I am running a maximus formula mb

March 8, 2011 at 09:36:48
Specs: Windows Vista, intel core2 q6600/4g ram
maximus formula lga775
intel core 2 quad Q6600
nvidea gforce 8800 ultra
4 x 1gb nvidea ocz pc6400 ddr2 ram
700w ocz psu
windows vista home premium 64bit sp2
I have been getting no display at boot up. Sometmes my computer will attempt 2 or 3 times and finally bood up. I get 1 long beep and 3 short beeps and then the computer boots up with no display. A reset usually does it from there. I believe it is my video card. Any suggestions?

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March 8, 2011 at 13:07:38
"maximus formula lga775"

ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA / SE LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

Searching using model: maximus formula
here finds only one possible mboard

I downloaded a bios update *.zip file and looked at it's content.

It's a *.rom bios update file which indicates it's probably either a Phoenix or AMI bios update.

"I get 1 long beep and 3 short beeps and then the computer boots up with no display."

There is no such Phoenix bios beep code that I can find, and Asus does not normally use Phoenix bios versions.

AMI BIOS beep codes

1 long, 3 short Conventional/Extended memory failure

NOTE - ALWAYS remove the AC power to the case / power supply whenever you plug in or unplug anything inside the computer case !!!

In that case....
If you leave the video card in place, remove the all the ram you will probably get the same beep code pattern.

Not likely....

Phoenix and Award merged many years ago. Award bios updates have *.bin file extensions, but in theory for a modern mboard it could have a *.rom file extension and have Award beep codes.

Award bios
1 Long, then 3 Short Beeps: Video error

If you removed all the ram, the beep code pattern for that usually over-rides any other beep code.

This is the beep pattern I've seen.....

a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.

If it's caused by a video card problem....

- the beep pattern will be different when you leave the video card installed and remove the ram

- the video card probably won't work in any computer

If it's caused by a ram problem...

- the beep pattern willbe the same when you leave the video card installed and remove all the ram

- the video card will probably work fine in another computer

- try installing the ram modules one at a time to see what happens

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).

You MAY be able to custom set the ram voltage to the higher ram voltage in the bios if you do NOT have the bios set to detect the ram "by SPD" or similar, however, you must NOT exceed the max voltage range for the modules that require a lower voltage, and that can be hard to determine, unless you can find detailed specs - e.g. if the ram is Kingston ram that doesn't have a brand name system specific part number, that info is easily found.

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