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    Default Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    My old gigabyte mobo does not support ACHI and so I purchased this one, brand new, off eBay. Then purchased two sticks of RAM, brand new, Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX Intel X.M.P, DDR3-1600, unbuffered DIMM8GB, 1.6v

    Connected it all up, switched it on, went into BIOS and loaded the fail-safe defaults setting. After saving, the machine switched off, started up and switched off, did this three times and then the screen displayed the usual including RAM as OK. It went onto the second page but it was too quick for me to note what was displayed. Then the screen went black, displayed "No Signal" and started reloading all over again.

    I have been in touch with Gigabyte support but all they suggested was to update firmware to F6, reset the CMOS, load fail-safe settings and try again. I have done that but to no avail.

    Googling produced results which have given me the impression that I should be adjusting the voltage. I then came across this forum, read all the threads re this mobo and it appears that more adjusting is required in the BIOS.

    I have only one HD connected and everything else disconnected. The HD is spinning as evidenced by the red light flickering but for some reason Windows 7 will not load. The HD is connected to the yellow SATAII0 connector.
    The CPU is Intel Q9650
    Here are the relevant settings
    Robust Graphics Booster .............................[Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio..........................................[7x]
    CPU Host Clock Control ..............................[Enabled]
    CPU Host Frequency .........................2.80GHz (400x7)
    PCI Express Frequency................................[Auto]
    C.I.A.2........................................... ...........[Disabled]
    System Memory Multiplier (SPD)............[Auto]
    Memory Frequency.................................1600
    DRAM Timing Selectable......SPD.............[Manual]
    Performance Enhance = [Statndard]
    CAS Latency Time...................................9 [Auto]
    Dram RAS# to CAS# Delay......................9 [Auto]
    DRAM RAS# Precharge Delay .................9 [Auto]
    Precharge Delay (tRAS)..........................27 [Auto]
    ACT to ACT Delay (tRRD).........................5 [Auto]
    Rank Write to READ Delay.......................6 [Auto]
    Write to Precharge Delay........................12 [Auto]
    Refresh to ACT Delay...............................0 [Auto]
    Read to Precharge Delay.........................6 [Auto]
    Static tRead Value...................................7 [Auto]
    Static tRead Phase Adjust........................0 [Auto]
    Command rate.........................................1
    System Voltage Control ................was [Manual] but I set it to [Auto]
    DDR3 OverVoltage Control.....................[Normal]
    PCI-E OverVoltage Control......................[Normal]
    FSB Overvoltage Control.........................[Normal]
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control.................[Normal]
    CPU Voltage Control................................[Normal]
    Normal CPU Vcore....................................1.22500V
    I presume that itís these last six settings that need to be changed. Some guidance as to what I need to do would be very much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    Try MCH OverVoltage from +0.05 to +0.15.
    Try to disable XMP.

    This "brand new" board might have been manufatured 2-3 years ago and it' warrenty may already have been expired.
    If you are expecting major performance gain from AHCI you are probably going to be disapointed.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    X48-DQ6 suports DDR2 memory.
    X48T-DQ6 supports DDR3 memory.
    The cpu support list shows that bios version F6 is required for your Q9650 cpu.

    Try booting with only one memory module installed and use the following settings:
    Load Optimized Bios settings.
    CPU Clock Ratio = [8] <--- 9 should be OK for stock 3.00GHz settings
    CPU Host Frequency = 333MHz
    PCI Express Frequency = [100]

    DDR3 OverVoltage Control <--- manually set to 1.60 or slightly higher
    (G)MCH OverVoltage Control <--- manually set to +0.10 (0.20 might be needed)
    CPU Voltage Control <--- manually set to the "normal" displayed value (1.2250 shown in your bios)
    If your bios has an Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.) option, set this to Disabled.

    Save settings and exit, then reboot into your bios and spend several minutes going to different bios screens. If there are no problems, exit the bios and shut off your computer. Unplug your power supply, press an hold the front panel on/off switch for 10 seconds, and then add the second memory module to memory slot #3.
    Plug in your power supply and boot using a bootable Memtest86+ (v4.2) floppy, cdrom or usb disk and run Memtest86+ for at least 4 full loops. When overclocking, I run 10 loops of the Memtest86+ #5 test by typing the following keys: c 1 3 5 [enter] 0 (zero).
    If there are no errors, you're probably good to go.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    I didn't pay attention to the settings, where the 400x7 came from? This is not fail-safe or optimized defaults.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    400 x 7 cpu settings were probably for running his DDR3 memory at the rated 1600MHz speed without overclocking the cpu.

    It's best to start with the 333MHz cpu clock that will run the memory at 333 x 4.0 for 1333MHz memory speed.
    Once the system is stable at stock cpu speeds, we can probably run his cpu at stock speeds (3.0GHz) using:
    Code:
    CPU Clock Ratio ____________ [7] 
    Fine Clock Ratio ___________ [0.5]
    CPU Host Frequency__________ [400]
    The memory might be stable at 1600MHz.
    If you don't want to overclock the cpu, the best real world performance might be with memory at 1333MHz (400 x 3.33) with tighter primary memory timings and cpu = 3.0GHz. It might be necessary to increase some of the voltages a bit.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
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    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    Thank you both for your replies but especially ProfJim for your detailed suggestions. I have followed them to the latter but I think that I may have purchased a dud board.

    After changing all the relevant values, saving, rebooting and noting that there were no problems exhibited in the BIOS, I unplugged the computer, held the on/off switch for 10 seconds, added the second memory module in slot #3, and connected the DVD drive to the yellow SATAII2 connector.

    When I powered on the screen remained black for a considerable time but then it displayed the memory as double the amount and OK. Went into BIOS and checked that the DVD was connected. The display was as follows:-

    IDE Channel 0 Master [WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1]
    IDE Channel 0 Slave [ATAPI DVD A D+120A]

    Exited and pressed F12 to change to DVDROM and proceeded but, much to my dismay, the DVD did not boot but went through the same cycle as before, namely post two pages, black screen, "No Signal".

    Went back into BIOS, changed the order of booting to HD, CDROM as initially the order was FLOPPY first but it has not made any difference.

    Is there anything else I can try?

    Incidentally, I noticed that when I press F12 and the window exhibits the hardware to boot from, the hard disk has a + sign in front of it irrespective of what booting order was arranged in the BIOS. Is that significant?

    I knew that the mobo was old manufacture and would probably be out of warranty. If I cannot resolve this then I'll get back to Gigabyte. Their last response was very supportive and suggested to get back to them if I failed to resolve the problem.

    Edit. Just looked through last reponse from Gigabyte and they state "Please make sure that you are using genius OS". DO they mean genuine? The thing is, even though my Windows 7 is genuine, I can't get that far at the present moment.
    Last edited by rayo; 11-21-2011 at 06:21 AM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    For OS installation, set your CDrom as the first boot device and your hard drive as the second device.
    The "+" sign means that you have additional possible options if you select to boot from your hard drive.

    Did you run Memtest86+? If yes, which tests and for how long?
    Did you load Optimized Bios Defaults before you made your bios changes?
    Is your hard drive completely empty and unformatted?
    Is SATA AHCI Mode enabled? disabled? Do you plan to upgrade to an SSD later?

    I think that your best bet is to try to install the operating system using only one memory module.
    It doesn't sound like your system is stable right now with two memory modules installed.
    Save your current bios settings as a saved bios profile. The mobo user manual has instructions for saving and loading up to eight different bios profiles.

    Before starting the install, enter the bios and press [CTRL]+F1. Enter the MIT section and make sure that a red warning box does NOT appear.

    Your motherboard might be OK, getting DDR3 memory settings dialed in is often a hit or miss proposition with many LGA775 systems.
    Glad to help out. Good luck!!
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 will not boot HD

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    For OS installation, set your CDrom as the first boot device and your hard drive as the second device.
    Have done that

    The "+" sign means that you have additional possible options if you select to boot from your hard drive.
    Now I undeerstand

    Did you run Memtest86+?
    I couldn't as it will not boot off the DVD drive. The tray opens and shuts but will not start booting whatever is in there.

    Did you load Optimized Bios Defaults before you made your bios changes?
    Yes

    Is your hard drive completely empty and unformatted?
    No, it has Windows 7 on it.

    Is SATA AHCI Mode enabled? disabled?
    Disabled

    Do you plan to upgrade to an SSD later?
    Yes, but does not look like it's going to be with this board

    I think that your best bet is to try to install the operating system using only one memory module.
    I removed the other module, booted but still experienced the same problem

    It doesn't sound like your system is stable right now with two memory modules installed.
    Save your current bios settings as a saved bios profile. The mobo user manual has instructions for saving and loading up to eight different bios profiles.
    Have done that and learnt about the saving and loading awhile back while googling.

    Before starting the install, enter the bios and press [CTRL]+F1. Enter the MIT section and make sure that a red warning box does NOT appear.
    This I do not understand. I entered the bios and pressed [CTRL]+F1 but nothing happened. At the bottom there is no such command available.

    Your motherboard might be OK
    I hope so

    getting DDR3 memory settings dialled in is often a hit or miss proposition with many LGA775 systems.
    Is that what is preventing from either the HD or DVDROM from loading? If it is then maybe you will be able to resolve the problem for me but at the present moment neither of the hardware works.

    To reiterate, I have changed the booting order, but the CDROM will not load.

    I have even disconnected the HD and connected the CDROM to the SATAII0 connector but it still will not load. I have noticed that when I switch the computer on, the light on the CDROM drive comes on, stays on till just after the computer beeps for the memory and starts posting. After that the light will not come on.

    Thank you for your help so far.

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    "Please make sure that you are using genius OS". DO they mean genuine?
    I 'm pretty sure that they mean genuine.
    You need to add a detailed hardware list to your forum signature.
    Follow steps #1 and #2 in http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post295784, post #5. Include brand and model number information for your memory, drives, graphics card, monitor, cpu heatsink cooler, computer case, fans, etc. Also provide links to these components that include detailed specifications and/or a pdf user manual that can be downloaded.

    Do you have any spare components that you can swap in while testing, such as pci-e or pci graphic cards, different optical drive, different monitor, power supply, etc.?
    Do you have a floppy drive attached so that you can run Memtest86+ from a floppy? You might be able to boot to a usb drive for testing. With your optical and hard drive disconnected, you should be able to run Memtest86+ with only one memory module installed so that we can see if your system is stable with a bare bones setup.

    Pressing [CTRL]+F1 often causes the main bios screen to momentarily flash and this key combination is used to "unhide" some hidden bios options. In your next post, please post your current failing bios settings using the X48 bios template.

    The first thing we need to do is confirm that none of your components are causing the current problems.
    The problem might be caused by a short circuit with your motherboard installed in the computer case. More on this later, you might need to test your system with the mobo outside of, and next to your computer case.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
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    you say black sceen are you getting a message

    MTR is Missing

    also I no this sounds funny but are you sure your drive is a dvd rom and not a cd rom

    is your board a
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6 this take DDR2 Memory
    or
    Gigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 this takes DDR3 Memory
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