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    Hey guys,

    Just registered because my beloved computer can't turn on anymore.

    I've had the system for roughly a year running my E7200 at 3.17 Ghz. I just received a new xigma cooler and when I saw my load temp go from 80C to 40C I was happy to try more overclocking. I bumped the speed to 3.8ghz , a speed I had obtained earlier to see if it was stable. The auto vcore put the voltage around 1.3 V. I ran Prime and the workers shut off for errors.

    I hit reset and it didn't post. I've been scouring this forum and resetting cmos for last 3 hours, but things like screwdriver across the jumpers, removing battery and replacing , 1 stick of memory, trying friend's stick of memory haven't worked.

    The system doesn't have a speaker plugged in, so I don't know what kind of beeps i'm getting but the motherboard lights are on and it will reset about every 2 minutes (sometimes longer). The monitor is getting no signal.

    Please help : I'm going crazy. The monitor light just looked like it was green so I thought it was working then i realized I had turned it off ;( It seems so wrong that i might have wrecked it all with one little unstable setting lol.

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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    With your computer turned off:

    1. Verify that your cpu cooler is poperly installed.
    2. Unplug the AC power cable from your psu.
    3. Remove your battery from your mobo.
    4. Use a jumper block (from a hard drive or CD/DVD) and leave the clear CMOS jumper pins connected overnight.
    5. Remove the jumper block, install the mobo battery and re-connect your power cord.
    6. If your system starts, immediately go into the bios, load optimized bios settings, and then save settings and exit.
    7. Verify that your system is stable at stock settings with extended stress testing before you attempt any overclocked settings.

    It sounds like your "extreme" overclock was attempted with too many AUTO settings.
    This post has recommended basic settings for stock setups.
    Follow the suggestions in the post to include detailed hardware information in your forum signature.

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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    Thanks for the quick response.

    Turns out I had reset the CMOS at least 10 times lol.

    I remembered that when I first boughtit I couldn't boot from a PCI express . Went to best buy to pickup a PCI card and sure enough it works. Only problem is even after switching to PEG primary bootup it won't start with pci express.

    I'm gonna try the card in my roomates computer to see if its fried.

    Any suggestions on booting with pci-express?
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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    Boot into the BIOS with the PCI card, select the "Load Optimized Defaults" option and hit enter. When the defaults are entered, go into the apropriate menu and change the first display device back to PEG. Now hit save and exit. as soon as the machine powers off automatically, remove the mains power by switching off the PSU or unplugging the mains lead. Do this right away.. Now remove the PCI card and replace it with your PCIE one. Turn the machine on after checking all the connections including PCIE power, VGA DSUB/DVI are secure etc. The auto detect routine should hopefully now detect your card.

    If not, you may need to clear the DMI Pool Data. This is a method I've used successfully several times:

    Download a copy of the latest BIOS, or if you prefer you can re-flash your current BIOS version. Use QFlash to flash the BIOS, making sure to change the "Keep DMI Data" option to No/Disabled. Now reboot and enter the BIOS again right away. Do not let the PC boot past this or it will recreate the DMI Pool with the PCI card in the machine, which you do not want. Now follow the steps in the first paragraph to load optimized defaults, change to PEG, save and exit, then turn off right away. With the PCIE card in the machine, hopefully you'll now get a picture and the DMI Pool data will be recreated.
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    I have a feeling that will work. It just doesn't make any sense that my PCI-Express slot is toast. I reformatted before realizing that made no sense since drivers couldn't possibly be involved. Then I took the entire computer apart and left home for the holidays planning on ordering a new motherboard. Now the question becomes whether I should just order a new one or wait til I try that technique. Man what a process putting on and taking off the xigma cooler. With the fan making the 4-8 pin motherboard power connector inaccessible, and the heat sink making it hard to get the fan on, and the stupidity of the pushpin system.

    What a frustrating problem.

    Thanks very much for your insight though. Of everything anyone has suggested that seems the most likely to work given what I've had to do when I first got it. I think the 'clearing the DMI' part is what would get it working. I tried the first part multiple times before returning my PCI rental to bestbuy.

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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    What odds would you put on your method working given that the only thing in the entire computer that isn't working right is that PCI-Express display? It requires me to wait to buy a new motherboard and instead order a cheap PCI card. (also any suggestions for a cheap PCI card that works w/o any trouble is appreciated).

    (The card is working, tried on room mate's comp)

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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    I have no idea. It depends what's really wrong, and the only way to find that out would be to try.

    The quickest option would be to set everything up outside of the case. Put the board on top of the cardboard motherboard box and add the CPU, RAM, GPU and a HDD. Connect the PSU (if its in the case move the case close enough) and power on by shorting the case power button pins or using the case switch itself.

    The PCI card should definitely work, unless something else in/on the board is broken.
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    Default Re: Help! My EP45-UD3R won't post :(

    1.pcie card works,just not in your mbrd and u had a prob with it when new.
    2.pci card does work in your mbrd.

    Having determined those ,lets assume your mbrd is still good and its pcie slot is still good.
    problem could be power to the pcie card or the slot isnt making proper connections.

    A.I dont see your pcie card or psu listed on your post maybe i missed it.
    Does it need a seperate power supply,for nvidia cards that would be like 9600gt and above.
    What is its power draw if it is getting all its pwer from the pcie slot?
    If its anyway decent it could be getting near the 75w maximum thru the slot and the psu may/may not be giving enough to the slot side with an overclocked cpu.
    Were u oclking the gx card also?
    If its on the edge for slot power the contacts may have deposots /residue on them.

    B.The gx card may not be seating properly.Some cards when you tighten the screw may twist a little out of line.Some such as mine have a slight twist even when installed,but as long as there is no torgue on the slot contacts and its seated properly u should be ok.
    If you determine all those things are ok ,you should know if your mbrd express slot is "gone" or not.



    80c going to 40c ,sounds a lot for even a very good cooler.

    Throw your original "crap" cooler back on till everything is working,should save the akward connections

    But anyway start at the beginning and eliminate everything see psycho above..test it out of the case until it works.do the psu off power button depressed thing etc as well as battery out to clear all residual mbrd power
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    I dont see your pcie card or psu listed on your post maybe i missed it.
    Does it need a seperate power supply,for nvidia cards that would be like 9600gt and above.

    The card is a 4850, the PSU is 550 raidmax that came with smilodon case. I bought a Thermaltake 550 today to try that out before i took the board apart and that didn't solve anything. The card has 1 PSU Connection.

    Were u oclking the gx card also?

    No the gx card wasn't overclocked. But I may have accidentally left the PCI-E frequency on Auto ( Accidentally OC'ing it and maybe destroying it)

    If its on the edge for slot power the contacts may have deposots /residue on them.

    This is possible : if the setting

    B.The gx card may not be seating properly.Some cards when you tighten the screw may twist a little out of line.Some such as mine have a slight twist even when installed,but as long as there is no torgue on the slot contacts and its seated properly u should be ok.

    I've tried it in and out 10 times. Mostly without a screw.

    If you determine all those things are ok ,you should know if your mbrd express slot is "gone" or not.

    So you think the slot is gone? lol. I still think I'm gonna try psycho's remedy.

    80c going to 40c ,sounds a lot for even a very good cooler.

    After the new overclock it loaded at 60C. Nothing wrong with that just a MUCH better cooling.

    Throw your original "crap" cooler back on till everything is working,should save the akward connections

    Yah that woulda been decent. Trashed it though. I think I only have one remedy left tho psycho's unless you can think of another.

    But anyway start at the beginning and eliminate everything see psycho above..test it out of the case until it works.do the psu off power button depressed thing etc as well as battery out to clear all residual mbrd power

    Also cleared cmos plenty o times.

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    There is also the "last resort" mbrd repair thing.
    Lsd would have the link when u have tried everything else.
    Its way back in these forums somewhere also,perhaps 6-7 months ago.
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