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Can not get into setup; shuts down when trying...

Well, I appreciate the help, but sad to say it did not work. I have changed the position of the ram, cleared the cmos by using the jumper and removing the battery, did a barebones check, took the board out of the case, had only the MB, power supply, and video, tried a known working IDE hard drive with Windows XP and still no luck. When it prompts me to press the DEL key to enter setup, it will attempt to enter the setup (with a rare quick split second sight of the setup screen), then the machine will shut down. I would think that you could access the BIOS setup without all the fancy gizmos attached. Allowing to get to the screen with the options of Safe Mode, Last known good configuation, start windows normally, I have tried all of the options, but all it does is sits there with the Windows XP screen and the bar moving. I removed the CPU, put new heatsink on it and secured it tight, still nothing. I have spent hours searching for a similar problem and have followed the given advice where I find it, but still nothing. I have swapped several keyboards and hard drive power cables, plugging it in every conceivable place I could find, but still the same results.

Was wondering if I should add the water cooling fan that says, ''for use in junction with Passive Cooler or Water Cooler ONLY'' to the top of the square ''snowflake'' on the MB (if that is where it goes), but on the fan package it says that installing the optional fan with an active CPU cooler will interfere with internal CPU cooler airflow and endanger system stability''. Looking through the MB box it came in, I notice a flat ribbon with ASUS stamped on it, about 3 inches long and about 1 inch wide with a rectangle box type connection at each end with slots for some sort of connection. Does this need to be installed??

Questions, questions. Such trouble just for what I thought would be a halfway decent computer that was given to I know why it was replaced. At this point I am beginning to think I have a bad motherboard. I also gave thought to a bad power supply (400 watt), but not totally convinced on that, even considered a 600 watt replacement. So, with all this in mind should I just junk out the MB?

Thank you again in advance for your patience and help.

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  • skidoonordic Jan 11, 2009

    Thank you very much for your solution! I did get a 700w ($169) PSU at Best Buy and it worked!! My hat's off to you and this site!


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After all you have tried, I would not bother with the water cooling. If the board does not work with air cooling, water cooling won't bring it around.

And in my opinion 400w is too small. I would not power the board with anything smaller than 750w, and don't use a cheap $29 power supply either. Power is the lifeblood of your system. Stick with good quality name brand power supplies.

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