Ouch! New system build gone awry!

By l_parker ·
I put together a new system last night. Consisting of an Asus P5N32 SLI Deluxe, Pentium D 3.2 GHz, (4) 512 MB Crucial DDR2 RAM modules, (2) XFX GeForce 6800 Xtremes, (2) WD 74GB Raptors.

I seem to have a whole stack of problems, some of which are obvious, some are not.

First, POST only sees 1536 MB of RAM, so one stick of RAM is apparently toast.

Second, both WD drives are incorrectly recognized by POST, one as a WD 360GD--50GHA2 38 GB drive, the other as a WD800BB (?).

There is eventually a HD fail error on the latter toward the end of the boot process. Since the drives are incorrectly recognized, formatting and loading is not possible.

Third, both the CD and the DVD are recognized correctly by POST, but their types are set to non-bootable and I can't seem to change them. As a result of this error, booting is not possible...and neither is loading an OS.

I suspect that the main problem is not really the individual components but instead is the system board (well, the memory stick probably is toast).

Covering the obvious; yes, I cleared CMOS, yes I reseated all the components. I am considering attempting to upgrade the BIOS, it is currently in rev 0212 with stable available at 0310, but I thought I would run this by you guys first.

Unfortunately, I do not have another system handy to try swapping components.

How about it? Any takers?

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Start with the memory

by mjd420nova In reply to Ouch! New system build go ...

Isolate the bad memory first, swapping it around to find the bad one and leave it out. Then tackle the BIOS and get it to boot from the CD. Check the BIOS boot sequence and get it to boot from the CD. Next check out the BIOS for custom settings for the HD. If you have the parameters for the drives, enter them manually. If no luck with the HD, then upgrade the BIOS and try again. If still banging your head on the wall, swap out the motherboard. Good luck

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