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  Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed 
 
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John Smith Dec 01, 2005, 10:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello everybody.

I have a major problem with my brand new P5GD1 mobo.

The POST recognize my HDDs (2 IDE) and DVD, but then gives an error message: "CMOS settings wrong, Overclocking Failed. System halted". It urges me to change setup by clicking F1 but when I do nothing happens.

I tried entering the BIOS with DEL during POST but it didn't work. I tried disconnceting Memory, IDEs, Floppy etc.

I tried other things recommended on forums: reseting the CMOS (removing battery, changing the jumpers etc.), un-installing and re-installing the heatsink and CPU fan...

Nothing works. I tried flashing the BIOS with a floppy but the board doesn't seem to boot from the floppy, nor from the CD-ROM.

This is the first time I use this mobo, so of course I haven't tried overclocking or anything. There isn't any OS installed yet.

I saw many people had this problem with different models (P4, P5 or even AMDs), but haven't found any solution.

Please try and help.

My configuration:

Asus P5GD1
Intel 4 3Ghz (630)
2x512kb (Samsung orig+Samsung chips)
Asus Radeon x550 Gamer Edition
Hitachi 80Gb + Maxtor 160Gb
PCI IEEE 1394 card (by Heden)

All that in a brand new Textorm with a new LC Power 550W.

Thanks.

Gilad



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G. G. Dec 01, 2005, 11:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
probably the best thing to do at this point is to take it back to the store you got it or RMA it back to the online vendor and get another one since you cant get into bios from the start. trying to flash the bios is not going to work because the mb has to pass post first before attempting to boot from any devices. And you can boot to any devices if your bios isnt working. So if you already tried clearing cmos, which you mentioned you had, then the bios is shot. By the way........ when you got this board... did it look new and untouched??? reason i asked is because you mentioned during power up that it gave a message of overclocking failed... there shouldnt be any overclocking done on the board if it were new. Just kinda wondering if this was a used board that was returned from someone else.... just a thought...

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John Smith Dec 01, 2005, 01:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
Hi G.G.

Thanks for answering. It did seem strange to get the overclocking message. But then again I saw other people on the net who got the same message without overclocking before.

I did buy the motherboard second hand (with garantee), but I'm quite certain it wasn't used before. The original box wasn't sealed, but all the cables and accesories were. The board itself looked untouched, it wasn't registered and was bought just a few weeks before. The processor box I bought with it was sealed.

Anyway, erasing the CMOS should have erased the overclocking option, I think.

But I have a new developpement: sometimes the board actually recognizes the IDE (HD or DVD-ROM), the processor and the RAM. The CMOS settings and overclocking message came after those.
I think it showed the message of recognition when I pressed "del", even though it didn't enter the BIOS. The strangest thing for me is that it says "press F1 to run set-up" but when I do nothing happens (as with Del).

At least I know it's probably not the CPU or memory.

Returning the mother board will be my last option.
I have one more idea for the moment: it could be the CPU fan that caused the problems. Even though I took my time to look for and invest in good components, I actually tried using the Intel supplied fan.

What a mistake!

Besides the noise it makes, it seems I haven't installed it correctly (I tried twice, the second time it literly took apart in my hand...). I may have pushed it too hard into the board...
It also seems that two elements near it (PCE13 and PCE38) are a bit bent now (I'm sure they weren't before). This may have cost me a new mother board.

Anyway I'll try buying a good fan tomorrow and see if it works.

If anyone has other ideas...

Thanks

Gilad

John Smith Dec 01, 2005, 01:02pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
One more thing: if the BIOS is really shot, do you think buying a new BIOS chip can do the trick? I think it will be less expansive (and quicker) than sending the mb.

Thanks

Me Myself Jan 26, 2008, 04:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
I've had my P5GD1 in use for about a year with no problems until last month when it started hanging when booting up. Sometimes all I get is the MB logo screen, other times it freezes at IDE scan and occassionally I'll get a message saying Overclocking failed...please enter setup... or a variation of that that also says bad checksum. If I retry enough times I can get into Windows and once I'm in it works flawlessly. I had it on for 4 days straight saving data to an external HD before taking it in with no errors. Im not a tech type but after reading a bit I ended up here trying to figure out how to change the MB battery. Hopes this give you some insight and Id appreciate any feedback you have.

BoT Jan 26, 2008, 07:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
i would remove all devices, including ram and cpu. you should still be able to get to bios.
the oc error message will pop up everytime the board is unable to read the manufacturers
specs. it doesn't mean that your settings are out of spec or your parts are out of spec, it
only means that the board can not read them or that the parts specs are not equal to the
boards default specs. most boards for example start ram voltage at 1.8v or 1.9v. if your
ram's default voltage is 2.0v then that could cause instabillity and/ or the board to throw
out the oc error message.

i would take out everything other then video, if you have onboard, use onboard.
boot up and see if you can get to bios this way, then move one part after another back in
until you get the errors again.

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Gerritt Jan 26, 2008, 08:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Asus P5GD1 problem: CMOS wrong, can't enter or update BIOS, Help needed
BoT,
You need at least 64K of good RAM in order to pass the initial POST, however if even that is missing you should get a BEEP Code indicating it's loss.
You have to have a PC Speaker plugged in in order to get even this.
Without a graphics card, you won't get any visual indication, without RAM, you should still get a ROM based BIOS beep, but you must have the internal speaker connected.
Other than that, it sounds like a bad MB...even if it was repackaged with the original cables/etc. Get a RMA.

Gerritt

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