|If your mboard has more than one led on it's surface, read the Asus manual to find out what the one by the ram is for and what it indicates - they make very good manuals ! |
Sometimes the led may be able to produce more than one color (it's got three leads instead of two) - one color for nothing's wrong, another color when something is wrong.
Regarding your ram sometimes being detected as the wrong lower amount.
"overclocking failed! Please enter setup to reconfigure your system."
If you're overclocking anything, then DO NOT do that until AFTER you're sure the system is working properly with standard settings !
When you DO overclock it, find an overclocking web site where they have over clocked this mboard model, preferably with the same cpu, and find out what the known stable settings are !
The cards in slots, e.g. the video card, the ram, may NOT work properly if you set the overclocking settings too high !
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
Some ram manufacturer's modules do not strictly adhere to the JEDEC standards that most mboards bioses use to determine ram settings.
In that case, the ram settings in the bios Setup that the bios has automatically chosen may not be correct.
Check the ram settings in your bios - the ram voltage, and the ram timing numbers - those should be the same as for the specs for the modules themselves. Often the ram voltage and timing numbers are printed on the label on the modules.
If the voltage setting or timings settings in the bios are different from the specs for the ram, change them in the bios. The timing numbers must be as close as you can get to the same, or slower timings (higher numbers = slower) - you won't notice the difference the slower settings make.
If you have a mix of different modules
- don't mix ram that different voltages are specified for - the bios will force the ram to use the lowest voltage, if "by spd" or similar is used (default settings) - ram that a higher voltage is specified for is more likely to not work properly in that situation.
- the bios settings must be those for the slowest timing settings of all the modules, or slower (higher numbers = slower).
We have seen many instances of people having problems with G Skil (and OCZ) ram when more than one module has been installed.
Sometimes you MUST custom set the ram timing numbers the bios is using a little HIGHER than the numbers specified on the modules in order for more than one of their modules to be recognized properly all the time and to be stable.
Not all ram modules that you may think should work in your mboard will work properly in it !
BEFORE you buy ram, you should look up which ram module part numbers will work fine in your mboard by using the mboard model to search with.
GSkil has a ram configurator but they DO NOT have any listings for your mboard model !
On the other hand, other major brand name memory module makers DO have ram listings for your mboard model.
E.g. Crucial does.
The Gskil modules you bought MAY work fine in your mboard, or they MAY NOT.
"I have an old 500GB 7200 HDD.... gives me a 5.9 on sytem WIN 7 64bit "
The performance rating measures a combination of hardware things, not just the hard drive.
The hard drive is the biggest performance bottleneck on modern computers.
"3rd issue is when it does boot up i get the no hard disk connected, press space bar to continue.. Then it boots up using the HDD it says it cannot find....( bios says Boot option 1 P6: WDC WD5000AAKS-00yGAO and
Boot over ride P6: WDC WD5000AAKS-00yGAO) I just want it to boot from my only HDD and stop displaying this message..."
Those messages are being generated by the bios.
"USB Drive 0 Generic STORAGE DEVICE 9602
1 '' ''
2 '' ''
3 '' ''
Detected ATA/ATAPI Devices
Sata port 5: TSSTCorp CDDVDW SH-5243N
Sata Port 6: WDC WD5000 AAKS-00YGA0"
For some bioses, in some circumstances, it will attempt to boot from a USB connected drive while booting if one is plugged in. If the USB drive is NOT bootable, the bios MAY NOT attempt to boot from anything else !
Try unplugging the flash drive or external drive or memory card reader you have plugged in !
WD5000AAKS is apparently a SATA II drive.
(the characters after the dash indicate where the drive was made, etc.)
It isn't very old.
If unplugging the USB whatever did not help....
Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)
The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.
If that doesn't help ....
There is probably a setting in the bios Setup where you can set the time delay for detecting drives. Whatever it's set to, set it to a longer time, if you can.
E.g. in an Asus P6X58D-E manual I looked at earlier today, that is in the
Storage Configuration settings.