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#1 mr.lively

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 09:42 PM

i put everything together right, pretty sure about that.
but when i power on, i get an ff on the post led, which means it only got to initialize the cpu and then didnt do anything else.
so what do you do when the comp fails to post?
all the lights come on, all the fans go, nothing shows up on the monitor, the power buttons work.
this is frustrating, if someone wants to get me on aim (theclaystah) that would be great
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#2 Novahawk

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 09:46 PM

FF usually means Fully Fucntional... meaning the system is running normally (on nVidia boards at least). Check to make sure your graphics card is seated properly and that the cables are connected properly first.
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:09 PM

nah, i rtfm and ff stands for power on and first initialize cpu
i checked the cables twice. and ill check them again now.
this is an msi amd
aa stands for enter os
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#4 wondergod

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:10 PM

First thing...I'd try 1 ram stick at a time in each slot...
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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:10 PM

FF usually means Fully Fucntional... meaning the system is running normally (on nVidia boards at least). Check to make sure your graphics card is seated properly and that the cables are connected properly first.



Seconded, make sure everything is fully seated, hell unplug and reseat them all to verify it.


Next step would be to start troubleshooting whats the problem part. If you have a PC speaker attached it will help, as you can tell if the board is actually trying to boot.
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#6 mr.lively

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:11 PM

some google searches have revealed that this can be caused by a variety of things, including but not limited to: a bad cpu, a bad mobo, a bad psu, faulty connections/unsecure connections. i just wanted to build a computer, now i fear i am going to spend a week and a half finding out what parts i need to replace/paying for return shipping to newegg...
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#7 mr.lively

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:18 PM

could it be that the memory i have says 1.85-1.95v and i need 1.5v memory?
no its not that, memory will work at lower voltage so google has said.

useful information:
board: msi 790fx gd70
cpu: amd phenom II x2

code status
FF power on and first cpu initialize
it does not mean fully functional

anything else important you need to know?

Edited by mr.lively, 10 September 2009 - 10:41 PM.

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#8 wondergod

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:08 PM

when you put the motherboard on the case did you use the gold riser screws or did you screw the motherboard directly into the motherboard area?

Did you plug in both power cables into the motherboard? There should be a 24pin and an 8 pin that goes by the CPU. Unplug your video card and try booting, still the same code? Plug your video card in and try again.

Did you do the memory testing?
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#9 mr.lively

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:28 PM

thank you for the idiot proofing wondergod, i missed the second cable to the motherboard. you can now all call me by my new nick name: tardtacular.
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 01:28 AM

and now it is up and running and i feel like jizzing all over the screen, which i might after watching that hd porn streaming from the hdmi to my 32in television!
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#11 DarkShadow

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:14 AM

did you turn on ACC yet and see if the cores unlocked? :)
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:58 AM

when i did the ec special and acc it wont start and i had to clear cmos again... i think that means it doesnt work. o well watever, bios version is 1.6b1, maybe i will try 1.5 somtime.
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#13 wondergod

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

thank you for the idiot proofing wondergod, i missed the second cable to the motherboard. you can now all call me by my new nick name: tardtacular.


Trust me everyone makes dumb mistakes...mine is always forgetting to plug in the power cables to the video cards...As soon as you power on though the thing makes a loud squeal and its one of those "DOH!" moments.


I have a special 1.5b2 BIOS for ACC made especially to help stabilize when unlocking cores.

For your X2, did you catch the batch number? It should be on the box if you didn't notice it on the chip.

Also some chips just need a little voltage increase to get the system stable when unlocking cores.
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#14 wondergod

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 12:23 PM

ok here we go...this is the bios...

http://www.coolaler....OS/A7577154.rar

Then use this to update the bios...there is a guide on the website to...you may have to register on the forums...makes it 10 times easier.

http://forum-en.msi....?topic=108079.0

Not my fault if you brick yo shit.
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Posted 12 September 2009 - 10:43 AM

glad you got your rig up and running.
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#16 mr.lively

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Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:21 PM

ok here we go...this is the bios...

http://www.coolaler....OS/A7577154.rar

Then use this to update the bios...there is a guide on the website to...you may have to register on the forums...makes it 10 times easier.

http://forum-en.msi....?topic=108079.0

Not my fault if you brick yo sh*t.



the forum link requires a login?

im only just now getting around to this, im going to be reinstalling windows and getting raid set up, so if i could get this to work too, that would be awesome, i got the bios update, and i have updated it a couple times already via a flash drive and the in bios update function, i dunno if the forum information is important
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#17 wondergod

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 12:39 AM

if you say so..their updater is the safest/easiest way of upgrading their bios.

let me know how it works out!
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