I'm having a little trouble booting my system and I would appreciate your help VERY much. When I boot up my system, the ASUS fullscreen logo screen appears with the "press tab to go post or del to go to bios" or something like that on the bottom of the screen. Sometimes (or, half the time) I freeze on this screen. Even when I press tab or del it doesn't do anything. I have to manually restart several times for it to boot correctly. Please, can anyone help me with this issue? Thank you very much.
Yes, I have tried resetting everything to its defaults and I have flashed the lastest BIOS update just today and I still keep getting the freezes. I only have the things I need plugged in. (mouse keyboard internet cable power cord audio jacks and monitor)
Ok, I have disabled the logo screen but now its the same issue except it freezes at the POST. I just displays my CPU information and doesn't do anything, its frozen.
Here's a picture of where it freezes at: http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/5488/fremq4.jpg
sorry it's in black and white, i didn't notice my camera was at that setting.
And about setting the memory voltage to it's correct figure, isn't it ok if i just set everything in BIOS to defaults? Because I have.
On proper boots (which are happening les and less fequently than before, for some reason) I think it does test the ram and it displays all this other information too fast for me to read. When it freezes, it does nothing. Just there with the CPU info.
Also my ram is the 996535 here: http://www.mushkin.com/doc/products/memory_detail.asp?id=523
What should I do?
Thats some pretty fast ram, What speed are you running it at?
They recommend 2.2 - 2.35volts to run it. I would at least set it to run at 2.2(you can adjust this later based on how fast you have it running at) in the bios.....then from windows see what speed it is running at with a program like CPU-Z(under the memory tab)
A quick post on changing the memory voltage if you do not know how yet.
-Enter the bios(Hammer that del key)
-Select Jumper Free
-Set AI tuning to "Manual"
-Select Voltage Control
-Set the memory voltage to 2.2(This board is odd according to the manual...so it may be 2.178, you may need more, but for now play it safe)
While you are in there, If you do not have a floppy drive make sure to disable it on the main page(the one you enter the bios on) so the computer is not looking for it....
Back to advanced under AI NET2 and make sure that Post Check LAN Cable is disabled...
Next go over to Power the Hardware Monitor and turn off any Qfan options(If they are on). This may make the system louder but this is just for testing....If you know your cpu cooler is fine turn off the cpu fan warning(it should be at 600). This is to eliminate the chance of the fan spinning up locking the boards hardware monitor
Actually the speed my ram was running at was default I think. In BIOS I remember seeing it set as [auto] or something. Everything was at its default except my cpu which is overclocked. But that's not the cause of the freezes as I still get freezes with everything at its defaults. Anyways, I'll do the stuff and I'll report back here.
Yes, my system it pretty stable all the time, I can play Team fortress 2, Gears of War, Half Life 2 Episode 2, and all my other games in full settings for hours. No crashes or BSOD. Anyways,
Ok, I did everything you told me to, but when I tried to boot after that, it would freeze 100% of the time I tried, not just half the time. I Cleared the CMOS and started up. It's the same as it's been, sometimes freezing, sometimes not. When it booted correctly I set the date and time in BIOS, overclocked my CPU to 10%, Set the memory timing to 5-5-4-12 command per clock [2 clock] (I did not touch voltage, left it as [auto]), make sure qfans and cpu fan warning were off, disabled full screen logo, set the HALT ON to [no errors] instead of [all errors] (I thought this setting would fix my problem), and I think that's all I did. It still freezes sometimes. Should I contact ASUS or something? This is really frustrating.
... could be as simple as the HSF not being detected and computer freezing.
A year ago I would have said "total BS" to this reply... but in the past year, I had a system destroyed because I didn't have the heatsink on... I just wanted to see if the system would post so I had the heatsink sitting on top of the processor... I knew the system would get hot, but I had NO idea it would overheat that quickly. It was dead before it completed the POST. Long story short I bought my friend a new CPU. More modern CPUs have things in place to prevent this, but unfortunately his didn't.
Well I do have this big ass heatsink and fan cranked up like 90% speed.
Also I have searched around the internet and found that my method of updating BIOS was not a good idea, so I reupdated the same BIOS using EZ flash 2. It seems to not freeze as often now. This will have to do.
Asus even says not to use their "Asus update utility" thats what EZ Flash is for, and you shouldn't be updating your BIOS unless your having hardware compatibility problems. People seem to think that the first thing to do to a new PC build is update the BIOS, wrong! My mainboard works fine on the BIOS version it came with and will probibly never need to update it.
Alway do some research on the mobo and system components your going to be building, this way you know weather to stay away from newer buggier BIOS versions like with the Asus P5E.