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So last week after installing some fans, the computer refused to start up. Just beeped like crazy.

A couple days ago I took everything apart and tested things out the best I could with the time I had/have.

At first I thought it was just loose power somewhere. So that was the first thing to check once I took it apart. Perfect, that got rid of the beeping, but still no luck getting it to start. Just froze on start-up and would restart.

Next on the list, RAM. I take all the ram out, and run memtest on each dimm. After hours of testing out each one I rule out that the memory is fine.

I try starting up with just one dimm, KIND of works. Have to have the windows disk in, do a repair and restart, every time. And even then, sometimes it will freeze on start up. This time it doesn't restart, just freezes.

However, if I ever have more memory installed, or additional hard drives installed, it will NEVER get into windows. Just freezes.

I literally don't know what to try next. If I could get something to work consistently, I could at least use that as a stepping off point. But with everything being as inconsistent as it is I don't know where to begin next.

The couple times I have been in windows, everything has been just fine and never froze. Just issues during start up.

I've tested out all the hard drives separately as well as all the ram.

Everything has been reset to stock settings, so it's not an unstable overclock or anything like that.

Tried booting into an old Ubuntu live disk. No luck. Same kind of issue.

Thoughts?
 
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Are you sure you installed the fans correctly?
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hmm, maybe ur cmos cleared and u need to set it to ACHI mode?

sounds simple, and i hope the solution is.
   
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Quote:
Originally Posted by E-Peen View Post
Are you sure you installed the fans correctly?
lol. Yup. Everything just went into the fan controller.

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Originally Posted by ggoodd View Post
hmm, maybe ur cmos cleared and u need to set it to ACHI mode?

sounds simple, and i hope the solution is.
Nope. I wish it was the simple =(





And for some reason. The Startup Repair sometimes repairs things automatically by doing a restore, sometimes it says that it cannot repair it automatically.
 
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Sounds like a hard drive issue if it's trying / running repair every time you start up.
post #6 of 13
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What could the hard drive issue be though? Running windows memory diagnostic right now. I'll do a chkdsk after that.


Edit:

Windows memory diagnostic found nothing wrong with the one dimm I have installed.

Booted right into windows. Ran chkdsk on the second drive and LWS.exe stopped working during the check on the second drive.

Scheduled chkdsk to run on the SSD on next startup (assuming it will get that far, lol). Just waiting for it to finish checking the secondary disk (640GB, used for programs while the 80GB ssd is more or less just OS and main programs).
Edited by deafboy - 10/19/11 at 11:14pm
 
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post #7 of 13
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Fell asleep while it was doing the chkdsk on both disks... no idea what the result of the chkdsk was, but I woke up to the computer frozen on the Win7 start-up screen.

So I guess I will take one of my spare hard drives. Have that be the only one plugged in and try installing windows and try and figure out if it's my SSD/back-up drive or if is something else.

Tear it back apart this weekend and test each component... just glad I have another 775 rig.
 
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Its crazy how installing simple things can make things go crazy. I honestly would install the olds fans and put it exactly like you had it when it was running right. If this fixes it then maybe the fans are causing some sort of voltage spike that the board doesnt like, i really dont know what the explanation would be if changing fans fixed it.
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Fixed it. lol. I feel like an absolute idiot looking back at it.

I can't remember if I installed it the same night as the fans, but I most certainly forgot to remove it during the debugging. An old SATA PCI card. Nothing was plugged into it but for some reason my computer most certainly didn't like it. Took it out and it booted right up.

Doh!

I guess the good news is everything is working like new and I got the chance to rearrange some cables. Just for kicks and giggles here's a crappy cell phone pics.



and at stock settings...lol. Balance.



Still cleaning things up, but it works and doesn't seem to have any issues what so ever. lol. I guess testing each component isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Edited by deafboy - 10/20/11 at 8:33pm
 
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So now I feel like I may have really screwed up.

Since everything was going well I decided to restart and set up one of my old overclocks. Booted into 3.6 just fine, started up IBT and after the first run it just shut down. I figured I just missed a setting and that I would just need to restart and adjust things. Press the power button, nothing.

Open the case up and reset the CMOS and pull the battery. Let it sit for a few minutes, put the battery back in, plug it back in and press the power button. The PSU sounds like it discharged energy or something, but nothing happened aside from that when pressed. No audio/visual queues from the motherboard or any other component.

 
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