So i built a new system about a month ago. Everything has been working splendidly for about a month. I was looking into the idea of overclocking and thought that Intel's app would help me do this in babysteps.
First System Specs. -
Intel i7 970 6 Core
DXS58S0 Extreme Edition Motherboard
6GB Patriot RAM (don't have the exact numbers since I am at work, but I know it is all compatible since it was working BEAUTIFULLY)
350GB WD Harddrive (don't have the exact model on hand at the moment.)
2 EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB DDR5 in SLI
All in all the system has been running VERY well for about a month. I have never had any heat issues, I have been slowly playing with overclocking the video cards just for the sake of learning how. Even when I pushed them really hard I never broke 75 C and then fans never went above 65%. I reset everything back to defaults and wanted to see if I could tweak the processor a bit. I ran intel's desktop control center Auto-tune. I set it to within limits for a 2-4 hour run. The system went through the first two reboot sequences fine so I decided to take a nap while it finished its run. When I woke I saw a blinking cursor in the upper left of the screen of the screen. I figured it was in the middle of a reboot and tweak sequence so I let it sit for another hour and it never rebooted. I began to fear problems so I powered down, let it sit for a few and rebooted the system. The system shows the intel splash screen and when it goes to hand off to the hard drive I get the cursor back and the system hangs even if I let it sit for an hour.
I can enter BIOS, it sees the processor, the RAM, the Vid Cards, etc. I can manipulate everything in BIOS with no problem. In the event log of the BIOS there is an error with a bad CMOS Checksum.
Ok... so I figure somehow the CMOS corrupted in a reboot sequence somehow... I try to reset to defaults... same blinky cursor. I reseat all RAM, vid card, proc, etc. Same. I take the RAM out to double check for error codes, I get the expected three beeps for RAM error. I disconnected everything and start testing individual components. All seems okay.
So I figure I have to reflash the bios... no biggie, right? Except when I set to reflash the bios I just get a black screen. I let it sit for a bit. I try again I can still CRTL-ALT-DEL to restart so the system is not locking up.
When I hit F7 to go into the flash menu I can see my hardrive and I can even navigate the directory structure, I can see my DVD-R drive, but cannot access direcotires (no big deal) and I can see my flash drive and am able to navigate through the directories there and find the .BIOS file I want to re-flash with. I have tried to boot from my DVD drive, the harddrive, a thumbdrive, and an external HD.
I have put the MOBO into configure mode (moved jumper to pins 2 and 3) same thing. I have also pulled the jumper as per intels instructions to go into restore mode (or whatever the exact phrase is) and I see the splash screen VERY briefly,. but then nothing else happens. I have let it sit for up to an hour with each attempt to reflash the BIOS.
So at this point I am wondering, is my MOBO dead? It seems that it has gone the way of old yeller. The system log never reported heat issues, etc. so I am at a loss. Any suggestion. My girlfriend is snagging another MOBO for me from work but I am hoping to not have the shell out the money if I don't have to.
If nothing else, lessong learned... don't trust Intel's app do tweak for me.
Thank you muchly in advance,