First Build, not going too well

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June 5, 2009 at 08:22:12
Specs: Windows XP, AMD II 955 3.2Ghz/4GB
So I installed everything, the ASUS M4N78 Pro, AMD 955 X4 Black ed, OCZ Reaper 2x2gb Ram. I run power to the PC, lights up everything fine except it's not sending anything to the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Turn it off by holding the power button, don't do anything, but figure second time's a charm. Hit the power button, and boom it starts up sends power to monitor, etc.
I did a Repair install of Windows, as was recommended. After it restarted from the first things installed, it did the same thing: nothing going to monitor, mouse, etc. So I do a hard shutdown and start it up, everything was fine. It resumed installing windows, and all was well.
Now anytime I do a restart, it does the same thing...so I have to do a hard shutdown to get it to work. And it's working really slow...even slower than my old single core 2.2ghz processor. Is this because it's not POSTing correctly? Something to do with drivers? (haven't installed the drivers for the board yet) Please help, so I can spare this build from my stupidity!

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#1
June 5, 2009 at 08:29:56
You have to install the chipset drivers. You can't expect it to run properly without the drivers for the hardware. After you install the mobo drivers, go to device manager and see if you have any caution signs. You need to install Service Pack 2 or 3 for usb 2.0 to work properly.

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#2
June 5, 2009 at 09:12:05
It has nothing to do with drivers. Post your power supply info...make/model/wattage & amperage specs. If you don't know, open the case & check the label on the side of the unit.

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#3
June 5, 2009 at 09:35:02
I just bought a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power... bought it in february, so I don't think anything is wrong with that.

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#4
June 5, 2009 at 10:37:05
Just to clarify, when I wrote "It has nothing to do with drivers", I meant the startup issues, not the performance issues. The PSU *should* be more than adeqauate, unless you happened to get a clunker.

Did you manually configure the BIOS settings or did you load defaults? Are you running DDR2-1066? Make sure the voltage is set correctly. I believe Reaper is high voltage RAM at either 2.1v or 2.2v. If you loaded defaults, it *may* be setting it to something less. Are you using a video card or the onboard?


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#5
June 5, 2009 at 11:00:24
I just loaded BIOS defaults and am running DDR2-1066. How do I check if voltage is correct? Is that in the BIOS setup? I am using the onboard, had a nice 256 nvidia from my old board but for some reason can't get it to fit. Guess PCI and PCIe are completely different pins.

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#6
June 5, 2009 at 11:41:39
"How do I check if voltage is correct? Is that in the BIOS setup?"

Yes, it's in the BIOS & it's hidden unless you switch from AUTO to MANUAL. Enter the BIOS & look under Ai Tweaker > Configure System Frequency/Voltage. Set AI Overclocking to manual & the hidden settings will appear. Then you can manually input your CPU & RAM settings.


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#7
June 5, 2009 at 19:25:31
Alright, well I set BIOS up to the different specs, looking at what the CPU and RAM could handle. Still horribly slow, and still having to start it up, shut it down, and quickly starting back up again in order for it to POST.
I am thinking I need to update BIOS, but after many failed attempts to load the BIOS update onto a cd in order for the ASUS Easy BIOS set up to read it, I'm getting way too frustrated. I thought BIOS was going to be an easy fix. Please help me!!!!! How do I update BIOS??!?!?

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#8
June 5, 2009 at 19:50:16
Ok, nevermind, after a few more mins of tinkering, I figured it out...upgrading BIOS fixed my startup problem so far! However, the computer is still running horribly slow. Not sure what is happening there. Overclocked my BIOS to match what the settings should be, still no change in performance. Can't even run a game that my old 2.2ghz P2 could run with no problem. Any ideas??

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