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Today is a sad day, for I have been waiting an hour to even boot my computer. I've been having troubles since day one with my Rampage III board, and I'm finally tired of it.

Basically, the gist of it is that any time I restart/shut off my PC, all hell breaks loose. If I had an overclock, I CANNOT boot for at least an hour of sitting there restarting over and over. The error lights on the board indicate it is either a RAM or boot_device issue, and the board refuses to let me pass into the BIOS. I get to the screen that says "Press DLT to enter BIOS" and when I do, it just hangs there saying "Entering BIOS..." and does absolutely nothing. Then, I have to restart the PC just to get the chance to MAYBE pass into the BIOS after that. I do this repeatedly, 20-40 times, until the board will finally get past my RAM and start recognizing the hardware and boot like normal. Now mind you, the overclock is 100% stable in Windows. I can run 200 passes of LinX with ALL of my RAM being tested as well, and there are zero issues. But god help me if I click the restart button.

It really sucks because I love this board, but it's gotta go... I really hope they'll send me a NEW one and not a damn refurb. If anyone has a solution to this, I'm all ears. I've updated my BIOS, I've tested each of my RAM sticks by themselves, etc. All of the simple stuff I've tried, honestly. The only thing I haven't done is clear the CMOS, but I don't see what that would do. (maybe it's worth a try?) but man, this is really frustrating. This is supposed to be an enthusiast board, and all it does is give me problems. 400 dollars for a board that operates like an 80 dollar BioStar. *sigh
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Originally Posted by Vaalyne View Post
Today is a sad day, for I have been waiting an hour to even boot my computer. I've been having troubles since day one with my Rampage III board, and I'm finally tired of it.

Basically, the gist of it is that any time I restart/shut off my PC, all hell breaks loose. If I had an overclock, I CANNOT boot for at least an hour of sitting there restarting over and over. The error lights on the board indicate it is either a RAM or boot_device issue, and the board refuses to let me pass into the BIOS. I get to the screen that says "Press DLT to enter BIOS" and when I do, it just hangs there saying "Entering BIOS..." and does absolutely nothing. Then, I have to restart the PC just to get the chance to MAYBE pass into the BIOS after that. I do this repeatedly, 20-40 times, until the board will finally get past my RAM and start recognizing the hardware and boot like normal. Now mind you, the overclock is 100% stable in Windows. I can run 200 passes of LinX with ALL of my RAM being tested as well, and there are zero issues. But god help me if I click the restart button.

It really sucks because I love this board, but it's gotta go... I really hope they'll send me a NEW one and not a damn refurb. If anyone has a solution to this, I'm all ears. I've updated my BIOS, I've tested each of my RAM sticks by themselves, etc. All of the simple stuff I've tried, honestly. The only thing I haven't done is clear the CMOS, but I don't see what that would do. (maybe it's worth a try?) but man, this is really frustrating. This is supposed to be an enthusiast board, and all it does is give me problems. 400 dollars for a board that operates like an 80 dollar BioStar. *sigh
Yes, clearing the CMOS is DEFINITELY a good idea and probably should have been the first thing you tried.

It definitely sounds like a problem with the motherboard. A bad PSU can also cause some weird problems though it doesn't really sound like this is something a bad PSU would cause.

Try clearing the CMOS, and if that doesn't work, good luck with the RMA.
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I would also suggest:

1. Securing all electical connections.
2. Demounting the board onto your desk to see if there is an electrical fault with the case.
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post #4 of 19
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Cleared the CMOS; didn't help. I now can't even boot into Windows anymore, it just hangs at the BIOS screen and won't enter setup or boot. Useless piece of trash board... like I said, it never worked from the get-go, but I should have been smart and sent it back right away. Sigh... what a waste :/ Waiting on the RMA as I write this...
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post #5 of 19
Did you ever look at the event viewer for errors?

Try removing components one by one?

I dunno how long you've used it in that condition but hopefully an RMA will fix ya up!
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I haven't looked at the event viewer, how can I do that?

Also, I managed to get into Windows again, but everything seems horribly slow. Also, I've been having trouble with the on-board sound card; just another reason why this thing most likely needs an RMA. :/
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post #8 of 19
Guess that U r having the worst luck ever of all the owners of R3E. It's a good board & I'm using it too. 1 year or so already & no problem.

If U got it at a online shop then I've got nothing to says. If it's retail then back up all ur datas & send it back to the shop.

Be abit hard & says it's all yours... Pls find out which part went wrong & claim it for me. Again this only works at a retail shop & U got everything or most of the things in a shop.

Let your problem off your hands...
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What happens when you switch over to the second bios?
    
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Quote:
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What happens when you switch over to the second bios?
Same stuff.
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