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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    well since you are going to have to take the machine apart anyway to rma:
    test it with the mbrd out of the case,could be a panel short.
    I dont have a link to all the steps for eliminating the boot loop but:
    Once you have done all the connections,minimum equipment connected,1 memory stick ,cmos cleared,battery out for 24 hrs and all that.
    nb btw with any bios/equipment change the board can take up to 3, 5 sec attempts to post so dont switch it off if it doesnt post first time.
    There is also a "last resort" board fix which isnt linked very often.
    Its linked in one of my posts since christmas.
    Thats only if everything else fails tho.
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    How to perform a P.O.S.T. bench test to a Gigabyte motherboard.
    Instructions as follows.
    Please follow the following simple steps.
    1. Remove the motherboard from the case and any trays or chassies.
    2. Place the motherboard on top of the cardboard box (you can use the motherboard box)
    3. Remove the CPU and inspect the CPU socket and CPU pins
    4. Install a good CPU, CPU fan, good Memory, a good Power supply plugs (plug the 1 X 20 pin or 1 X 24pin and 1 X 4 or 2 X 8 pin from the power supply unit) and a good working video card.
    5. Hook the monitor to the video card and be sure the monitor is switched on.
    6. Install the front panel wires as your motherboard manual suggest negative side as white wires. Turn on the system board by using the case "Power on" switch.
    7. If the system fails to POST, check the components' insertion again to ensure they are all connected properly. If still no P.O.S.T.
    Then RMA. This may save you some time and S&H charges if it is a short from the case. This is a known fix and happens at times.
    You will also want to remove the heatsink and fan and cpu clean all the old thermal paste or compound off and double-check the pins. Then carefully reinstall to be sure it is seated well. This is best if performed outside of the case also. Then remove the memory and try installing it in the white slots. Then the blue slots. see if it works in 1&2 or 3&4 Sometimes this is the issue.
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    ^^^^ good stuff!
    Try booting with only one memory module installed after you have done an extended CMOS clear.
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    LOL. The "silly question" was my way of asking if you were getting as far as Windows before rebooting. In your first post on this thread you mentioned changing out the motherboard and using everything else. We've seen people on this board who were trying to use a previous operating system installation and wondering why the thing would not boot. Without knowing how much experience you have it can be a delicate question to ask directly. Looks like you have the pros assisting you with lots of good info so I'll leave it to them. Good luck.
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    Thank you all for your replies. I will try these solutions before doing an RMA.


    does it mean anything that the mobo will stay on with the CPU power unplugged?
    Last edited by kace; 03-03-2010 at 07:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    IMHO...
    -Turn off your system.
    -Turn off your PS.
    -You can short the cmos pins with a screwdriver or jumper, 10 seconds is plenty of time.
    ...or...
    -You can remove the battery, 5 minutes is enough time.

    Your problem sounds more like the classic power supply failure...
    If you don't have a spare PS, then try the simple, safe, quick and easy paperclip test.

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    it cannot be a power supply failure...

    first off... it's not that old
    second... it works perfectly right before i put it in this system.



    i just removed the CPU and the pins seem to be bent to one side. I must have bent them when I secured the CPU because when I did... it was tougher than I expected it to be (first time installing a CPU).

    although this is my second build, my first one I bought from monarch computer and they installed the CPU the first time.

    guess i found the culprit.



    *** EDIT: Maybe not... my eyesight isn't the best... I could be mistaken on the bent pins. ***
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    please disregard my last post about the pins...

    i am performing a bench test right now... testing all the memory slots.

    so far nothing has worked.

    another thing too is, this board will not turn on -at all- if all 24 main plugs are in, but it will turn on with just 20. my other board does the same thing... is this normal?

    also... no one has asked about the phase lights...
    1 and 2 = green
    3 and 4 = amber
    5 and 6 = red
    Last edited by kace; 03-04-2010 at 01:05 PM.

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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    I don't think clearing the CMOS overnight will do it if a few hours of clearing didn't work... then again I could be mistaken.
    In some cases, an overnight or 24 hour clear CMOS with the battery removed is required.

    it cannot be a power supply failure...

    first off... it's not that old
    second... it works perfectly right before i put it in this system.
    Definitely try booting with another psu, sometimes there is an incompatibility between brand X mobo and brand Y psu.

    I don't recall what the normal operation is for the phase LED lights.
    My EP45-UD3P is dead, it won't power up at all (tried it with 3 different power supplies and with different memory and cpus).
    As I recall, when I jumpered the light green and black wires with the 24-pin connector plugged in to the motherboard, all LED lights were green and the fans were running.

    The attached photo (found it on the web) has bent cpu socket pins circled in red.
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    Default Re: Upgraded to Gigabyte, need a solution

    hello everyone...

    i RMA'd my other board and received my replacement on friday. my board is doing the same thing as the other one! (boot looping) although this one does NOT power on with all 24 ATX pins, only 20.

    I did a couple of the previous solutions that you guys mentioned before, cleared the CMOS for a couple hours, tried one ram stick in each slot and still nothing.

    I'm thinking it's possibly my PSU causing the boot looping like some of you have mentioned before. I don't necessarily know how or why the PSU would cause the motherboard to do this and since it works just fine in my ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe board.

    What do you guys think? PSU?

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