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Foxconn P9657AB motherboard installation problem

I just bought this motherboard to replace my old ECS board. I hooked up all my components, but when I have the power connected (not the system on) there is a red light in the lower left corner of the board, right next to the SATA connectors and the front panel pins, that stays on. When I turn the system on the light turns off but the board beeps for a straight 5-6 seconds and there is no response on the display. Oh I also put a new graphics card in too (but processor, HDD, and such are the same.). Any ideas on why the red light is on and why it beeps would be greatly appreciated.
Oh also the numbers by the light say R450, if that means anything.

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  • ninjo61 Jun 21, 2008

    It is one long beep that lasts for 6 seconds, stops for a second and repeats as long as the system is powered on.

  • ninjo61 Jun 23, 2008

    Awesome info Mike, I will test the memory per your suggestion. I do have 2 different brands of memory; 2gb Crucial sticks in slots 1 and 3, and 1gb OCZ gold sticks in 2 and 4.

    rytech: I have a core 2 duo 2160 and a 700wat PSU.

    I got a feeling im using memory that runs at different speeds (800mhz and 522 or some thing arond that).

  • Simon Vann
    Simon Vann May 11, 2010

    OK There a few more things I need to know?

    Which processor have you installed?

    What size PSU )Watts) is installed


  • Simon Vann
    Simon Vann May 11, 2010

    I will be able to help you if you could tell me the pattern of the beeps. Does it beep in a sequence? ie one beep every second for six seconds or groups of three beeps for six seconds etc.

    These beeps are a diagnosic tool as the computer cannot output to the display

    But based on what you say i would if possible try the old graphics card.


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You're Foxconn board uses the Award bios.
The long beeps you are hearing are telling you there is a problem with you're memory.
You're pic does not look like the Foxconn P9657AB-8EKRS2H MB as shown in the user manual. Found on This link.
The pic on Foxconn's site does but not the manual listed.
The motherboard uses four 240-pin slots with 1.8V for DDR2 memory only.
(Question? Did you're ECS MB use DDR2 memory)?
If you have more than 1 DIMM installed remove all but 1.
Move the DIMM into the closest slot next to the CPU.
Boot the PC & check for beeps. If still presant move the DIMM to the next slot & try again. Continue this through all four slots. Than try another DIMM. If the mother board continues to beep as mentioned than call Foxconn. (There is a bios update mentioned below for memory).
The CPU may come into question. (It’s revision). You may have to call Foxconn for this information. (580-272-0035). They do not place this information in their user manual. Most users have to call. The rev of the CPU may conflick with the memory causing you to receive the bios beeps. (I have had to return 2 boards for this reason). I picked an Asus board over Foxconn.
I have come across this with Foxconn motherboards these past two years. Suggest you update you’re bios. Foxconn has a revision dated, 3-28-2008 for memory before you call. After bios update test the memory again for beeps. Still there? Return the board is my suggestion.
It’s a guess that the red led will go away after the memory issue has been addressed. Normally there is a green led on most motherboards. This means standby. The board has power connected. I could not find any reference in the user manual * .pdf, for R450.

Good Luck ninjo61!

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Jun 23, 2008

    The memoey must run at the same speed, 800Mhz would be faster.



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