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Alright, I called ASUS (apparently pronounced "A-SooS" which I've never called it) and the tech told me to try taking out one of my dual-channel RAM sticks, which didn't help. Sooo, I emailed their tech support the problem and hopefully someone Monday-Friday can help.
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post #22 of 32
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ok, small update on steps I've taken in my work to resolve the system hang on updating the DMI (which, according to my mobo manual, is the last step before loading the OS):
1. rearrange RAM in various permutations
2. dismantle my RAID and clear the HDD's, then clear the CMOS
3. flash the BIOS to the most recent version from ASUS
4. remove all expansion boards except my video card
5. remove everything except my video card, HDD's, and one IDE DVD drive
6. remove my SATA HDD's and replace with an older IDE drive

None of this has worked. It still gives me the same hang every time. I am running out of ideas quick.

My current last-ditch effort: install the dinky little sound card that came with teh Crosshair mobo. If the DMI controls resource management and reports IRQ's and such to the OS. This card's slot is smaller than anything I've ever seen and so is the card, so it's definitely dedicated When I put it in and turned the comp on, it did boot, so that's a good sign. But atm I'm just chalking it up to coincidence. I'll test more in the morning.

Also, the PCI slot just below this non-standard slot doesn't seem to be working, perhaps also screwing the BIOS. I haven't checked to see if this has changed since the installation of the small sound card, but before this I put my sound card in that slot and it acted like nothing was there. Moved it down to another PCI slot, detected it fine. Odd. I hope my mobo isn't damaged.

Anyone with any suggestions, I'm happy to hear them. Pulling my hair out over this. The system works flawlessly when it does boot, it's just the hanging before boot and constantly having to restart until it POSTs correctly.
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ok, small is not the right word, but I was trying to relay as much information as possible in case someone had an idea.
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post #24 of 32
Last resort = RMA. Sad to say but thats what it may come to.

Also, if you don't need the sound card that came with the board...theres probably an option just to disable it in BIOS if that is the problem. Just a FYI if you didn't know.

Do you have any other PCI devices to test in the slot? You're positive of no IRQ conflicts?
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post #25 of 32
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hey Pirates! I was just thinking about testing that slot with my wireless card. If it doesn't detect anything there with my wireless card, I think I'll cry. An IRQ conflict was what I was thinking before, but when I brought up the IRQ screen in windows it said no conflicts.

I'm not sure you would know anything about Crosshair's Phoenix BIOS, but do you know how to view IRQ info there? I can set IRQ management to manual, but the only options I have are "PCI device" and "reserved (for ISA)" and that's all the detail it goes into
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post #26 of 32
All I can say is google is your friend.

If it says no conflicts, it is probably right though.
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post #27 of 32
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yeah...I've tried dealing with ASUS's tech support but so far the response has been mediocre. Told me to try taking out one of my dual-channel RAM sticks... I did because I was desperate but no result.

I don't have another PCI-e video card to try in its place, and it would be a nightmare to get that thing out, considering the alterations I had to make the case and the fact that I cut my CPU watercooling tube too short so it just barely fits over teh video card. Took some finesse to get it in there in the first place.
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post #28 of 32
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and yes, I am sure it's fully and completely seated in the PCI-e slot


I had to raise my mobo off the case surface with several screw offsets because it was sitting way too low in the case for expansion card to both sit in the slots and be fitted properly to the outside of the case. The offsets from my CPU waterblock (the offsets were for the Intel installation) worked perfectly for this purpose.
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You have a Thermaltake case, Pirates, albeit of a much smaller size; did you have a problem with how the mobo sat in the casing? Maybe it's just because my case is expandable to BTX factor.
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You have a Thermaltake case, Pirates, albeit of a much smaller size; did you have a problem with how the mobo sat in the casing? Maybe it's just because my case is expandable to BTX factor.
I've had no problems...I think mine is expendable to BTX also.
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