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EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST.

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2017/09/10 22:33:00 (permalink)
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
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/09/10 23:25:53 (permalink)
    i would try two things, first try a new cmos battery, when they start to die the board will do all kinds of weird stuff. second if you can try a known good PSU, my x58 e760 was giving me fits and turned out to be my PSU was going bad, swapped it and all was peachy 

                                   
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/09/10 23:41:58 (permalink)
    the CMOS battery was on my list of things to try but I figured it was the least likely fix. But I'll remember to pickup a new one soon.
     
    I'd hate to learn this PSU is at fault. It's quite overkill for this machine but I won it from a podcast I was a longtime listener of. I....think I still have my old PSU somewhere....
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/09/11 22:47:26 (permalink)
    Replaced the battery and it still failed 2 boots later. Also, eVGA replied with suggestions. They said try with as few USB devices as possible. I'm down to just mouse, keyboard, and the usb cable my gsync monitor needs.
     
    They suggested checking my voltages. They read just fine in the bios if I understand it correct;y, but I may still learn how to use my multimeter the right way do check that.
     
    They also suggested a HDD SMART utility. All 3 of my SSDs and my 1TB 7200rpm drive all show good status.
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/09/11 23:40:02 (permalink)
    If all else fails pick up a used EVGA X58 motherboard. I just saw a classified X58 on ebay for 75 bucks. I'm sure there are other sources from which to buy one as well. 

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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/09/11 23:45:57 (permalink)
    Maybe if it completely stops booting. As of now it's not worth spending money to fix. Just an annoyance.
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/11/14 11:40:32 (permalink)
    So I narrowed the issue down to a legacy component of some kind. I've not had a boot issue for 2 months, and likely 70 boot ups. I was keeping track of everything I was trying and scratching each one off as I encountered another boot failure. The last thing I tried was I disabled all the legacy ports on the motherboard I wasn't using. Stuff like firewire, the com port, onboard audio, and the two extra sata controllers for ports 6/7 and 8/9 (I still use ports 0-5). The issue must have been with one of these. I hope this tip helps someone else out there. Hopefully I get a few more years out of this workhorse.
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/11/14 12:02:51 (permalink)
    Mozgus
    So I narrowed the issue down to a legacy component of some kind. I've not had a boot issue for 2 months, and likely 70 boot ups. I was keeping track of everything I was trying and scratching each one off as I encountered another boot failure. The last thing I tried was I disabled all the legacy ports on the motherboard I wasn't using. Stuff like firewire, the com port, onboard audio, and the two extra sata controllers for ports 6/7 and 8/9 (I still use ports 0-5). The issue must have been with one of these. I hope this tip helps someone else out there. Hopefully I get a few more years out of this workhorse.


    The only problem I had with that motherboard was the marvell controller driver for the SATA ports you disabled

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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/11/14 12:06:34 (permalink)
    rjohnson11
    The only problem I had with that motherboard was the marvell controller driver for the SATA ports you disabled


    Nice. Although my issue was before even seeing a POST screen, so that's long before any operating system drivers come into play.
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    Re: EVGA X58 SLI 132-BL-E758-A1 Random boot hard locks prior to BIOS POST. 2017/11/15 17:38:32 (permalink)
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    The only problem I had with that motherboard was the marvell controller driver for the SATA ports you disabled


    Nice. Although my issue was before even seeing a POST screen, so that's long before any operating system drivers come into play.


    doesnt matter, that marvell chip still comes on with the board, i had to disable both of the JMB in the bios.

                                   
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