Today I received my Asus Xonar DG Soundcard from Amazon. I read in the manual for the card that I should disable my onboard audio, so I booted into my Asus P8Z77-V's UEFI and disabled it. I installed the audiocard, plugged everything back in, and lo and behold, no response from the computer. I removed the soundcard, and again, no boot. I even removed my videocard, and all SATA drives and fans, so only the power connectors and case switches remained plugged in. Still no response. I'm inclined to believe that my case (a slightly modded Cooler Master HAF 912) has a broken switch, but I'm not sure, since I got the case just last year, brand new. Any help?
Yes just a quick touch on both will imitate you pressing the switch.
I got no response from the system. What now? I'm getting pretty scared now, and I'm afraid that I might have to RMA my motherboard to Asus, and I've heard horror stories about how bad Asus's RMA service is.
I will. Is it ok if I head to my nearest Fry's (tech store) and buy a replacement motherboard, but return it later while Asus RMAs it? Because right now I really need to use my computer and access my data, but no way access it. And I'll try to be as gentle with the motherboard as possible.
Quick update on my situation:
RMA'd mobo comes back. Fans, LEDs, turn on fine. However, red light by the the RAM slots, indicating bad DIMMs. Unusual, but not uncommon. I stick a PCI diagnostic device to get a better look. I get the diagnostic code 55. I doesn't tell me what it means in the device manual, which worries me. I remove the PCI card and try again. Uh-Oh. It's just like last time. No response, no boot. I've already sent an email to Asus asking me for a report on how to resolve the problem myself so I don't have to spend $21 + on shipping it to them.
Good news (if any) is, I've cut the problem down to something with my PCI slots. Any ideas?