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June 29, 2012 3:40:16 AM

I just got a new ASUS p8z68 motherboard and set it up with a core i5 3570K

However, upon startup, I get nothing, nada, zilch. the fans spin up, and that's basically it.

Now, I hear there's supposed to have been a BIOS update to run the 3570K correctly. However, I would expect that it would at least boot up to the BIOS so that I could at least update the frickin' thing.

Also, I plugged in a speaker to the mobo speaker pins. No beeps. Nothing. Did I get a faulty board?

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a c 128 V Motherboard
June 29, 2012 3:47:22 AM

No, you didn't get a faulty board, you just got caught in a catch 22 situation. To use that CPU, you need a bios update, but to do a bios update, you need a working cpu.

You can do one of two things. Return the board and exchange it for a z77 board. That will work with your cpu fron the start. Or, you can send the board in to Asus for flashing.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
June 29, 2012 3:47:57 AM

Hi there,
Did u plug back in the 4pin power cable?
4/8-pin CPU power 12v ATX connector.

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June 29, 2012 3:58:42 AM

Okay, so it's just as I feared, then.

Well, luckily I work at my school's computer center. maybe they'll have a socket 1155 processor just sitting around or something.

It just really kinda figures. I had this problem with the core2duo e8400 on a 650i motherboard. It just kills me that they haven't found a workaround so that all procs of the same socket are required to at least POST.
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June 30, 2012 2:44:09 AM

Now for another quick question:

Which would be cheaper:

1. Go to computers plus or PC quest and have them update my bios. or

2. buy something like a sandy bridge celeron for about 40 bucks and do it myself.

I would prefer to do it myself either way, but money is the important part right now.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
June 30, 2012 2:47:32 AM

Buy something like a sandy bridge celeron and return it.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
June 30, 2012 2:48:17 AM

They could do it in the store for u, if they have a repair area like Frys store : )
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June 30, 2012 3:37:55 AM

okay.... got an idea of which might be cheaper? I don't have a fry's nearby. I'm in the midwest.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
June 30, 2012 4:00:42 AM

Or any PC repair shop. I would go with getting new SB CPU and return it the same day.
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June 30, 2012 7:19:40 PM

Okay, so I got a celeron 540 and it boots up fine into the UEFI bios.

Next, I updated the firmware from about 3500 to 3904 (the IB support was back in the 3700 series of bios.)

However, when I switch the processor back to the i5, still no luck. it starts up, turns off for a short period, then turns on again and sticks with no video. No video whatsoever from the 9800GTX+ or from the integrated Intel 4000. What gives? Is there something i need to press?

For the record, I'm using the DVI out.

I put the celeron back, and it came up with a message saying "new processor!"press F1 to configure. And here I am, sitting here in the bios wondering if there's anything I can do to help the motherboard anticipate a new processor.
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a c 128 V Motherboard
June 30, 2012 7:45:53 PM

I'm guessing here, but replace the processor again. This time clear the cmos also after replacing the cpu. That should get rid of any old unwanted values.
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June 30, 2012 7:51:19 PM

How exactly is the CMOS reset? I know there's a jumper. Do you place the jumper in the reset position, power the computer on, turn it off, then place the jumper back?
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June 30, 2012 8:04:48 PM

Okay, so I tried it. still no luck.

God, I don't want to have to RMA, then wait 4 days for it to get to freaking california, then wait another 4 days for them to send me another one. Their stuff should just, you know, WORK.
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a c 128 V Motherboard
June 30, 2012 8:28:08 PM

To clear the cmos, you move the clr_cmos jumper to the reset position, them unplug the computer at the wall. Move the jumper back into the original position, and last, plug the power back in.
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June 30, 2012 10:32:43 PM

Nope. No success. I'm going to just run with the celeron for now to get things set up while I send the processor back to newegg to be replaced.
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July 1, 2012 3:33:06 AM

Before I send the RMA request, is there any way to really KNOW my chip is bad? any last thoughts?
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a c 128 V Motherboard
July 1, 2012 3:34:29 AM

Wish I had some wisdom for ya, but I just don't know.
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July 1, 2012 5:26:51 AM

It's cool. the RMA was approved, and I'm running windows 7 on the celeron at the moment.

It's hilarious, the power of both these cores is about the power if not less than one i5 core.

Also, WEI:

RAM: 7.8
Hard Drives: 7.7
Graphics: 7.0
And (drumroll) CPU: 6.0

windows boots up in about 20 seconds tops, but has a tendency to lock up once it gets there: All the other components are running circles around the processor.

But anyway, I can't wait to get a working i5 in there! It should be a heck of an upgrade!
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