Long story short: Couple of months ago my PSU burnt out and fried everything except for the GC and the CPU. Having gotten all new components, my computer is still experiencing problems.
It won't start properly. I have tried everything, from exchanging components, testing individual hardware in another PC, sent the motherboard back to the manifacturer who couldn't find the flaw. I've double/Tripple checked the compatability and everything should be green across the board, and yet it won't work.
The problem is a tricky one so I'll try to explain it as clearly as I can.
When any PCI or PCI-E hardware is inserted into the motherboard, the computer won't load the harddisk and the computer is stuck in infinite boot. The fans are all working and I can hear that the harddisk starts up, but then it just keeps going in that state. No signal to the screen, the USB ports doesn't function (There's LED in my keyboard/mouse that lights up when the computer starts, but)
Without any PCI and PCI-E hardware plugged in, the computer starts up fine. The USB ports work (Keyboard/Mouse loads) and the harddisk loads just fine (I assume this due to the fact that I can turn the power off almost instantly, as opposed to the 10 second shut-down time I have to hold the power button for, when the PCI hardware is in)
I've plugged the harddisk into another PC and installed XP to make sure it had a working OS.
The harddisk is also completely new since my old one got fried with the other hardware. In addition I've bought another GC, so I've tried the 2 working ones I have, plus borrowed another pair from friends to see if it could be a problem with the two I own.
The only difference I can find between our equipment is that they are using another socket CPU, but the motherboard should support both. Also after the motherboard came back I noticed that the locking mechanism for the PCI-E stick was missing. While not important, it made me wonder wether or not they just gave me a new one or tested the original one.
I'm at a loss here folks. The company I bought the Motherboard from has been seized by the Government for tax fraud and their entire inventory has been locked down - 2 days ago, so getting the money back at this moment in time is impossible, neither can I ask them to look at the board once again.
Hi Daeica and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
Do u have the last BIOS version of the mobo?
I assume so, although assuming only gets one so far. I have installed the shipped CD that came with the motherboard, and from what I can tell the newest BIOS updates from ASRocks website are of a later date than the purchase, though that is of course never a safe bet. I have reset the BIOS during the testing but the results were the same, after the installation. I will try to install the BIOS updates on the harddisk via. another computer to see if it helps any.