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Thread: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue




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    Default Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Hi guys, I have a major problem I need help with. I have a GA-EX58-Extreme that I have flashed to the latest bios, and now my PC wont post. I get 1 long beep and 51 (probably considered continuous) short beeps. Post code is C1, which would normally be considered to be a memory issue, then the board powers off, then on again a few seconds later with post code 88 and no beeps. Turning it off and on leads to the 88 code and no beep, but pulling the plug and clearing cmos returns it to C1 post code with the 1 long beep and continuous short beeps.

    The memory is fine as I had memtest run for 10 hours making a pass an hour with no errors.

    I think the bios is not corrupt, but wont detect my memory after the flash, as the backup bios did not kick in, neither did the bios boot sector recovery. No access is attepted to the floppy so can't upgrade via that. Its an award bios so cant force upgrade with key combination.

    I need to force the bios to upgrade, either by forcing bad checksum (which i dont know which pins to short or even where they are as I cant see a bios chip as its probably under the 'Ultra durable 3' shielding) or by some other unknown method.

    I need suggestions as I'm stuck and, to be honest, quite upset about it!

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Bummer dude, The best way to get a bad checksum would be to pull out the battery for a while lets say 30 minutes and then put it back in and boot up, that will reset your clock to who knows but it wont be right, it will be before u updated the bios and should hopefully give u an option to load default. Just make sure everything is plugged in, Ie Ram and graphics card, make sure there sweet and try it.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    I've come to the conclusion that the bios wont detect my ram. Had this issue with factory installed bios on first boot attempt, but after reseating the ram it was fine, and was fine for 11 hours of memtest. Cant flash back the bios because I cant get to the bios screen as ram has issues (C1 post message, 1 long beep, reboots, 1 long beep followed by continuous short beeps, reboot, followed by 88 and no beeps).

    I'm using patriot viper extreme 1600mhz ram 9-9-9-24. Should be fine, but new bios seems to hate it. Can only think of buying a 512mb stick of ddr3 to get it to post, then flash back to F3.

    Any thoughts? Thanks

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Can you even get 512mb of DDR3, lol. Did u try the battery thing? Reset your ram, try with just one stick in, try with no sticks in. You can get to the bios with no ram cant you? no probably not. Reset your video card.
    Last edited by NimrodAUS; 01-18-2009 at 07:02 AM.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
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    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Tried all that, no luck unfortunatly.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    RMA the Ram and get some different stuff?
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    I think the 2 Bios chips are soldered into the motherboard dude next to each other on the bottom left hand corner next to pciex8-1,dont know the pin outs for them tho.
    I did have some issues like you are experiencing when I first got the board (it had F2 I think) and could not get into the bios at all with my corsair dominator kit,eventually with one stick I got it posting after hours and hours of clearing cmos, swapping ram and battery out,and once in the bios I manually set my timings,and then flashed to F3,
    Hope you get some luck dude if not Rma time.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Tried RAM that was on the hardware compatibility list and got same issue. Guess what gigabyte said (what you read below is true according to them, which i couldnt believe):

    "If the main bios is badly damaged, the backup bios will not kick in"

    LOL??!!?? Isnt that what its designed for? This is the last gigabyte board I will ever buy!

    RMA'd it, hoping to get it back by mid feb. Gigabyte have wasted a month and a half of my time with this rubbish -_-

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Well that sucks dude. I had to RMA my X48-DS5 Board last week, it wsa DOA. I was disappointed to be honest, Gigabyte used to be the top brand. I hope our new boards are perfect.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-ex58-extreme major issue

    Yeah The backup bios is really just there so you can save an image of a good config and if you have a bad OC you can just reload the good config without having to change ever setting manually again. I think.
    Lian Li PC-7F Chassis Black
    Gigabyte GA-X48-DS5 MB (Rev. 1.1 BIOS v.F8c)
    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Quad Q9550 E0 @ 3.4Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------
    Gigabyte Poseidon Chassis
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 (Rev. 1.0 BIOS v.F9)
    ASUS Artic Square CPU Cooling with AS5
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 550Watt PSU
    Intel Core2Duo E8500 E0 @ 3.8Ghz @ 1.25vcore
    Corsair 2 X 2Gb XMS2 PC6400C5 DDR2
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
    1 X Seagate 1TB 7200.12 + Seagate 750GB 7211.11
    Sony SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
    ------------------------------------------------

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