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Okay needless to say I am nothing short of EXHAUSTED with this goddamn computer, pardon my french. I am PULLING MY HAIR out as I type this.

I already RMA'd the mATX version that I previously wrote about. It worked, but occasionally hung at POST.

Got the 89GTD, and first one was DOA.

ROUND THREE: Got a new 89GTD, thought this one was DOA then all of a sudden I managed to get it to beep and respond to the power button, all after HOURS of reseating, swapping (and BIOS resets) and doing everything that I could to get it to work. Anyways, I managed to get it to boot with a 'MemOK!" button press. Booted right into windows, no problem, stability seems just fine. I am currently writing this from the computer in question...

HOWEVER. The minute I shut down, OR a simple restart.... I'm back at hitting the memOK! button to get to boot, at least most the time. memOK! picks different settings everytime it boots even! You can see the flashes, sometimes memOK fails even. Its so random I can't figure it out.

I've tried setting the memory with loose timings, 9-9-9-24 2T and voltages from 1.5 to 1.65 to get it to boot (these are voltages that ran on my last motherboard) and it still won't POST, no beeps, no nothing.

Specs should be current in my signature, except for the motherboard now. Hopefully you guys have some ideas????

Currently I'm at stock speeds btw, haven't ventured into OC'ing yet.
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F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM btw.
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Its odd you're having problems, because I have the exact same memory and motherboard. Mine started up with no problems. So you loosen the memory timings, bumped the memory voltage. Have you tried bumping your CPU-NB volts? It might help stabilize it.
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Its odd you're having problems, because I have the exact same memory and motherboard. Mine started up with no problems. So you loosen the memory timings, bumped the memory voltage. Have you tried bumping your CPU-NB volts? It might help stabilize it.
I've raised CPU NB to 1.2V IIRC. Still won't post without memOK. The only other thing I can think is raise VDDNB which is the memory controller right?

I remember on my first board, the mATX one, that the memOK light will light for a second or so on boot, then go out and POST. I'm not getting that in this scenario. Any other ideas? I'm thinking about trying to find another power supply for ****s n giggles.
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Have you tried a bios update?
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Or try only using one memory chip at a time. sounds like you might have a bad module.
    
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Or try only using one memory chip at a time. sounds like you might have a bad module.
Done that, no difference. Tried all 4 banks, no difference.

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Have you tried a bios update?
Board came with 1606 BIOS. After I booted I updated to 1703 BIOS from within Windows, which is the latest version. The only other thing I could thing would be to flash back to the first BIOS that had 6 core support, but its risky.

Also worth noting is on the previous mATX board that worked, I had absolutely no memory issues at rated speeds.



As far as I can tell, I think the CMOS isn't really saving settings. The clock is holding time so I don't think the battery is bad, however something as simple as going into BIOS, saving 'MemOK" settings and F10 to exit, then I just go to a black screen and no boot without pushing the button.
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So, playing with it some more, I unplugged my HD, which is an IDE drive installed through a IDE to SATA adapater, mostly for a clean install. I managed to get the computer to restart//soft boot three times in a row, however the minute I completely shut down the computer and cold booted I wouldn't make it without resetting the memory with MemOk. I thought I might have been onto something, but a few hours later I tried again and back to square one, even with the hard drive out. Needless to say, its extremely random when it works, and when it works, its golden.

I think for now I will finish packing up the previous board and wait for it to get back to Newegg, meanwhile I will just keep this thing running, since it seems to run just fine provided I don't shut down. Once the RMA clears, I will request one for this board and give it one last shot.

And FWIW: I've been on the phone with Asus tech support 3 times in the last week, needless to say its a joke talking to them. Its clear to me they don't know much more than their flow chart tells them. Best advice they gave me was to RMA with newegg since it was easy.


I'm extremely open to ANY other ideas that you guys might have, with all the folks that have had similar issues (reading around), certainly someone has to have an idea!?
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post #9 of 21
Try different memory slots.
ASUS 890 chipset boards can be very picky.
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Have you tried using a different PSU? What PSU are you using? I am guessing Thermaltake? I heard they aren't very good.
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