Powered on my system with a GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3

billdcat4

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Its normal for the DS3 to do weird $hit when you try to turn it on. An example is the situation where it turns on, then off, then on again. Ive heard a lot of people with "normal" startup issues from their DS3s.

You might want to contact Gigabyte Tech Support. Also, what Revision and Bios Version do you have? rev3.3 and Bios F10 is the newest, and thus the best. You can update the BIOS but not the Revision.
 

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Yeah I have rev 3.3

So other than calling them what else can I do?

email them... just contact them any way... thats how everyone with these problems seems to find out if its normal or not.

I have heard of so many different issues about DS3 startup, many of which Gigabyte claim is normal.

Does the PC work at all? What can it do and what cant it?
 

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It seems to power on without any errors, I hear 1 short beep which I read is a good thing. It gets to the BIOS screen where it says press F9 for something and DEL for BIOS setup.
 

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It seems to power on without any errors, I hear 1 short beep which I read is a good thing. It gets to the BIOS screen where it says press F9 for something and DEL for BIOS setup.

do you have a hard drive and optical drive installed?
do you have ram installed?
do you have all of the power cables to the motherboard connected?
did you remember to connect the 6pin pci express power connecter to the gpu?

Did you just build this, or is this something that just came up on a previously built machine? If its new, you will need to install Windows before you can do much.

Write back, but I have got to go to sleep, its 2:15AM here. Ill check back in 4hrs. Thats all the sleep I get :twisted:
 

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It's a brand new system I just built.
Everything is, or at least should be plugged it.

The keyboard isn't working to let me into the BIOS setup and it doesn't get past the BIOS screen, it just sits there.
 

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Are you using a USB keyboard? If so use a PS2 adapter and plug it into the PS2 port. Try resetting the BIOS, make sure your RAM is installed correctly, check all the connections....
 

vitalym

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I'll have to do it in the AM, it's getting late here.

I'll check the connections.

But shouldn't a true PS2 keyboard have a better chance of working than a USB to PS2 one?
 

Gh0stDrag0n

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I havn't seen any differance between a true PS2 keyboard and a USB/PS2 adapter.
You can change it back to USB later, you need to set the BIOS to use USB keyboard support.
 

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Aren't these mobos supposed to be picky about ram?

Try using 1 slot of ram, and then if you can use the bios change the ram voltage to 2/2.1
 

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Don't think that would help at all other than maybe use too much energy.

These boards just either have the coldboot issue or not. I've heard hundreds of solutions/causes.

Best thing to do is RMA/repair.

P965 Boards seem to have a lot of quality issues.
 

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Hundreds of people are building C2D systems, many first time builders. Lack of expierance (n00bz) is the cause of most of the "problems". We were all "noobz" at some point.
I have built 5 systems using this Motherboard and have had no problems.
 

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BIOS is set to Halt on all but keyboard errors as default.

If your using a USB keyboard it will still boot but won't go into BIOS when you press the delete key nor change or scroll through pages in BIOS. You need to attach both a PS2 keyboard and mouse if you are using USB instead, then enter BIOS and in the Integrated Peripherals page enable both USB keyboard and mouse support before USB keyboard and mouse will work.

Remember if you LOAD OPTIMIZED DEFAULTS - USB keyboard and mouse support maybe disabled by default.
 

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Check and make sure the 4 pin power plug is connected. If that's not it it might be the KB, but it usually tells you "no KB detected" or something along those lines. Incidentally, I have this MB and it powers on for a split second and then turns off for a second, then powers on and boots normally. Scared the s*** out of me the first time I turned it on!
 

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Everything is plugged in.
When it boots up I hear 1 beep which according to the instructions means it was a successful boot. But no matter how I try to connect the keyboard it has no effect. It just boots up and stays at this screen http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/1120/bootkg1.jpg

I've connected the keyboard via usb, usb->ps2 adapter, ps2, and ps2 mouse + ps2 keyboard. Nothing seems to work, it just stays at that screen and key presses don't do anything.

Does this sound like a defective board or something else?

Whether or not I have a keyboard plugged in I don't get a no keyboard error, but I think that's because it doesn't get far enough to detect it.
 

vitalym

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So I finally figured it out.
I decided to unplug my IDE HD, cd-rom, and floppy and it turned on.

Turns out the IDE cable must have been bad because using the included one works.

One more question what, if anything, do I need to set in the BIOS if I want to set up a RAID 0 with my 2 SATA HDs.

Also They're plugged into the purple ports, are those the correct ports?
 

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I can't get my floppy drive working...
Do you know of anything off hand that might be the problem?
The cables goes in notch up and notch down into the drive and I've tried it both ways, with no luck.
 

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Notch down, don't forget the power cable. Select the floppy as your first boot device in BIOS and run the RAID driver. I don't know if you can damage anything connecting it up wrong, try a new cable and drive.

EDIT, notch down for the data cable---notch up for power.
 

vitalym

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Hmm I might have to find a new drive this one isn't working
Do you know if there is a way to monitor the cpu temp from windows, I have a feeling it's running a little too hot...
 

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Hmm I might have to find a new drive this one isn't working
Do you know if there is a way to monitor the cpu temp from windows, I have a feeling it's running a little too hot...

I have a friend who had the same EXACT floppy issue..... never found out how to fix it, prolly gonna RMA
 

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I'm just gonna get an external USB floppy, that should do it.


What does a DRAM error mean?
The mobo emitted a long continuous beep and the manual said it's a DRAM error, what is it and how do I fix it?