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Slow to get to desktop but not terrible. Maybe less than a minute.

Looking at a possible overclock and presumably the delete key is the right interrupt. However, whether I use that key or another key, when I start tap tap tapping away I never obtain video again let alone BIOS. If I wait too long to start tapping I just get the Windows desktop. I never fail to get video if I start it from a shutdown but interacting with keyboard to reach BIOS seems to be an issue. I see nothing obvious in event viewer.
Edited by entreri00 - 6/2/11 at 10:21pm
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post #2 of 9
Welcome to OCN!

I read somewhere that with this board, and a USB keyboard, it can cause issues like you experienced when you "start tap tap tapping away" trying to enter BIOS. Sorry I don't have a link, as I read that some time ago.

Try using a PS/2 keyboard. Normally, Del, F1, F2, or (altho not often) F10 are what it takes to get into BIOS. I have also heard that CTRL+ALT+ESC works on one kind of board (not sure which) or the ESC key by itself. If the screen doesn't tell you which key to press, then hit the ESC key. On most boards, that will get rid of what you're seeing on the screen, and pull up a screen that actually has useful information (possibly including your BIOS key!)

Also, if you could, go to your User CP (at the top of the screen) and Add your System. That way, if you have any future problems, you won't have to re-type your system specs out again.
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post #3 of 9
Hi, I am not very familiar with this mobo but I have had this issue int he past with other boards. Can you use the jumpers to reset the CMOS? I did this once a while back, restarted and was instantly able to access the bios again. Let me know if that helps.
Edited by mynameisryan503 - 6/2/11 at 1:45pm
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post #4 of 9
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I better explain it more clearly. The monitor merely blinks and is black until it shows the Windows splash screen. It only goes active a split 2nd b4 the splash and at no point do I see any POST or anything about the BIOS. No boot process at all is shown.

Interacting with the keyboard(already PS2 unfortunately and tried USB secondarily) only prolongs the inactive monitor forever.

Subsequent restarts or cntrl-alt-deletes merely prolong this inactive state. Control-alt-delete used after waiting a period of time with no results does make the fans go active like a new boot but still the monitor is inactive. It's almost like it's turning but hibernating. The whole system I mean. I have tried an alternate monitor as well.

Only a hard reboot of the power supply seems to reset it and it goes to windows if I let it alone. A hold of the power button reset might do it too. I could test that.

thanks for the theories and help.
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post #5 of 9
Try taking out the BIOS battery. I just had a problem where i had been overclocking and then for no reason, my keyboard wouldn't work on startup. Because of that, I couldn't get into the BIOS and change anything. Took out the battery for a few minutes and voila, I was able to get back in.
    
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post #6 of 9
Thanks for explaining a little more on your problem. Have you tried to clear CMOS(either by a jumper/button/removal of battery)?

I see you have 2 video cards. Have you tried removing one of them to see if the monitor will display properly during start up?
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post #7 of 9
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Razin, I could kiss u. Using the clear cmos button on the back panel didn't do anything that I could discern. However, I disabled one of the 4 4870x2 listings in the device manager. Boom, black screen. That's the one I'm plugged into obviously. Switched to the other card. Good. Disabled a second of 4 but caused the graphics to hit a low resolution. Not a good move apparently. Reenabled and did a reboot with 3 enabled. I see the BIOS and the messages for the interrupt keys that were hidden before.

I wonder why that is like that. Is that normal?

Anyway, I think for a next step as I type on this backup PC is to update my BIOS. I apparently am on one of the first 2 versions for this board. Then I'll see about what I can do to overclock the CPU.

Thanks for the support. I was surprised I got any more responses.
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Some bioses will only output the display to a particular gpu, usually the first card closest to the cpu, while windows drivers can often output to any of the gpu's
     
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Interesting, mine has always seemed to like the bottom one. I'll see if I can get it switched.

I tried mildly overclocking and PRIME95 gets it up into the high 80s pretty fast. It's warm in there with those cards but something may not be right. It's remained stable but I'm thinking I should find a way to start over. I've had trouble finding a good beginners step by step guide. I only see a lot of ways to go straight to 4.0 ghz.

Last and only time I overclocked was an old athlon with an exhaustive guide someone wrote.

Should I start another thread to get help?
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