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Old 04-24-2018, 05:39 PM   #1
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It's been a while since I've been on here. It's amazing what time does to you.

Anywho, I just built a new rig (i7 7700k with Gigabyte Z170 XP motherboard, GTX980 Ti, and 32GB DDR4 RAM). The motherboard, without an Updated BIOS, does not support my CPU. I'm finding this out since I am trying to start the PC for the first time, and it acts like it is booting (hard drive is picking up speed, as well as the other case fans), but I'm not getting any display. Is this a Graphics card issue, or is a BIOS issue? If it's a BIOS issue, how can I fix this? Can I possibly boot to a bootable flashdrive that will update the BIOS, or should I buy a cheap Skylake CPU and boot from that and then update the BIOS?
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First of all, cool avatar. Leon is the sh*.

Second, are you sure the BIOS is not updated? Does the board have a system speaker? Do you hear any beeps?

The best way I think would be to take it to a shop and have them update it for you, I suppose they'll have some processors lying around. It may be the cheapest alternative, unless you can find a very cheap used Celeron or something.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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First of all, cool avatar. Leon is the sh*.

Second, are you sure the BIOS is not updated? Does the board have a system speaker? Do you hear any beeps?

The best way I think would be to take it to a shop and have them update it for you, I suppose they'll have some processors lying around. It may be the cheapest alternative, unless you can find a very cheap used Celeron or something.
I just spoke with the previous owner, and he said the BIOS was never updated. I checked the pins, which was his recommendation, and all the pins were perfectly aligned. It doesn't make sense that it would act like it would be booting, but show no display.
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Update: Removed the GPU, no change.
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Try PERFORM THESE STEPS before posting about POST/boot/no video problems! - Systems
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I installed a speaker onto the correct spot on the motherboard; no beeps whatsoever.
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And what about the other things mentioned in the post? You should try them all before making assumptions.
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I installed a speaker onto the correct spot on the motherboard; no beeps whatsoever.
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Your other option is to buy a 6000 series (skylake?) processor as cheap as possible, update the bios and then flip the cheap cpu to try to make back your money...
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Your other option is to buy a 6000 series (skylake?) processor as cheap as possible, update the bios and then flip the cheap cpu to try to make back your money...
I bought a Celeron 3900. I'll post when I try it.
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Yeah all the 6000s are the "Core I-*" which are more expensive. As I said the Celeron is the best call. Although returning it would be a tad dishonest, it is the most efficient solution.
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Oh, wow, I didn't realize the celeron/pentium processors are numbered differently than their core-i counterparts from the same year/series.
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Yeah it's pretty weird. Or maybe not. The I3s start on 6100, so there is nothing lower than that available.
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Update: The celeron did not work; still no display. I removed the ram, no beeps. Checked the pins, nothing abnormal. I'm out of ideas. Meanwhile, the thing starts and just keeps going until I shut it down.
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That's why I told you to try everything on the link I provided...
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That's why I told you to try everything on the link I provided...
The idea of me coming to the forum in the first place is that I've already exhausted my knowledge. Every item on that link I had tried or didn't work. I finally got a code to beep, and it said CPU error. Tried both CPU's, same error. I'm RMA'ing the board and starting over.
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Well it's a good idea to say what you've tried to avoid wasting our time. If you would have written a tidy list of what you did and the results you got, we would've said "update the BIOS and if that doesn't work return the board". Much easier, right?
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Well it's a good idea to say what you've tried to avoid wasting our time. If you would have written a tidy list of what you did and the results you got, we would've said "update the BIOS and if that doesn't work return the board". Much easier, right?
The board doesn't support BIOS Flashback, so without booting, there was no way to update the BIOS.
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And that's why I said, if that's really the problem, you should take it to a shop.
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Umm... you plugged the monitor into the right video port right?

I goofed like that before so I asked.
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