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    Default new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Hi all, this is my first post here but you all have been more then helpful on a couple build problems in the past and for that i thank you.

    The problem is the mobo will not post with any components i use on it. I bench tested it and swapped parts from other working machines to troubleshoot it. Every component works on other mobo's and no component combination i have on hand will work with the ep45-DS3L.

    When its powered up everything lights up, fans turn on then it's continuous short beeps. The manual says its a power error.

    Unless anyone knows of something stupid simple that could cause this I'm assuming i have a faulty mobo and should start the RMA at the egg.

    If it's a bad board, it will be the 1st gigabyte board i've gotten, out of 9 builds, that had any problems a BIOS update couldn't solve.

    Thanks.

    edit: ok some specs: New build ep45 ds3l, e8400, corsair 650 PSU, 2x2gb G.skill 1066 ram, GTX 260

    All confirmed working in other rigs:
    CPU: e8400, e5200, e2160
    PSU: Corsair 650, Antec 650 trio, OCZ gamerXtreme 700.
    RAM: G.skill DDR2 800 and 1066 kits, GEIL DDR2 800, kingston DDR800, all 4 gig kits using 1 stick for troubleshooting.
    VID: 9800gtx+,GTX 260, 7600gt, hd4830
    MOBO: p35 ds3l, p5q pro, p965 ds3r

    I think I've ran out of tricks to try to get this to post.
    Last edited by slackerking; 04-19-2009 at 04:45 AM. Reason: specs

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Ok so i take it you have tried all those differenct power supplies? Are you plugging in the 4 or 8 pin CPU Power connector as well as the 24pin ATX one?
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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    are you sure you're counting the beeps properly?

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Sorry for the late reply, i was up all night last night till around 3-4 in the afternoon tearing rigs apart to test this, i had to pass out for a bit and clear my head.

    Yeah i have tried all 3 power supplies, all 3 work perfect with any other mobo. Believe me i have quadruple checked the power connections each time. The ep45ds3l only has a 4 pin cpu plug, and i'm positive it is plugged in every attempt. As well as the 24pin. I really wish it was something that stupid simple.

    The beeps, well i power up the mobo with any combination of parts and when i expect the post beep it instead starts beeping fast and short and wont stop.

    Giga tech told me to try a no ram boot>clear cmos> 1 stick of ram blah blah. I hadn't tried a no ram boot to clear some ram setting so i tried to no avail. I'm gonna mess around with it till late sunday b-4 i start the RMA, can't ship it till monday. *sigh*

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Hi there,

    I am new to all this too so I can only tell you my experience.
    I have the EP45-DS3L too and I recently flashed the BIOS with F10. Straight after this I restarted my PC and it gave me this exact thing - the short continuous beeps. I thought I had bricked my mobo.
    I turned off the PC and tried again and it did it again. The next time I turned it on I just let it beep and it restarted again, then it beeped again and restarted again and then it displayed the proper screen and let me enter BIOS.

    Upon entering BIOS it then stated that it was an issue with overclocking and wrong voltage (since it kept the settings from my previous BIOS).

    So have you tried to just let it beep (mine took about 10 seconds of continuous beeping for 2-3 automatic restarts) for it to boot and you to be able to enter BIOS?

    Just my two cents worth. Maybe it helps.
    CPU: E6400 @ 2.66
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    Mobo: GA EP54-DS3L (rev 1.0) ~ Bios: F10
    RAM: 4x1GB Geil PC2-6400 DDR2-800 Dual Channel GX22GB6400DC @ 5-5-5-15
    Case: Gigabyte 3D Aurora
    PSU: CoolerMaster RP-600-PCAR
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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Short fast beeps tend to be memory issues, that could be incorrect timings or voltages, or even incompatible ram. I think all of your's is compatible, but maybe the incorrect tRD or voltage is being applied at stock settings.

    Can you please try with one KNOWN Good stick in slot one only, after you clear your CMOS as I outline in post #2 in this thread >>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    I had the exact same problem (approx. 20 fast beeps / no post /reboot and repeat ad nausem) a week ago with a new build I've been putting together. After many frustrating hours of troubleshooting, I finally began to suspect that the backplace of my massive cooler (Asus Silent Square) was in contact with the case beneath the MB... so I moved the whole shebang to another case (Lian Li Pc-60) with higher clearance underneath, and it booted up (on her second try)!!! I have since hacked a 4"x5" hole in the original case, transfered all the hardware back into it and now it boots up every time. Hope this is your solution also.

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Solved:
    Sorry for the late update. Lack of sleep and work got the best of me for a couple days.

    After reading your post Lsdmeasap i decided i should try tinkering with that ram a bit more, you know your stuff. Although i must admit i did not expect it to be a ram problem. It was a power beep code and all the ram i had ( 2 of 4 kits are on the QVL) would'nt work with this mobo and kept throwing a power code but worked nonetheless on other mobo's.

    I followed your suggestion and cleared the cmos as outlined in lsdmeasap's guide. Installed 1, 2 gig stick of g.skill 800 ram in slot 1 to 4 and got the same code. Removed it and still got the same code. I decided to start makeing it throw off different error codes.

    Pulling the vid card with no ram in and the cpu fan unplugged, ONLY after the 20+ min CMOS clear WITH the battery out, finally threw an error code other then power.

    I can't remember the specific config's and the corresponding error codes they threw in any kind of order. I just kept trying different things till I finally got it to post a RAM error which came with a 2gig stick of g.skill 1066 ram in slot 3 with no video card. I stopped everything and pulled the battery and cleared cmos again for 20 mins.

    Then with the video card back in i jumped the power pins and got a beautifull cycleing boot NO errors. After its 3rd cycle it posted a successfull boot and let me get into BIOS, it's all down hill from here.

    This was the most quirky board to get up and running i have ever had the pleasure of palying with. It was a pain but i loved every min of it, yeah i know im sick.

    Thanks too all that had a look here, the imput you gave kinda made me think of something to try and it worked!

    on a side note: ep45-ds3l+e8400 eo with a vid@1.25v sitting at 460x9 1.325v in BIOS under a core-contact freezer is intelburn stable for 20 pass's max temp via realtemp 3.0 is 67*. Everything else is on auto! i am gonna have so much fun trying not to blow this chip up.


    Edit:edit: Another odd thing about all this, my 4 gig g.skill 800 kit no longer works at spec. It's 5-5-5-15 @1.8-1.9 ddr 800. After trying too use it to get the ds3l up and running it now will not work @ or under ddr 800. pass's memtest at 880-900 tho....idk what to think about it.
    Last edited by slackerking; 04-21-2009 at 11:33 PM.

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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Geez, I got a sore head just reading about your solution. Im glad you got it all working though.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
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    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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    Default Re: new ep45-DS3L won't post short fast beeps

    Hey guys,

    While googling for solutions to my problem, I stumbled across this case which comes very close to mine, so I thought I'd give it a try and beg for help here.

    I put this PC together about a year ago. After a while, the SATA controller on the old Mainboard (MSI PN7) died, so I RMAed it and purchased a Gigabyte EP45-DS3L instead. Now I've had problems ever since, not only cause of system instabilities (reset when playing high performance games), but also cause it refuses to start in certain memory configurations.

    Hardware:
    Gigabyte EP45-DS3L rev 1.0 with F11_b BIOS (tried with F10 aswell)
    4 x 1 GB DDR2 OCZ Reaper PC 8500 5-5-5-15
    Intel Core2Quad Q6600 CPU 4x2666 MHz
    XFX Nvidia 8800 GTX
    OCZ 900W PSU
    1x 320GB Maxtor, 2x 500GB WD HDDs

    The memory problems I am encountering, is that the system will only start with 1 single RAM stick. If I put in 2,3 or 4, it will just give continuous short beeps and restart after a while. I replaced ALL the hardware components, one by one, with no improvements. I even RMAed the Mainboard because I thought it was damaged, but now I'm just encountering the same problems again with the new one (same model).

    The default memory settings in BIOS are 1066 MHz, 1.8 Volts and 5-5-5-15 latencies. I adjusted the voltage to 2.1, and I tried running them with only 800 MHz with no results. I ran memory checks on all 4 sticks one after another with a BackTrack AND an Ubuntu Live CDs, all 4 passed both tests without any errors. I have flashed by BIOS several times and tried with different versions and I cleared the CMOS a few times by jumpering, removing the battery and waiting for 20 mins, all which led to no improvements.

    Anything left I could try ? Thanks for any ideas, suggestions or whatever you can come up with !

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