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Hello.

OK this is an extremely stupid, and probably obvious question but I'll ask it anyway, and would be grateful if someone could help.

My motherboard is the Asus P4S800D-X. Connected everything up, the current rig is:

Asus Geforce FX5200 128MB Graphics
512MB PC3200 RAM
IBM SATA 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
500W Silent PSU
Intel 2.67Ghz Celeron
Akasa Fan Extractor
2 x Akasa Silent 80mm fans
Lite-On CD/DVD-RW Drive

When I power it up, I get the make and model of the graphics card flash up on the monitor (17" Digimate silver TFT connected via VGA), then the motherboard logo, then it flashes up with the primary IDE channel, then a quick flash of the logo and then a black screen with flashing cursor at the top left hand corner.

Pressing 'del' to enter BIOS as is said in the manual does not work. Neither does pressing 'CTRL' 'ALT
'F1' 'Escape' or any combination of these keys.

I did some Googling and decided to reset the CMOS, as bar finding anything else that could be wrong this might help. But here's the deal. I'm partially sighted, so checked the manual for guidance. It says nothing about resetting the CMOS. Just has stuff about updating/recovering the BIOS.

Hey! Just realised typing that that maybe using that recovery thing for the BIOS might work.

Anyone here with an Asus mobo able to help? This computer is for my mum, had it planned for ages and now just at the last hurdle I end up with these problems.

Thanks.

Hussein.
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well here u go it should be the same go to my thread on the asrock board and theres wee guide there :} hope it helps

http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...al-thread.html
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also sounds like a scart i/de cable thing problem what is your first boot devise if ?? u can change the cable that joins the hd to the mb and if u your cd and hd are on the same cable make sure the cd is the slave :] by changing the jumpper (will be in your manual)
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Originally Posted by patwa
Hey! Just realised typing that that maybe using that recovery thing for the BIOS might work.

Anyone here with an Asus mobo able to help? This computer is for my mum, had it planned for ages and now just at the last hurdle I end up with these problems.
The ASUS recovery thing (aka ASUS CPR) works in case you have OCed your CPU too much, it resets the settings to stock so that you won't need to reset the bios. This is not going to help you...
To reset the bios the easiest way is to remove the small battery that's placed on the lower part of the mobo, hold it for a couple of seconds or a minute and put it back in. The bios should be reseted. Hope this helps!
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Hello.

OK, I've rewired the computer. I've reset the CMOS using the jumper on the motherboard.

Now the problem I have is that when I start up the computer, it emits the error code - one long beep followed by two shorter beeps. I have an AMI BIOS and doing some Googling, this translates to a MDA CGA graphics problem. So I tried reseating the Graphics AGP Card, an ASUS Geforce FX5200, then clearing the CMOS again but no go. I remember getting this error last night when I was trying to sort out the problem, and at least there was something on the monitor then, but now nothing.

Anyone have any ideas on what I can do? I suppose I could buy another graphics card to try out, but I'm now desperately low on funds and can't afford to keep blowing it on replacement components.

Also, re: removing the battery, again a stupid question but how? I tried a pair of tweezers but can't grab it. I have been told that I have a problem with not wanting to damage anything, and that as a result I might be being too gentle with things in an attempt not to break them. but your help is really appreciated.

From a rather depressed,

Hussein.
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UPDATE: Did some more Googling and found a page with error codes and solutions. It didn't occur to me to try this card in my other computer to see if the card itself is dead or not, or whether it's the motherboard. I hope it's not the motherboard. It's out of the RMA period from the store I bought it from, so if it's the motherboard hopefully Asus can send me a replacement. If it's the card, hopefully Asus can also have mercy and replace it too - it's the Asus Geforce 5200.

BTW, this outsourcing of labour is really getting annoying. I had to call the centre in Germany as they have no UK tech support number that i could find. And as they're no doubt busy, I waited for about 20 minutes. Then a fairly clinical German female voice said, in German:

"All of our operators are busy. We are sorry for this. You can, of course, contact us via our website at www.asus.de. Alternatively, send a fax after the tone."

There then followed about a minute of beeps and then silence. Err, right. Maybe if either the motherboard or graphics card is dead I'll try the Newark centre next. At least as the US is behind us, they'll still be open at 10pm here in the UK.

Hussein.
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