A8N-Sli Deluxe Post Issues Part II

Discussion in 'Asus' started by PJ, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. PJ

    PJ Guest

    Here's my setup:

    Case: Antec P160
    Power Supply: Antec True550 ( using a 20 -> 24 pin connector )
    Mobo: Asus A8N-Sli Deluxe
    CPU: Athlon 64 3500+ 90nm
    CPU Fan: Zalman CPS7000B
    Memory: Corsair 2x 3200 CMX512-3200XPLT
    Hard drives: 2x Western Digital WD740 Raptor
    DVD-R: Samsung 16x dual layer
    Grafx Card: Leadtek PX6800 GT TDH

    After the board did not spit out any more vocal post errors, I exchanged it
    at Fry's. From there I took the recommendations in Paul's excellent post.
    With the mobo on a piece of cardboard, I carefully put one component in at a
    time, switching off and unplugging the power cord and running the a POST
    test between each additional component. The power fired up just fine
    everytime touching a screw driver to the power pins. CPU, ram, card, usb
    keyboard, floppy...all good. Output to the monitor and checking the BIOS, I
    confirmed the SATA drive was recognized.

    The case comes with a seperate metal plate that attaches to the mobo and is
    inserted into the case. So, I attached the mobo to this plate and ran a
    POST test ( still outside of the case ) and received a vocal POST error
    message, "System failed memory test." With one stick and two. Removing the
    plate and everything fires up again just fine. I confirmed that this was
    the isolated problem three times. Every time the plate was attached to the
    mobo I received the memory error. Every time it was not, the POST ran just
    fine. I use an anti-ESB wristband attached to the plate when I attach it
    and the plate and mobo sit on a piece of cardboard on my desk. I disconnect
    the power cord before I attach it. Another issue I have is that the ASUS EZ
    Flash utility does not respond to the ENTER key after pressing Alt+F2.

    So, at this point my decision is to have a beer and post here. I greatly
    appreciate any and all suggestions.

    Thank you,
    PJ
     
    PJ, Feb 11, 2005
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    RJT Guest

    It seems your backplate somehow shorts something somewhere to create the
    memory failure. Either that, or the backplate bends the board slightly
    causing some contact somewhere to fail. Either way, it's odd...
    You could try to create some sort of isolation between the board and the
    backplate, like a plastic or paper layer between the two. That'd be my
    next move anyway.

    No clue why the EZ Flash util doesn't work. So far, I've done all my
    BIOS upgrades using the ASUSUPDATE tool in Windows, so can't help ya there.

    Hope the beer gives some relief ;)
     
    RJT, Feb 11, 2005
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  3. PJ

    PJ Guest

    You're a genius. Because of you I stayed up all night setting up my new
    computer and had to come in late to work ;-P.

    The mobo was in fact being bent a bit as I screwed it onto the backplate.
    Two issues with that....1) the heatsink fan I have has it's own plastic
    plate that attaches two the two nipples beside the cpu and this plate
    doesn't fit as it should. 2) The mobo backplate has a 1 cm high lip running
    along the side of pci slots and the mobo simply must sit along this lip as
    the screwholes do not line up if it is inside of it.

    I swear...you think these manufacturers would have these basics down by now.
    Of the three computers I have put together...I have never had a motherboard
    fit easily into the case, despite the research and recommendations I usually
    take from tomshardware and the like.

    Thanks!
     
    PJ, Feb 11, 2005
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    Ed Guest

    Sounds like you go the wrong backplate or something? It should take you
    longer to install windows then build the PC! ;p

    good luck,
    Ed
     
    Ed, Feb 11, 2005
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  5. PJ

    PJ Guest

    Absolutely...although the initial installation was the fastest I've seen
    yet! Love my new setup...
     
    PJ, Feb 11, 2005
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  6. PJ

    RJT Guest

    Hear hear.
    Dude, I almost feel guilty... almost. ;)
    I find the whole concept of a huge plastic or metal box, in which you
    consequently shove several components that are sensitive to (static)
    electrical currents without any protective means (around the parts I
    mean), and use all sorts of different screws, clips, sockets, plugs, and
    what more to keep it all together, simply very outdated. I think your
    little 'adventure' shows how outdated it really is.
     
    RJT, Feb 12, 2005
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    Ravi Guest

    I just got this MB and assembled in an Antec case with 380 W PS. The
    setup will not boot at all. The light on the MB comes on, the fans are
    running etc. I used a 20 pin to 24 pin adapter and also plugged in the
    12v coonector. I cleared the CMOS several times. I tried connecting the
    lime color out line to a speaker to hear the POST message, but nothing
    comes on. There is no BIOS beep. I installed a 6600GT PCI-E card but I
    guess without any POST code, it may not be relevant. Any help?

    I read in another board that trying with a new power supply might
    help. Is that true?

    Ravi
     
    Ravi, Feb 13, 2005
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    Paul Walker Guest

    I swear...you think these manufacturers would have these basics down by
    Yes, of the 3 times I've put together a computer in the last 10 years, I've
    learned something new each time. As far as the physical part of putting
    computer together, the only thing I really appreciate are the SATA cables.
    Why the hell is the floppy disk not gone yet?
     
    Paul Walker, Feb 15, 2005
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  9. Why the hell is the floppy disk not gone yet?

    Because Windows 2000 is still around and if you need to press F6 to install
    additional drivers to allow the setup program to work (e.g. SATA drivers)
    then you must have a floppy disk. The reason? The setup program can *only*
    read off the A: drive - you can't tell it (say) to read off another CD-ROM.
    It caught me out with a server.

    Rob.
     
    Rob Nicholson, Feb 16, 2005
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    Andy Lee Guest

    An OEM driver can be incorporated into the Windows Disk it is not an
    easy job but there are programs out there that make it easier try a
    program called nlite makes slipstreaming SP's easier as well.
     
    Andy Lee, Feb 17, 2005
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