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Strange mobo/CHA_FAN behavior

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July 20, 2011 10:47:19 AM

I've got a strange problem with a new build. I got a Antec P183 case, which got 2 case fans which can be controlled with 2 lo/mid/hi switches which are on the case already. As far as I can see, there's no 3 pin fan connector supplied on either of the fans, only 2 4-pin molex connectors.

So, only the CPU_FAN is currently connected on the mobo (no CHA_FAN or PWR_FAN connected). When I boot the system like this, CPU_LED is on, I get Q-code 19 from the mobo and it won't boot.

Now the strange thing : when I plug in a cable in the 3-pin CHA_FAN on the mobo, AND CONNECT IT TO NOTHING!, pc boots up fine... removing the cable results in the same Q-code 19 error ??

How can a cable connected to nothing make a difference ?

Antec P183 v3
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
Intel i7 2600K
16 GB 16000MHz Vengeance DDR3 (4x4)
Seasonic X-560
2 X VERTEX 3 SATA6GBs
July 20, 2011 2:41:57 PM

It sounds as though there's a self-check in place for the CHA-FAN (chassis fan) header. The only fan connection that's typically required is the CPU-FAN one. Even that self-check can be bypassed within the BIOS, though. (Or in this case, UEFI, not BIOS.)

I'd suggest connecting your open-ended cable to the CHA-FAN header then entering the UEFI and looking for options within the ASUS FAN Xpert settings to disable any possible self-check for connections to the CHA-FAN header.
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