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    Default GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    System spec:
    Core i7 920 Boxed
    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
    12GB Kingston DDR3-1333MHz (6x2GB)
    Sapphire 4870 512MB
    Samsung F1 1TB hard drive
    Antec Earthwatts 500w PSU
    +secondary hd/DVD-RW/WLAN-card etc

    This happened: I assembled the computer, and it booted perfectly. I booted it from a DVD with Vista Business 64-bit, installed perfectly, and when it was up, I installed Ati Catalyst drivers for the 4870.
    The set up was done using a generic 17-inch CRT, since my LG W3000H only support 2560x1600 and 1280x800. I connected the LG, and tried to adjust the resolution accordingly. Unfortunately, by mistake I set the resolution on the LG to 1280x720 (=no picture) and made it primary. I could therefore not edit the settings again, and had to power off the system with the power button. I then unplugged the LG, so that I could boot the system with CRT only, to fix the settings.
    However, I couldn't. Now the pc only loops when it tries to POST. The MB-leds light up and the system fans spin for a few seconds, then it shuts down for maybe five seconds, then it tries to turn on again. This continues continously until I unplug the power cord. It never gets a picture on the CRT before it fails. Error code on the debug led says "88".
    I have tried booting with less memory, no memory, w/o graphics card, w/o hard drives, I have tried holding the CMOS reset button in for a minute or so, I have removed and replaced the CMOS battery, I have shorted the CMOS-jumper pins with a screwdriver (I don't have a jumper). Reboot inbetween all hw changes. Still "88". Nothing seem to help.
    I changed a few insignificant settings in bios, nothing CPU/MEM related (all of that is mostly on Auto), but I don't remember specifically what it was.

    Does someone have an idea of what happened?
    I'm pretty desperate here, I have exams soon, and I really don't want to handle a RMA mess at the same time too.

    I appreciate all the help I can get :)

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    EDIT: Oops, missed the part where you pressed Clr CMOS for a whole minute >.<.
    Did you try with only 6gb ram?

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    Hi,

    Check this thread, someone had the same problem as you (I think) and fixed it by pressing clr CMOS button for 10 seconds: http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/giga...ng-post-28843/

    The Bios's are still buggy, and I also get strange boot behaviour sometimes when I only change "insignificant" settings. This will result in endless reboot loop, No vid on resume from S3 sleep...
    Clr CMOS works most of the time for me. Or I should say instead: Clr CMOS always works, but not always on the first try.

    Once you get running again, I'd also update to bios F3 which seems to work the best.

    Good luck
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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I would say to test with one or two 2GB sticks and see if that helps

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I tested with one.... no boot. Maybe I should try to clr cmos and boot with one stick once more, just in case?
    I still have time left to return the case and psu (Antec Sonata bundled with Earthwatts PSU), and rma the motherboard. But then I would have to find a quiet and well-vented case and a quiet and powerful PSU (was hoping to run the i7 with a Noctua NH-U12P at 3,8GHz 24/7, plus some clocking of the 4870, if possible). Any suggestions? And, I want a case that doesn't look like a pile of crap. That means: No windows, massive amounts of ccfl/led lights for the fun of it etc. Sorta minimalist style ;-)

    Anyway, I'll try booting it one final time when I get back from school today, I'll be sure to let you know how it went. I am not overly positive, though...

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    You really should find a jumper, this is my proven Clear CMOS method, see post #2 >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    And ya, try with one or two sticks of ram

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I have yet again tried with only one stick of ram, but no success :(

    On the CMOS-reset thing: I really don't have a jumper. I did try leaving the CMOS battery out for one hour, but that didn't help either...


    If I decide to return the case/psu too, would the Antec P182 along with Corsair TX750W be any good for what I want to do (reasonable overclock on 4870 and 920)?

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I dont know about that case personally, but the PSU I hear is good for sure

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    Thanks for all help... I've applied for RMA on the Case/PSU and the MB. I hope I'll get something better next time.

    Btw, do you reckon the cables on the TX750W is long enough for the P182?

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I dunno about the case, you will have to get the manuals for each and see if you can deicide

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-UD5 won't POST, infinite loop, code 88

    I have the same problem. The system powers up for 1 second then cuts power. This repeats about every 5 seconds. The POST code says 88, but I suspect its just a power on test for the segment display itself. HELP !!!! Did you solve this Mr Kaizer ? Anyone know ? Thanks. My spec is:

    Intel i7 920
    GA-EX58-UD5
    G.Skill 6GB DDR3 NQ PC3-12800C9 1600MHz (3x2GB) 9-9-9-24
    Corsair TX750
    Coolermaster Cosmos 100 case

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