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Stupid Mobo tricks

     
11:12 pm on May 28, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Back in December I had a machine (MSI Z97 G5 motherboard) drop dead. Fiddled with it for a day or so, then got back to work using other machines and let it sit until yesterday. Finally had the time to strip everything off because it was caught in a power on no post, reboot cycle with no way to get to the bios.

Pulled everything. Still didn't work.

In desperation I pulled the battery, let it sit for 5 minutes and powered up. It stopped the power loop, but would not post or allow bios. Put the battery back in. Boot, but no bios. Put a single 4gb ram in (had been running two 8gb ram) and tried again. Bingo. I got to the bios, reset. Powered off. Put the 2-8gb in, Bingo! Automatically went to bios with a "your configuration changed would you like to run set up?"

Yes. :)

Put everything back in EXCEPT the high priced video card---which I think was the original culprit, having exhibited some funky behavior the previous 14 months of operation---and opted to use the on board Intel video.

Bingo!

No data loss, All updated, OS and programs and what I thought might end up as a pile of spare parts is back in production use.

Moral of story?

Might change the dang battery FIRST!
11:21 pm on May 28, 2017 (gmt 0)

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RE: MSI Z97 G5

They discontinued those in the late 2014s right? Had a GF into world gaming that used that board I think.
1:46 am on May 29, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Couldn't say. I've had it two years with it on a shelf for the last five months. Stil working.... in fact, I'm using it right this minute. :)
4:39 am on June 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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every time you rebooted it went back to default WTF I know nothing settingsl
7:43 am on June 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Worse, hit power. Power on, 5-9 seconds later shuts down (not power off) and then powers on and repeats. Endlessly.

Found a few reports on this board doing the same and various "solutions" were suggested. I tried most of them before taking everything off the mobo AND finally, pulling the battery.

I just wonder if pulling the battery might have save me a few hours that (at my age) I'll never get back. Oh, well!