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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:33 pm 
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I've had this Gigabyte H81M S2PV mobo sitting in a box for a couple of years and I decide it to build a computer to hook up to the TV so I can watch movies on Youtube and other web site on the big screen. I had used it briefly at time when I discovered I need XP and this board was not compatible, so I boxed it. It worked before, but when I connected it up in a case and tried to boot I got rapid short system beeps which indicate a memory problem. The machine didn't give a video signal and would reboot after about 10 seconds or so in a continual loop. The memory I used was from a working computer using a Gigabyte mobo. I tried using the other memory slot with the same results. I booted up with no memory with the same results. I took the mobo out of the case and tried doing a minimal boot with the same results. I can't believe a good mobo going bad by just sitting in it's box! PDT_Armataz_01_19 Anyway ... I contacted Gigabyte and told them the situation and got this response ...

"Since you CPU is a Haswell and not the newer Haswell Refresh, I do not think we are dealing with a BIOS not up-to-date to support that CPU issue. Please visit our RMA website to request a RMA repair for your motherboard. ".

The board is still under warranty, but it cost me $13.45 to send it to them. True it's cheaper than paying $50 for a new one but, I would have preferred the board worked as it did before. :roll:

Well ladies and gentlemen ... that's the end of my rant.

Happy Holidays 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:22 pm 
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Try with the same CPU model and memory modules it worked with before. And a new BIOS battery.
May not be an issue, but do look over all the larger capacitors on the board. Any that have domed tops, lean excessively or show leakage are bad. More info on 'bad caps' at www.badcaps.net/

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:10 am 
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It was the same CPU and memory that I used when it worked. I checked the battery with my multimeter and it was good. All caps looked good. I simply don't understand why it went bad, from just sitting. It's all mute now since the board is on its way back to Gigabyte for repair, or a new board ... most likely a new board.

Happy Holidays! :)

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:24 am 
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Happy Holidays to you also. Hope the RMA is not expensive.

Curious thought.. some older motherboards did require a -5 volt reference voltage from the PSU, not having a regulator on board. Hope that was not a cause!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:30 am 
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Nah. Gigabyte. This kind of thing is just confirming my thoughts/feelings on Gigabyte...

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