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Back Again. Even the AM3+ Won't Post

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March 15, 2012 11:16:07 PM

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core
XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
ASUS M5A97 Evo - AM3+
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Thermaltake 550w Power SUpply ( SLI & Crossfire ready ).

Specs ^.

Here's the story again. Got the mobo today. Happier than a kid in a candy story. First and foremost I did a POST before putting it into the case. Turned it on and everything, nothing. Did everything as I've said before, still nothing. I don't know what's up. People have been having issues with it. My CPU fan turns on, HDD, Ram and even video is spinning, lights on, still nothing. What should I do now? I'm thinking about RMAing the board, CPU and ram just to make sure. The ram is compatible, the video card works because i used it in another machine as well, but I don't know what's wrong.


I've heard stories of people having issues with the BIOS update with this board. How do I go about getting a bios update? On the mobo it says" Rev. 1.02" Does that mean it's updated? Please help. If no other choice, gonna' RMA it.

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March 16, 2012 12:20:51 AM

I'm guessing it's the bios. Is it possible I can send it to a shop and they'll update it with another cpu?
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March 16, 2012 3:11:20 AM

You most likely need to update the BIOS to the Latest version to support the FX series CPU. Taking it to a computer repair shop would be one way to do this.

You could also borrow an AM3 CPU (Not AM3+) such as a Phenom II or an Athlon II and get it to boot and install windows. Then update the BIOS after you get everything working. BIOS IS here: http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A97_EVO/... Get the latest Version 1004.
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March 16, 2012 12:07:46 PM

Best answer selected by shaakazulu.
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March 16, 2012 12:29:31 PM

Are you sure? A tech near me said he'll do it. Just wanted to make sure before I get everything ready.
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March 16, 2012 3:05:34 PM

The best way to be sure is to put in an AM3 CPU to find out what BIOS you have. If it boots you'll be able to read the BIOS version, If not then you may have some other problem.
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