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ok I will try this next. what do the TPU and EPU switches do? i saw them and played with them but I left them in their normal position, i will check to see if this is off
I don't know TPU and EPU actually stand for, but I think of them as "Turbo" and "Economy". They are supposed to be the easy way to automatically either boost your processor, or turn on energy savings.
It's hard to tell from the manual, because if you look at the pictures on pages 2-16 & 2-17, they show the default (off) position for TPU as up, and the default (off) position for EPU is down. When I received my board, they were both in the up position, and as far as I can tell, and from what I've read, up is off for both of them. I haven't switched either one, and everything here seems to be running fine.

I have read that if you have both of them turned on, it can cause problems at POST. I haven't tried turning them both on to see, but YMMV. AFAIK whether they are on or off, you can also set some of their features in BIOS.

I would just try to set everything back to how it was when you received the board, then add just the bare essentials to start up and load your OS.

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taking out graphics card it will still boot?
You have the Z68
Which has on-board GFX through the CPU!
So, pull the card and connect your monitor lead to the port from the mobo
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UPDATE:

Okay, so I take it all out of the case. and yay it at least gets power! fans turn on, cpu fan on, etc. initially i had DRAM LED constant red, and so i only used one of my RAM and plug it into different slots and still all constant red and MEMOK didnt work to fix it. finally I plug it into the 3rd slot away from CPU, B1, and it works!

then it checks other stuff and gets stuck at boot device LED solid red.

currently I only have SSD also hooked into the board. is this ok then that boot device LED was red? should i hook up optical drive and try to install windows 7 now, or should I try and put everything back in the case, or should i try and reconnect my graphics card and see if that works?
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Before you do anything else, check all your dimm slots, according to the manual the first dimm slots that you should populate is A2 and B2, if those are not working correctly then you may have to RMA, but that's only after checking that both the RAM sticks work.
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i have seen many people online who have corsair vengeance RAM and are having trouble with this motherboard and RAM. people are saying to start it up with one stick of RAM anywhere to get it working and then try and reconfigure and add the other RAM stick afterwards.

this was interesting: you know the corsair rAM sticks have that blue covering over the top? well one of them broke off, and THIS one is the one that works now. i'm thinking I want to break off that top cover from the other one as well, I think the case might be making it not sit right

also, I got all the way through POST now! the boot device problem went away on the next bootup
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I haven't heard of folks having problems with this MB/RAM combo. I haven't had any problems at all. What do you have in your case that's keeping the RAM from seating properly? Is your HSF rubbing against it?

So now that you get through POST, are you able to enter BIOS?

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i have seen many people online who have corsair vengeance RAM and are having trouble with this motherboard and RAM. people are saying to start it up with one stick of RAM anywhere to get it working and then try and reconfigure and add the other RAM stick afterwards.

this was interesting: you know the corsair rAM sticks have that blue covering over the top? well one of them broke off, and THIS one is the one that works now. i'm thinking I want to break off that top cover from the other one as well, I think the case might be making it not sit right

also, I got all the way through POST now! the boot device problem went away on the next bootup
Don't they unscrew
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again, i think you are not inserting the ram correctly

engaging the stupid one-sided clip lifts the stick away from the slot a tiny bit , after clipping it you must carefully push hard (feels like the motherboard is going to snap) from both ends of the stick with your thumbs
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post #29 of 41
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no, they don't unscrew.

new update. ok so I managed to get the 2nd slot working for one time. then, the next try i added the other ram to the 4th slot. this failed on the DRAM LED.

then, i try and take out the 4th RAM, and the 2nd slot DOES NOT WORK AGAIN. *** is going on
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dual ram in 3rd and 4th slot DOES WORK. how much of a performance hit will I take if I leave the RAM in 3rd and 4th slots?
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