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Troubleshooting Sabertooth X58

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Alright so I have the wierdest issue with my new build. I've got a Sabertooth X58 motherboard, i7 950 cpu, and Patriot Viper Extreme 2000 mhz RAM (I also have a cheap, compatibly listed stick as a tester).

Background: After the build was complete I turned it on for the first time and got no display. My only indication of an issue was the DRAM_LED. I tried all my sticks of RAM in every slot with no luck. I reset CMOS, changed the PCI-E slot of my GPU, checked all pins, remounted fan and reseated CPU etc. Still had the same issue. I tried the memOK! button but no matter how long I held it down the DRAM_LED would not start blinking like it was supposed to - however the CPU_LED came on while I was holding down the memOK! switch. Oh, and the board did POST with no RAM in, I got 1 long + 2 short beeps as I was supposed to. I recently RMA'd the motherboard since I was at a dead end and to my dismay I had the same issue. All of a sudden earlier I tried the memOK! switch again and after about 15 seconds of holding I just said screw it and let go, and then the DRAM_LED started blinking, the computer booted and I got into the BIOS. I checked the hardware settings and the CPU was running at 39 Celcius.. Unfortunately I didn't check what the RAM was running at. While installing Windows the computer restarted once, no problem. It restarted again and then froze at the Sabertooth X58 image. I force shut down and rebooted and the CPU_LED was on so I cursed a few times and switched off the PSU. I reset the CMOS and the CPU_LED went away and the DRAM_LED came back. Now no matter how hard I try (I've literally been trying for an hour) I can't seem to get the memOK! switch to get the DRAM_LED to blink. I took off my Coolermaster Hyper-212 plus since I thought the backplate might be shorting the mobo and installed the stock cooler, and that didn't fix anything. Again, I post with no RAM in. Some other info - I have 9 standoffs in the proper places, I think the screws I used may have been too large but I'm pretty positive this isn't a problem (no sign of shorting or anything of that sort - and if it was I don't think I could have gotten BIOS anyway).


While I'm sorry for the wall of text, I'd REALLY like to get this solved. Hopefully some wiz out there has a suggestion on what to do. I have a new CPU coming in a few days but I'm skeptical that this will solve the issue (I went with this option because of the fact that when I hold down memOK! the CPU_LED comes on, possibly indicating that it can't get past the memory controller in the CPU). Anyway, whoever can help me fix this problem wins 100 internets. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 8
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Note: Just talked to Asus support and a confident sounding guy said it sounds like my CPU is the problem. I'm inclined to agree, I'm just vexed on how it could boot once if it was the problem.
post #3 of 8
" the computer booted and I got into the BIOS. I checked the hardware settings and the CPU was running at 39 Celcius.. Unfortunately I didn't check what the RAM was running at"

You have a bios problem/corrupt, IMO.
Do that again, boot and get into bios & do this>
press F5 then F10.

btw
Memok, clr cmos button, never use them.
The way to clear bios is to remove cmos battery.

EDIT>
"Anyway, whoever can help me fix this problem wins 100 internets"
If it fixes the problem, donate to an OCN charity instead
Edited by M1 Abrams - 3/16/11 at 7:52pm
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Well I've been clearing CMOS by removing the battery.
I mean I wish I could get into the BIOS again, but I have no display. It's possible that I'd be in the BIOS without the display, but if the RAM isn't working then IS that possible? Also what would f5 f10 do? I know f10 is save and exit.

Edit: I mean memOK is what got me display / bios in the first place, so I wouldn't call it all bad.
Edited by Swingcomputers - 3/16/11 at 8:27pm
post #5 of 8
Sorry I didnt read where you were removing battery.
unplug pc & power on , try del to bios.
F5 sets defaults.
Its in user manual
keep trying to get to bios
Make sure ram is in proper slots
EDIT>
"Edit: I mean memOK is what got me display / bios in the first place, so I wouldn't call it all bad. "
then do it that way
Edited by M1 Abrams - 3/16/11 at 8:31pm
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah that had no success. I don't think I'm getting into the bios because it's getting stuck at the memory. The keyboard never lit up (like it did when I was in the bios earlier) indicating that it was stuck.

I think you need to read my wall of text (I know it's hard) more carefully. The memOK! will not work no matter how many times I try now.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Fhoff View Post
I think you need to read my wall of text (I know it's hard) more carefully. .
ok, I read it
I think you need to read user manual more carefully
post #8 of 8
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