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HELP! Albatron K8SLi motherboard not starting!

Hi, I have an Albatron K8SLi Motherboard and it just doesn't want to start. These are the specs I am trying to get it started with: CPU: AMD 64 Memory: DDR 256MB (400mhz) Display: Club NVidia 512MB [brand new] SMPS: 24-pin power supply [brand new] I have tried starting it with and without the ABS rescue bios card and it gives me the same symptoms as follows: 1. After connecting all components (cpu, ram, display, kbd, mouse, power)and turning the mains ON, one red led comes on which is between the 2nd PCI-E slot and the 1st PCI slot. It's printed as "stand-by led" beside this led. 2. Upon turning the board ON by shorting the PWR ON pins on the PWR header, both fans - CPU as well as the SLI chip fan start spinning and remain on until the power is turned off to the board (either from the mains or by the above pins by 5-sec PWR OFF) Also, the above-mentioned stand-by LED remains on (shouldn't a stand-by LED turn off when the device is on?) as well as a red LED near the RAM slots turns on. There is no display on the monitor (Benq 19") This is the way it stays ON until switched OFF. 3. I have tried all suggested combinations of resetting the bios with and without the ABS card, but it still gives all the same results. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Quirino Cardozo

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    Quirino Cardozo Oct 05, 2007

    I also just tried it with RAM modules of 512MB/256MB/256MB - all together(512+256+256=1024MB) as well as each RAM module seperately. No luck yet.

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    Quirino Cardozo Oct 07, 2007

    Hi mistyman, thanks for the response. Not much to say about the history really. I didn't get to use the board at all when it was purchased as my wife insisted on getting a laptop around the same time and we got stuck on the lappie!(DELL XPS M1210). So unfortunately the board was never removed from it's packaging so I never knew if it had any problems. When I tried setting it up just recently (about a week or so before I posted my problem) I tried adhering to all the precautions of leaving the bios jumpers on if not using the abs card, etc.
    I don't know how much this helps, but that's all there is to it's history.

    P.S.: Today I'm gonna home take my PCI-E display card from the office to test it with the board just to eliminate every possibility... You never know- my brand new 512MB display card could be screwing with me!

  • Quirino Cardozo
    Quirino Cardozo Oct 07, 2007

    oh yeah, could u please elaborate on what you mean by "standard tests"? I'm not exactly a newbie to troubleshooting, but am not so shy as to ask for some hand-holding... :-)

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    Quirino Cardozo Oct 07, 2007

    hey thanks mistyman, I did check on all ur mentioned std. tests except for the alternative cpu 'cos I just don't have another socket 939 cpu to test it with. I guess I do need to show it to a technician now.

    Motherboard LEDs = As mentioned initially, the led between the pcie and pci slots always remains on(standby led). When turned on, the led near the ram slots lights up and stays on till turned off.

    Fans turning = they start turning upon switching the board on and turn off upon shutting it down. Normal I would say.

    RAM = Tried alternating slots, tried different capacities - seperately and together (512 only, 256+256, 512+256, 256 only)

    Anyways, let's see how this goes. In case something does strike u about this, do give me a holler, I will be checking back...

    Thanks very much for your time and advice.

    Best regards,
    Quirino

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Hi mistyman, thanks for the response. Not much to say about the history really. I didn't get to use the board at all when it was purchased as my wife insisted on getting a laptop around the same time and we got stuck on the lappie!(DELL XPS M1210). So unfortunately the board was never removed from it's packaging so I never knew if it had any problems. When I tried setting it up just recently (about a week or so before I posted my problem) I tried adhering to all the precautions of leaving the bios jumpers on if not using the abs card, etc.

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Hi, you have tried all the standard test, could you give some history about this board? Maybe one of us can pick something up from that. Awaiting a furthe post, mistyman

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  • Stan Bryant Oct 07, 2007

    Hi, sorry I was not of any help. The std tests I refered to were as follows: red led on mobo, fans turning, RAM checked by alternating slots and or replacing. Alternative CPU tried.
    As a PC technician I have a couple of diagnostic cards and some DOS software I use when testing boards, maybe its time to see a technician, But remember ASK first about costs of test only before you hand over your board.
    regards mistyman

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