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Hi Guys,

I am new to this forum because I am having an issue with the new system I am setting up. The system is what is currently being shown for my 2009 system.
I'll start from the beginning, but pretty much, the problem is that no display shows up after I turn it on. The code on the LED shows FF always!

From the beginning, I was installing a Swiftech Water cooling, and towards the end, it said something about using a paper-clip or PSU tester to short pin 13 and 14 of my 20 ATX power cable. (Mine is a 24 pin) I connected the power cable and the 8 pin cable to the MOBO with nothing else installed. The instructions for the liquid cooling stated to do this. But I did not short pin 13 and 14.

First question, would that of have maybe ruined my MOBO?

So after, we install everything, oh...by the way, when the very first time I turned on the MOBO with nothing installed other than liquid cooling and CPU, NO BEEP!

So than I installed one RAM, into slot 1, and 1 of my graphic cards. All wires are good and have been more than double checked. Graphic card runs, all lights turn on, water cooling works fine.

But I still here no BEEP! And the code is always reading FF! And no display.

We removed everything including the CPU, but NO BEEP!

I have called EVGA, they told me I should bridge connections when I want to only run the liquid cooling. Not sure how to use paper clip to short out pin 13 and 14. But I mean, why is it not working now, with almost everything installed?

By the way, this may be stupid of me, I just thought of this.....I have no hard drives installed. Would this make a difference?

I have ordered a PSU tester and should be coming in tomorrow, so hopefully my PSU is good. I mean I think it's a good one, it's a ThermalTake 1200W, so plenty of power and it's only been in use with my previous system for less then a year, November 2008 to be exact.

Anyways....I have been reading lots of forums. I have done some of what everyone has been saying. But no result! I have cleared CMOS, reset MOBO.

I did see someone writing like 20 steps in what to do in case of a FF code.
What does "Jumper Clear CMOS Jumper" mean which was in one of the steps???


Thank You for all your replies.

Peyman
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post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by peymanc View Post
Hi Guys,

I am new to this forum because I am having an issue with the new system I am setting up. The system is what is currently being shown for my 2009 system.
I'll start from the beginning, but pretty much, the problem is that no display shows up after I turn it on. The code on the LED shows FF always!

From the beginning, I was installing a Swiftech Water cooling, and towards the end, it said something about using a paper-clip or PSU tester to short pin 13 and 14 of my 20 ATX power cable. (Mine is a 24 pin) I connected the power cable and the 8 pin cable to the MOBO with nothing else installed. The instructions for the liquid cooling stated to do this. But I did not short pin 13 and 14.

First question, would that of have maybe ruined my MOBO?

So after, we install everything, oh...by the way, when the very first time I turned on the MOBO with nothing installed other than liquid cooling and CPU, NO BEEP!

So than I installed one RAM, into slot 1, and 1 of my graphic cards. All wires are good and have been more than double checked. Graphic card runs, all lights turn on, water cooling works fine.

But I still here no BEEP! And the code is always reading FF! And no display.

We removed everything including the CPU, but NO BEEP!

I have called EVGA, they told me I should bridge connections when I want to only run the liquid cooling. Not sure how to use paper clip to short out pin 13 and 14. But I mean, why is it not working now, with almost everything installed?

By the way, this may be stupid of me, I just thought of this.....I have no hard drives installed. Would this make a difference?

I have ordered a PSU tester and should be coming in tomorrow, so hopefully my PSU is good. I mean I think it's a good one, it's a ThermalTake 1200W, so plenty of power and it's only been in use with my previous system for less then a year, November 2008 to be exact.

Anyways....I have been reading lots of forums. I have done some of what everyone has been saying. But no result! I have cleared CMOS, reset MOBO.

I did see someone writing like 20 steps in what to do in case of a FF code.
What does "Jumper Clear CMOS Jumper" mean which was in one of the steps???


Thank You for all your replies.

Peyman
That just means if you have to clear your CMOS using a jumper, clear it (rather than a button that some newer mobo's supply). But as stated you have cleared the CMOS already. Not having a HD shouldn't affect your system booting up. Have you tried just 1 video card? Are the PCI-E power cables plugged in? Have you tried re-setting the card in its PCI-E slot? If the cable properly plugged into the monitor and turned on?
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post #3 of 14
The paper clip jumper, use paper clip one end in the green pin and the other end of paper clip in any black pin connect one 4 pin molex fan then plug psu in.

clear cmos, restart pc, keep tapping delete key to enter bios. Then find the setting to set save defalt settings hit f10 and pc will reboot. Make sure ur vc has been reseated and all power cables have been checked and reseated.
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This happened to me with a friend's EVGA 780 motherboard. FF stands for "Boot" which means that the motherboard is trying to find CPU, RAM, and graphics. When it stays on FF, it means that it is not even getting far enough to detect the CPU. I think its time to RMA that motherboard (which I still have to do for my friend).
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Yes, I have tried with just 1 video card. That's usually what I do anyways, I only install 1 device at a time. Yes, all my cables are correct. I have double checked, tripled checked, and many more! I don't think it's my wiring. The cable is plugged in the monitor. I mean if there is no Beep, than I would think there is something wrong and no display would show up. I have ordered a PSU tester and it came in today. I had a chance to test it before I went to work, the read outs were normal....like they gave me a sheet, and it said like the voltages should be between certain voltages, and they were. But one concern was that it had 3 LED lights, that if PSU was good, those 3 lights should come on for each of the different Voltages, but it didn't I hope it's not the PSU. Not very acceptable from ThermalTake. Specially since I paid $400 for it I'll do more testing I guess before I RMA the MOBO or the PSU.

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post #6 of 14
Well this is a long shot, but my 780i did the same thing. The way I fixed it is by pressing in on the actual bios chip. It seems like they get rattled around and work their way loose.
Worth a shot at least. It fixed it for me.
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i have a evga 780i and on my board FF stands for fully functional.
I have a constant FF on my board 24/7.

It may have some other acronyms but i think your problem is with your monitor, graphics card, or something else. I bet your FF means your board has loaded everything it needs to load and its ready to go.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Arakasi View Post
i have a evga 780i and on my board FF stands for fully functional.
I have a constant FF on my board 24/7.

It may have some other acronyms but i think your problem is with your monitor, graphics card, or something else. I bet your FF means your board has loaded everything it needs to load and its ready to go.

Mine gave the FF code when it wouldn't boot at all. All the other hardware was tested and working, the motherboard was the only new thing.
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When i got my 790i ultra board, it did FF sometimes, i fixed it by the cmos clearing
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post #10 of 14
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Don't think it's my monitor nor my graphic card. I mean no matter what, that MOBO should beep if nothing is installed, specially the CPU. I have cleared, jumped CMOS plenty of times. I actually wondered if it could be my graphic card. Not the graphic card itself, but maybe I should of have connect the monitor to the right DVI Although that is kind of hard because my radiator pretty much covers half the back of my case And I needed a DVI to VGA connector because that monitor in my game room is currently using VGA, because he has that monitor hooked up to a few servers in that room, but that made the connection bigger. If I had brought it into my room, I'm sure just the DVI connection would fit beneath the radiator It's going to be tight though, hopefully it will all fit

Well, guys, thanks for all your replies. But I think my issue is with the MOBO. I have done everything EVGA told me to do. I've tested the PSU with the tester, and it was good. I guess that FF is a common issue, that's why they had one whole page just for that troubleshooting issue. And I also tried some of the things other members suggested, but nothing worked

I have ordered RMA. Actually they are going to send me a new one before I have to send mine, so that's the only good thing about this
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