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Fixed my issue. It appears the BIOS allows you to select only one hard drive as a boot, and in the advanced settings you can swap which drive you want it to be. The clock was a Windows Time file that was corrupted - just took a stop service command and a re-register and its fixed. smile.gif
    
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Hey guys,
I am doing my first build in 20 years (well, since my CPM days!). I am replacing a machine re purposed to WHSv1 and used mostly for network shares file serving (media) and some transcoding with something that will grow . My old wHS is topped off at 6.5 of its 7 tb max.

So I am building a win8 machine based on an third gen i3, the Sabertooth Z77 1155, and a coolermaster full tower as a server/ light transcoder replacement..
The ram, sdd and hdds are is on order, bu as I have the new PSU, case, processor and board, I assembled those.

I decided to power up to make sure PSU is ok and got three beeps.

My question is this: does anyone know if that is a normal beep pattern with no ram installed?


Apologies ahead of time for this not being an overclock build, but this forum as the largest sabertooth thread on the net. It is friday night and I cant call asus to ask about it until Monday.

Build:
Assembled so far:
Coolermaster full HAF 932 advanced
Sabertooth Z77 1155
Core i3 3225 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Boxed
Seasonic MI12 II 620 Bronze

On order:
SSD 128G|SAMSUNG MZ-7PC128N/AM for OS
3x WDRed 3TB
MEM 4Gx2|G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

In hand:
Win 8
two 2TB consumer grade drives

Second question: I may have ordered the wrong ram It isn't here yet, coming Tuesday from newegg, but I ordered, G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

I dont see that exactly on the official list: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/SABERTOOTH_Z77/SABERTOOTH-Z77-Memory-QVL.pdf

Should I find something exactly on that list? Or does that look close enough?

Thanks in advance
post #3493 of 6919
RAM should be fine...

But the CPU may be an issue...

Look for a thin white bar code sticker along the edge of the mobo, the last 4 numbers will indicate the bios version the board shipped with.
You'll need at least version 1015 to support that CPU.
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Grunion,
a) Thanks so much! Says 1504.
b) Are the three beeps a normal condition with no ram and no hdds? I have double checked all connections. cpu seated perfect.
c) I see there are two iterations of bios passed 1504. it is along thread to peruse, is bios flash to latest advisable? safe for moderate tech background?
d) all case and CPU fans are spinning but the tiny fans that came with the sabertooth are not. plugs are set fine. seem normal?
all best and thanks.
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Hi Aero,

b. I didn't see a GPU listed in your components. Do you have one installed? According to the manual, one continuous beep followed by three short beeps means no VGA detected. There is no option for three short beeps alone, but a repeated long beep followed by 2 short beeps means no memory detected. I suspect your three beeps would be one of these two scenarios. In any event, this seems to indicate that your PSU is operational, which is what you were trying to figure out in the first place. smile.gif

c. I'm using 1708 myself and not having any issues, but if you're concerned about bugs with newer BIOS you can always start with 1504 while you get your rig built and update later. The BIOS flash button makes it very, very simple!

d. My board starts all the case fans at or before the post, but the little fans on the armor don't start till about 5 seconds after the post, typically when the windows screen is loading. So I think you're fine as far as that goes

Just a final note - I know you wanted to test you test your PSU so here are some thoughts:

- You won't really know if your PSU is powerful enough to run your rig until you've built it and done some stress testing. PSUs can lose output over a few hours usage (better quality brands less so) so after extended use you could run into problems if your PSU is bare minimum wattage for your needs. But this isn't something you'll be able to tell just from booting. My first custom rig I had a 750w corsair running an ROG board, Xfire 6970s, a 1090T and 5 case fans and it was fine for about 2 hours but if I were gaming it would just die unexpectedly. Thought it was a RAM problem, turned out it was the PSU. But I digress...

- If in the future you want to just test out to see if your PSU is producing any output, you can take a paperclip and stick one end in the green connector and the other in a black ground connector of the 24-pin (leave all other mobo connections unconnected). This creates a load that will allow you to connect and power other components like fans or disk drives and is how water coolers use their pumps to fill their loops without powering the whole system on and off over and over again. Oh and make sure to wrap some electrical tape around the paperclip or insulate it in some way because if it touches metal it can short out your PSU.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
    
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TigerStripes,
Thanks for all your answers.
I guess this question is going to sound like an anathema(sorry!) on this board, but is a gpu required with my i3 3325? This is going to serve as a windows 8 storage spaces monster, >99% of the time headless and admined from another pc. really I have the sabertooth because it seems like a robust board. I didnt want to go with an atom setup because I will be doing some transcoding. I got the board and processor together for about $120 off bundled so it made sense to me.

Have I made a mistake in not getting a gpu? not a big deal I can pick up up an inexpensive one. but the i3 does have on board graphics from what I understand. wont onboard function with no gpu?
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I've never made use of the onboard graphics on my chip so you might need to rely on someone with more experience. But in theory, I think you're correct and don't need an additional GPU. Which could mean a couple of things for your troubleshooting. 1, that we're misinterpreting the beep code as a VGA failure when in fact it IS the memory not detected code. 2, that the onboard graphics require RAM to function properly, thus leading to the VGA not detected code, or 3, something else is at fault that's beyond my expertise.

My gut feeling is that its the first option, since you DO have onboard graphics and DON'T have any RAM installed. Do the three beeps you're hearing repeat? There would be a pause between each set of three.

I would also do a google or search of the forums here for onboard graphics, maybe in the intel CPU subforum, and see what people with more experience than myself are saying
    
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Ok Aero - I'm no pro, but here's my take on it:
-Graphics card isn't needed -> more so the i3, if I'm not mistaken has iGPU anyway -> in-built graphics that are actually half decent
-RAM looks fine, although you never know, but I highly doubt it is that
-PSU has enough power, or else it wouldn't boot up, let alone beep -> more so, the PSU you have is enough to power my GTX660ti, and an i7, let alone your "less power hungry" rig.

Here's what I think it is:
Have you made SURE you plugged all the wires in from the PSU?
This might sound utterly silly, but check the CPU fan header connection, the motherboard power connection -> I remember when they weren't properly in, my old pc wouldn't boot up and come with beeping errors.

So double check all connections are firmly in.
Finally, you can try updating your bios via USB - to the latest one, in case it is the bios that's having problems with win8.

Can I get something straight - are you booting up, or is it not getting past POST?
post #3499 of 6919
Tigerstripes, thanks.
I will wait until the rest of the components come mid next week. I think your idea that the three beeps could be insufficient ram to power integrated graphics is a likely explanation.
My inclination is to put together a couple of parts of something and test each step before adding complexity, but in this case that could be causing me faults that wont exist once whole thing is assembled.
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Dubbed,
I am sorry. I have been doing some preliminary check before rest of my components arrive in a few days . I think it best to wait to until I have ram in before bothering you guys again.
I am not booting as I don't even have a drive in. I am getting nothing out of video out HDMI, but I guess that is also lack of ram. This was a test of: case, z77, CPU, PSU so far. I have triple checked all connections now.
I get one long, two short, beep sequence. I also get no activity on small on board fans. Main case fans and cpu fan are all spinning
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