I just built a new computer & was wondering if anyone could help me w/a few things.
1st, I have the Antec Super Lanboy case & need a little assistance in getting the front audio & USB cables attached to the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo. The comfuser is not up & running just yet (see #2), but I get no beeps at all when testing boot-up.
2nd, should I go through & setup the mobo's BIOS before/after installing the OS (which will be 7 Pro 64Bit)?
Answer by Razor512 · Nov 01, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Here is the guide for your audio
For your boot issue, make sure that the all 6 standoff's are being used on the motherboard tray and double check all connections (especially the 4 pin CPU power connector on the top of the motherboard)
Also if you have a 125 watt TDP, if you choose to overclock, do not go above 1.4V for the CPU or you seriously risk blowing a VRM, and if the VRM's are not getting direct airflow, then I highly recommend getting a VRM heatsink before overclocking http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835708016
If you are using a after market cooler where the CPU fan is powered by a waterblock, or a direct power supply connection, then check if it has a standard fan connector with 1 wire, that is needed as some motherboards will not power up fully if no CPU fan is detected.
Answer by CJW69 · Nov 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
ClosetFuturist: I'm going to take a look around in the BIOS before OS installation but not change anything just yet.
But there is a SATA Mode Notice (from the manual) I don't quite understand: "For Windows 7, you can install the AMD SATA AHCI DRIVER from the mobo support DVD after installation for better compatibility." "If your existing Win OS is installed to a SATA drive that was set to IDE mode during OS installation, you may encounter system boot failure after connecting the hard drive to the new mobo w/the SATA port set to AHCI mode by default. Follow the instructions below to prevent system boot failure: Error message occurs after you change the SATA mode of the boot drive.
Since this is a new mobo & new, clean SATA drive, do I really need to do anything?
Razor512: All standoffs were installed & I've triple-checked all connections. I am not planning to overclock anything just b/c I've never tried it before & will probably screw things up; I think stock will be fine for what I do anyway & just using the stock heatsink/fan. I can't upload pics, but coming from the case, I've tried pluging in the 1 black 7-pin connector, then the individual connectors; no beeps either way. Am I out of luck? BTW, I was told the front audio on the case is AC'97 & the mobo manual states I can use either HD/AC'97.
Answer by CJW69 · Nov 05, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Looks as though I may be out of luck in getting beeps unless I buy a mobo speaker.
I've tried: Audio Plug & set BIOS to HD with & w/o keyboard plugged in = No beeps Audio Plug & set BIOS to AC'97 with & w/o keyboard plugged in = No beeps Pins & set BIOS to HD with & w/o keyboard plugged in = No beeps Pins & set BIOS to AC'97 with & w/o keyboard plugged in = No beeps
I tried w & w/o keyboard b/c I know I should get an error beep if it's not plugged in (at least on all my past mobos I have) but I didn't get beeps either way, just an error message stating no keyboard found. I think I may be able to live w/o.
Going to install 7 Pro 64Bit, but does anyone know how to install using an Upgrade disk on a new, clean drive? I did it before w/o problem, but lost this instructions. I can't remember if I start w/a Custom install, then upgrade over it while in 7/do a double Custom install.
Answer by CJW69 · Nov 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Finally, after a few system freezes (explained below) 7 Pro 64Bit w/SP1 & all updates is installed as of yesturday; YAY!!!
During OS installation, this happened a few times: The computer would freeze, just freeze w/o any warning messages/anything to let me know it was about to happen. This would happen when I was on the final portion of OS installation/after OS completed installation & while updates were on their last leg of installation. I had to restart the whole OS & updates installs each time, but now everything is finally installed & so far so good.
Now just need to install all my programs & I'm set.
Answer by CJW69 · Nov 09, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I forgot to mention that I didn't update my System Rating, so this morning I tried & the computer froze up. I rebooted & installed Avast! Internet Security; did another reboot (as Avast! asked) & tried to update my System Rating again ... computer froze.
In both instances though, it froze in different places: the 1st during either Direct3D Texture Load/Direct3D ALU & the 2nd during either CPU/Disk Performance.