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I have a p4mbms motherboard. ...won't boot

I have a p4mbms motherboard. The system won't boot.

Using a POST-PCI-Card, I get an FF error, which translates to "System booting. This means that the BIOS already passed control to the
operation system. If no error flags such as memory size are set ,boot via INT 19 -load system from drive A, then C; display error message if correct boot device not found. Boot system."

Any ideas as how to fix it?
Thank you,
Tom

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  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    Does the card show other codes before the FF comes up, they go by
    pretty fast. If you have steady ff from the moment of turning the power
    on and no chance, check the leds on the debug card,

    A. Just a steady FF is displayed. I am noticing that there might not be power to the HD or CD drives as I can't hear them or eject the CD.

    I tried your other suggestions but they did not change any results...still have steady FF.
    Thanks,
    Tom


  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    I should have added that I can't enter the BIOS either.

  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    Using either the built in video, or a PCI video card, I still get the FF error and no apparent HD or CD sounds.

  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    I've tried all the PCI slots now, and have removed the other cards...still get the FF error.

  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    also, the speaker cable was unplugged when I opened the PC...I can't figure out where to plug it in on the motherboard. any ideas?

  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    I don't think I can flash the BIOS since I can't read a disk, or enter the BIOS. If you have any more suggestions I'd love to hear them.



  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    Re: "Jul 18, 2009

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    Front panel audio details: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/9..."

    I have an internal speaker...just don't know where to plug it in the motherboard.


  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    Thanks for your help...I will try the the hot flashing.
    Tom



  • tom_mcbroom Jul 18, 2009

    The speaker does not beep.

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Does the card show other codes before the FF comes up, they go by pretty fast. If you have steady ff from the moment of turning the power on and no chance, check the leds on the debug card,

Reseat the memory.

if the machine still doesn't boot.

take out all memory modules out from the machine, now with no memory plug in the power and try starting up, wait 1 minute and turn the power off, now place one of the memory modules back and try starting up again, remember to unplug the power when your connecting or disconnecting parts from the board.

Any change on debug codes how about beeping from machine?


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  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    I see the board also has a integrated video adapter, are you using a agp card? Check both display connectors the machine may be working but its giving the video signal on the wrong source.

  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    The motherboard is not booting up at all, you have power but the bios is not running the POST power on self test at all, try another PCI port to make sure you got it on the right one.

    Seems like the bios has a problem or the motherboard / cpu.

    Or you may simply have it on the wrong pci slot.


  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Yes the machine doesn't turn on fully you don't get picture, I understand - Thanks.

  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Try the debug card on all the pci slot to see if it was on the wrong slot, maybe we will get another set of codes.

  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    It seems to me that the bios or the board is dead. - its not even trying to boot up, you could try flashing or replaceing the bios on the motherboard, or replace the motherboard. I wouldn't waste too much time on a motherboard.

  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Front panel audio details:
    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/9...

    Same thing on most boards / sound cards.


  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Heres how to do hot flashing with the help of another working motherboard.
    http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?...


  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Oh, That one, Near the front panel connectors, power, reset, etc, if you look closely to the board, you should see text printed on the board, there should be a set of 4 pins (speaker has a connector of 2 wires or a 4 pin connector with only 2 of the pins in use). should read SPEAK. Bottom right corner of the board.

    Heres the user manual, it will be documented there
    http://www.machspeed.com/specs/matrix/mp... (on the left side of the page link to user manual)

    Its on page 26 of the printed manual (page 29, if we look at the pdf document page count)




  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    if you got the speaker connected, you could check if its beeping when you power it on? if it does, how many long and short beeps?

  • Ekse Jul 18, 2009

    Alright, try the hotflashing, if the cpu and memory are OK and tested and the machine doesn't start up even after a fresh flash on the bios, I would replace the mainboard.

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