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Seems an RMA of my OC-Force is in order isnt it? /sigh

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Sigh. Ive spent days, hour after hour end on end dialing in my OC and was nearing completion (ie: playtime!) when I got a bit too zealous w/ my vring and set it too low. PC froze during HyperPi and I reset it to bump it back up to where it was, and call it a day.

Needless to say, it didn't post after the readjustment and I had recognized the symptom to a T, due to the fact I had recently upgraded from 2 dimms to 4 and it had happened initially as well.

Frustrated because i'd have to reset my bios and pull out all but 1 stick to change my ram timings and re-add them, then reconfigure again.. I commenced.

After getting into windows I added the rest of the ram and POOF, no post again. Debug LED just hung on 15 and reset over and over.

Next I spent 2+ hours changing ram around, changing ram slots, changing ram settings (had to pull all sticks but 1 out to get into bios, then re-add each time to do this) and even reflashed my bios to make sure a corruption issue wasn't causing it.

After realizing that it booted every time with a stick in the furthest slot, I tried each stick there. No problem. (figured as much considering the ram was brand new and from corsair) then I started trying the different slots. Now im not sure if z87 boards only post with ram in the furthest slot if there aren't more than 1 but I tried all the slots with 1 stick, and Surprise!! only the far 2 would allow me to post. I also tried 2 sticks. One in the furthest, one a few slots down... no post. However 2 of them in the right two slots, no problem.

So, it seems to me that either A) dual channel config isn't working, or B) the left 2 dim's are wasted.

Can this have anything to do with the chip? I know they put the IMC on the chip and I do have a spare (that's new and id hate to open for nothing cause im considering selling) but if a chip can be causing my dim's not to work.

Basically im at a loss.

Anyone able to suggest anything I haven't tried before I get stuck with no pc for god knows how long while gigabyte RMA's me one.

To that effect, if I cant fix this and I do RMA, do they have one of those things where they will send out the board ahead of time if I let them hold my cc number?.

ughgh Thanks for any suggestions you guys can offer >.<<br />

signed
suicidal pc enthusiast
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You never mentioned if you reset the CMOS, or loaded the optimized defaults. So have you done it? And which UEFI version it's running atm?
Edited by DeXel - 9/14/13 at 7:26pm
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of course I have =P about 100x - tried the button, tried the jumper, and even tried removing the battery. Tried disconnecting the psu and even tried 2 different bios.

Mind you - this happened after it had been working just fine for days w/ the new ram.

I came here to post that I got it running w/ all four sticks again btw. You wouldn't believe what the fix was. TBH I don't even understand it so maybe someone can give me some insight. I wasted hooooours troubleshooting this and all I did to fix it was take off my EK supremacy, lift up my chip, look at the socket, drop the chip back down, and crank the waterblock back on top of it. Power ON, and all was well. ***?!

I mean im relieved but also worried. Worried because by lifting it off I disturbed the phobya liquid metal TIM I am using which means I need to re-apply for optimal temps. That means I have to open'er up again. Im mortified now when I put it back down I'll be back at ground zero =P

Anyhow, only thing I can think of is that the fact that im running naked and delid (no socket lever/bracket holding the chip down) coupled with the weight of the block and tubing and mobo being vertical caused it to shift downward a hair over time which moved a pin just enough off of a pad that controlled the other memory channel? Sound possible'ish? Other than something along those lines, I have NFC. I am just very very glad its better.

I had read up on gigabytes RMA process and god I don't know what I was thinking even supporting them by buying this board. I am looking looking looking for someone w/ a classified that wants to swap if for nothing else than the awful hugger orange that matches nothing =P
Anyways, im getting off track again! They don't do advanced replacement w/ CC under any circumstance, so they actually think its feasible to leave someone without a computer for over a month?!? perhaps they do that intentionally, probably saves them thousands of RMA's.

See my other thread regarding an attempted RMA on an x58 board and they wouldn't even repair it for me. They seem to be a real class act.

Till next time guys! TY for the replies!
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testing once more
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lol well no clue why it did it twice. but I had to do it somewhere and this seemed like as good a thread as any. FINALLY, I know how to upload pics here huzzah!
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lift up my chip, look at the socket, drop the chip back down, and crank the waterblock back on top of it.

Anyhow, only thing I can think of is that the fact that im running naked and delid (no socket lever/bracket holding the chip down) coupled with the weight of the block and tubing and mobo being vertical caused it to shift downward a hair over time which moved a pin just enough off of a pad that controlled the other memory channel?

That could be pretty much it.
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I had read up on gigabytes RMA process and god I don't know what I was thinking even supporting them by buying this board.

I'm not sure what have you heard, but their RMA process is pretty good. Customer service could be better though.
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Perhaps I just picked the wrong results after googling about it and got the negative ones. That coupled with the long turn around time (6 weeks is unacceptable) and the fact that they wont do advanced replacement under any circumstance is just horrible. Not to mention the complete and utter refusal to help me fix a board that was made by THEM.

Ive been sitting in the bios this entire time while talking to you, im about to set my settings and reboot... that will be the moment of truth persay. MAN I thought I had wasted my IMC via overclocking and I was cranking up all my voltages real high to try and get a post with no luck. I hope I didn't make it worse for wear. FFS what a night lol. We have all felt it, the immense stress relief when something like this happens and we resolve it. Talk about computer nerd syndrome lol
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