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Help Please. Motherboard issue maybe? FX 8120 and asus m5a99x evo

post #1 of 13
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Ok here we go.

Asus m5a99x evo

AMD FX 8120
corsair xms3 ddr3 1600
1tb barracuda
use to have a gtx 285 installed but now i have an old 8600 gts
thermaltake 550w

Last post i had on here was because i thought i had a gpu issue. but now im thinking mobo.

this has always bothered me, when booting up my boot device led comes on and it will post 3 times saying theres no drives found, then every 4th time yes every 4th it boots straight to windows like nothing happened

symptoms before included, artifacts on the screen, freezing and crashing while in bf3, gpu getting quite hot, and when using OCCT the card would heat up to 86c in 2.5 min! OCCT also said i had problems with the CPU. I did overclock my CPU with the asus software from 3.1 to 4 and was working fine for 3-4 months then i started having these problems.



Ok so now i did a fresh install, reset cmos, removed battery, removed extra hdd, flashed most recent bios, used a different GPU, at a stock cpu clock, and removed all my hard ware from my case and is now sitting on my desk like open heart surgery because i wanted to rule out a short, every once and a while when i bumped my desk it would restart.

So far so good, stressed the cpu and it was fine 100% at like 52c GPU is stable and runs at an even 77c, no crashing when bumped and seems good.

but still on start up i get my boot device led coming on and it posts 3 times then boots to windows....... wth is going on. ive never had this many problems with my computer in my life...
post #2 of 13
try re-flashing the bios, sounds like motherboards crapping out or bios corruption, the posting 3 times you mentioned hints at bios corruption if reflashing doesnt help get new motherboard wink.gif
post #3 of 13
I got the exact same problem.

ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.9GHz/4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
ASUS ENGT440 DC SL/DI/1GD3 GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
hec Zephyr MX 750 750W Peak Output
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

I thought it was my SSD being my first boot device (and having no mechanical hard drive).
But you having the same problem tells me the type of hard drive is probably not an issue.
I upgraded bios and it did not go away.

My whole setup runs very well. It just does the triple-bios-device-not-detected dance every time I boot.


I have my drives connected like:
SATA1 = SSD boot drive
SATA3 = ASUS DVD Burner
SATA5 = ASUS DVD Burner
SATA2, SATA4, and SATA6 unused.

I still am going to try moving my DVD connections (or just remove the DVDs) and see what happens.


I am curious as to your SATA connection setup.


Good luck to you. You are not the only person with this problem.

I will re-post if I solve this.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
i only have 4 pin eatx12v plugged into the mobo. getting a new powersupply this weekend and hooking up the 8 pin theses processors are super power hungry.\

i only crash under a load most of the time. if it works ill keep you updated
post #5 of 13
I tried swapping my SATA drives around. No change.

I tried having ONLY the main SSD (OS) hard drive connected. No change.

I tried replacing the CMOS battery. No change.

So I put it all back the way I had it.

Everything on my rig still works kick-butt, balls-to-the-wall, a very killer
build, EXCEPT when booting the BIOS says "device not detected" two
times BEFORE doing the proper boot. This irritant only takes a three
seconds of the boot time, so I guess I am gonna just "get over it".

If I ever figure this out I will post back here.
post #6 of 13
You guys know that Asus has the HDD's set AHCI by default? 3 times suggest your settings are not correct,also make sure you have the latest bios.
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post #7 of 13
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ill go check, i think i changed it already. i get the mem ok button on mine and i look on the list of compatable ram and mines not on there so im off to get some new ram.
post #8 of 13
gsbmueller -- Did the new RAM work?

I tried loading a one-version-old bios. No effect.

I reloaded the latest bios (from a fresh download). No effect.

I turned the AHCI off (not optimal for SATA drives). No effect.
I turned AHCI back on. No effect.

I turned the bios "splash screen" off. No effect, but less
annoying, triple boot is less apparent.

My system still absolutely kicks butt. Mint Linux with VirtualBox
can run Windows FASTER as a virtual machine than my
Core Duo 2GHz system. In fact, I can run 4 or 5 virtual windows
of different flavors (XP, Windows 7) at the SAME TIME faster
than my Core Duo can run one.
Edited by passlogin - 5/9/12 at 6:35am
post #9 of 13
hello,
which ports are you using?
the 6gb ports or the 3gb ports please?
use the 6gb ,the others are for dvd drives.
    
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post #10 of 13
I am using the 6MB ports for all.

In my troubleshooting, I tried disconnecting the DVDs altogether, leaving ONLY the main SSD connected on the 6MB port marked #1 (no other drives connected at all).
Still does the "triple-boot".
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