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Hey guys,

Hope someone can help me out here. I currently have a non-functioning XFX 780i SLI motherboard that is currently getting posting an instantaneous FF code (fully functional).

However, upon researching a few threads on google, an instant FF code is apparently an error indicating that not all of the components are being cycled through properly.

Anyway, this is what's going on so far.

- Instant double FF post code (error).
- CPU gets warm to the touch.
- Hard drives do not power on (no spinning vibration).
- Geforce 460 graphics card powers on (fan spins)
- All of the PC fans function at full power.
- The monitor will not display (orange light).
- There is no "beep" sound.

Anyway, all of this occurred when I was shifting my motherboard to a new case. Something weird happened to the heatsink in which it got permanently attached to the backplate (I tried everything possible to get it off). I had to physically saw the screws off from the back of the motherboard (the motherboard had no scratches since there was a decent enough gap to make a clean cut).

Upon reseating my CPU, I noticed that an extra pin was bent. Now, I can't confirm whether or not this pin was bent to begin with or not. I straightened it out, regardless. Upon checking to see if it would boot, I still got the instantaneous double FF post code error.

I suspect two things happened: either I damaged the bios chip, or I damaged the CPU socket.

Anyone have any input?

Edit: I purchased a cheapo 25 dollar motherboard off of Newegg, and everything is functioning properly. It's definitely the motherboard, but I'm hoping it can somehow be salvaged since it came from my first computer build.
Edited by jivenjune - 2/9/11 at 3:18pm
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i owned both the 680i & 780i motherboards EVGA models. Both got this code and through RMA's, found out it had to do with the bios chip being loose. On the 780i, i could rub lightly rub around the bios chip lightly (while it was off) and she would boot up. After a while, the problem got worse so had to RMA.

I know it sounds weird, but that worked. Good luck keep us updated.
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i owned both the 680i & 780i motherboards EVGA models. Both got this code and through RMA's, found out it had to do with the bios chip being loose. On the 780i, i could rub lightly rub around the bios chip lightly (while it was off) and she would boot up. After a while, the problem got worse so had to RMA.

I know it sounds weird, but that worked. Good luck keep us updated.
Thanks for the solid advice. +1
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