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I got a replacement one thanks to RMA, and it had to be RMA'ed because I couldn't get into the BIOS or anything - this one I am able to and I was even able to install windows, and when I added the rest of my gear, the system didn't even work anymore.

So I put the rest of my gear in, and I get the same issue as before - computer freezes at the screen that says press delete to enter UFEI bios, I press del with my keyboard when asked, and it freezes or the key wont register - plus I may get an american megatrends screen that says I have two mice plugged in when I don't ***? I have tried different ram, ram slots so I have no idea what is going on? Very odd that I was able to get it to boot into windows and now it doesn't even work after I added the rest of my gear. I've replaced and cleared the CMOS battery, but *** is going on... two dead mobos? When I got my replacement one it was BRAND NEW, so I wonder if there is a bad batch. Anyone have this motherboard, or is it really junk?

I did all of this with the last board, so why is the replacement having issues?
    
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Take the graphic card out, try a different one.
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Just tried that, same issue. Tried the 4x and 16x slot too.
    
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Mine has worked great. I had some early issues installing XP. It turned out to be just a BIOS setting to get XP to install. Since I resolved that I have had no problems. Having two boards with the same flaw seems pretty unlikely to me, especially since they would be from separate batches after getting one RMA. It might be a hardware conflict and not an actual faulty board.
    
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Hmm. I'd like this motherboard a LOT if it would work. But I'll keep plugging away, I might have a spare AM3 processor and give that a shot. Very odd that I could install windows with the bare required hardware and then when I put the rest in...it didn't work.
    
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RAM instability could b preventing you from going places. Use the MemOK button - or try different memory.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771;14584049 
RAM instability could b preventing you from going places. Use the MemOK button - or try different memory.

Agreed.
The M5A97 seems to be finicky about RAM. May be a BIOS update to fix that in the future, but just use the MemOK button to get the RAM to run stable.
This is definitely a good board with strong OCing or power saving potential.
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The MemOK button didn't do much, but I'll try my Vengence memory - I tried some ripjaws and the kingston memory I have. Hmm.
    
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