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Alright a little history lesson here. I've been running my sig rig for at least 4 years now in the current configuration. Power supply had to be swapped out once but ither than that, rock solid. I've been running the computer pretty much 24/7 for three years in my bedroom on top of my desk.

Alright so here's the problem I'm running into. The other day I powered off my computer for 24 hours, first time in maybe a couple of months. While I was at work my GF turned on my computer and noticed that the main power strip and my UPS both had their circuit breakers tripped. She then turned everything back else on and started up the computer. She said it go to the windows login screen but when she typed in the password it just hung with an hourglass.

Forward until I get home 3 hours later and the computer is still hanging at the login screen. I restarted the computer and it got to windows again and then imediately restarted again. It did this about two more times then it couldn't get past the mobo boot screen. Now it only boots to a code 88 on the mobo.

Since the mobo is only giving me a code 88 I reset the BIOS many different ways. Switched the jumper, held the reset and power button, and took out the battery for 12 hours. Nothing seemed to work so I assumed that the power supply must have gone bad. Everything powers on correctly, fans spin, mobo lights light up. I have a power supply tester so I tested it. All the test lighs come on. I bought a new power supply and hooked it up and still get post code 88.

I'm really stuck on this one and I hope you guys can help me out. I would rather not have to go buy various parts and test everything to see what is bad.

Thanks again,

Ken

Please feel free to ask any questions if I didn't cover enough of my problem.
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I would probably disconnect everything and take it out of the case and connect just the essentials (Clear CMOS, connect nothing except for 1 DDR3 module (test each dimm as well when you get a chance), 1 hard drive, CPU and of course the cooler (stock cooler would be better), on-board GPU if you have it and finally just the keyboard and mouse, hopefully, that should post, if not, you would have to do some further testing.......

I understand you have 3 hard drives on RAID 0 and connecting only one won't allow you to boot to Windows, but it should hopefully post, while you're at it and if it does post, test each hard drive, again if it does post, connect all three and continue testing.

Report back when you have tried that. thumb.gif
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88 means BIOS info is corrupt/unreadable. You might be stuck. You could need a new BIOS chip, which likely isn't easy to find.

One member here somehow fixed the 88 by reseating the cpu. Worth a shot, but unlikely to help.

EDIT- here we are! http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOS-CHIP-DFI-LANPARTY-UT-X48-T2R-/260796756565?pt=US_Motherboard_Components&hash=item3cb8b2b255
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Tried reseating everything to no avail.

I thought about replacing the bios chip and saw that post on eBay. What's worrying me though is what caused that power spike and the circuit breakers to trip. Something must have blown? For 12 bucks though I might try replacing the bios chip.
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I would probably disconnect everything and take it out of the case and connect just the essentials (Clear CMOS, connect nothing except for 1 DDR3 module (test each dimm as well when you get a chance), 1 hard drive, CPU and of course the cooler (stock cooler would be better), on-board GPU if you have it and finally just the keyboard and mouse, hopefully, that should post, if not, you would have to do some further testing.......

I understand you have 3 hard drives on RAID 0 and connecting only one won't allow you to boot to Windows, but it should hopefully post, while you're at it and if it does post, test each hard drive, again if it does post, connect all three and continue testing.

Report back when you have tried that. thumb.gif

Did you try what I mentioned above? If so what were the results? Also do you have another mobo you can test?

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I might try replacing the bios chip.

Did you try that?
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Tried reseating and stripping everything down. Tried a new bios chip too. I think either the motherboard or CPU is dead. I'm leaning more towards the mobo.

At this point I'm thinking of just buying a new mobo, CPU, and memory.
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