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 me...now 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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Re: Can not get into setup; shuts down when trying...
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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reinstall the window xp open my computer from the start manue go to view and open folder options show the hidden files and also deselect the protecting window files below it and apply then click on the folder on the top in the my computer and remove all the suspected hidden files from all the drives and restart your system
recheck all connections, make sure the switch on the back of the power supply (if it has one) is set to the on position. there is a chance the motherboard has failed. with the power off examine the capacitors on the motherboard, especially the ones near the cpu. if they feel rounded on the top they have failed. unless you are good at soldering... consider buying a new motherboard.
First refix the RAM and Pci graphic card.
Pull cmos cell from mother bord for 15 minutes then put again into its position then all settings are defaults.
Then if still face problem then check with other RAM.
This jumper allows you to clear the Real Time Clock (RTC) RAM in CMOS. You can clear the CMOS memory of date, time, and system setup parameters by erasing the CMOS RTC RAM data. The onboard button cell battery powers the RAM data in CMOS, which include system setup information such as system passwords. 1. Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord. 2. Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2. 3. Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer. 4. Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to reenter data.
Except when clearing the RTC RAM, never remove the cap on CLRTC jumper default position. Removing the cap will cause system boot failure!If the steps above do not help, remove the onboard battery and move the jumper again to clear the CMOS RTC RAM data. After clearing the CMDS, reinstall the battery.
You do not need to clear the RTC when the system hangs due to overclocking. For system failure due to overclocking, use the CPU Parameter Recall (C.P.R) feature. Shut down and reboot the system so the BIOS can automatically reset parameter settings to default values
You probably need to check the cooling fan setup ( some motherboards give the control on the task manager or a sperate software to control it) This seems to be a problem of overheating which might have started after the installation of new ram.
Have you tried clearing the bios? there's a jumper in the motherboard that let's you erase all settings done in the bios and return it to its original state. Some motherboards even include a password erase jumper for the bios. Check your motherboard manual for the location. Just place the jumper in the clear position and return it back. Some motherboards may require you to turn on the pc while in the clear position and then turn them on again in the normal position to perform a through clearing.
If this isn't working you might be dealing with a corrupted bios... data on it might have got altered by a virus or some error. So now it doesn't work as it should.
If you can't boot your PC and enter windows or browse the internet, then you must work from another computer and download a bios image from the manufacturer web page and look for an alternate method of bios update that lets you update your bios from a floppy disk or maybe from a pendrive.
If you can access windows and the only problem is that you can't access bios, then do a bios update through windows directly, downloading the new bios image from the manufacturer's webpage.
Take note some motherboards won't boot up if there's a problem with the CPU fan, to protect the CPU from burning.
Does it start to boot from windows and then shut off or is it before windows?
Try removing the HDD and see if it will still shut down.
If it does not shut then with the HDD removed, then the OS on the HDD is corrupted.
try to get to the jumper next to the cmos battery in the mainboard. by changing its position for some seconds while power is off and putting it back , cmos is cleard. start the board hit delete to enter setup and exit saving chages.
ps: if the mainboard bottom was in touch with anything metal from the case then reboots will occure repeatedly and the board might get damaged.