems to stump every puter expert I've talked to. BBmatt, did you get it sorted yet??? Did you manage to update the bios ... I aint tried that yet.
November 18, 2009 6:26:47 PM

This thread is almost a year old. I doubt the OP is still watching it. Please don't dig up old threads.
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