BSOD and not booting/posting after removing GPU

quinncooper1988

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Specs:

i5 Skylake 4ghz
XFX850watt Gold PSU
16GB RAM DDR4 2666
Gigabyte Gaming K3
R9 390
Win 10

I was running a crossfire set up with two 390's until I sold my primary card. I then moved the secondary card into the primary slot to make use of it's 16x speed.

When I booted it up today, everything worked as it should, expect a minute into booting while it was updating a game, I got the BSOD.

I powered the machine down, and tried to reboot. Everything whirred up as normal, but nothing displayed on the screen, waiting perhaps 15secs, the PC would then power itself down... 5 or so seconds later, boot itself back up and go through the same process unless I forced a power down.

Speaking to a friend they had something similar albeit they didn't do anything with the GPU, they removed the battery on the MB and put back in, and everything worked as it should thereafter.

Do you think this could be a driver issue? (I hadn't wiped/reinstalled the drivers while removing the GPU) or could it be something else?

Both GPU's worked fine before, and they're hardly used as I use the PC mainly for Lightroom and Photoshop.
 

Sohom

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Whats the bsod error code? You can try a cmos reset by taking out the motherboard battery, wait for a minute and then insert it back in and then turn on your pc and see if it fixes things...
 

quinncooper1988

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I get no code at all.... it was literally just a blue screen.

Each time thereafter it tries to boot I get no input on the screen, and cycles powering off/on.

I'm back at work now so will try the CMOS reset as soon as I get back. I thought I'd ask in case there was anything glaringly obvious, or if there were any other quick checks worth trying

Thanks :)
 

Sohom

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If the above fix doesnt work, then the next thing to do is check the RAM, Try reseating the RAM again and try booting with one memory module. Check each ram and each slots to be sure. But i guess the cmos reset will fix things.
 

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Just tried resetting the CMOS and it worked... for a short while.

Rebooted fine, got to the windows logo and then just hung. Forced power off, rebooted and back to square one.

So I've taken out the GPU, and connected to display via HDMI to MB and reset CMOS again.

See if this works now....

 

quinncooper1988

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Still nothing :(

I've not yet removed the cables from the PSU that once fed the second GPU... clutching at straws really here. It's modular so can unplug these at the PSU end.

Checked CMOS
Checked RAM
Removed GPU and going via MB / integrated graphics

Each time I get it to reboot after CMOS reset it freezes up. This time on the "gigabyte" logo where you would press Del to enter BIOS
 

quinncooper1988

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Decided to try CMOS and leaving RAM out a little while longer....

She's now alive!!!!!!

This is while GPU is out so shall DDU old drivers and install new. Reinstall GPU and fingers crossed she'll be back to normal
 

Sohom

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ok, it seems to be a problem of the RAM now.... take the gpu of the motherboard and keep it seperate for now... just install one memory stick at the furthest most slot.... post the result here... i am waiting for your reply....
 

Sohom

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And no, it has nothing to do with drivers... During post the motherboard checks the components and then proceed, it seems something is not right and so the pc isnt posting.... what is your processor?
 

quinncooper1988

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Before seeing your reply I'd managed to get on after CMOS / RAM reseat while the GPU was out the case.

Everything booted as normal and so I ran DDU on my AMD drivers. Rebooted. Logged in again all was good.

Put GPU back in just now and the same thing occurs.

Seeing you reply now I'll take out the GPU and RAM and install one stick first.

It's an i5 skylake 6600K 4ghz
 

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OK, after logging into windows, do a prime95 test with everything on default for 10 mins and see if an error is there.
 

quinncooper1988

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With both sticks of RAM in it boots with no issues.

Both these tests were with GPU out.

I'll put GPU back in again see if I have a repeated issue. If so, I'd say it were GPU at fault would you?
 

Sohom

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After running using the 2nd slot... Download passmark or 3dmark(its abig download) and test the gpu and report back... I think this is what happened, while taking out the first gpu, somehow the slot was damaged, maybe a bad pin. But i maybe wrong too...

Edit: I want to do all the tests in a orderly fashion as to rule out each component... So each test is crucial to determining the issue....
 

Sohom

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Ok, now it seems your gpu is to blame... ur psu is modular, so i expect you were provided with extra cables, so can you try a different cable connecting the graphics card to psu...
 

quinncooper1988

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I don't think I have extra cables, I'll check... although using the 2nd pice slot I've had to use the second lot of power cables. Due to cable management the set for PCIe one doesn't reach PCIe two

So been tested with 2 sets
 

Sohom

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I am really surprised that if your graphics card was faulty then how did your graphics performance was up to par with crossfire performances... Did you ever notice performance issues while in game, like issues generally with crossfire or sli?
 

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