I just finished building this computer after much delay due to an RMAd hard drive which had a bad boot sector. The computer was randomly reseting and I used ASUS's probe utility which came on my motherboard to find that my CPU was running very hot. After reading up on users having the same problem, I took out, and re-seated the heatsink/fan and the CPU's temps were in normal ranges. I was able to fully update windows (vista 64bit) and everything was working fine. I ran my benchmark test and installed my anti spyware/virus. Well, I had to restart the computer after windows finished updating and thats where the problems started...
When the system rebooted, only some of the fans started up right away and nothing showed up on display. After waiting a brief (maybe 30 seconds) the other fans started to work and the bios posted and windows started to load. As windows started to load I got a BSOD. This is my first time building a computer and I am having a friend help me out with it, and he told me not to worry about writting down the error code, since it was the first time it had happened. Well, we hard rebooted the system and the same situation happened again, and again he told me not to worry about the error code.
Now, however, the bios screen wont even post. A variable number of fans will work and it's something my friend has never seen before. I have tried reseating the CPU and all cables are secured. One thing I saw on here was where one user said his reset switch was flipped, but I cant find that on my motherboard. Also according to ASUS's website, I should "Cleasr CMOS" but I cant find that/don't know what that means. My friend called it a day and headed home, so I decided I would post my problem here and see if any of you all had any suggestions.
I know its a very vauge problem, but anything you can suggest would be welcome. One thing my friend had said is that we "might have ruined the motherboard because of all the times the computer restarted earlier when the CPU was overheating, it might have flooded the motherboard wattage"..or something like that. Dont know if that can happen or not though, we're both stumped and just looking for reasons.
Again, thanks for any help you can give on this issue. My motherboard is: ASUS P5N32-E SLI
Also, this is the tech support site that mentioned th CMOS: http://support.asus.com/troubleshooting/tr...SLanguage=en-us
I'm really hoping that the motherboard isn't dead, as I am past my 30 day policy from NewEgg due to the first hard drive being RMAd.
Thanks for your time,
Edited by Adam99, 15 January 2008 - 03:43 AM.