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Hello, this is my first topic on this forum, and I hope it won't be the last c:

Today I bought an ASRock FM2A55M-DGS and an A8 5600K, as I didn't have a budget for anything better. Anyway, I tried to use my old XP installation with the new setup, and it didn't work (as expected), I could get to the windows loading screen, then BSOD. I tried openSUSE (which was working fine), then I was trying to get it to work by modifying some BIOS settings, when I accidentally pressed X on the ASRock splash screen (it says it activates X-Boost, which overclocks RAM and APU). The computer turned off, then I turned back on, and pressed D, which disabled it. It turned off again, then when I turned it back on it just showed the splash screen forever.

I thought this was caused by BIOS settings, and because I couldn't get to BIOS, I started disconnecting things to see if I could fix it. I disconnected the hard drive, and voila, I could pass post. To test this further, I started openSUSE live and it worked. I went back to the BIOS and selected "reset to default", then manually tried to change some other things, then reset to default again, then clearing CMOS with the jumper, then removing the battery, then removing it for like one hour, then using the jumper thing where you turn on the computer with the jumper in clear position, but nothing has worked (the BIOS does get reset, but the splash screen prevails if the HDD is connected).

I tested the HDD in my old mother board (a gigabyte one) and it worked fine (which is a relief), so the problem must have something to do with the mother board.

I disabled the logo splash screen and I can see POST codes (A2, A3, 99, and it hangs there). I read 99 it's Super IO or something like that, which I then disabled, but still nothing. Should I take the mother board back and ask for a new one? Should I test with another HDD first? Do you have any innovative idea that can fix this problem?

Thanks in advance!
 

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I'd say try a different port, with different cables. Try a different HDD if that doesn't work. If a different HDD, different ports and cables don't solve it, it likely is a board issue...

If you can just drop by a shop and get it looked at or exchanged right away, I'd try that too...

Other than that... I'm not quite sure...
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I will try a different HDD on wednesday, I already tried all six SATA ports and 3 different cables (all of them work with the DVD, but I wanted to try them all anyway)... oh, well, at least I have my old mobo and pentium D working while I wait...
 

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Oh and check for Sata - IDE or AHCI as well... that was a simple issue that made me feel silly one day...
 
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