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June 21, 2010 7:20:31 AM

Hello,

Need some advice before purchasing a new motherboard. First a bit of background.

Built my first box about a year ago. Specs are:

Case: Centurion 590
Mobo: Asus P5Q3 Deluxe Wifi
Ram: 2x2gb ddr3 1600 Firesticks (Buffallo)
Processor: 3.00 gigahertz Intel Core2 Quad Q9650
Video Card: Asus EN9600GT
Disks: 4x1TB Baracuda ST31000340NS
OS: W7 x64

Always had a few issues with crashes, the occasional bsod, but nothing terminal. Unfortunately hadn't realized that I should have chosen Ram from the Asus approved list.

A few weeks ago woke up to a Bootmanagaer Not Found msg, went into the bios which appeared to have reset itself, reconfigured, rebooted, tried to run Start-up repair, but system hung every time I tried to run it. Changed Mobo battery & reset Cmos, now not getting any response when I switch on, no beeps at all from the bios/mobo. Stripped everything down, tried just Mobo & CPU, then without CPU, still no joy, so am now changing various components. Started with the PSU, but still nothing.

So now I'm thinking of replacing the Mobo. Ideally I'd like to keep the same CPU & RAM, but am open to suggestions if there's a compelling reason to replace either/both of them.

From what I understand I should decide on the Chipset & then select the Mobo, problem is I'm not sure what Chipset will work best with that CPU/RAM. I'm aware that I'm probably doing this in the wrong order, & it would be better to pick the Mobo first then select CPU/RAM, but as neither were cheap I'd rather reuse them if I can.

The box isn't going to be used for gaming so no need for overclocking, main requirements are fast transfers of large chunks of data between disks (internal & external) & full utilization of a 1gb fiber-optic broadband connection.

Many thanks,

TT.

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a c 435 V Motherboard
June 21, 2010 10:14:45 AM

Your asus board may still be under warranty. I would request an rma number from asus and send it in. Some of their boards have more than a one year warranty. If you have a spare system, use it until you get the board back. If not, newegg has some p43 boards with ddr3 support for $80-90. Then you can sell the asus board on craigslist when it comes back.
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a c 240 V Motherboard
June 21, 2010 3:16:24 PM

First of all, have you updated your motherboard bios? Often such issues get corrected in the bios over time. Do so carefully since a bad bios flash can render your motherboard permanently useless.

As o1die suggested, check on the warranty first.

I think I would replace your motherboard with the same chipset; P45. Otherwise, you are looking at changing drivers and other potential problems.

If you conclude that the ram is the problem, and are looking at new ram then
go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

I don't think buffalo has a configurator. Look at the specs(voltage, speed, timings) for your Buffalo ram, and see if it matches the ram selected by one of the configurators named above. If they match, the ram is probably not the issue. If they do not, sell your ram and buy the proper ram before abandoning your motherboard.

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June 21, 2010 11:42:18 PM

geofelt said:
First of all, have you updated your motherboard bios? Often such issues get corrected in the bios over time. Do so carefully since a bad bios flash can render your motherboard permanently useless.

As o1die suggested, check on the warranty first.

I think I would replace your motherboard with the same chipset; P45. Otherwise, you are looking at changing drivers and other potential problems.

If you conclude that the ram is the problem, and are looking at new ram then
go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

I don't think buffalo has a configurator. Look at the specs(voltage, speed, timings) for your Buffalo ram, and see if it matches the ram selected by one of the configurators named above. If they match, the ram is probably not the issue. If they do not, sell your ram and buy the proper ram before abandoning your motherboard.


I have not tried flashing the Bios yet. Bearing in mind that at the moment I am getting no Post or any kind of beep from the system I think I have 2 options, either attempt to flash from a floppy disk (I don't have an internal, would have to be from a my usb floppy drive) or from a flash drive. Is there a significant advantage with either method? I guess I can get a sata floppy if it's necessary.
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a c 240 V Motherboard
June 22, 2010 12:44:34 AM

The ASUS web site will have information on what the latest bios is, and what issues it fixes.
Don't flash unless you think the update fixes your problem.


Your motherboard manual will have information on the various methods of updating the bios.
You may be able to flash using a usb drive.

It might be a moot point if you can not get it to post.
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