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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here. I have come across a ton of useful info here in the past, so I am hoping that some of you gurus out there might be able to shed some light on this problem I'm having...

I bought the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard a couple years ago, with the intention of upgrading the CPU when I had the cash to do it. So, last week I jumped in with both feet and purchased the Intel EE 965 cpu (~$950), which appears to be the best CPU supported on this board (per the ASUS CPU support matrix).

Now to the problem... I installed the CPU with an intel stock cooler, and tried to boot -- Nothing. All fans spun up, mobo LED lights, but no POST, no Video... Nothing. Ive dug through all settings on the board's BIOS, to no avail. Ive tried removing all but essential components, also no dice.

I am using this same mobo with an Intel P4 550 to type this thread right now. The board has been rock solid with this CPU for over a year now, with NO problems whatsoever. So, I do not believe that the mobo is defective...

So, Ive written ASUS support on this, and this is what they had to say:

"I suspect you may have an incompatible processor. Intel made 2 different EE CPUs with the 3.73 Ghz clock speed:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9AN

and this one

http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL7Z4

The second one is branded as a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, while the first is the 'Pentium Extreme Edition 965'. Only the first one will work on the board, as it is the one with the C1 stepping. You can verify which one you have by looking at the CPU itself. In the printed information on the processor, you will see the 'SL' number, as referenced in the above links. If it is 'SL9AN' then you have the right part. If it's SL7Z4, then someone sold you a processor that is NOT an EE965 and it won't work with the board. Otherwise, if you have the 965, I would suspect that the CPU itself may be defective, as the board only needs BIOS 0403 or higher (which you have a higher version already, it would appear) to 'see' the processor correctly. If you feel the issue is with the motherboard then contact RMA at (510) 739-3777 option 2 for testing or replacement of the board."

I thought this was a bit odd, as their CPU support matrix clearly lists BOTH the SL7Z4 AND the SL9AN as supported on this board. Ive written them back with this info, hoping for some clarification, but based on my previous support experiences with ASUS, I don't expect much help from them...

Unfortunately, I bought the CPU on eBay, and it has no markings whatsoever on it. I am thinking that it could possibly be an engineering spec, but Im not sure at this point. Feedback for this same item from this seller is ALL positive, which leads me to believe that the CPU is what was advertised. I have contacted the seller, who has agreed to exchange this CPU for the other EE 3.73Ghz CPU that he has in stock, but I dont really want to do that if this is infact the EE 965, as the P4 EE 3.73 is a less powerful processor... it is not dual-core, and has about half the L2 cache as compared to the EE 965, from my understanding.

I am hoping that someone somewhere has had a similar issue, and was able to resolve it... or you Gurus out there might know a trick or two to get this working.

System Specs:

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard.
Intel EE 965 (stock cooling) (using the P4 HT 550@3.4 right now).
4Gb OCZ DDR2-800 Gold Edition (PC6400) (4x1gb).
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro (512Mb).
OCZ GameXStream 1000W PSU.
6 WD Hdd's Totaling just under 2TB.
2x BenQ DL-DVDRW.
Fans: 4x 120mm (3 intake, 1 exhaust), 1x 200mm (exhaust).
Stock CPU and GPU cooling.
All stuffed into an Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case, comfortably.

Any help you guys may be able to offer is appreciated! I would hate to think that Ive just wasted over $900 on a CPU that is supposedly supported on this board
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here. I have come across a ton of useful info here in the past, so I am hoping that some of you gurus out there might be able to shed some light on this problem I'm having...

I bought the ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard a couple years ago, with the intention of upgrading the CPU when I had the cash to do it. So, last week I jumped in with both feet and purchased the Intel EE 965 cpu (~$950), which appears to be the best CPU supported on this board (per the ASUS CPU support matrix).

Now to the problem... I installed the CPU with an intel stock cooler, and tried to boot -- Nothing. All fans spun up, mobo LED lights, but no POST, no Video... Nothing. Ive dug through all settings on the board's BIOS, to no avail. Ive tried removing all but essential components, also no dice.

I am using this same mobo with an Intel P4 550 to type this thread right now. The board has been rock solid with this CPU for over a year now, with NO problems whatsoever. So, I do not believe that the mobo is defective...

So, Ive written ASUS support on this, and this is what they had to say:

"I suspect you may have an incompatible processor. Intel made 2 different EE CPUs with the 3.73 Ghz clock speed:

http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL9AN

and this one

http://processorfinder.intel.com/det...px?sSpec=SL7Z4

The second one is branded as a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, while the first is the 'Pentium Extreme Edition 965'. Only the first one will work on the board, as it is the one with the C1 stepping. You can verify which one you have by looking at the CPU itself. In the printed information on the processor, you will see the 'SL' number, as referenced in the above links. If it is 'SL9AN' then you have the right part. If it's SL7Z4, then someone sold you a processor that is NOT an EE965 and it won't work with the board. Otherwise, if you have the 965, I would suspect that the CPU itself may be defective, as the board only needs BIOS 0403 or higher (which you have a higher version already, it would appear) to 'see' the processor correctly. If you feel the issue is with the motherboard then contact RMA at (510) 739-3777 option 2 for testing or replacement of the board."

I thought this was a bit odd, as their CPU support matrix clearly lists BOTH the SL7Z4 AND the SL9AN as supported on this board. Ive written them back with this info, hoping for some clarification, but based on my previous support experiences with ASUS, I don't expect much help from them...

Unfortunately, I bought the CPU on eBay, and it has no markings whatsoever on it. I am thinking that it could possibly be an engineering spec, but Im not sure at this point. Feedback for this same item from this seller is ALL positive, which leads me to believe that the CPU is what was advertised. I have contacted the seller, who has agreed to exchange this CPU for the other EE 3.73Ghz CPU that he has in stock, but I dont really want to do that if this is infact the EE 965, as the P4 EE 3.73 is a less powerful processor... it is not dual-core, and has about half the L2 cache as compared to the EE 965, from my understanding.

I am hoping that someone somewhere has had a similar issue, and was able to resolve it... or you Gurus out there might know a trick or two to get this working.

System Specs:

ASUS P5WD2-E Premium Motherboard.
Intel EE 965 (stock cooling) (using the P4 HT 550@3.4 right now).
4Gb OCZ DDR2-800 Gold Edition (PC6400) (4x1gb).
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro (512Mb).
OCZ GameXStream 1000W PSU.
6 WD Hdd's Totaling just under 2TB.
2x BenQ DL-DVDRW.
Fans: 4x 120mm (3 intake, 1 exhaust), 1x 200mm (exhaust).
Stock CPU and GPU cooling.
All stuffed into an Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case, comfortably.

Any help you guys may be able to offer is appreciated! I would hate to think that Ive just wasted over $900 on a CPU that is supposedly supported on this board
its not the CPU .. its your OS your not running 64 bit os , i just did the same thing i have the EE 965 3.73 Ghz sl9an it will not boot with out the EM64T enabled.. it will try but it can not load with the window 32 bit os .. go to intel and type in the 965 . it reads ..

".processors will not operate (includeing 32-bit operation ) without an intel 64 archecture -enabled bios ."

i have been reading up on this same topic .. and yes you can try the 3.73 without herting your computer but it wont boot up ...nothing wrong with the cpu it self ... we learn as we go .. and you are running 32 bit os ....


hope that helps ..

there are a lot of good tects here but i beleive thats the problem.

.i wanted to upgrade to the EE 965 but found it may be easyer to upgrade my mobo to a ECS p965T for 49.99 first !

but i have taken note this EE 965 3.73 needs the 64 bit OS ..

your system profile says your running a 32 bit os .. is why made this reply ...
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