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    Question Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Hi everyone. Strange problem here.

    Even on default BIOS settings, when I boot up my computer, about 80% of the time it will post+restart 3 times before finally booting into the OS. (Windows) Once inside the OS, the system runs perfectly. I can even OC my E8400 from 3.0 to 3.6 and run prime95(x64) for 9 hours without any problems. Temps reach a maximum of 48 degrees. However, when I reboot or shut down and power on, it will do the triple post+restart. Once again, it does this even when my BIOS settings are the optimized defaults -> no overclocking/overvoltage.

    ! Another thing, this is a Gigabyte EP45-UD3R board and it displays the standard Memory Testing message on boot. But except instead of saying "Memory Testing" it writes out "Memory Test" or "Memory Testin" and other variations of the unfinished phrase, sometimes with the last letter in the phrase not showing up fully. !

    My memory and CPU are fine -> according to tests and other boards. No apparent issues with GFX card either. PSU also sufficient. Could it just be a bad board?

    Any help appreciated, thank you in advance.
    > Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V
    > Mainboard: GA-EP45-UD3R (F6 BIOS)
    > Chipset: Intel P45
    > Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 @ 3.60Ghz (400*9)
    > CPU HeatSink and Fan (HSF): ThermalTake V1
    > Physical Memory: OCZ Gold Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Link
    > GFX Card : XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    > DVD-Rom Drive : LG SuperMulti GH22
    > Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster P2070
    > Operating System : Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    If your sure you PSU is not dodgy then It does look like a bad board. I cant say Ive ever heard of half letters and stuff showing up, it doesnt sound promising.
    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
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Thanks, I'm probably going to look into RMA'ing the board.
    > Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V
    > Mainboard: GA-EP45-UD3R (F6 BIOS)
    > Chipset: Intel P45
    > Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 @ 3.60Ghz (400*9)
    > CPU HeatSink and Fan (HSF): ThermalTake V1
    > Physical Memory: OCZ Gold Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Link
    > GFX Card : XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    > DVD-Rom Drive : LG SuperMulti GH22
    > Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster P2070
    > Operating System : Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Yeah thats probably the best bet. I feel for ya man. It sucks having to wait.
    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)
    ------------------------------------------------
    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
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Your memory link is to DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500), but your signature says DDR2 800 (PC2 6400). Are you trying to run your 8GB memory at its full rated speed? Many memory brands/models won't run at their full rated speed when using 8GB.

    Have you tried using only 2x2GB of memory to see if your results are any different?
    The only time I've had a partial Post screen is when my mobo barfs on my bios settings when overclocking.
    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)
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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Quote Originally Posted by krispykreams View Post

    ! Another thing, this is a Gigabyte EP45-UD3R board and it displays the standard Memory Testing message on boot. But except instead of saying "Memory Testing" it writes out "Memory Test" or "Memory Testin" and other variations of the unfinished phrase, sometimes with the last letter in the phrase not showing up fully. !
    I was having the exact same problem which I documented in this thread. My fix was to change USB Storage Function to [Disabled]. I didn't realize it at the time, but the reboot loops started after I plugged in my USB hub, printer, etc.

    Good luck and I hope this helps.
    Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3P - Intel QX9750 3.16GHz w/ Zalman CNPS9500 - OCZ PC3-10666 Reaper HPC (OCZ3RPR13332GK) x4 - Corsair CMPSU-850TX - Gigabyte GV-N285-1GH-B w/ ThermalRight HR-03 GTX - ASUS Xonar D2X - Zalman MFC1-Plus - Antec P182

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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Holy crap... THAT DID IT.
    Thank you so much. :D
    > Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ700FTY 700W ATX12V
    > Mainboard: GA-EP45-UD3R (F6 BIOS)
    > Chipset: Intel P45
    > Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.00 @ 3.60Ghz (400*9)
    > CPU HeatSink and Fan (HSF): ThermalTake V1
    > Physical Memory: OCZ Gold Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Link
    > GFX Card : XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
    > DVD-Rom Drive : LG SuperMulti GH22
    > Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster P2070
    > Operating System : Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit

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    Default Re: Computer POSTs 3 times before booting into Windows.

    Nice find. Dammit I totally forgot about that sucker.
    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)
    ------------------------------------------------
    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
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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