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Old March 22, 2010, 06:49 AM
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Default Asus p5k-e wifi don't boot anymore

Hi,

Here is my current pc, it's been running smooth since almost 3 year.

Case : Antec P182 + Zalman 120mm fan + fan controller
Mobo : Asus P5k-E wifi
CPU : q6600 + stock cooler
Memory : 4 x 1 gb ddr 800 crucial balistix BL2KIT12864AA80A
Video : evga 8800gt + zalman cooling
PSU : Ocz gamerxstream 700w
HD : Western digital 250gb sata
Cd : Lg dvd writer
Screen : Viewsonic G92-fb
Ms/key : Logitech G15 / G7

Last day I installed some upgrade and was willing to install windows 7 and overclock my cpu

Replace cooler : Ocz Vendetta 2 + backplate + ocz freez thermal paste
Adding cooling : antec spot cool (blowing on memory and north bridge)
Add a new hd : Western digital 1tb sata


I'm kind of really causious, i don't think I damaged anything in the upgrade process. I made some google search and discover i'm not the only one having this kind of problem.

Since then my pc can't boot ( fail to post i gess because i don't see bios ).

Pc start up. Every fan running, dvd drive working, hard drive working ( hd activity led going up for about 5 seconds). After 5 seconds nothing happen, no beep at all. No video signal monitor go back in sleep. Usb mouse and keybord not working. The pc don't reboot by itself. Can't reach the bios.

As soon i plug the psu, the mobo led goes green, no beep nothing suspisious...

Here is what i tryed:

Recheck every connector on mobo 3 times. ( no change )
Using ps2 keyboard. ( no change )
Changing video card slot. ( no change )
Disconecting video card power. ( Continous Beep )
Disconecting dvd and hd. ( no change )
Trying every stata connector. ( no change )
Trying every memory configuration. ( no change )
Removing all memory stick. ( no change, i was quit surprised )
Cleared cmos. removed the battery, switch the jumper position, waited 10 seconds, switch the jumper back to default, waited 2 minutes and replae the battery ( no change )

I'm kind of piss... don't really know what to do...

Is my cpu dead ( I cleaned old thermal paste with alchool and coton swab, cleaned the surface with microfiber cloth ). I never had a dead cpu before, so i don't know what to look for and how to check it?

Is my mobo dead? No beep with no memory in make me think of it.

is my memory dead ? ( before the upgrade I changed the volage in bios to put them a the oem voltage recommanded. Been running smooth since 3 years. )

is the cpu cooler back plate making a short with the case?

Is there some kind of ground problem?

also I started looking for an replacement board in case of...I found this one that look to be a bit bether than my asus, is this a good board ( I want to overclock me q6600 to 3.0ghz )? Gigabyte EP45-DS4P : http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...cture=Gigabyte

I allway's had asus board but i'm quite disapointed by my last one...

Thanks for the help!

ps sorry for my bad english it's not my motherthong.
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Old March 24, 2010, 06:34 AM
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Sucess.

Everything out of the case. Minimal build Motherboard + vcard + cpu
First try : 1 memory stick slot a1 = fail
2 try : no memory stick = fail but still no beep
3 try : 1 memory stick slot b1 = succes boot to bios.
4 try : added old hd = succes booted to xp

So i insulated the motherboard tray with a dual layer of electric tape where the backplate could make contact with the frame.

Mabe one of my memory stick is dead. I will put everything back in the case tonight.
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Old March 24, 2010, 07:38 AM
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Sucess.

Everything out of the case. Minimal build Motherboard + vcard + cpu
First try : 1 memory stick slot a1 = fail
2 try : no memory stick = fail but still no beep
3 try : 1 memory stick slot b1 = succes boot to bios.
4 try : added old hd = succes booted to xp

So i insulated the motherboard tray with a dual layer of electric tape where the backplate could make contact with the frame.

Mabe one of my memory stick is dead. I will put everything back in the case tonight.
you didn't say what OperatingSystem using, W7rc is timed bomb for march 2010

also bios version for P5K-E/WiFi-AP
current: BIOS# 1305 july2009
update/fix: PCI Express to SATA II x2 and PATA Host Controller

NOTE: read all about bios flashing before doing so,

if failed updating bios you have blank CMOS rendering the MB brain dead.

or know someone who's done before to help you
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Old March 24, 2010, 11:27 AM
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I'm on windows xp, l will install windows 7 soon. I got a retail version of windows7 pro.

I flashed my bios before on this board, when i passed form 2 gb of memory to 4 gb.(2008)

clearing the CMOS have reseted the bios to the oem revision???
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Old March 25, 2010, 06:20 AM
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So know, I have been really lucky.

I put everything back in the case. It work!
I put back every memory stick. It work!
I installed windows 7 and everything is ok.

So my conclusion, my new cpu cooler backplate made a short with the case.
The short buzzed the memory controller. Clearing cmos set back the timing and voltage to default. Out of the case ( no short possible ) did the trick. For a strange reason the b1 slot appear to be the best single stick configuration on my board. Memory controller reseted. I got a warrning from bios telling me that the setting where messed up and need to be reset.

Now everything work like it should be. So, insulating mother board tray in the cpu cooler backplate zone could have make me save a lot of time.

Thanks for the help.
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