5 issues with new intel i-7 home build....

January 29, 2011 at 18:53:20
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM
Specs: Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
Item #: N82E16819115071

ASUS P8P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131681

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231329

All from newegg.com if you would like to look up from item #

NVIDIA ge force gtx 260 (Sparkle) microsoft corp. WDDM v1.1 (4478 MB AVAIL)(dedicated 896Mb)

I have an old 500GB 7200 HDD.... gives me a 5.9 on sytem WIN 7 64bit

1st problem is when i turn on all seems normal but there is the Dram LED / MemOK solid red light on the MOBO and there is no picture on monitor. I have to hold power button to reset and then the light goes off and she reboots.

2nd issue is after i do restart (this happens the 1st start up of the day with the F1) i get this message
American Megatrends
AMI Bios
total memorey 4096 mb (DDR3-1333)

USB Devices total: 4 Drives, 0 Keyboard, 1 mouse, 2 hubs

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

overclocking failed! Please enter setup to reconfigure your system.
Press F1 to run setup (end of message)When i press f1 it takes me to the bios.

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...

4th issue is after all that above when i go to system properties, it only shows the CPU reading 4 GB of ram???( went into AI suite to discover that it was only using ports 1 and 3 of the ram and not reading the other 2)all i have to do is restart and then it will read the 8 and be good. When this first happened i went into the advance settings in the bios to Ai Tweaker and changed the settings on Ai overclock Tuner from auto to the X.M.P mode and changed the memory Freq from DDR3-1600 7-8-7-24-2N-1.6ov to 1333 and that is how i made it read 8 GB and use all 4 slots. Also i set everything to default prior and nothing helped.I am not trying to OC but i think that is what the X.M.P. mode is for and that somehow has made it read all the ram.....just want to have normal usage with some light gaming...

5th issue is before i turned off Hybrid mode, When it would hybrinate i could never get the monitor to come back on..The Cpu would still be running fine? Not big deal, just want to understand...

My thoughts.... I do not understand the red light on the Mobo. She is brand new and the ram is in all the way.The red light on comes on with the first boot up of the day as well as the f1 over clock fail. the no HDD detected is every time but i push space and it boots...
I also tested each ram and they are good as well as the slots, they all work. I might have plugged something in in the wrong port but i don't think so.. Any advice would be nice..if you think i should send back to new egg for replacement, now would be the time but everything seems good....Thank you again for your support.....
BTW this intel i-7 is insane when i do get her up and running...


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#1
January 29, 2011 at 20:15:05
"I do not understand the red light on the Mobo."

All modern mboards have at least one led on the mboard surface that indicates the mboard is receiving power from the power supply (some have more than one, and if so may have one for the ram as well). It is ON even when the computer is not running, as long as the power supply is receiving live AC power, and is there to remind you to remove the AC power to the computer whenever you're going to be fiddling with connections and components inside the case, because the mboard is always powered in some places when that led is on. .

"5th issue is before i turned off Hybrid mode, When it would hybrinate i could never get the monitor to come back on..The Cpu would still be running fine? Not big deal, just want to understand..."

You MUST load the main chipset drivers for the mboard model AFTER Setup has finished, otherwise the ACPI features of the mboard (Standby, Hibernate, wake on ...., etc.) are likely to NOT work properly because Windows does not have the proper info about the main chipset's ACPI capabilities. The main chipset "drivers" are usually mostly, or all, *.inf files that inform the operating system about the capabilities of the mboard.



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#2
January 29, 2011 at 20:19:30
Thank you...Yes i have the green light that indicates power from ac on the bottom of the mobo, the red light i am speaking off is on the upper portion next to the top of the ram...

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#3
January 29, 2011 at 20:57:03
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:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

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 !

http://www.gskill.com/configurator.php
.
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.
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#4
January 30, 2011 at 20:09:09
Thank you for the advice...
The LD is for the ram and since i changed from 1600 to 1333 it booted fine this morning..I am now going to try and put it back to normal mode to see if it will read all the ram...This mobo also has 3 LED's..I re installed the drivers and it seems to boot fine now but i still get the no HDD detected and i have to press space bar to boot screen....I can live with it but sucks, being i just invested all this money and thought i would not have any problems...

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#5
January 30, 2011 at 20:40:48
"i still get the no HDD detected and i have to press space bar to boot screen...."

See the later part of response 3 starting at

Those messages are being generated by the bios.


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#6
February 1, 2011 at 05:17:25
OK I believe i have to the root to most if not all of my problems...RAM...Yep..My fault...The manual does not list this specific RAM, so i am sending it back for the recommended 4x2GB Corsair cmx8gx3m4a1600c9(xmp) 9-9-9-24 @ 1.65v...From my past EXP..I would have next never thought about it being exactly what they recommend because they cant test them all...Anyhow with this new sandy bridge tech..and other things like this DRAM LED lighting RED..i believe it is asking for something the Manual is recommending..Will mail back to new egg in the morning and order new ram tonight..Please let me know if you have any input good or bad...I don't mind learning sometimes...thanks again...

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#7
February 1, 2011 at 07:21:02
The ram listed in the manual, or listed in a list of ram in the support for the mboard model, is usually quite limited regarding the number of modules listed. You can use any ram listed that is found by using your brand name system or mboard model on a web site that has some sort of a ram configurator program, the only thing you need to pay attention to being the voltage specified for the modules - it's best not to have a mix of modules that different voltages are specified for.
That said......
- there are some "also ran" brands such as GSkil and OCZ that are known to sometimes require custom settings for the ram in the bios when more than one module is installed. There's more info about that on the Mushkin web site, although they don't name specific "also ran" brands. http://www.mushkin.com
- sometimes the mboard's bios may set the ram settings wrong by default if the modules are not using standard JEDEC values, so you should check the ram timing and ram voltage values to make sure they're suitable.

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