New Rampage II Gene, new 3 x 2GB Crucial Ballistix (BL25664BN1608-16FF 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 1.65V) other parts used (tested/taken from other system) - Intel 940, Noctua heatsink,
misc. Seagate SATA disks, eVGA NVidia 8800GS, LG SATA DVD, and Antec 850W PSU.
There is an issue with the LCD poster showing ‘Locked’ (normal first stage of the power up, but it gets stuck there). Used BIOS reset on the back of the board to clear this. System boots OK, goes thru POST (mem check, cpu check, init VGA, init USB, etc.) - all looks OK. Memory count is shown on POST screen.
Screen shows ‘press F1 to Enter Setup / F2 to set BIOS defaults and continue’…
Press F1, and it says ‘WAIT’ on screen (LCD poster shows EN SETUP - diagnostic code for EN SETUP in the user guide says ‘OK to enter setup’) It just hangs there with WAIT on screen. Tried rebooting and pressing F2 - system seems to boot OK (no disk/OS connected), but when restarting thereafter, it hangs. So I reset the BIOS, restart - F1 hangs on WAIT as before, and F2 gets stuck on reboot.
Used ASUS USB utility to flash the BIOS from 1104 (as supplied) to 1202 (claims to improve CPU support)
Reboot system, same problems as above.
BIOS chip is a plugin - I’ve tried reseating it. Have used MemOK button, tried single 2GB stick in blu slots.
Able to connect DVD drive, and hard disk, press F2 and start Windows install, but cannot Enter BIOS setp to change settings.
Problem - cannot enter BIOS setup - system hangs, need to reboot.