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post #2521 of 2941
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Originally Posted by BlackOmega View Post

Hey fellas (and ladies), so I've finally gotten around to putting together my z68 rig.
However, I'm having some issues.
Here's the build so far : Asrock extreme 4 gen 3 board, 3770k, 4x4 GB Corsair xms 3, PC power & cooling 750w MK II psu, corsair force gt 90 GB. SSD, lian li. Pc9f case 2 x unlocked 6950's running @ 6970 clocks.
When I fire the rig up it goes in to a boot loop and doesn't POST. When in this loop on the debug LED it gets to 19. Which says something about the south bridge pre memory. Eventually it goes past it then hangs on 55 which states that there's no memory. I've tried several different sets of memory that I have and get the same code. What gives?
Do I need a Sandy bridge installed first and flash the BIOS for it accept the IB CPU?
Can you get into the BIOS menus at all?
If the BIOS is version 1.xx on the board, you need to install a Sandy Bridge CPU, flash to the most current 2.xx BIOS, and sure it POSTs OK, then reinstall the Ivy Bridge. From what I've read, Z68 boards have to be updated to their newest Ivy Bridge BIOS before the Ivy Bridge CPU is installed. Now if you had a Z77 board, it would work with Ivy Bridge out of the box.
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post #2522 of 2941
Hey FAUguy, nope can't get into the BIOS at all. I bought the board around Christmas time, so I' going to assume that it has an old BIOS on it.

I do have a z77 board also, an ASrock pro4 (3570k going into that one), but I want to use this z68 board since it has way more features.

Crap, may have to go and get an i3 or something just to flash it. mad.gif
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post #2523 of 2941
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Originally Posted by BlackOmega View Post

Hey FAUguy, nope can't get into the BIOS at all. I bought the board around Christmas time, so I' going to assume that it has an old BIOS on it.
I do have a z77 board also, an ASrock pro4 (3570k going into that one), but I want to use this z68 board since it has way more features.
Crap, may have to go and get an i3 or something just to flash it. mad.gif
that's exactly what you gonna have to do.
not sure if we have the same BIOS but I flashed mine to 2.20 the latest version.
it's a nice update for me..

cheers.
post #2524 of 2941
Ok so I went and got another 2500k just for the purpose of flashing it. O.o

At any rate, it was being a little finicky at first so I stripped it down to it's nitty gritty. No video card, 2 sticks of RAM (both in the A slots), SSD and that's it.

Initially it locked up in the UEFI BIOS (that's why I pulled the video card and the other 2 sticks of RAM). Using the onbaord video it seemed to work fine. Was able to install Win 7, drivers, etc. etc. So then I proceeded to get the 2.10 BIOS and flash it. So far, so good.

Put the video card back in, install drivers, still good.

Put my other 2 sticks of RAM in (4 total), no POST, debug LED says 55 (No RAM installed). wth.gif So thinking that I may possibly have a bad stick in there, I pull 2 back out and install 2 known good sticks (the ones that were in slots A_1, and A_2). This time however, I put them in A_1 and B_1 so the board can run in dual channel. No POST, error 55. Try B_1 and B_2, No POST code 55. Tried different RAM, same result.

So as it seems both A slots work fine and both B slots do not. Am I missing something? Do I need to enable something in the BIOS to get this to work properly?
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For the past 4 months, I've been very happy with my ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MOBO other than the small fact that I could not get the front panel audio jack to work. I mostly ignored it until today and I have spent the past couple hours installing/ uninstalling drivers and checking connections between my case and MOBO.

Right now I have the HD Audio cable hooked up to my MOBO and the most up to date audio driver from ASRock's website, anyone have any ideas on how to get my audio jack to work?

For what it is worth, I have my monitor plugged into the back audio jack and it receives sound fine, I just want to have it so I can plug my headphones in the front of my case when I need to be quiet.

Thanks in Advance.
post #2526 of 2941
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Originally Posted by ChuckESleeze View Post

For the past 4 months, I've been very happy with my ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MOBO other than the small fact that I could not get the front panel audio jack to work. I mostly ignored it until today and I have spent the past couple hours installing/ uninstalling drivers and checking connections between my case and MOBO.
Right now I have the HD Audio cable hooked up to my MOBO and the most up to date audio driver from ASRock's website, anyone have any ideas on how to get my audio jack to work?
For what it is worth, I have my monitor plugged into the back audio jack and it receives sound fine, I just want to have it so I can plug my headphones in the front of my case when I need to be quiet.
Thanks in Advance.

Isn't it an either-or choice, i.e., front panel or back panel?
post #2527 of 2941
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Ok so I went and got another 2500k just for the purpose of flashing it. O.o
At any rate, it was being a little finicky at first so I stripped it down to it's nitty gritty. No video card, 2 sticks of RAM (both in the A slots), SSD and that's it.
Initially it locked up in the UEFI BIOS (that's why I pulled the video card and the other 2 sticks of RAM). Using the onbaord video it seemed to work fine. Was able to install Win 7, drivers, etc. etc. So then I proceeded to get the 2.10 BIOS and flash it. So far, so good.
Put the video card back in, install drivers, still good.
Put my other 2 sticks of RAM in (4 total), no POST, debug LED says 55 (No RAM installed). wth.gif So thinking that I may possibly have a bad stick in there, I pull 2 back out and install 2 known good sticks (the ones that were in slots A_1, and A_2). This time however, I put them in A_1 and B_1 so the board can run in dual channel. No POST, error 55. Try B_1 and B_2, No POST code 55. Tried different RAM, same result.
So as it seems both A slots work fine and both B slots do not. Am I missing something? Do I need to enable something in the BIOS to get this to work properly?
I would first try two sticks at time in the A slots so all 4 sticks are tested. Then do the same think with the two B slots. If all the RAM works, but just two at time, then the RAM is most likely fine. But if you get errors when only using the B slots, then the MB may be defective. And if all 4 slots are used and won't POST, it is either a RAM or MB issue. At that point I'd say its easier to replace the RAM and try 4 new sticks. There isn't any BIOS setting for designating 2 or 4 sticks being used, just their speed, timings, and voltage.
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ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 with naked heat-sinks, in case anyone wondered what it looks like. I know I did before I went ahead with it. Unfortunately, don't remove the little plate things for painting, because they bend terribly when you remove them. All I did was pry them off, but they are pretty delicate, I think thin strips of aluminum or something. For my build, I think it definitely will look better without them. Once my GPU is installed, you won't really see the other one.

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post #2529 of 2941
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Ok so I went and got another 2500k just for the purpose of flashing it. At any rate, it was being a little finicky at first so I stripped it down to it's nitty gritty. No video card, 2 sticks of RAM (both in the A slots), SSD and that's it.
Initially it locked up in the UEFI BIOS (that's why I pulled the video card and the other 2 sticks of RAM). Using the onbaord video it seemed to work fine. Was able to install Win 7, drivers, etc. etc. So then I proceeded to get the 2.10 BIOS and flash it. So far, so good.
Put the video card back in, install drivers, still good.
Put my other 2 sticks of RAM in (4 total), no POST, debug LED says 55 (No RAM installed). wth.gif So thinking that I may possibly have a bad stick in there, I pull 2 back out and install 2 known good sticks (the ones that were in slots A_1, and A_2). This time however, I put them in A_1 and B_1 so the board can run in dual channel. No POST, error 55. Try B_1 and B_2, No POST code 55. Tried different RAM, same result.
So as it seems both A slots work fine and both B slots do not. Am I missing something? Do I need to enable something in the BIOS to get this to work properly?

1st off as recommended by ASRock and most Ram manufacturers, the preferred slots for 2 sticks running in dual channel are slots A2/B2 especially when overclocking. 1600 is considered an overclock by the original Z68 Sandy Bridge platform ... default was 1333 ... BUT the newer Ivy Bridge bios default ram clocks are 1600 and BIOS 2.10 has shown to be unstable at times with a Sandy Bridge processor ... Sooo here are things you might try biggrin.gif

1) Update the Bios [HERE] to 2.20 (known to be more stable w/SB) latest for Z68 Extreme4 Gen3.

2) As Fauguy said there is no bios settings for 2 vs 4 sticks and if your ram was known to be good in your prior build it probably still is, but it wouldn't hurt to check them individually.
But when you go to 2 sticks dual channel use slots A2/B2 AND TRY setting your clocks manually to 1333 (9-9-9-24) and check voltage is 1.5v or even 1.55-1.6v ... if that's stable then add the other 2 sticks in A1/B1 before using XMP settings or upping the clocks to the Ivy Bridge Bios default 1600.

EDIT: When and if you get to 4 sticks make sure your Bios "Command Rate" setting is 2N (2T for oldschoolers) NOT 1N.
Not trying to complicate things but you could also try upping your VCCSA and VTT voltages ...

3) Try your Ivy Bridge processor even before you update the bios from 2.10?
Edited by TomcatV - 7/18/12 at 12:08pm
 
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So I've tried about every combination in the various slots. Even tried different RAM, no change. Haven't tried either of my IB CPUs .
I'll try flashing it to the 2.20 BIOS see if anything changes. I'm kind of doubting it'll help quite honestly. I think that both of the B slots are dead.
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