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I Found a Way to Destroy My Maximus SE

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Hey everyone,

Its been a while since I've been here, but a lot of you really helped me build my first PC a while back. I really appreciate it. Over the months, my Maximus SE motherboard northbridge temps were just getting too hot (48c idling and 56c load). After doing a few weeks worth of reading about it, I decided to take the plunge and try to replace the nb/sb heatsink with after market coolers. The entire process went pretty smooth, although it took a long time. After removing the fusion block nb/sb part, I installed a Thermalright HR-05 on the nb and a small Enzotech heatsink on the sb. After finally getting the PC put back together, I tried to boot it.

All of the fans started and the LCD poster came on and then it shut down. After a couple of seconds it rebooted on its own with the LCD poster stuck on "CPU INIT" and nothing showing on the screen (but all voltage indicators on the board were lit up green, orange, and red-on each one). I removed the CPU and cleaned it and the CPU heatsink and reinstalled it (nothing on the CPU seemed to be damaged). I also removed everything except 1 hard drive, the video card, 1 stick of memory, the CPU and a DVD drive. I might be forgetting something, but I had the PC stripped down to the bare necessities. Still, same problem. Nothing on the screen, all fans running, and the LCD poster is stuck on "CPU INIT."

This is my first build, but I thought I had followed instructions exactly right. I'm guessing I screwed the motherboard up when I was replacing the parts. I've read a ton of articles here and elsewhere for the past week, but can't find much specific information, so I thought I would ask your opinions. I don't have any spare processors or motherboards, so its hard for me to swap parts in and out to test them. I was just curious if anyone had experienced this or had any opinions on what I should do next. I really appreciate any help you might have, and thanks for taking the time to read through this.
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post #2 of 16
Did you try resetting your BIOS?

Re-seat CPU, RAM, check connectors?

Re-grease CPU? Re-seat cards?
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post #3 of 16
sounds like either the nb sink isnt fully seated, or cpu overheating

try putting stock nb cooler back on
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Originally Posted by AMD+nVidia View Post
Did you try resetting your BIOS?

Re-seat CPU, RAM, check connectors?

Re-grease CPU? Re-seat cards?
I did do those things a couple of times each.


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Originally Posted by Skullzaflare View Post
sounds like either the nb sink isnt fully seated, or cpu overheating

try putting stock nb cooler back on
I haven't tried that yet. I will give it a shot. That's probably going to take a few days. The first round took about 12 hours. I don't think I have it in me tonight. heheh.
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post #5 of 16
Maybe attach a fan to the NorthBridge to actively cool it?
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Maybe attach a fan to the NorthBridge to actively cool it?
I bought an 80mm Scythe fan that attaches to the Thermalright HR-05 and it has been attached the entire time. With the "CPU INIT" on the LCD, it makes me wonder if I somehow screwed the CPU up. But it looks fine and clean and it fit in just like it always has. I'm hoping the LCD poster message is not a CPU problem.
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post #7 of 16
I dont know how much difference this would make, but you didnt mention putting MOSFET coolers on, and I know the maximus has HUGE MOSFET heatsinks.
    
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post #8 of 16
Go check out the Asus forum for this board. You will most likely see a sticky called CPU INIT at the top.
This has been a big problem with ASUS boards starting with the first Striker Extreme. There are several fixes depending on witch one of the errors you are really getting. Good luck! You have a lot of reading ahead!
ASUS BIOS's have been getting horrible with each new product. Bleeding edge will make a first time buyer cry.
I'm going EVGA for now on, even though my striker is still up.
I had CPU INIT, I had to flip my CMOS battery and follow the step by step on the forum to fix it.

MAKE SURE THAT THE CLEAR CMOS BUTTON ON THE BOARD IS NOT PRESSED IN WHEN YOU ARE BOOTING UP! It may be that simple.
post #9 of 16
As the man above me said, try a full 30 min CMOS reset procedure (ie. take the battery out, disconnect all power, do the jumper work) and then try again. Otherwise, take it to a local tech shop and ask them to test it before you splurge on a new motherboard
post #10 of 16
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Thanks again for the advice. I'm going to start reading those threads and try your suggestions. I did notice the comment made about MOSFETS. I ordered a pair of MOSFETS when I ordered the HR-05, but I didn't use them. I was so worn out with the first part, I just left it alone. Was that a major mistake? Should I have replaced those also?
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