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Hey.
I have been having an issue the last few days with my motherboard ( After mounting a new CPU cooler and RAM ) and my computer not booting up correctly. Last time I tested it started up, all fans working and then shuts itself down after a few sec ( 1-2 sec )
I have noticed right before it shuts itself down, the 'SB voltage' led is flashing red for a split second, then the PC starts itself up after a few sec into an infinitive loop of what I just described.

Also something to notice is that I had some RAM issues before this happened, and had to ajust some voltage in the BIOS. I have of course tried to reset the CMOS, without success. I'm not 100% sure I managed to reset the CMOS tho, but I have tried pressing the 'clr CMOS' button on the side of the motherboard, also removing the battery for over one min and putting it back in. Something that hit me is that maybe the battery is flat, but I doubt it since this happened exactly the reboot after I mounted my CPU cooler and new RAM. I also hear no sound from the motherboard speakers ( If there is any, I can't locate them but I swear I've heard bootup beeps before.

I'm not sure what to do anymore. I would like to test the motherboard to be 100% sure it's causing the problem, but I'm not sure how to proceed with it.
Anyone knows any way of testing it?


The motherboard is:
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, X58


Other specs
I7 930 unclocked
ATi Raedon HD 5970 black edition
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333MHz 6GB CL9 x2 (12GB total )
Chieftec Super Series 750W PSU
Edited by firstprice - 10/9/11 at 9:56am
post #2 of 9
Running 6 sticks of RAM is probably going to require a pretty large bump in a certain voltage- essentially the processor's memory controller voltage. This voltage varies on how your motherboard calls it (usually CPU VTT, QPI/DRAM, or QPI VTT). Try around 1.35v to start, and you can use something like LinX or IntelBurnTest on maximum memory utilized to test for stability.

I don't think you had a problem with mounting the cooler, but rarely if you put too much pressure on or mount it bad, it can slightly misalign the CPU in the socket causing problems.
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The problem is that I don't get past the restart loop, so I won't get to post screen. I did change the QPI VTT voltage and it restarted nicely before. I even ran a Memtest86 for a couple of hours without problems. but somehow it won't restart after I installed the H80. The h80 runs fine to.
Also I tried to reset the CMOS several times, as stated
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Originally Posted by firstprice View Post
The problem is that I don't get past the restart loop, so I won't get to post screen. I did change the QPI VTT voltage and it restarted nicely before. I even ran a Memtest86 for a couple of hours without problems. but somehow it won't restart after I installed the H80. The h80 runs fine to.
Also I tried to reset the CMOS several times, as stated
I would try reseating the H80 then.
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post #5 of 9
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I have also tried that several times, with all different thermal paste, including the one following and an aftermarket one.
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I have taken some pics and vid of it to help identify.

Video
www.youtube. com/watch?v=xkC

Pics
http://imageshack.us/homepage/?user=firstprice1
They should be viewable under the 'my pictures' album
If you can't see them, please tell me
Edited by firstprice - 10/9/11 at 5:52pm
post #7 of 9
Did you attach the H80 fan header to the mobo? Some mobos are very sensitive to this and won't play nicely without a cpu fan attached. Can't tell for sure in the pics I looked at. I did so with my H80 and, despite the fact that it behaves quite differently than a stock cpu fan, I have no issues.
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Yes, it's connected.
Also I tried with stock cooler with same results.
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Why don't you try removing the new sticks of RAM first and see if that works. If it does then you can get into BIOS, increase the CPU VTT, insert the sticks of RAM back and then test again.
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