Call me nuts, plain crazy or persistant...but I got ' some ' life now...beep error code after I did the following:
Still trying to get that PCI VGA, and seeming to have only use for 5 hours of sleep a day, I couldn't leave it to rest till that card was there. I have a small flask of good 'ol Freon I only use for those special occasions, this is one. Took out a load of cotton swabs and started cleaning every tiny bit taking extra care of the connectors. Now I did seem to have some VGA or RAM related feelings with the machine going down quickly so spend some extra time there. Tried to start her up....same result but what a nice and shiny board!
So, after having searched videos on youtube and watch countless movies that are just a waste of time, I found an interesting one. A guy had a board that had a similar issue, he took the board and heated it up too hot to touch with a strip painter gun.
(Made some sense to me. Thinking about the fact I only started about a month or 2 ago to OC the board to find it's limits it did heat up nicely and might have affected the solder or anything metal/connection related having run stock for 5 years. Nothing extreme though, standard voltages on NB and CPU).
You guessed it, lined it up and fired up the gun. Some thorough heating (obviously from the back
), hitting the memory and PCIe slots a bit extra. No smoke but it got hot
Motherboard back on it's little feet, hooked up the 24 and 8 pin power...the speaker, turn on and BEEEEEP BEEP BEEP. YAAAAAAA
Well...a little yaaaa, still got to figure out what's going on. Did cost me a bios chip (dang), but getting this board back again is worth much more. Still can't believe this got something started. Stay tuned
EDIT: Just did some testing with memory (the beeps mean 'no memory present'), I tried several different sticks in almost all possible configurations...and I can conclude that as soon as memory goes in it doesn't POST.
Nothing installed (just CPU), memory missing beep code.
Only 1 stick in any slot, no post.
Just the PCIe VGA in, no memory, memory missing beep code
Don't think the VGA has anything to do with it...changes are small but it's possible. The likely problem is memory or the memory controller is what I can see, allright, more searching to do (and any input is welcome...I think this topic might restart in a different thread focusing on the memory)Edited by pel666 - 9/24/15 at 2:10pm