Ok, so this whole thing has been a big mess. I am dealing with ASUS customer support and have an RMA approval. They are supposedly shipping me a replacement board, who knows when. I've read a ton of horror stories about ASUS motherboard replacements. I also understand that the internet is a soundboard for upset people.
First off specs.
MSI Lightning 7970
CoolerMaster Trooper case
So I get up about a month after putting it all together, and after I turned it on. No video. I could tell it booted into windows so I switched to onboard video. Uninstalled drivers for 7970 called tech support, they told me to place it in a different pci slot and reinstall the drivers. I do it, it works.
I have a bunch of hard drives with pictures of trees and stuff, and mountains too. So in addition to the 8 sata ports I also had installed a SYBA Serial Card SD-SATA-4p.
When the system booted up, into onboard video, and i switched it the hard drives hooked to it were detected in windows. It has worked fine in conjunction with all other components.
When I moved the video card I had to move the syba card to a different slot as well. So when I boot up, Graphics card works, the damn serial card is not detected, it didn't show up prior to post in bios like it usually did. So I tried the same thing. Windows is finicky. Sure. Uninstalled drivers, reseated the card, and nothing.
Tech support suggested I take out the graphics card and try again. Nothing. They say the card is bad. I said it worked an hour ago. They suggested I try it in a different machine. Worked like a charm.
Reinstalled windows on a freshly formatted drive. I don't know why, it still wasn't showing up prior to bios post. Still doesn't work.
So I go to the best electronics store on the planet. Best Buy. The only inexpensive pci card they have in stock is a $20.00 USB 2 port card. A dynex. They were out of the $30 sound card...whatever.
Bring it home, plug it in, Windows recognizes it can't find a driver, machine acts a little goofy BSOD, take the card out find the driver for my OS (win 7 x64 Home Premium) doesn't exist. After downloading the driver from dynex's website, and attempting to install, it tells me my OS is not supported. SMH
So I started looking around the house, found a old dell, it has a modem/ethernet pci card. So I installed it in my machine. works like a charm.
Tech is baffled, pci slot is good, my card is good..it's not a compatibility issue, it worked fine. I'm accepting it, I'm deciding whether a different pci card is going to work, money is tight right now. I didn't want one with the same chip set, or driver (SIL3114) I think...Silicon Valley. I had the right driver. Not important
A few days go by, reinstalling windows, trying different drives, run memtest. No issues. So then again, wake up, turn on my pc and have a high pitched whine coming from my speakers. Do some research, figure it's the speakers, then I found a guy who suggested plugging in an mp3 player to test it. Worked perfect.
Back to best buy. Now they have the $30 pci sound card, it was made by creative, I can't find it on the website. So I plug it in, windows recognizes the card. No whining noise from speakers. Click on a youtube video and it sounds like everyone is underwater...
Call tech support, now I agree to an RMA. That was last week. Still haven't gotten the email for advanced RMA replacement.
I love my music, I took the video card out for the time, because I don't want any problems with it...
I thought about it today, and found my 10 year old Creative USB Analog to Digital Converter. I plugged an optical card in to it, plugged the headphone jack into the card, and boom sound works.
Any suggestions? I have essentially what I wanted to work...the sound. But there is just something goofy with the board. Latest Bios (suggested by ASUS support) I was running 3202 or whatever that supported my cpu.
I'm using the computer, what would you guys do...take a chance on a rma now, and have worse problems with it down the road.
Leave it... Or scrape up $130 for a ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional board brand new.
Asus is going to put a $200 hold on my debit card until I send them the card back, then of course I'm at their mercy as to whether they accept responsibility or try and make it my fault. In which case I was told that I would have now bought their refurbished board for full retail price. Their logic, not mine.
I don't know what to do, my normal personality would be to buy the ASboard, and say EFF ASUS, or go through the rma process get the board and sell it as refurbished on craigslist or something. Except I don't have a job, I just quit. Oh well