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post #21 of 42
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No luck. Tested it outside of the case & still had the same problem. I even thought it could be my CoolerMaster Hyper 212+'s backing plate that was causing a short - replaced it with the stock intel fan and no luck.

I really don't think it's a RAM issue - tried different configurations in the slots, tried the MemOK button, & still had the same problem. The most confusing part of this is that Windows 7 works fine! Hell, if I was an everyday user I probably wouldn't even know anything was wrong. Sigh.

I think I'll just return the board today & get an Asrock P67 Extreme 4. If I have the same issue, I think I'll just jump off my roof.

All I'd have to do with a new board is reformat my SSD and reinstall windows, correct?
What would happen if I just pointed to the SSD with windows already installed with the Asrock? Will windows realize I have a new mobo and prompt me to reinstall?
Edited by ClosetShark - 3/25/11 at 5:29am
post #22 of 42
Since it's pretty much an entirely different motherboard you'd most likely have to reinstall Windows, yes.

And yeah, if it's not the RAM I can't really think of what it is because not much more hardware can stop you from getting to the BIOS.
post #23 of 42
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Is there any way it could be CPU or video card related? Otherwise that just means I got 2 bad boards in a row, or for some reason the P8P67 just doesn't want to play nice with my setup. Hm.
post #24 of 42
I'm not sure, it could be, but that'd be very weird. You've pretty much exhausted all options and you don't have much of a choice. If I were you I'd just return the CPU, get another one and try it.

Only reason I say that is the P8P67 Pro is a really good motherboard and you'd be missing out on a lot of nice features that may seem little but they're actually worth it in the long run.
post #25 of 42
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I'm not sure, it could be, but that'd be very weird. You've pretty much exhausted all options and you don't have much of a choice. If I were you I'd just return the CPU, get another one and try it.

Only reason I say that is the P8P67 Pro is a really good motherboard and you'd be missing out on a lot of nice features that may seem little but they're actually worth it in the long run.
So I tried the Asrock today. Same problem - computer locks up or restarts when entering the BIOS. At least now I'm positive it's not the motherboard. Tomorrow I'm just going to take all my stuff (RAM, Video card, CPU and Mobo) to Frys and see if they can diagnose it. I don't want to go through the trouble of RMA'ing my CPU if it's not actually the source of the problem.
post #26 of 42
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So I tried the Asrock today. Same problem - computer locks up or restarts when entering the BIOS. At least now I'm positive it's not the motherboard. Tomorrow I'm just going to take all my stuff (RAM, Video card, CPU and Mobo) to Frys and see if they can diagnose it. I don't want to go through the trouble of RMA'ing my CPU if it's not actually the source of the problem.
Oh wow...that's just complete hell.
When you wind up testing the things you can and then still STILL doesn't work, then you have absolutely NO idea what to do next.

At this point, at least you'll find out what part is dead, by tomorrow...
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post #27 of 42
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Oh wow...that's just complete hell.
When you wind up testing the things you can and then still STILL doesn't work, then you have absolutely NO idea what to do next.

At this point, at least you'll find out what part is dead, by tomorrow...
Yep. The past few days have been nothing but disassembling my computer and putting it back together again.

Something interesting happened with the ASrock though - There's a little display for diagnosis on the board, & it flashed a number when the BIOS locked up: "0E", which according to the manual means "Microcode not found". After a little googling it seems that it's some sort of compatibility issue between the BIOS/CPU.

http://www.intel.com/support/process.../cs-001670.htm

This may mean I'll have to replace my CPU, but I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
post #28 of 42
Yeah, since RAM is okay, both boards are okay, it has to be the CPU.
post #29 of 42
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Yeah I guess so. There's also the off chance it could be my PSU, but it's a brand new Corsair. Also, I wouldn't think Windows would load if it were a power problem.
post #30 of 42
Nah, we've ruled basically everything out. If it's not the CPU dark magic is at play.
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