Still love this old board and I am hoping to squeeze out 2-3 more years of service. I'm just having an odd issue more and more frequently lately:
A random, hard lock during the boot process from a fully powered off state.
Almost always before the very first BIOS POST screen, but one time it even froze following it, but prior to showing the AHCI screen.
I of course am using the final official BIOS, cleanly flashed and tried all default settings.
The error codes on the board's LED are random. They freeze at FF, F3, F6, F7, 68, or sometimes still showing temperature of 24-25 idle.
I have no input, no visual, and I don't even hear the audible BEEP noise that the POST screen would usually be indicated by.
I have 6 sticks of 2GB RAM, and I tried various combinations of 1 or 2 sticks, in the appropriate slots for using so few. Boot failures still occurred, no matter the combination or which sticks I chose. I also cleaned all 6 sticks contacts with rubbing alcohol and paper towel.
I'm looking for any suggestions. It's not a big deal because it almost always boots fine after I hold power for 5 seconds and power on again.
post edited by Mozgus - 2017/09/10 22:38:08