Over the past month or so like 3-4 episodes (lasting a few hours of me trouble shooting) of my computer will sometimes not post at all. No monitor output when I turn it on, all fans on sounds like it's fine. Can't get into BIOS. I will have to do a variety of things and I cannot pinpoint what component is causing the failure.
I have tried
1)checked memtest+86 on my RAM for 5 passes and it's been fine.
2)checked my overclock, it's stable at a very modest 3.6-3.8ghz at 1.4v. Prime95 is fine running for 6 hours+
3)removed RAM and it gives me LONG-SHORT-SHORT complaining about lack of memory which is good. but doesn't necessarily post after I put them back in to make it stop complaining.
4)removed video card and it gave me two varying results in different episodes. Once it beeped a code evidently complaining about my removal of the card. The most recent one I booted without it at all and it didn't post, nada.
5)cleared the CMOS/BIOS. Both using jumper and then removing the battery and waiting 30 minutes+
6)checked PSU voltages from HWMonitor and it seems to be delivering right amount of voltage accurately.
Vague possibility that: "For troubleshooting purposes, disconnect the reset switch. If it's shorted, the machine either will not POST at all, or it will endlessly reboot."
Each of these episodes I am able to eventually get it able to boot but I am unable to narrow it down to a component (RAM or videocard, and right now since I have no idea, I'm open to the idea that this is a possible this is a mobo problem).
---- My question is, what could be the cause of this problem based on what I have done & how my system has been able to bootup and only intermittently has this problem, have it solved by me just plugging things in and out kind of at random, and only for it to crop up again out of the blue?
KEY HINT: My board AFTER it posts I see some messages that it outputs and I notice it gives me an overclocking failed! message and I didn't even change any paramaters! It did this BEFORE I overclocked my system so I'm pretty sure my modest overclock is not causing this. I've researched this on google and other people run into the same problem. Either my ASUS board is trying to run some dumb overclock-utility/feature before I can even input anything sometimes or something ELSE is causing it to display that message.
Before you go about rma'ing your board, you may want to check if your memory is set to run dual channel or if you have manually modified your ram timings to a state they cannot support. Try resetting your bios to default and running with a single stick of ram in the slot you think is misbehaving. Some ram is very finicky when it comes to overclocking.
This takes a relatively small amount of time to test compared to the time it takes to ship your board out and get a replacement via RMA. Best of luck to you.
I had the same happen to me just two days ago it was bad mem. slots...on the MOBO my board is the ASUS M4A89GTD/PRO...I replaced the board with another of the same type all is well and running better than before....So I would have to say this sound like the same issue I was have...All fans spining HDD's going with no output...I pulled the mem. one stick at a time = nothing...put them both back in ...reset CMOS/RTC...got it to boot ran memtest86+ for 14 Hrs... 900% coverage no errors...II shut the system down... problem was back yet worse this time so I pulled put the repplacement in flash my replacement board BIOS..viola stable email@example.comGHz-->1.44v
DDR3 1600MHz 7-9-8-24-40-1T--->1.6v
Need help again! I've pinpointed the problem. I think.
I've tried most of the permutations and here's what happens.
Occasionally when I shut my computer down when I turn it back on it won't post. Removing 1 of my 2 sticks will not solve it.
I have to remove both of them and reset them, sometimes I choose the same ones they were in sometimes I switch them to the other 2.
I don't think I need to reset the CMOS because I didn't just now and it's running fine. My board DOES say "Overclocking failed!" even when I'm not (I am right now, running @ a modest 3.6ghz, bumping multiplier up to x18).
The ram slots are not faulty because windows 7 is stable when I get in. Posting is the problem. None of the RAM seems to be at fault because it works fine once it's in. None of the sticks by themselves ever seem to be consistently causing problems.
Anybody have any ideas? Reseating my RAM is getting annoying.