OK, I'm going nut with this for something like a week now, so obviously I hope I will receive help.
My main issue is the complexity of my system which makes things difficult to identify. Another stressing one is the fact that I have valuable data on this computer and that I want by all mean preserve them.
Case: Lian Li PC-X2000F
Mobo: Asus P9X79WS
CPU: Intel i73930
CPU Cooler: Corsair H70
RAM: 8x8GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 - 64GB total
GPU 1: EVGA GTX 580 3GB
GPU 2: EVGA GTX 580 3GB
GPU 3: EVGA GTX 580 3GB
GPU 4: PNY Quadro 4000
HDDs: 4 x Hitachi 1T in RAID 1+0, total 2T
SSD: now Intel 240 GB, previoulsy OCZ Octane 256GB
PSU: Enermax Platimax 15000W
OD: 1xAsus BR reader, 1xAsus BR burner
Yes, it's 5500+USD machine, which is why I'm shedding blood tears...:S
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 (Home Premium Upgraded through anytime upgrade with a purchased key, 100% genuine, no cracked OS there)
The machine is a few month old. I build it 6 month ago just before relocating to Bangkok, I was then in Hong Kong. Because I wanted to test the hardware before moving, I quickly installed the softwares to check that everything was fine, so that if a piece of hardware was defectuous I could quickly ordered some with the 0% import tax that HK offer.
I installed Windows, then set the sata on RAID in the BIOS, created the RAID 10 volume with the HDDs and transferred my data. OS/software are of course on the SSD. System was stable but I didn't stress it much as I was about to relocate and was living in cardboard boxes. To cut it short, everything was fine.
Computer arrived to BKK. A bit of stress when I plugged it of course but it booted normally. Everything was fine.
Now, the problem:
A couple of weeks ago, I was a bit bored and decided to use my 3 GTX to enjoy a bit of gaming. I'm not a gamer: the Quadro is for display and the GTX for GPGU computing. SLI must be turned off for computing, but I wanted to game, so I set them in SLI and plugged my monitor on the GTX. I played to Far Cry 3.
Everyting has been fine for a week. Then, last week, in the middle of a game, the screen turned black for half a second. It was so quick that I can't say if the system shut down or not. Image came back, I kept playing a few minutes but thought that the GPUs might be overheating so I stopped, turned the PC off and went to sleep.
Next day, the monitor display red dots. I start to worry about having fried my cards. I plug the Quadro, it also display red dots. I doubt I've been able to fry 4 cards in one shot and starts to worry.
I reboot. System shut down with BSOD. I try to reboot. System do not boot anymore. In the BIOS, SSD is not detected.
From there, I can boot only randomly, every other time the SSD is not detected and I'm asked to install an OS. I try to repair but Windows is not shown in the OS to repair. I start to think that my SSD is dead. When I can boot, system stay stable a few minutes before BSOD.
I scan for viruses, scan come free of viruses. I scan with MBAM. Quick scan do not show any malware. Full scan always result in BSOD.
I call my IT guy and ask his help. We both think that the SSD is faulty, hence the stability issue. We remove the SSD and test it, it appears corrupted.
At this stage, I curse OCZ and buy a new SSD, Intel 240GB,
We re-install Windows, but this time we have to install the Marvell driver as the BIOS is set on RAID and SSD is not detected. After the driver is installed, the SSD is detected normally and we re-install Windows.
The system is highly unstable, I experience BSOD again. However, I have enough operational time to perform virus scans, they come clear. I run a Chdsk /r. The check come back free of any disk error.
The system becomes increasingly unstable. I re-install Windows. System fails as I try to install Avast. I reboot.
This time I can't access the BIOS anymore. System boot on nothing. BIOS set up page appears for half a sec but no way to access it by pressing the usual key (in that case DEL). Following the boot screen, black screen with a bleeping underscore. System restart every 15mn or so, with the same result, if left turned on.
At this stage I'm quite in despair and start to think about a faulty Mobo and/or BIOS.
I give it a try by reset-ing the CMOS. I remove the GTX to leave the Quadro only, because when the problem started, the boot screen was visible on the GTX output only, the Quador was displaying after Windows start only.
Happy days, after reset-ing the CMOS (battery removal), the system boot again and I can access the BIOS.
Here is what I intend to do. ANY INPUT IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED!!! Please let me know if it make sense:
- Re-install Windows in normal mode (AHCI), the BIOS is now obviously back on this mode.
- The purpose of re-installing Windows is to update the BIOS only. My version of the BIOS is very old, in fact so old that I cannot update it by flashing it.
-Once Windows is installed, install Asus AI Suite II and update the BIOS.
-Once the BIOS is updated, run a Memtest. I coulnd't do it before as the system was not booting at all and I couldn't even set ti to boot on the OD.
-If the Memtest comes back clear, pray for it to be a BIOS issue and set the BIOS to RAID. I guess I'll have to re-install Windows, but I'm not sure about, please enlight me.
My main fear is to loose the data on the HDDs volume.
A few weird things:
- The "no BIOS set up screen" on the Quadro
- When I could access it, the BIOS showed my RAM at 1333Mhz. When I set it manually at 1866, system fail to restart and BIOS indicate "overclock failed". 1866 is the normal clock of my RAM...
Am I doing it right?