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DFI LanParty DK 48 Motherboard, LED Error Code: 88? Does not boot, LED displays 88.

This DFI MOBO has a display on it to show error codes, which would be great if they also provided an error code list so you could actually decipher it! There's no list in the User Manual and I've searched Google and plenty of forums, I see a lot of people having the same problem of not knowing how to translate their error codes.

Got a whole new rig today, at first it booted up fine but there was a problem with the HDD. After reseating it the PC doesn't boot up at all, it just whirs away loudly and displays the code 88. Any idea what this means?

Going to try to reseat the whole thing to see if it helps. Any ideas would be great. A full list of the error codes would be magical!


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  • MC Dallas Dec 09, 2008

    Exact same problem.  Exact same error code and everything.  What did you end up doing?

  • techview Jan 11, 2009

    I have a similar problem with 2 DFI LanParty LT48 Motherboads.
    With the first one I received I installed everything and booted up. I went into Bios and set everything. When I hit F10 to save everything the system shut down instantly. When I restarted, the system turned on and off several times almost instantly before the board started smoking!
    I received a replacement from DFI after about 6 weeks. I again installed everything and got the same cycling problem. I re-seated everything and cleared the C-mos and the system did boot. I had it on for about a week with no problem. However, since then I've encountered troubles with the system cycling on and off when I tried to reboot and I was able to see the "88" code displayed some but not all of the time. I've attached an image of the damage to my 1st board.



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From the manual - Code 88 is "There is no "88" definition on the Award BIOS code. (BIOS program executed the wrong process therefore showing the wrong POST code.)
1 of 2 problems:
1. The BIOS - Mixed-up BIOS data, which is fixed by resetting CMOS information
2. MB is defective. (NB chip may be defective.), which you have to RMA to manufacturer

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I reset my bios.
I returned one motherboard.
I solved my problem by swapping out the power supply. I've been rebooting, shutting down/restarting for 48 hours with no problem.
What is strange is that this first power supply has not given me problems with other motherboards and worked fine while I was using a back-up mobo while waiting for a replacement from DFI. I used a power supply tester and the 20/24 pin power tested OK. I was not able to test the auxiliary 4/8 pin 12 volt supply. I talked to the Power Supply vendor and they couldn't understand it either, but they told me to send it back for replacement

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They are POST codes not error codes, which is why you probably couldnt find them.

but the answer you wont like :( ...

code 88 is "reserved" ..sorry

here is the addy to get the complete list on .PDF

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