Suggestion of replacement of Asus Z97-A?

September 9, 2018 at 21:18:34
Specs: Windows 10, 32
I'm currently running on a custom built pc with i7 and 32 GRAM on an Asus Z97-A. I have this about 3 years. But I'm getting headache with the boot_device_led light on at least once a month which prevent the pc from booting up. I'm not even able to completely close the pc case lid as this red light seems happen randomly. when it happens, I need to take out battery, RAMs, hard drives etc. whenever it happens to make it boot again. I wonder if there is any better motherboard out there that could use my old parts to make my life easier. Any suggestion is appreciated.

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#1
September 10, 2018 at 00:40:44
Had the same issue on the same/similar board that i was fixing for someone, i ordered a new bios chip online, removed the old and replaced with the new and all is workinh fine. Havent heard from them in over 5 months so assuming all is still well. That might be a cheaper attempt, the two chips cost me around £10 i think.

Check on ebay for replacement bios


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September 10, 2018 at 06:25:49
You didn't provide any detailed specs, especially what your boot device (or devices) are - HDD, SSD, hybrid, single or dual, RAID, etc. It could be you have a hardware issue other than the board. If you haven't already done so, the 1st thing you should try is updating the BIOS to Beta Version 3503 dated 04/26/2018.

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard...

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#3
September 10, 2018 at 07:05:17
I think this must be a problem on Asus laptops. I had the same issue with an Asus G75VW ROG laptop. I put in a second drive, first an SSD drive. I installed a 1 terabyte and immediately had boot issues. I returned it and got a 500 gig (thinking that perhaps the system couldn't handle a drive that big). That too gave me boot issues. I went and got a plain old mechanical drive but still the same problem.
I've now got an Alienware gaming laptop and I'm very happy with it.

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#4
September 10, 2018 at 15:24:11
I am using a Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H motherboard for years and it works great for me. WD Black PCIe M2 drive on PCIE4X card for boot drive. Latest BIOS, i5 Devil's Canyon, 16GB RAM, 1TB WD Black conventional drive for storage.
BUT understand that if you change your motherboard you will need a new Windows key to activate if using OEM version and a call to activate for retail version.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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