ASROCK cmos shot?


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inoldc

Hello again,

ASROCK K7S8XE+ (1 year and 1 month old) XP2900+ 1024M (2X512 DDR400)


Several months ago I mysteriously had to remind my cmos that SATA was not to
be enabled... when I looked in there everything but the AGP/PCI choice was
as before so I reset it to keep an eye on it and it behaved just fine...
until now.

Monday I tried to use the restart from my XP partition and the thing would
not POST... no beeps of any sort. It ran through the LEDs for the optical
drives and then the HD LED sat there lit for about 20 seconds but then
nothing happened. I tried again a few times and it finally posted, but the
CMOS was buggered and neither the XP or 98SE partitions would boot without
protection errors after those times I did get a POST. So I tried reseating
and then replacing the video with a pci card, pulling the RAM and using an
unused 512 333 and changing the CMOS battery all with no luck.

After changing the battery I unplugged it and shorted the clear CMOS jumpers
and after a few tries got it to run and then put the CMOS back in order and
it started fine (except that it was reporting speed as 1G instead of 2G,
even though this is a locked processor and jumpered speed) After this I left
it up for 24 hours running seemingly good. Wondering how it still had the
time and date after clearing I then noticed on the ASROCK site that it
wanted the battery out while clearing and I did that... now it will not
start at all. No POST no beeps.

I noticed that on those times that it did start I got a message before
POSTing to the effect of 'the computer failed to initialize after several
previous tries, enter setup?' to which I answered yes once to see the
settings still right, except the speed report. On those tries it took
anywhere from 3 to 7 shots at the power switch (which did wait 4 seconds
properly) to start but tonight I must have tried it 30 times with no joy.

I am assuming it's the board, but had a small reservation that it might be a
power supply. I do not have a spare supply here anymore (short of ripping
down another system) so I thought I might ask if anyone thinks it has a good
chance of being that and not the motherboard?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?


Thanks!
 
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inoldc

inoldc said:
Hello again,

ASROCK K7S8XE+ (1 year and 1 month old) XP2900+ 1024M (2X512 DDR400)


Several months ago I mysteriously had to remind my cmos that SATA was not to
be enabled... when I looked in there everything but the AGP/PCI choice was
as before so I reset it to keep an eye on it and it behaved just fine...
until now.

Monday I tried to use the restart from my XP partition and the thing would
not POST... no beeps of any sort. It ran through the LEDs for the optical
drives and then the HD LED sat there lit for about 20 seconds but then
nothing happened. I tried again a few times and it finally posted, but the
CMOS was buggered and neither the XP or 98SE partitions would boot without
protection errors after those times I did get a POST. So I tried reseating
and then replacing the video with a pci card, pulling the RAM and using an
unused 512 333 and changing the CMOS battery all with no luck.

After changing the battery I unplugged it and shorted the clear CMOS jumpers
and after a few tries got it to run and then put the CMOS back in order and
it started fine (except that it was reporting speed as 1G instead of 2G,
even though this is a locked processor and jumpered speed) After this I left
it up for 24 hours running seemingly good. Wondering how it still had the
time and date after clearing I then noticed on the ASROCK site that it
wanted the battery out while clearing and I did that... now it will not
start at all. No POST no beeps.

I noticed that on those times that it did start I got a message before
POSTing to the effect of 'the computer failed to initialize after several
previous tries, enter setup?' to which I answered yes once to see the
settings still right, except the speed report. On those tries it took
anywhere from 3 to 7 shots at the power switch (which did wait 4 seconds
properly) to start but tonight I must have tried it 30 times with no joy.

I am assuming it's the board, but had a small reservation that it might be a
power supply. I do not have a spare supply here anymore (short of ripping
down another system) so I thought I might ask if anyone thinks it has a good
chance of being that and not the motherboard?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?


Thanks!
Well, anyhow... I noticed that I did still have a PSU here, even if only
300W and swapped it with no luck, so I'm guessing that it's the board.

Is the cmos chip in these things replaceable, ie plug into a socket or is it
soldered? How do I go about getting another and if so what is the procedure?
I called ASRock and they were going to call me right back, but have not.
<sigh>
 
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inoldc

inoldc said:
not be
Well, anyhow... I noticed that I did still have a PSU here, even if only
300W and swapped it with no luck, so I'm guessing that it's the board.

Is the cmos chip in these things replaceable, ie plug into a socket or is it
soldered? How do I go about getting another and if so what is the procedure?
I called ASRock and they were going to call me right back, but have not.
<sigh>
Finally talked to the ASRock tech... after I called them back 2hrs after he
said he would call me back in 5 min. Went through the whole speal to narrow
it down to the board and then he says that the board is only warranted for 1
year and I'm a month past that but that this is usually a very solid board
and he wanted to see if it really was the board.

Shame... I *really* liked that board, but I doubt I'll buy another
ASRockafter this experience.

Really thinking about that Foxconn 748 (the ERS is SATA).
 
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Shep©

Hello again,

ASROCK K7S8XE+ (1 year and 1 month old) XP2900+ 1024M (2X512 DDR400)


Several months ago I mysteriously had to remind my cmos that SATA was not to
be enabled... when I looked in there everything but the AGP/PCI choice was
as before so I reset it to keep an eye on it and it behaved just fine...
until now.

Monday I tried to use the restart from my XP partition and the thing would
not POST... no beeps of any sort. It ran through the LEDs for the optical
drives and then the HD LED sat there lit for about 20 seconds but then
nothing happened. I tried again a few times and it finally posted, but the
CMOS was buggered and neither the XP or 98SE partitions would boot without
protection errors after those times I did get a POST. So I tried reseating
and then replacing the video with a pci card, pulling the RAM and using an
unused 512 333 and changing the CMOS battery all with no luck.

After changing the battery I unplugged it and shorted the clear CMOS jumpers
and after a few tries got it to run and then put the CMOS back in order and
it started fine (except that it was reporting speed as 1G instead of 2G,
even though this is a locked processor and jumpered speed) After this I left
it up for 24 hours running seemingly good. Wondering how it still had the
time and date after clearing I then noticed on the ASROCK site that it
wanted the battery out while clearing and I did that... now it will not
start at all. No POST no beeps.

I noticed that on those times that it did start I got a message before
POSTing to the effect of 'the computer failed to initialize after several
previous tries, enter setup?' to which I answered yes once to see the
settings still right, except the speed report. On those tries it took
anywhere from 3 to 7 shots at the power switch (which did wait 4 seconds
properly) to start but tonight I must have tried it 30 times with no joy.

I am assuming it's the board, but had a small reservation that it might be a
power supply. I do not have a spare supply here anymore (short of ripping
down another system) so I thought I might ask if anyone thinks it has a good
chance of being that and not the motherboard?

Any other thoughts or suggestions?


Thanks!

I have the same board,no probs.Did you try re-flashing the BIOS?

Also you can try a,"Hacked" BIOS,
http://www.ocworkbench.com/ocwbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=30

HTH :)
 

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