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    Default GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    I am having a terrible time trying to figure out what is wrong. My system does not boot up.

    My system has the following components

    MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R
    Memory G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) DR2 800
    CPU Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6300
    HDD1 WD 1TB Black Caviars
    HDD2 WD 1TB Black Caviars
    Graphics Sapphire HD4650 1GB Radeon Video
    Power Supply SILVERSTONE ST56ZF 560W
    Case Antec 200
    OS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
    DVD-RW SamSung DVD RW
    Optical Drive LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM Blu-ray

    I will keep it short and just tell you the current state

    I have memory cards plugged in slot 1 and 3.

    When I power up, this is what I observe

    All lights on MB go on and just stay on
    The power supply fans go on
    The Antec fans go on
    The CPU fan momentarily wiggles and that's it

    When I try to power off, I get no response so I need to click the power supply off.


    I have taken MB out and reassembled it again. I made sure all the wires from Antec are properly plugged into MB. Usually when it boots up I see the MB lights blink a lot and then it boots and I see boot up on screen. Since the lights stay on and don't blink, I assume the graphic card is not relevant to problem but that and Antec box is the only thing really left. I don't notice anything being shorted out either.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    Is this a new build or a problem that developed?
    Try just one stick of memory in slot 1 and 2, try the other stick alone in slots 3 and 4.

    If this don't help, take the board ot of the case and try a minimal setup, graphic card, one stick of memory and keyboard, no other devices connected, on an isolated surface, like a wooden table or cardboard.

    Please fill you forum signature with your system spec, including memory model/part# and BIOS version.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    I built the machine about 16 months ago and ran fine and long story on how I reached this point but I am at this point.

    I am getting NO BEEPS to help me diagnostically.

    I even had the MB and Power Supply replaced.

    Before I replaced MB, I just plugged in the power cord, CPU stuff and 4 wires (HD,RES,POWER,....) while it was out of Antec chassis and still no beep. I haven't tried this with replacement yet. Gigabyte even told me the original board worked.

    There are cases where faulty power supply could cause problems.

    I unplug the Graphics card and memory completely and st6ill no beeps to indicate missing memory or graphics.

    THEN

    I tried just putting in only first memory stick in slot 1 and still no beep.
    I tried just putting in only second memory stick in slot 1 and still no beep.
    Tried it in slot 2 also.

    In the old MB board, I tried re-seating the CPU.

    Without any memory or graphics card on board, I am down to focusing on

    1) CPU seating
    2) Trying replacement MB out of the chassis and unplugging everything except power cord, cpu stuff and 4 wires (HD,RES,POWER,....)
    3) Power supply

    I figure with just these involved I should get at least some BEEPS


    I think the CPU fan should only start up if the CPU reaches higher temperature and should turn on and off accordingly. Maybe I am wrong.

    The CPU fan has been checked and rechecked over and over.


    I've came across a 2009 post on tom's hardware where more than a few people SEEM to have somewhat similar problem of NO BEEP although no solution was posted. Their computers worked fine for a year or more and then all of a sudden theyt stopped working and NO BEEPS. One guy had it happen to two different computers in home around same time.

    I've been at my wits end.

    The HDD Audio is plugged in but that shouldn't effect beep since it is independent.
    Last edited by prioris; 05-14-2011 at 11:07 PM.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    If you replace MB and CPU the other left to check are memory and graphics card, in another system.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    Even with no memory or graphics card I should be getting a beep

    I have two memories and tried them singly in different slots

    I read where it uses Award BIOS

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    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
    ==============

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    AFAIK the system can't do anything without memory, that may include beeps.
    We can debate this for weeks with no results.
    When it comes to computers the only way is to test known good components in your system or your components in another known to be good system. At least that's the only way I know.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    That would be the ideal and easiest way to test it.

    Unfortunately, many people don't have two of everything except memory.

    I may call GIGABYTE on Monday and ask them what the definitive is on the beeps with no memory, graphics card and even CPU along with heat sink fan.

    I may even have to resort to bringing board to place that repairs computers to see if they can diagnose it.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    Hi All

    Did you try a new CPU cooler?
    • GA-X58A-UD3P v2 FH1 bios
    • i7-950 Bloomfield D0 @ 3.8GHz, 1.9v, 34/94* typical
    • Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler
    • 12Gb Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 1600MHz LLK sieres @ 1700MHz 1.65v 8-9-8-24 1T
    • Thermaltake TR2 RX 850w 80+ PSU
    • 2x Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 Crossfire
    • 4x WDC 500GB HD's 64Mb cache intel Raid0
    • 2x WDC Black 1Tb HD's 64Mb cache Marvell Raid0
    • Dual 32" Samsung HDTV's, HDMI video @120Hz
    • 2x LG BH12 BDR RW Drive
    • Cooler Master Cosmos Pure Black full tower cases
    • Logitech Z5500 5.1 Surround System

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    Ya, I would test the stock CPU cooler if you are using an aftermarket one, just to rule out shorts caused by the cooler.

    Do you have any way to test this CPU on another board, sounds like possible faulty CPU to me.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UD3R with Intel E6300 will not boot - really baffled

    Quote Originally Posted by prioris View Post
    I am having a terrible time trying to figure out what is wrong. My system does not boot up.


    When I power up, this is what I observe

    All lights on MB go on and just stay on
    The power supply fans go on
    The Antec fans go on
    The CPU fan momentarily wiggles and that's it

    When I try to power off, I get no response so I need to click the power supply off.



    Any ideas?

    I recently had the EXACT problem with the same motherboard, cpu and Gskill memory. Thought it had to be either a bad power supply or motherboard, cpu, memory, etc. Turns out all it was, was a stuck power on switch on the front of the case! If it's stuck n the ON position then you will get the same symptoms. Hope this helps.

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