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I need some help on this one.  I have a feeling that I'll need to send the mobo back, but figured I should check with you guys first.  I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 motherboard running an Intel E6600 proc, 2x1GB sticks of Corsair memory and an ATI Radeon X1900XTX vid card.  

Yesterday, when I turned on the monitor, I saw a lovely BSOD and had to restart the computer.  When the computer came up, I got the Award BootBlock BIOS screen.  It search the HD and was not able to find a BIOS file, so it just sat there.  I rebooted the computer again and this time it did find the BIOS on the HD (now I wish it hadn't).  After restoring the BIOS, the computer rebooted again and went to crap from there.  Now all it will do is turn on for about 3 seconds, power off, and then repeat the cycle.  I've resent the BIOS, removed the battery, pulled all the cards, nothing seams to be helping.  The only way I can even get it to beep at me is if I remove all the the memory.  I've looked all over the net, and so far, all I've found are people who got stuck at the BootBlock screen, no one has had any problems past that.  This system is not even a month old, so this is a very annoying problem.  I've had the memory replaced recently as it was failing the memory test, but the new pair passed just fine.  I need some help on this one.
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by:winstonep
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I have had similar problems with three different boards and traced that to the power supply. I don't believe from your description though that this is the case for your problem.

The only idea I have is to try to blank the bios (short a jumper or remove the battery for a while) and then try a different hard disc.

It does sound though like the board is dead now. I have only ever noticed boards going for these reasons:-

PSU is faulty
Power to the PSU is "dirty"
BIOS update failure

For such a new board, these should be the most likely causes.
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While I'm not ruling it out, I would like to think that the PS is good.  Its an Enermax 600W and I picked up about 6 months ago and I've also recently added an APC battery backup to the mix, so power should be clean.  I'm going to try calling Gigabyte later today to let them try to explain their problem.  Also, I have removed the battery from the board along with shorting the jumper, but no luck and there are currently no HDs hooked up to the board.
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by:Callandor
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Do you have the option to restore a BIOS image from the CD or a floppy?  Asus has that feature in the latest motherboards.
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by:nataSofCols
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I think that probably was an option at one point in time, but now I'm not seeing anything on the screen.  When I get home today, I'm going to bring over a PS from another machine and see if that helps out any.
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by:willcomp
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Your mobo has Gigabyte's Quad BIOS feature offering several recovery options.  Check manual for details.
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by:nataSofCols
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The manual is pretty much worthless right now.  If you can't access the BIOS, then its not going to help you.  The few examples it does have about updating/restoring the BIOS assume that you can get to the POST screen, which I can't.
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Some BIOS versions do have a feature where you can place a BIOS update on a floppy disc and press a key at switch on to force the update. I believe it was normally F1 or Del with Asus boards. Don't know with Gigabyte.

I know this didn't work with my Asus board as it was blown by a literally fizzing power supply! Worth trying with your board but unless the manual says what key to press, then it's guess work.
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Spot on Mnf.  Could have done with this when I had an Asus and MSI board fail on me.

If this doesn't work then a good chance the board is fried and needs to be replaced.
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by:Callandor
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Well, that was suggested by me in http:#17849954, but maybe he needs to disconnect everything but the floppy drive, as that article states.
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This question can be closed, I figured out the solution, if you can call it that.  I ordered a MSI board as a replacement to the Gigabyte board and ran into the same error as soon as I booted the PC.  Turns out that the brand new matched pair of Corsair memory was causing my problems.  Luckily, I had another set around, so I popped that in and haven't seen the error since.
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