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Asus A7V-E Issues

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by legacy2k, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. legacy2k

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    iv just got my hands on a Asus A7V-E motherboard

    im trying to put together a pc that i can use practically for experimenting with while i do my course but iv come across a problem

    while in POST it will detect the CPU, Ram etc then move onto the HDD's/CD rom all is fine....

    then i starts the other screen (the one with all the info on about your ram/cpu speed/hdd's etc etc) where it attempts to boot from what ever device you've told it to, from here it shows all the info you expect but just wont boot regardless of what device you try, it just sits there with the little blinking dot like in DOS. iv tried unplugging all the drives, leaving some drives, different disks, clearing the CMOS, all sorts yet still nothing?

    i tried it with no drives & also all the drives so its not a jumper issue?

    i am running a 2600+ Athlon XP in this motherboard but its an oldish board and had SD ram therefor the FSB is at 100mhz and the CPU is running at 1100Mhz, could this be the problem? as thats a big drop for a CPU made to run at 166Mhz/333Mhz (DDR) at 2088Mhz

    Specs:

    Athlon XP 2600+ (with a barton core i think)
    160MB SD Ram (PC100)
    20GB HDD
    CD Rom Drive
    GF4 MX400 AGP
    350Watt PSU
    Asus A7V-E Motherboard

    any ideas?
     
  2. ffreeloader

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    This may be a stupid question, but seeing as how you didn't say anything about it.... Do you have a bootable OS installed on any of the hard drives or using a bootable cdrom? If not there is nothing for the system to boot to....
     
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  3. legacy2k

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    yea sorry, should of mentioned

    the HDD is a formatted drive ready for an XP install but the CD is bootable (Windows XP SP2)

    theres no drive activity when you select to boot from a CD it doesn't even try the drive i.e. spin up or read at all
     
  4. ffreeloader

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    Have you gone into the bios to see if the components are even detected? If you have any bad cables or anything they may not be detected, and that won't stop the machine from completing POST.
     
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  5. legacy2k

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    both drives are detected suring POST and in the bios, the IDE cable's are brand new also

    its really confusing :blink
     
  6. greenbrucelee
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    how reliable is the PSU and its molex connectors maybe you could test it with a multimeter. This could be a reason as to why the hdd and cd-rom dont work.
     
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  7. legacy2k

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    they do work i can open and close the tray, it reads for afew seconds but after it just does nothing

    its hard to explain exactly whats going on so heres a video to show exactly whats happening

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oet8ULPCTrY
     
  8. Raffaz

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    Have you set the BIOS so that the CD drive is the first boot device?

    Also try resetting the CMOS with the jumper on the mobo, ive seen that cure a few bootup problems in the past.
     
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  9. legacy2k

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    yea its really odd

    ok il try that now
     
  10. Raffaz

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    and the CMOS?
     
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  11. legacy2k

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    yea im letting it clear now gunna leave the power/battery out for 5 mins
     
  12. Raffaz

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    Just move the jumper across for 10 seconds or so, that will do the trick.
     
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  13. legacy2k

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    ok still no joy doing the exact same thing :blink
     
  14. Raffaz

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    Hmmm. I would strip the PC back to the bare essentials then and see if you can boot further then. If you can then start adding components 1 by 1 until you get a problem again.

    Have you got a spare CD drive you can try booting from, have you got another OS disc you can try?
     
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  15. legacy2k

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    i removed a stick of ram, hdd, network PCI card

    im now down to the AGP GFX (essential as it has no onboard)
    1 stick of ram
    cpu
    cd drive im attempting to boot from

    still nothing...

    tryed Windows XP pro SP3, Windows 98 SE Boot disk on CD

    still nothing...

    also tryed it with a differant drive and still no joy :dry

    its got me :blink
     
  16. greenbrucelee
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    I didn't notice from the video but is there any controller errors, is it a SCSI hdd?
     
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  17. hbroomhall

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    You should get a prompt about the bootable CD. If you don't you have the boot order wrong.

    Set it to boot from CD first.

    Harry.
     
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  18. legacy2k

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    no its basic ATA

    the drives are in correct order also???

    1, CD-ROM [Model Number]
    2, HDD [Model Number] etc etc

    i do have a video but youtube is being wierd

    this is becoming quite a challenge! :eek:
     
  19. Modey

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    Is the CDROM on it's own IDE channel? If not, try that, also it may be worth changing the jumper on the CD that controls it's Master/Slave/CS settings. Try it on Master or Slave.
     
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  20. Raffaz

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    After watching the video it seems that the HDD is primary master and the CD is secondary master. Like harry mentioned tho, it should tell you to "press a key to boot from CD".

    You mentioned that you have tried alternative CDs and a different CD drive. Have you tried a different IDE cable to connect the CD drive? Can you confirm that the CDs you are using will bootup on another machine?
     
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