Find me a mobo. (in Off-topic)

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] April 24 2011 4:04 PM EDT

Got plenty of hobos here. ;p Pretty sure the mobo crapped out on me. Starts use to be in seconds, then recent months to over a minute, which is currently stuck in a "Auto-Detecting Pri Master.." loop. Different HDs have been used, with a different SATA cable, and the red HDD light has always been on. Clearing CMOS did nothing. The 2nd set of RAM clips also fall short meaning can't clip any there. Unfortunately, the warranty went out Feb. MSI has yet to respond to my plight. Unless someone else can propose a better solution buying a new mobo seems to be for the best.

This is all I have and would like our comp builders to help me find the perfect fit mobo.

Duke April 25 2011 9:22 AM EDT

I had a MSI board a few year back, its also have die i am not too convince of there quality, asrock are prolly better for the same or lower price.If price is not too much of a hassle nothing is like a ASUS mobo.

Q Have you try to disable the SATA controleur and switch to the others.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] April 26 2011 4:34 PM EDT

The long awaited MSI automated mail finally came in. >.> I'll ask directly on their boards and get back to fiddlin' later. Duke, didn't work but thanks for mentioning.

Duke April 26 2011 5:49 PM EDT

Have you try a fresh windows XP on its. Also run a HDD benchmark like HDtach or sisoftsandra if there a I/O issue its will show cause frankly look more like a software issue that something else.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] April 26 2011 5:54 PM EDT

I highly doubt that but here's hoping you'll prove me wrong. :P

Duke April 26 2011 5:56 PM EDT

Also you have mention that you comp boot in second so i can presume you are using a SSD ?

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] April 27 2011 3:43 PM EDT

Fixed for now. Would still like a good fallback mobo.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] May 23 2011 9:58 PM EDT

After a brief period of stability we are back to issues.
Bought a new HD, start up was fine, but didn't recognize the disk.
Restart to check if BIOS had it listed. Nope. Power off, unplugged the tower, touched metal, checked the connections, and plug back in. Won't post. Was real scared about adding anything new ever again seeing as there was BIOS problems after switching RAM and buggered off later from a new 80mm fan. Have re-plugged everything, save the processor this time, which I don't care to mess with since the mobo has less than give there. clr CMOS seemly worked last derp, yet not this week.
This sucks. Suggestions welcome.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 23 2011 10:12 PM EDT

can you try the old hard drive and see if it is detected?

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] May 23 2011 10:28 PM EDT

Oh I instantly took out the new HD after the no post. The old HD was always detected. Am going to adjust the CPU & Cooler in a few mins.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] May 23 2011 10:39 PM EDT

so you were still using the old hd as primary and the new one as secondary? you also said you had some problems after switching ram, did you go back to the old ram after that or not?

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] May 24 2011 12:30 AM EDT

Went back to the old ram and stayed with it. Just resituated the processor & cooler to no avail. I'm likely to start searching out local computer stores to test this at rather than fork over anything to the Geek Squad.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] May 24 2011 1:30 AM EDT

Success!! For now....I'll put the new drive in the old comp, but it's near impossible to fit anything into the rack from the way it was made.

Duke May 25 2011 4:36 AM EDT

Next time buy intel on a Asus mobo.
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