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    Default GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Hello All,

    I have been facing this weird problem from last night where my PC does not boot at all. Here is my config to start with:

    Intel core 2 duo e8400
    Gigabyte GA 73 PVM S2H
    4GB transcend RAM (2 X 2 800 MHZ sticks)
    Palit 9600 GT

    Now it all started when I was watching a video of a USB drive on the PC. The Video and the PC just freezed. So I restarted it and it started giving LONG REPEATED BEEPS. So I unplugged the PC and left it like that for 6 hours.

    When I tried starting it again after the wait, it booted fine and even went to the Windows 7 home screen. As soon as I clicked on the My Computer button it freezed again. And this time after repeated restarts it still kept giving the long beeps repeatedly. I tried removing the GPU, removing HDD and DVD drive but it kept happening.

    Sometimes on powering up, the fans started up but immediately died out. This happened a few times between the long repeated beeps. Also on rare occurrences, the PC would boot past the VMI verifying screen and get stuck on the OS selection menu.

    I thought it was a power problem but now I'm not sure. I've checked the beep codes for my motherboard...I think my mobo has an AWARD bios and it says that repeated beeps could only mean its the RAM problem. I am not sure what the problem is. It would really help is someone could help me pinpoint this problem.

    Thanks to all in advance. Hope to get this solved real quick.

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    I the same. well ok very similar mbrd the 73 pvms2 (no H) on my back up pc.

    1.There is no clear cmos technique on it by holding down the power button you have to short out the clear cmos jumper.check the manual for location.
    If that doesnt work take out the battery for awhile.

    Were you running on optimised defaults ,or were you doing some overclocking?

    You cant clock the memory up very much because you cant adjust the voltage.

    2.If the above wont boot up properly try 1 stick of memory ,if that doesnt work try the other. Its unlikely both sticks will have gone bad,if its a memory problem.
    When u get to the bios load and save optimised defaults(you may have to specify the first boot device in bios depending on your number of hdd etc).

    3. Coincidentally since I got a new gx card on my main pc, i recently installed my 9600gt in my back up pc. It took me a little while to get it working properly.
    For you right now tho if 1 and 2 above dont work pull out the 9600 and connect the monitor up to the onboard gx and see if it boots up ok then.

    4.By now you should be down to 1 stick of memory ,using the onboard gx and with the cmos cleared again.
    If you are using usb/wireless mouse and keyboard try and connect up ps2 ones and go for reboot again,

    If none of the above works,check back again.
    Current Systems:

    Asrock p67 Extreme6.............. Gigabyte EP-45 UD3 ...................... Gigabyte 73 PVM S2
    Intel i5 2500k 4.8ghz................ Intel Q8400 3.8ghz......................... Intel D820 2.8ghz
    Zalman 10x cooler.................... Coolermaster V8............................ HP cooler
    8GB Gskill ripjaw ddr3.............. 4GB Gskill PI ddr2.......................... 4GB samsung ddr2
    60GB ssd/500GB HDD .............. WD 1TB hdd.................................... Seagate 160GB hdd
    GTX 460 1GB x2 SLI ................. Msi 9600GT 512MB(died) ........... Onboard gx
    Win7 64 ,750w psu(ocz)............ Win7 64 ,520w psu,seasonic...... Win XP pro ,400w psu

    HEC 6A34 case . ....................... Jeantec R2 case............................ Packard Bell case

    hoping to upgrade to http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/habicase.shtml
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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    From your motherboard manual:
    Q: What do the beeps emitted during the POST mean?
    A: The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems.
    (For reference only.)
    1 short: System boots successfully
    2 short: CMOS setting error
    1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
    1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
    1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
    1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
    Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
    Continuous short beeps: Power error
    These are guidelines.
    With your video card installed, have you disabled the on-board video in the bios?
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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Does it still happen with 1 stick of memory? Have you tried other sticks of memory?

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Allright...I removed one of the RAM sticks and the PC is booting up without the long beeps. Now the PC is running at 2 GB ddr2 800 mhz memory.

    However, there is a new, more sinister problem now. While the Os loads up I am consistently getting a BSOD. Sometimes with the message, "IRQL less" or "Have you installed new hardware or software"

    I am not sure why I am getting the BSOD, is it because the OS is not coping up with the sudden loss of 2 gig RAM? Or is there something else going on? I cant make up my mind if its a hardware or software problem now. Things definitely changed when i fished out one stick of RAM though.

    Any help would be really appreciated.

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Sounds like either the memory is bad, or you have incorrect settings, for your new issue I mean.

    As for the main old issue with both sticks, does your BIOS offer tRD (Static tRead Value) setting anywhere in the MIT Section?

    Had you been manually setting the ram voltage, and adding MCH/NB voltage? You need to for sure with 4GB

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    Well I havent changed any BIOS settings for RAM voltage ever.

    So you are saying this is a RAM problem for sure?

    I mean I can buy new RAM...that wont be a problem but only if I know for sure that its a RAM problem. Dont want to spending $100 and then having the same problem repeating.

    Ill check the optionsin the BIOS that you asked for when i get back home and get back to you.

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Ahh well that could be part of the problem, not setting anything in your BIOS I mean.

    4GB of memory often needs additional NB voltage, and may also need you to manually set the spec ram voltage.

    The many fast beeps is ram for sure, but that is often due to an incorrect setting is all.

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Um yeh but as I was saying above there is no dram voltage change option. Unless theres a new bios type that enables it.
    There is no mch voltage option in bios either. Im not sure how effective that would be on Nvidia chipsets.

    To get at the memory timings if you wish to adjust them:
    Press cntrl+F1 simultaneously when you are in the main bios screen.
    Then enter the MIT section and the ability to adjust the timings will be there.
    If you try and press cntrl +F1 when you are already in the MIT section nothing will happen.

    However:
    1. did you load and save optimised defaults in the bios before going into windows with 1 stick of memory in?
    2.Is that the only change from your original system or is the graphics card out as well?
    3.When the pc is posting what timings and speed does it show for the memory as it is posting,you can press the pause/break key to hold it if its going by too fast.

    I can run mine with 1or 2 sticks of 667 mem in (2x2 Gb).1 stick of 1G 533mhz memory or at present .1 stick of 1gb 533mhz and 1stick of 512mb 533mhz for 1.5G total.

    The 1G and 512mb sticks have slightly different timings stamped on them but post up ok and boot at 4-4-4-11 at 533mhz.

    When I do change memory sticks around tho once I get to the bios screen with the delete key I HAVE to load and save optimised defaults, otherwise I get problems with OS etc.

    I stick of 2G ,if its good,should be enough for any OS.
    How long was the macine running on 4G before u started having problems?

    let us know how its going.
    Last edited by kick; 11-19-2010 at 12:19 AM.
    Current Systems:

    Asrock p67 Extreme6.............. Gigabyte EP-45 UD3 ...................... Gigabyte 73 PVM S2
    Intel i5 2500k 4.8ghz................ Intel Q8400 3.8ghz......................... Intel D820 2.8ghz
    Zalman 10x cooler.................... Coolermaster V8............................ HP cooler
    8GB Gskill ripjaw ddr3.............. 4GB Gskill PI ddr2.......................... 4GB samsung ddr2
    60GB ssd/500GB HDD .............. WD 1TB hdd.................................... Seagate 160GB hdd
    GTX 460 1GB x2 SLI ................. Msi 9600GT 512MB(died) ........... Onboard gx
    Win7 64 ,750w psu(ocz)............ Win7 64 ,520w psu,seasonic...... Win XP pro ,400w psu

    HEC 6A34 case . ....................... Jeantec R2 case............................ Packard Bell case

    hoping to upgrade to http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/habicase.shtml
    http://www.flixya.com/video/140325/Animal-launching

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    Default Re: GA 73 PVM - Booting problem

    Ahh so you have one similar kick? I missed your post above I guess.

    So does this board have tRD setting then or not?

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