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P8 Z77V Pro- Won't boot, BIOs getting strange graphic hang-up

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October 28, 2012 12:31:50 AM

Hello,
I've just upgraded several components of my computer this last day or so, installing everything went fine, but now I've run into major issues.

My build:

Mobo: P8 z77V Pro
Processor: Intel i5 3570k
Ram: 2x 4gb Corsair Vengence (low prof.)
PSU: Cooler Master 600w
GPU: Geforce gts 250+

So right now, what I have plugged in is my PSU, fans (x3), processor/mobo, 1 stick of ram, usb mouse/keyboard.

I turn it on, fans and lights start up, I get a green light for power, and a red light for "Boot_Device_LED",
it gives a single short beep, and the ASUS logo appears on the tv.

Then it's just the EZ Bios cursor on a black screen..But when I move the mouse, it leaves rectangles of what the BIOs SHOULD look like.
If I move the mouse enough, I can uncover the entire page using these rectangles.

This is what it looks like when I move the mouse across the screen enough to see it:

http://tinypic.com/r/2hoclmq/6

It looks like half the page is off screen, like its a higher resolution than my screen is allowing at the moment.

I've tried it with my dedicated AND the on board graphics card, it happened both times.

I've tried clearing the CMOS, didnt do anything.

Any help you guys can offer would be great..I'm going nuts trying to figure it out.

Thank you~
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October 28, 2012 2:04:46 AM

If it happens with both the integrated port and the dedicated card, I would suspect the board/BIOS is faulty. But check with the board outside of the case laying on an insulated surface to be sure it isn't grounding out in the case like on top of an unused standoff or something.
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October 28, 2012 3:20:45 AM

I was afraid of that answer...
So you want me to take out the motherboard completely, with all cords attached, and try running it?
And an insulated surface like what?
Any examples that you'd find in the common household, rather than having to go buy?
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October 28, 2012 3:38:53 AM

What were the new components you modified the system with? Is the mouse/keyboard new?

Basically you just want to "breadboard" the system. That's just setting the board on something like the box it came in or a towel... anything that isn't conductive so you don't short out the traces on the back of the board. Then with only the CPU/Cooler, 1 stick of memory in first slot, power supply, keyboard, and monitor connected (integrated port), try to boot to BIOS and see if the screen behaves.
You can start the system by shorting the 2 pins the case's power switch would connect to. Shutting down can be accomplished by either shorting the same pins till it shuts off or just turning off the PSU. Don't connect the mouse or drives or anything else to the board at this point.


Display is normal: If you are using a USB mouse and keyboard, you can 'hot plug/unplug them to see if one of them is causing the issue.
Display is messed up: Probably the board.
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October 28, 2012 4:19:34 AM

The mobo, processor, and RAM are all new- everything else was part of my old configuration.

Sorry for the silly question, but how should I "short" the 2 pins?

Thank you for all the help so far, I'll give it go and post what happens.
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October 28, 2012 5:24:50 PM

DeviousBee said:
The mobo, processor, and RAM are all new- everything else was part of my old configuration.

Sorry for the silly question, but how should I "short" the 2 pins?

Thank you for all the help so far, I'll give it go and post what happens.

Because the pair of pins are side by side, you can just take the tip of a screwdriver and touch them both. If you don't like doing that, maybe you can put the board close enough to the case to use the power switch.
Because I go through several boards, I keep one of these on hand: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NWFEZQ/ref=oh_deta...
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October 31, 2012 8:15:58 PM

Okay.. So after nothing changing, I called up Asus and went through about 4 different guys trying to get a diagnosis... They all basically said I should ship it back to Amazon as it was most likely faulty.

So that's what I did.
After getting the replacement today and hooking it up (only the basics), it's still giving me graphic problems in the BIOs.
There is something else though:
When I started my first mobo, it stopped seconds after I pressed power, then resumed starting. It only did this on the very first fire up, and the green light wasn't interrupted, so I didn't pay much attention to it.
It did the same thing when starting this board for the first time..

Could this be a possible PSU mis-fire, and it's blowing out my motherboard?
Or is it normal for it to do a double start on a new board like this?
Like I said, it only happens once, when I pressed power for the first time.

If it's not the motherboard causing the graphic mess-up, what the hell else could it be?
My CPU?

Edit: My PSU is 600w, so it should be adequate..
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November 1, 2012 1:12:25 AM

Yes, it is possible the PSU could be over/under-volting (or otherwise poorly regulating) and causing issues. Do you have a VOM meter you can test the voltages at the 24 pin Motherboard and 4/8 pin CPU connectors? I like using a PSU tester instead because it gives a direct read-out of all the voltages on all the cables. And it puts a slight load on the PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... I have the Antec which is identical to the Rosewill.

However, if you use a VOM meter and probe the connector wires while plugged in and in service and under load, you will get a more accurate result. It's just that it's not possible to read all the voltages all at the same time that way.

Interesting what you say regarding the momentary shut down/start up when you boot for the first time. That sounds like what happens when you make a major BIOS change and re-start. The BIOS shuts down the PC monetarily to reconfigure it. I've had that happen when I 'unlock' dual cores to quad cores, or the reverse. But I've never had that happen with a new board on initial start up. Here are some voltage tolerances if you want to check your PSU: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/insidethepc/a/power-suppl...
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November 3, 2012 6:15:44 PM

So is it possible that because the 3570k ("Unlocked and Unleashed") was designed for overclocking, and the other components mostly weren't, it was causing problems in the BIOs?
I went through 2 motherboards..Maybe it was the CPU afterall?

I hooked up all of my old components to the PSU, and they run perfectly fine, with no hitches at all, so I don't think the PSU was the problem..

Regardless, I ended up sending everything back, because it was all just costing me money and time I didn't have, and went to CyberPC to configure one.
But I just know this problem is going to haunt me for a while, I don't like it when things go unresolved.
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November 3, 2012 9:15:31 PM

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March 2, 2013 9:43:26 PM

This is probably a bit late but i got the exact same problem. I got the new i5 3570k and asus z77v-pro motherboard. I turned it on and it started for a moment and restarted the first time i powered it up. The diagnostic lights are pointing to the boot device not working. I did test all the other components on another pc except the cpu and they all still work... Please tell me someone has figured this out and has a solution
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March 3, 2013 1:27:29 AM

P3STctrl said:
This is probably a bit late but i got the exact same problem. I got the new i5 3570k and asus z77v-pro motherboard. I turned it on and it started for a moment and restarted the first time i powered it up. The diagnostic lights are pointing to the boot device not working. I did test all the other components on another pc except the cpu and they all still work... Please tell me someone has figured this out and has a solution


Well if the CPU is the only thing that you didn't test, I'd try switching it out for another.. Seeing as how I switched out the motherboard, and ran into the problem again, I'm going to guess it was a CPU problem. I originally thought maybe it was my psu that fried something, but if the only thing that you haven't tested is the CPU.. I wish I had a better answer for you, but unfortunately, I ended up saying "f$&@ it", and returning everything. Let me know if that solved the problem, it's been driving me nuts ever since I gave in.
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