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GA-EX58-UD4P won't POST, cycles on startup

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July 8, 2009 7:38:05 AM

I am trying to put together a new machine, but the computer cycles on and off by itself every 3 seconds. The LEDs light up, PSU fan spins up and then all goes off. Up and down every 3 seconds or so.

At this point I've removed the motherboard from the case to make sure it's not shorting against it and have removed all components from it. Just plugging the PSU into it and using the onboard power switch and I still have the same problem. Tried two different power supplies. Tried resetting CMOS.

Should I expect an error beep if the only the PSU is connected to the mobo and all is well? Does it sound like a DOA board?

GA-EX58-UD4P
SeaSonic S12 550 / Antec TruePower 430
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 8, 2009 2:03:31 PM

To get 'beeps', you need to plug in a case speaker here:


Your problem, however, most likely has to do with your fan/heatsink; does the fan on the CPU also spin up? If not, check that it's plugged into the correct header. Look at the back of your board, and verify that all four retaining pins for the heatsink are correctly and fully seated, and not cracked or broken. Did you look somewhare on the web to see how much compound to apply, and where? When fastening the pins, start with a pair of diagonally opposed pins, and then do the other two.

The symptom is thus: the CPU powers up and starts the POST sequencing, but can't successfully 'spill' heat to the HSF, and so goes immediately into thermal shutdown to protect itself...
July 8, 2009 11:20:14 PM

At the moment I do not have anything other than the motherboard and the PSU connected. Thus only the PSU fan spins up.

Thank you for pointing out that case speaker is responsible for the beeps. I had completely forgotten that I did not have it connected to the motherboard because my case (Antec P183) did not come w/ a speaker connector with the front panel wires.

I only had a limited time to work on putting my machine together and did not get around to plugging all the components in. I had tried to power it on prior to installing RAM and the CPU just to see if all was well so far.

So my question is whether this is expected behavior for the motherboard to cycle without the CPU and CPU fan plugged in? I will have time to try finishing up the installation soon, but I was surprised that it would cycle w/ just the PSU plugged in. I have never had a board do that before and was wondering if I need to abort before I go through with the installation of the remaining components.
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a c 177 V Motherboard
July 9, 2009 12:55:32 AM
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Without a CPU, pretty much nothing will do anything, as it is the CPU that does it all - even the basic VRD, the on-board voltage regulation, is brain-dead less the CPU!
July 9, 2009 10:30:02 PM

Confirmed that once I installed all the components everything was well. Sorry for the false alarm. I've never had a mobo cycle like that before.
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 9, 2009 11:58:44 PM

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I've never had a mobo cycle like that before


Well, you probably never tried to turn one on minus its 'brains' before...

Any problems, feel free to post back...

Good Luck!

Bill
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 11, 2009 9:38:02 PM

We seem to be accumulating a sizeable crowd of people here who are having problems with the new i7/x58 hardware. I have seen the 'boots with

one stick of ram' thing from several, a couple of 'non-discovery' of various hardware, some clocking inconsistencies - well, a pretty good

sized mess!

I have an idea, and I'm going to 'plant' this post everywhere I think it might do some good, and see if we can get together a bit of a 'real-

time' experiment; I'd like to try to see if as many as possible can get together at one, mutually convenient time, and try to whip these things

as a group. I've been studying both the Intel docs for the i7/x58, and the GB manuals; my guess is that, for all the things that count (like

QPI adjustment, 'uncore' handling, memory interface, etc.), all the GB 1366 MOBO's circuitry and BIOS are pretty much the same, so hopefully if

we come up with a workable strategy, it should be workable for all...

I'm going to start a new topic (say 'Ganging up on the i7/x58'), and, if you're interested, please copy the following, and post to that topic:

MOBO Model:
CPU:
RAM (Manufacturer, speed, model number, # of sticks, nominal voltage):
BIOS rev:
Short, concise problem definition:



Suggestions for a time (date?) when you could (I'm pretty flexible here) spend an hour or two kicking its ***! :





If there are bad components involved, we'll try to isolate them, and probably we'll learn a lot about what works, and what's marginal, for

others to draw on...

Bill

aka: bilbat
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