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post #1 of 6
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Hello everybody!
I come with a ROG MOBO related problem. Yesterday I got all the pieces for my new desktop and I put them together...hoping for a flawless first time startup...but I never got that dream come true! tongue.gif Instead of a clean first run, there came a F2 message displayed on the debugging leds (which according to Asus manual means "Recovery process started" ), and the DVRAM_LED stays in a SOLID RED state. And it goes on like that for minutes in a row...without doing anything else...left it on going like that for 20 minutes and still no change.

I tryied all of my four sticks of RAM in different variations in different slots of memory, single channel, dual channel, and nothing happened. It keeps displaying F2 debug code and does nothing from there on.

As for startup beeps from the speaker, can't hear any. And yes i've installed a speaker from another PC (which works for sure because I've heard it beeping in the other PC). The display did not work either. I only see a full black screen, no flickers no nothing.

The configuration of the desktop sounds like this:
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Intel core i7 2600k
4x sticks of KingMax Nano Gaming RAM 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
Corsair CMPSU-850AX
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Super OC 1.53GB DDR5 384-bit
Other parts i don't think matter, as I didn't even bother connecting them to the rig because I could not even get a BIOS POST...

So I tryied starting the system with video card in the first PCIe slot, in the second PCIe slot, without the discrete video card too...hooked up the HDD to. No luck...

I also borrowed 2 stixs of "KingMax FBGA Mars 2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9" from a friend of mine and tryied them (I am sure they are not faulty because they work on my friend's PC). No luck with those either.

What am I to do? Am I dealing with a doa motherboard?

Please help
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by vlad0ltean;15614556 
Hello everybody!
I come with a ROG MOBO related problem. Yesterday I got all the pieces for my new desktop and I put them together...hoping for a flawless first time startup...but I never got that dream come true! tongue.gif Instead of a clean first run, there came a F2 message displayed on the debugging leds (which according to Asus manual means "Recovery process started" ), and the DVRAM_LED stays in a SOLID RED state. And it goes on like that for minutes in a row...without doing anything else...left it on going like that for 20 minutes and still no change.

I tryied all of my four sticks of RAM in different variations in different slots of memory, single channel, dual channel, and nothing happened. It keeps displaying F2 debug code and does nothing from there on.

As for startup beeps from the speaker, can't hear any. And yes i've installed a speaker from another PC (which works for sure because I've heard it beeping in the other PC). The display did not work either. I only see a full black screen, no flickers no nothing.

The configuration of the desktop sounds like this:
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Intel core i7 2600k
4x sticks of KingMax Nano Gaming RAM 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
Corsair CMPSU-850AX
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 Super OC 1.53GB DDR5 384-bit
Other parts i don't think matter, as I didn't even bother connecting them to the rig because I could not even get a BIOS POST...

So I tryied starting the system with video card in the first PCIe slot, in the second PCIe slot, without the discrete video card too...hooked up the HDD to. No luck...

I also borrowed 2 stixs of "KingMax FBGA Mars 2GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9" from a friend of mine and tryied them (I am sure they are not faulty because they work on my friend's PC). No luck with those either.

What am I to do? Am I dealing with a doa motherboard?

Please help

Exchange the board where you bought it or RMA it.
post #3 of 6
This may be a shot in the dark, but did you clear CMOS (either with button or removing battery for about 5 minutes)?
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
@ AMOCO
Hoping not to get to that point...still hoping in somt troubleshooting result

@nolimits882000
Yes I did, both by pressing botton on the I/O pannel and by moving the jumper on the mobo

UPDATE
I just removed the CMOS battery and after putting it back in, the debugger leds display eror code 58 which means ""CPU SELF TEST FAILED OR POSSIBLE CPU CACHE ERROR"

Gonna go out and buy som,e thermal paste and reinstall CPU. Any suggestion on what thermal paste I should use?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
ok so I went our and bought some thermal paste (Arctic Cooling MX-4) and reinstalled the CPU (checked if all pins looked ok and they did...none seemed damaged or bent in any way).
I've also installed only one DIMM in the furthest slot from the CPU. Same result, F2 debug code, and DRAM_LED stays in a solid red state. (not blinkink, not fluctuating intensity of light...just solid red)
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
OK so I found the source of the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

I was very lucky that my friend had purchased the almost exact PC as me, and thus we were able to swap components from one rig to another. So we started his PC today! we only installed the mobo, processor and rams on it to see if his mobo would go past the F2 debug code and it did, goint to 34 code which meant that some component like hdd or keybord are not found. No big deal. So while his PC started without any problems, mine was still getting stuck at F2 code(and I was still getting no signal to my monitor, while his rig was displaying image being able to go past POST procedure).

So we began swapping parts.
First we swapped PSU's. No change there. Than we swapped 1 stick of RAM (and we used the exact same stick of RAM with which we succesfully started his PC and we still had no luck with mine. And than in the end we swapped the CPU's (i7 2600k) and BANG!!! My rig also starts...very excited very happy...because I was thinking all along that it's a problem with the mobo.

Gonna go back to his place, try my CPU on his rig and if it doesn't start there either I'll send it back to where I purchsed it from.

Any of you got any suggestions like setting some parameters from BIOS with the good CPU and than swap CPU's and force the faulty CPU into starting somehow? Could I perform something like that...or sould I just send it to warranty?

P.S.1 in the end I assembled all my PC components except my own CPU and it also started...so it's deffenetly the CPU's fault.

P.S.2
Would appreciate getting some answers from you guys till tonight when I come back from school smile.gif
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