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    Default Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    So today i went out and bought a few new parts since my old Mobo died, an Asus p5b deluxe, which was a great mobo after all the pain and stress of getting it going.

    Now I got some new specs:
    Model Name : GA-EP43-DS3L(rev. 1.0)
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    M/B Rev : 1.0
    BIOS Ver : F10
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    VGA Brand : ati Model : Sapphire X1950 Pro
    CPU Brand : Intel Model : Core 2 Quad Q9300 Speed : 2.5 GHz
    Operation System : Windows XP Professional
    Memory Brand : Corsair XMS2 Type : DDR2
    Memory Size : 2x2gb Speed : PC2-6400
    Power Supply : 500 Watt Thermaltake
    Hard Drive : SATA
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    Now for the troubles =(. I set it all up this morning and cold boot expecting to fire up windows in it, screens blank. Hrmm somethings not right i try again, nope nothing. Screen says no signal, i wonder musta missed something so i went back checked all the cords everything seemed fine. Hit the internet looked around see if my problem was common and it i followed alot of tips but nothing seemed to work. Reseated CPU/GPU tinkered around with the ram slot placing. Nothing no post, no boot, no screen. I also dont have any speakers for POST so thats outta the question anyway.

    Im quite new to setting up computers but this is my 2nd go, and my first time went flawlessly so im really quite stumped as to what is the reason of this being.

    Hopefully you guys can help cause honestly im out of ideas.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    pretty much the same problem. All the parts were working before, but I'm just switching out the MB. It powers on but no screen...

    tried re-seating everything and running ram in single channel in every slot.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    Sapphire X1950 Pro
    The minimum requirement for the X1950 is 450watt 30amp. Depends on which Thermaltake 500 watt model you have. I see a $35 one on Newegg, Purepower 500 NP, with 14 & 15 amp +12v rails. When combined, probably much less than the 30 amp minimum requirement.

    HD3850
    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended. That's more than the 400 watts in trajik78's post.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    Have you connected the ATX_12V connector to your mobo?
    This is either a 4-pin (2x2) or 8-pin (4x2) connector that (usually) connects to the upper right corner of your mobo. Make sure that this connector is properly plugged in, as it can only be plugged in 1 way. Check your mobo user manual for more info and to clarify the correct way to hook up this power cable from the psu to the mobo.

    If this cable isn't connected, your system can't boot.
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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Reggie View Post
    Sapphire X1950 Pro
    The minimum requirement for the X1950 is 450watt 30amp. Depends on which Thermaltake 500 watt model you have. I see a $35 one on Newegg, Purepower 500 NP, with 14 & 15 amp +12v rails. When combined, probably much less than the 30 amp minimum requirement.

    HD3850
    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended. That's more than the 400 watts in trajik78's post.
    The PSU has been perfectly stable with my current config. All I did was switch out the MB. I actually put back my old MB (Intel Q35) in and It's roaring just fine again.

    I can't imagine the P43 MB sucking down that much more juice since it doesn't even have an onboard GPU.

    I had done a wattage PSU calculator and it said I was only using about 280W.

    I'm thinking it may be incompatible RAM, as my CPU (E6420) has been supported since it's 1st BIOS.

    Also, I hooked up a speaker to the MB and I wasn't getting any post codes.

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Have you connected the ATX_12V connector to your mobo?
    This is either a 4-pin (2x2) or 8-pin (4x2) connector that (usually) connects to the upper right corner of your mobo. Make sure that this connector is properly plugged in, as it can only be plugged in 1 way. Check your mobo user manual for more info and to clarify the correct way to hook up this power cable from the psu to the mobo.

    If this cable isn't connected, your system can't boot.
    both the 4-pin cpu power and the MB power cable were perfectly snugged in. I tried reseating the ram, only using one stick, and in every slot. reseating the CPU about 3 times too. cleaned off the leads on the HD3850...
    Last edited by trajik78; 04-17-2009 at 10:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    both the 4-pin cpu power and the MB power cable were perfectly snugged in. I tried reseating the ram, only using one stick, and in every slot. reseating the CPU about 3 times too. cleaned off the leads on the HD3850...
    Does the psu to mobo main power cable use a 24-pin (or 20+4-pin) connector. I've seen cases where the 4-pin part of the connector was not plugged in.

    Have you tried a minimalist boot attempt; cpu, 1 memory module, vga card, and non-usb keyboard with no other hardware connected to your mobo?

    If this doesn't work, try booting without any memory installed; this should generate an error beap code through the mobo speaker. The bios beep codes are usually listed in the beginning of the troubleshooting chapter at the end of the mobo's user manual.

    It's possible that there could be a short circuit to the computer case. I ALWAYS test a new mobo outside the computer case for full functionality before I physically mount the mobo into the computer case.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    its the 24pin kind of connector, not the +4.

    ill try it out of the case. thanks for the help. ill post later tonight when I try it out. I hope it was shorting out on the case...but it was powering up and staying on. dont know if a short would just prevent a POST.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    ll try it out of the case. thanks for the help. ill post later tonight when I try it out. I hope it was shorting out on the case...but it was powering up and staying on. dont know if a short would just prevent a POST.
    If there is a short circuit in the mobo's power delivery circuitry, the psu would/should shut off.

    If there's a short in any other mobo circuit, it could muck things up and the mobo could fail to operate properly.

    Last month, there was a problem with with a new mobo where a corner of the mobo was damaged in transport. His mobo let him enter the bios but then he had major video problems. Obviously the mobo's physical damage casued his problems. This example shows how damaged circuitry can partially or fully disable a mobo.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    well...no cigar. same power on but no POST. All 4 lights on the MB (that are supposed to represent CPU work level according to the manual) stay lit up. Even with the ram out there was no POST beeps so I can only assume there is something wrong with the MB.

    I wasn't able to install the minimum parts onto the MB without putting it in the case since I dont have a proper station to do it on. I just made sure there were not case posts jutting into the back of the MB. There was only one screw that had contacts on it that didnt have a case post to screw into and i just grounded it to the case using a screw and a PCI slot cover.

    Packaging for the MB could be better all around, from internal Gigabyte packaging to Beach Audio the reseller I bought it from...and it did go from Cali to NYC. The shipping box had no peanuts in it only some brown paper to hold it from bouncing around too much.

    old MB is back in and working fine.

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    Default Re: Fresh Gigabyte EP43-DS3L Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Deomahn View Post
    Model Name : GA-EP43-DS3L(rev. 1.0)
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    M/B Rev : 1.0
    BIOS Ver : F10
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    At the Gigabyte site the lates firmware is the F9c!!
    Where did you found The F10 version?

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