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GA-P55-USB3 Phase LED question

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Last response: in Motherboards
May 20, 2010 3:43:49 PM

I have everything plugged in and when I turn on the computer, all the phase LEDs are on, including the red one. Does anyone know what could cause this to happen?

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a c 177 V Motherboard
May 20, 2010 4:26:56 PM

Could be a number of things; the real problem is "I have everything plugged in and when I turn on the computer"!!

When you approach a new build, you need to do it in 'stepwise' fashion... First thing is to set the MOBO flat on a non-conductive surface (telephone book was recently suggested, and I can't think of anything better!), put the power supply next to it, install a stick of RAM, the video card, the CPU and HSF, a keyboard - just the bare minimum required to actually boot the board, confirm that 'the basics' are working, before moving on... Then, I usually add a DVD/CD, set up to boot to it, and run a copy of MemTest, testing each stick of RAM to confirm they're all good. Then, it's time to 'move it into the case' - but just the components you've already tested, to see if you have any 'case-related' problems - standoff in wrong spot, short to tray, what have you... Then, and only then, it's time to 'add parts'; always, one at a time - testing by booting each time, to ensure your 'last addition' is actually working!

Else, when you run into problems, you haven't a clue - and it's time for 'the strip-down':

Mind you, there are two ways to do this: you can do it either in or out of the case. The advantages and drawbacks:in the case is easier and faster, but will not find case-related problems, like shorts from extra, mispositioned standoffs, or ground plane problems; out of the case takes longer, and you may run into 'reach' problems - power supply cables and front panel power switch headers may not be long enough; for the power supply, it's usually just a matter of removing four screws to temorarily relocate it; for the power switch, you can just do this (carefully):

You only need to short the pins momentarily - that's all the power switch does...Out of the case also affords you an easy opportunity to 'flip' the board to check your heatsink/fan attachment setup, to be sure all the pins are fully seated, locked, and not cracked... If you do the out of the case, you need to lay the board on a non-conductive surface: the box the MOBO came in is ideal; but - the foam pad it came with, and the bag it was in are not - being 'antistat', they are somewhat conductive, and may induce problems...

Another item worth mention at this point is case speakers: if you haven't got one - get one!
A lot of people operate under the misaprehension that the 'diagnostic beeps' should come through the speakers attached to their sound-card/chip - not so! Your three hundred dollar Altec-Lansings won't do you any good here - you have to have a case speaker attached to the front panel header, and, often by this point, it's the only diagnostic info you'll have to go on...

The standard 'strip-down':

Power down at PSU switch
remove everything except
CPU and heatsink/fan (check carefully that the fan retaining pins are fully inserted, completely locked, and not cracked)
one stick of RAM, in slot closest to CPU
video card and monitor connector (if more than one PCIe slot, again, in slot closest to CPU)
all power plugs - 20+4 or 24, 2x2 or 2x4 ATX power, graphics card power
case speaker and power switch connectors
keyboard (don't need a mouse at this point)
place jumper on RST_CMOS pins
remove jumper from RST_CMOS pins
power up at PSU switch
power up by depressing case power switch (or shorting the 'power' pins...)
If you get video, enter BIOS with <DEL> (may need a <TAB> to get to POST screen, if 'splash' screen is enabled)
Select and execute "Load Optimized Defaults" - save and exit, reboot
power down
reinsert other components, one at a time, testing each time after addition...

a b V Motherboard
May 21, 2010 7:41:27 AM

i guess this is a usual method during boot process, should not be considered as an error.
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a c 177 V Motherboard
May 21, 2010 1:06:52 PM

Acckk! I assumed (there I go again [:fixitbil:9] !) that that was ALL it was doing! If this is just a 'flash' during startup, this is, indeed, normal. At the beginning of POST, it 'wakes up' the VRD subsystem, 'twidles all its fingers' to ensure everyone is 'present and accounted for', and moves on to the 'next platoon' - this causes the phase light to 'flash' - perfectly 'procedural'...
May 24, 2010 3:13:49 PM

I've just installed the GA-H55M-UD2H and it does this on mine also. I believe it is normal.