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Gigabyte P35-DS3L motherboard, system won't post or startup

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September 19, 2009 2:32:01 AM

Specs:
Motherboard: P35-DS3L
Processor: Intel Core2Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Graphics Card: MSI 8800GT with fan
Antec 500 Watt powersupply
Antec Sonata II case
4 x 1GB Corsair Ram

I've had this computer for about 1-2 years now. I built it myself, and it's always worked perfectly fine. I left my computer on last night and in the afternoon when I got back to my computer I noticed it was power cycling. The monitor was reading

Award BootLock BIOS v1.0

Scanning BIOS from Hard Drive........
Recovery something....

It kept turning off and turning on and showing that so I turned the computer off and pulled the plug from the power supply put it back in and tried turning it on. After that nothing comes up on the computer when turned on. The BIOS post screen doesn't come up either.

I've tried removing the graphics card, removing all drives, using 1 stick of ram and nothing seems to be working. Any help would be appreciated

Thanks.
a b V Motherboard
September 19, 2009 3:27:25 AM

Replace the CMOS battery.
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September 19, 2009 3:33:51 AM

knotknut said:
Replace the CMOS battery.


Do you mean take it out and put it back in after waiting a few minutes so that the CMOS clears or do you mean to completely replace it, because I've tried clearing the CMOS by removing it.

Would the CMOS battery being dead have such a big impact as to not letting my BIOS load, and if so where can I get that type of a battery.

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a c 156 V Motherboard
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September 19, 2009 8:19:24 AM

The battery is probably a CR2032. Very common - Radio Shack, photostores, Walmart, many drugstores. It's not expensive.

Try removing and reinstalling it. Then try replacing it.

If that doesn't work, try this:
Boot problems
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
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September 19, 2009 8:04:43 PM

The gigabyte DS3 motherboard are horrible... they can died without any notice, so I don't have difficulties saying your motherboard died.

My 965P-DS3 died 3 times in less than 14 months at stock speed... talk about a joke.
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September 19, 2009 8:07:19 PM

jsc said:
The battery is probably a CR2032. Very common - Radio Shack, photostores, Walmart, many drugstores. It's not expensive.

Try removing and reinstalling it. Then try replacing it.

If that doesn't work, try this:
Boot problems
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...


My old NES cadridges are still able to keep their saves with a 20 years old battery... so I really doubt the battery is really the problem.
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September 19, 2009 8:26:15 PM

redgarl said:
The gigabyte DS3 motherboard are horrible... they can died without any notice, so I don't have difficulties saying your motherboard died.

My 965P-DS3 died 3 times in less than 14 months at stock speed... talk about a joke.

Mine is awesome, used to recommend them all the time, they all still work, they get great reviews
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September 20, 2009 9:32:18 PM

Replacing the battery didn't do anything. I guess my motherboard is dead. Any other suggestions would be helpful before I try to RMA it.

Thanks
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October 4, 2009 1:20:43 PM

redgarl said:
The gigabyte DS3 motherboard are horrible... they can died without any notice, so I don't have difficulties saying your motherboard died.

My 965P-DS3 died 3 times in less than 14 months at stock speed... talk about a joke.



thats true, my second one has just died for no reason again, please can you recommend a board to replace it with, one thats doesnt die like that.

Theres been so many chipsets released since the p965, should i go with a p965 again, i dont need quad core, i could get one cheap off ebay.
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October 4, 2009 5:26:44 PM

Ok, @redgarl: What are the full specs? esp. PSU what you used with the DS3. I'v been running OCed P35-DS3x boards since they came out and ALL OCed, and some even have vmods,etc on them.

@shrex: Full specs?

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a c 156 V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 6:22:34 PM

I also have had great success with Gigabyte motherboards (a P35 and two P45's with OC'd processors). Also have a G41 at home, but that one has less than a year on it, so long term durability is unknown. And I just recently helped a friend build an i7 system using a GA-X58.
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October 4, 2009 7:55:13 PM

965p-ds3
e7300 @ 3.6
4gb ram
3850 512mb
evo labs 450 watt psu

i have already tested with another motherboard, and all my parts work fine, im pretty sure the bios has corrupted it self somehow, when i start it up cpu fan spins slowly and there is no output to the monitor.

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a b V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
October 4, 2009 9:20:56 PM

Quote:
evo labs 450 watt psu

No sh!t! That's your problem. It's a cr@p PSU.
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October 4, 2009 10:32:20 PM

everyone always blames the psu, ive checked the voltages its absolutely fine, and power consumption is around 50% of the 12v rail at peak.

im using this psu with another board now still working fine.
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a b V Motherboard
a b U Graphics card
October 5, 2009 1:39:49 AM

^That's not the point. It''s how stable the voltage is. If you get even a .6v spike, it can kill a board easily. The board you are probably using now probably has lower power requierments,etc. After all, it's not my stuff. Do as you wish.
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