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Biostar TA790GX 128M - Stuck on Bios Splash

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I bought this board on eBay last week and the guy promises it is working. I'm inclined to believe him and that it is probably just something I've done wrong. I've built a few computers in my life time and have had small issues that I could usually solve, but I just don't have the energy to mess with this right now.

Basically, when I power it up I get the screen mentioning what video card I have in and then it moves to the screen shown here.



From here it never moves on. It says it is initializing the USB controller and when it finishes shows the amount of RAM installed and then just stops. I haven't been able to get any of the listed keys to do anything either. I was really just trying to get into the Bios at this point anyway, but hitting Del does nothing. I've rebooted numerous times, and also unplugged all of my hard drives because originally the HDD LED would stay solid when it would freeze. After unplugging a few drives that stopped, but didn't get me any further. Even with all drives unplugged I get nothing.

Oh and the error lights on the board are both on. According to the manual that means that the RAM and the CPU are both working as they should.

Specs:
TA790GX 128M
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+
GeForce 550ti
8gb OCZ Ram


Any ideas?
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post #2 of 14
how sure are you of your RAM and cpu?
 
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post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I pulled both out of a working machine 10 minutes before putting this build together.
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Welcome to OCN!

Clear the CMOS and then try booting with only one stick of ram....
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post #5 of 14
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That was actually one of my next tasks. Apparently this boards CMOS jumper is underneath my video card so I'll pull it out in a few and give this a try. I'll post back with results.
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hope cmos clear works..hmm..I had a similar problem;It turned out to be a bad BIOS chip.It would always hang @ "Checking NVRAM"
 
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post #7 of 14
It is more likely a HDD or rom is failing.
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post #8 of 14
If it would happen to be a corrupt BIOS chip, you can at least get a new one and replace it.... wink.gif
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I think it's possible that it might be the keyboard I'm using maybe. I don't have a wired keyboard in the house at all anymore for some reason. I've tried a couple of the wireless keyboards I have with no luck. I've used them both in preOS situations before, but maybe this MOBO doesn't like them.

Clearing CMOS and using 1 stick of ram I get a different screen, but the same result. This one says TSeries and has the options of Del to seup Bios and Tab(I believe) to see text screen. No keys get me past this screen either.
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post

It is more likely a HDD or rom is failing.

All HDD's are unplugged at this point.
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Originally Posted by xstefanx View Post

I think it's possible that it might be the keyboard I'm using maybe. I don't have a wired keyboard in the house at all anymore for some reason. I've tried a couple of the wireless keyboards I have with no luck. I've used them both in preOS situations before, but maybe this MOBO doesn't like them.

I think you may have hit upon it there....
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