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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    The most common error are : that they do what ever they do , with the mains cable plugged , and the PSU at ON !!

    The bios jumper just shorts an tiny battery at 3V .

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    My initial reply was not clear enough. I disagreed with the 5 second jumper statement.
    The most common error are : that they do what ever they do , with the mains cable plugged , and the PSU at ON !!
    Agreed!!
    I won't pretend to know how jumpering ("shorting") the CLR-CMOS pins clears the CMOS.
    I long ago learned that the psu cable must be unplugged, my procedure is:
    1. Turn off my system.
    2. Use the psu's on/off switch to turn off the psu.
    3. Unplug the A.C. psu power cable from the psu or wall plug.
    4. Press and hold the computer case front on/off switch for 10 seconds.
    5. Jumper the CLR_CMOS pins for at least 5 - 15 seconds.
    Sometimes the jumper needs to be on for 10 - 20 minutes, sometimes for many hours (8 - 24). Several times I've had to keep the CLR_CMOS pins jumpered for more than 5 minutes. There are many forum threads where the poster had to keep the pins jumpered for many hours to clear the cmos, even with the battery removed from the mobo socket.

    The bios jumper just shorts an tiny battery at 3V .
    With my limited knowledge of electronics, I guess this means that if I connect my digital multi-meter (DMM) to the CLR_CMOS pins, I should see a 3 volt reading (positive or negative) when the battery is still installed.
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    Ok - an update.

    Yesterday morning I replaced the battery for the CMOS, held down the pwr button and clear CMOS button for a good 2-3mins, and then tried to power up the system (with only the CPU, 1 stick of Ram, GPU and PSU connected - sitting in the case).

    The mobo posted, but went into a really weird BIOS loop, where it wouldn't get to the disk boot failure, just the initial post screen then restart. The mobo had recognised however it was having posting issues (gee, thanks )

    So I turned the power off, and tried to get it to post again, nothing. So I took the mobo (with the CPU, RAM still attached), grabbed my other ram sticks and PSU, and took the lot back to where I purchased it from for testing.

    They put their own stick of RAM on, used my CPU, their own PSU, their own GPU, and ran it outside the case, and it posted first time, everytime. So I got them to put my RAM, GPU and use my PSU, posted first time, everytime (I was thinking WTF). So I put all the sticks of RAM on, posted everytime.

    Bought the whole lot home, installing one piece at a time (back in the case), posting everytime. Long and behold, the whole system is back together now and didn't fault along the way of the install (i was testing it every new component that I added back to make sure it would still post, and then rebooted it about 4 or 5 times each test, just to be sure). The OS was installed back on, and the computer was running fine last night.

    Go to start it up this morning, and I get a weird post beep - 1 long then 2 short - which according to the Gigabyte manual is Monitor of GPU error. So I try to restart it, same thing. I hit the power button on the case, and try and reboot, posts no problem, boots up the OS, and has been running flawlessly since.

    Does this still sound like a mobo issue, or could the GPU legitimately be faulty? (I'm struggling to see how it could be the GPU, as it only does it very intermittently).

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    have you looked on gigabytes website for any bios updates for that graphics card?(the actual graphic card bios) not the mb bios

    using latest mb bios? rev2 mb http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList...d3r_2.x_fc.exe

    rev 1 mb bios http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList...a-ud3r_f7f.exe

    flash using q-flash http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjhod1 View Post

    They put their own stick of RAM on, used my CPU, their own PSU, their own GPU, and ran it outside the case, and it posted first time, everytime.
    If you do not find an cure by software settings , your next stop will be probably the PSU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiriakos View Post
    If you do not find an cure by software settings , your next stop will be probably the PSU.
    But I then got them to use my power supply, just to be sure, and it worked fine as well. I'm leaning toward it being a heat related issue now, as once its warm, its fine, but when the board and components are stone cold, they mess around.

    Will let it cool down for a few hours and see how I go.

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    are you using xmp? or manually setting up ram? whats current qpi/vtt and dram voltages? if its only from cold it could be your ram or bios
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    are you using xmp? or manually setting up ram? whats current qpi/vtt and dram voltages? if its only from cold it could be your ram or bios
    Using xmp for ram. Current qpi/vtt voltages, not sure at the moment, waiting for the computer to cool down to see if I can get it to replicate the fault (on the laptop at the moment).

    Will update back in a few hours.

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    That's probably at least part of the issue, you should set things yourself and you will have much better luck

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-U3DR won't post after working successfully

    Update.

    Took the complete PC back to CPL Notting Hill on Sunday afternoon after it had faulted previously that morning (refer previous post with update), and thank god it faulted for them whilst it was there. I left it with them to diagnose the fault, and I got a call the next day telling me the PSU 3v line was all over the shop.

    They said they couldn't get it to post at all either, then changed to a new PSU, all fine. They tested the PSU and the voltage was dropping significantly on the 3v line, so they did a DOA on the PSU, gave me a new one, I tested it whilst at CPL, and I came home a happy boy.

    2 days later and the computer has started everytime, even when cold (touch wood). So fingers crossed PSU appears to have been the issue.

    Thanks to all who helped with troubleshooting along the one.

    Cheers (from one very happy customer who gets to enjoy his new system )

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