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December 3, 2010 7:39:44 AM

Hello!

I just bought some new computer parts and are trying to put them together. I'm not the most experienced person doing this, but i've build computers a couple of times. I have two issues with my new computer.

1. when i push my power on button the system starts but only for 1 second or so, then it shuts off, only to start again after 2 seconds (without me pushing any button). After the self-reboot or what to call it, the computer starts like normal.

2. Im getting some BIOS errors. After the mobo screen loads it says like this

Quote:
Warning: MAIN BIOS CHECKSUM ERROR!

Retrieving recovery source from HPA... HPA BIOS not available!!

Retrieving recovery source from Backup BIOS... Done!
Writing BIOS Image.....


after that nothing happens.

I've resetted the CMOS jumper but didnt make any diffrence. Tried google but no one seem to have the exact same issue. i've also tried loading the optimized bios settings.

any ideas?

Specs:
Intel Core i5 760
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
Corsair XmS3 DDR3 16000 MHz 2gb x 2
one older power supply from my last computer. 500w northQ something

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a c 435 V Motherboard
December 3, 2010 12:44:01 PM

For your setup, I suggest a new power supply by one of these manufacturer's: corsair, antec, seasonic, enermax, or ocz. They are all quality brands, and rate their power supplies more accurately than the cheaper brands. The wattage will depend on your total system load. List your video card for some suggestions.
December 3, 2010 1:53:52 PM

I have a zotac geforce 460gts 1gb.

So maybe the mobo aint getting enough power?
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December 3, 2010 1:57:15 PM

460gtx even
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 3, 2010 2:12:06 PM

500W is the minimum for an i5 + GTX 460. http://www.corsair.com/psufinder/default.aspx Keep in mind as a PSU gets older it produces 'dirty power' and LOWER 'peak' power.

Q - Did you attempt to upgrade your BIOS? Can you boot into BIOS? Q - there are (4) possible MOBO and revisions for 'P55-USB3' please specify -> http://www.gigabyte.com/search/search.aspx?kw=P55-USB3

Power - verify PSU connections:
1. 4-pin or 8-pin CPU Power
2. 24-pin MOBO Power
3. 6-pin GTX 460 connectors
a c 435 V Motherboard
December 3, 2010 3:22:47 PM

As the previous poster suggested, be sure your video card has the proper lead from the power supply. An older power supply may not have the proper connector needed. Any of the brands I suggested will have all the connectors you need for one video card.
December 5, 2010 4:15:46 PM

ok, i've replaced the cmos battery (actually had a few laying around at home) :) 

anyways, it didnt make any diffrence at all.
December 5, 2010 4:20:26 PM

gonna try the q-flash in a few moments

my bios version is F8, is it needed to update?
December 5, 2010 4:49:48 PM

BIOS updated to F9, but all my problems remain.. any suggestions besides getting a new PSU (i've placed a order for a Corsair VX 550W PSU)?
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 5, 2010 5:20:15 PM

Please list the link to {"Corsair XmS3 DDR3"}
December 5, 2010 5:55:47 PM

dunno if its of any help but i got 4 phase LED lights on. dont really know what that mean but i guess you know.

alos, i tried using only 1 ram stick, with one of the sticks the computer keeps rebooting forever. with the other one the computer rebootes once, then start
December 5, 2010 6:14:43 PM

yes my ram is in slot 1 and 3.

Quote:
As soon as you restart keep hitting the DEL {Delete} key to get into the BIOS, Load Fail Safe F6 and Save CMOS F11, and reboot.


I tried but no diffrence
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 5, 2010 6:35:10 PM

Q -What HDD do you have? Check the connections. I would use a SATA2 HDD/SSD; HPA would 'seem' to suggest an IDE drive.

1. Clear CMOS; us the 'jumper method' ; see manual.
2. Run the Xpress Recovery2 from the installation CD; leave it in the DVD {ODD}.

BTW - if that FAILS then start a Ticket with Gigabyte -> http://www.gigabyte.us/support-downloads/technical-supp...
I'd be interested in their take.
December 5, 2010 7:13:33 PM

I have 2 hdds..

1. WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 640GB SATA/300 64MB WD6400AARS (from my old setup)

2. Western Digital Caviar® GreenPower™ 1TB Sata 3 Gb/s, 64MB Cache nr: WDWD10EARS (brand new)

When i hit the CMOS standard features in BIOS it says like this:
> IDE Channel 0 Slave [WDC WD10EARS]
> IDE Channel 1 Master [WDC WD6400AARS]

should sata disks be listed as IDE? :) 

anyways, i cant get into the xpress recovery, when I hit F9 nothing happens. i guess ill have to start a ticket with gigabyte then. getting really frustrating. thx for your help bud.
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 5, 2010 8:04:55 PM

In the BIOS change them to AHCI to test the idea; I'm confused why you're using an old drive as your primary OS drive vs the new HDD?!
December 5, 2010 8:12:56 PM

im using my older hdd as primary cuz its faster then the other one. AHCI didnt make any diffrence. :) 

so atm im waiting for:
1. gigabyte to reply
2. my new psu
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 5, 2010 9:24:15 PM

Let me know - Thx.
December 6, 2010 9:25:27 AM

Quote:
Hi Martin,

This may be two issues. It may be a defective and/or incompatible memory, or a too weak PSU.

The MAIN BIOS CHECKSUM ERROR! often appears if a memory module is broken.

Please test with only one and one module in the white slot closest to the CPU. You may download and run memtest86.exe from www.memtest86.com to test that your memory are in good condition.

You may also try a little stronger PSU, a 80+ certified PSU 600W or better.

Best regards
GIGABYTE-team Scandinavia


Dunno how i can try memtest program if im not able to boot a cd :p 
December 8, 2010 2:11:19 PM

hello again!


So, i have upgraded my PSU but the problems remain. Getting really frustrated now.
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 4:08:01 PM

Well Gigabyte and I 'thought' the same things. I've seen RAM PASS Memtest and still be a problem, but if you can access the BIOS the Memtest should work.

In addition, start a NEW Thread at http://forums.tweaktown.com/ then send a Private Message to Lsdmeasap he is the most knowledgeable Gigabyte guy I know.

Trust me, I understand frustrated, and following are the last three things to try that I can think of that can help before sending in the MOBO or other components.

1. Create a bootable CD/DVD use {ISO/zip} file http://www.memtest.org/ ; run 2 passes
2. Try installing OS on the 'new' HDD; I've seen this error when the BIOS cannot access certain parts of the HDD.
3. Exchange the RAM.

Good Luck! Please let me know. :) 
December 8, 2010 5:36:51 PM

ye thanks for the support.

1. i will buy a blank dvd tomorrow and try
2. i cannot install OS either way since i cannot boot win7 dvd
3. might be a good idea

:p 
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 5:41:44 PM

Obviously, you can get into the BIOS - Change the Boot Order to DVD to the first device. Hopefully, Lsdmeasap can shed some light.
December 8, 2010 5:43:01 PM

i've had the dvd/cd as boot prio number 1 several times but i still get the checksum error instead of the dvd actually booting.
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 5:47:57 PM

When testing, disconnect/unplug the HDDs at MOBO - like I mentioned I've seen a HDD cause this type problem. If that fails then I would really look into RMA the MOBO and maybe at the same time the RAM.

December 8, 2010 6:03:26 PM

hdd's unplugged and still cant boot from cd.

maybe returning the mobo for a new one will do the trick
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 8, 2010 6:22:14 PM

It's what 'I' would do, you shouldn't be getting these errors. Also, if it were 'me' I would look at ASUS side-by-side http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-634^13-131-634-TS,13-131-620^13-131-620-TS,13-131-624^13-131-624-TS,13-131-621^13-131-621-TS I have the least problems from ASUS and for whatever reason GA MOBOs are a frequent visitor with MOBO issues.
December 9, 2010 9:08:49 AM

Last thing im gonna try is using my friends memory sticks. If that fails, im returning the mobo :p 
a c 715 V Motherboard
December 9, 2010 1:59:59 PM

Hope it answers some questions; there's always a first - I am not aware of RAM causing 'this' error...who knows.
December 10, 2010 1:16:54 AM

Hi,

I have more or less the same problem, here's my thread:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283073-30-dreaded-bio...

Here's what I did:

1) Remove the CMOS battery
2) Reseat the RAM again
3) Boot up only with graphic (no HDD, CD or DVD)
4) Go into SETUP and load optimized defaults and save setting
5) Reboot
6) Update to latest BIOS using Q-Flash
7) Reboot
8) Go into SETUP to verify latest BIOS version
9) Load optimized defaults TWICE
10) Reboot
11) Go into SETUP and check BIOS version again
12) Reboot
13) Power down
14) Reconnect all hardware
15) Boot up
16) Go into SETUP and load Optimized Defaults TWICE AGAIN (this time with other hardware installed)
17) Save setting
18) Reboot

Wheeewwwww... That was long! I am thinking that somehow the BIOS are not written properly into the CMOS thus causing errors. The backup BIOS detected the error and rewrite older BIOS version back into the main BIOS.

The last time I did mine was on 22nd November and so far no more dreaded reboot loop but I am still monitoring it, will report my findings again...

a c 715 V Motherboard
December 10, 2010 2:45:18 AM

My second post was to update your BIOS?!

There are several possibilities for your BIOS error. You can Google as easily as I can; there are (2) things to look at:
1. "BIOS CHECKSUM ERROR"
2. "HPA BIOS not available"

All of the relevant ones are posted including RMA the MOBO. Or did I miss something?
a c 107 V Motherboard
December 10, 2010 6:22:52 PM

Quote :


Warning: MAIN BIOS CHECKSUM ERROR!

Retrieving recovery source from HPA... HPA BIOS not available!!

Retrieving recovery source from Backup BIOS... Done!
Writing BIOS Image.....


This is the exact same error messages I used to get every now and then with my oldest comp (GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI, Revision 1) until I updated the Bios. Had some other issues too that I believe I have worked out also. I wish Gygabyte had done better testing or something and worked out the issues first. At least I can say it's been a good learning experience.
December 30, 2010 5:49:33 PM

Hello everyone, I would just like to inform you that my Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 motherboard was defect. They sent me a new one and now it's working like a charm.

Thanks everyone for your help and happy new year! :) 

/Happy cow
January 2, 2011 4:39:59 PM

jaquith said:
Well Gigabyte and I 'thought' the same things. I've seen RAM PASS Memtest and still be a problem, but if you can access the BIOS the Memtest should work.

In addition, start a NEW Thread at http://forums.tweaktown.com/ then send a Private Message to Lsdmeasap he is the most knowledgeable Gigabyte guy I know.

Trust me, I understand frustrated, and following are the last three things to try that I can think of that can help before sending in the MOBO or other components.

1. Create a bootable CD/DVD use {ISO/zip} file http://www.memtest.org/ ; run 2 passes
2. Try installing OS on the 'new' HDD; I've seen this error when the BIOS cannot access certain parts of the HDD.
3. Exchange the RAM.

Good Luck! Please let me know. :) 


How does one get a private message to Lsdmeasap? I have many issues with my Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H board. ihameed46
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