Faulty MOBO: Could not access BIOS

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Hello. Recently I put together a new build – P8P67 Pro, i5 2500k, Ripjaw RAM, H70 CPU cooler, Samsung 204UI 2TB HDD – but I'm reusing my older hard drives, power supply and graphics card.

My first problem is that my new Samsung HDD won't show up anywhere (BIOS or Windows). I took it back to the store and tried it in other computers and it shows up straight away without any hassle. Since it's undamaged I can't return it and I'm stuck with it. Before anyone suggests it, yes I've tried using different SATA ports, and cables.

I know all the other cables and ports work because I've used my other 2 hard drives in them and they worked too. I've tried updating the firmware but nothing happens (probably because as far as the system is concerned the Samsung HDD doesn't exist). I was going to try and update the BIOS but I got a "Could not verify integrity" error or some sort for the file.

My second issue is that I can't play any games because I either get a blue screen or my computer shuts down and I receive a warning upon reboot that the Asus Anti-surge feature kicked in. I've since turned this off, but I can't even play Minecraft (after about 5 minutes I get a system crash). I've already tried reinstalling the drivers for my GTX460 and had no luck. The only thing I can think of is to reinstall Windows, again.
My older Q6600, P5N-D system was working almost perfectly, I just wanted to upgrade and now I can't even play games. =( Does anyone have ANY idea what could be going on? (Please don't ask me to double check everything's plugged in I spent 8 hours on Saturday doing that over and over and over).
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Answered By 0 points N/A #101712

Faulty MOBO: Could not access BIOS

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It seems like the problem is with either the SATA setting on the BIOS or the SATA controller on the motherboard itself. Assuming you have tried you Samsung drive on all the SATA ports available with different cable, you can try changing the SATA mode setting on BIOS from default AHCI to IDE to see if it helps.

If you haven’t tried, try connecting the HDD to the Marvell controlled SATA II ports (Light blue ones) instead of Intel Controlled SATA III ports and see if it helps. Also check if the Marvell controllers are enabled on BIOS. If it still doesn’t solve it, it may be a problem related the faulty silicon chips on the B2 stepping of the motherboard. You can find more information see it here. In that case, sending the motherboard to warranty replacement is better option.

For the case of blue screen, if it is not related to the silicon chip issue or is not solved by changing SATA mode to IDE, it may be problem with your RAM. Try running Memtest86+ to find if there is any problem in your memory modules.

Answered By 0 points N/A #101713

Faulty MOBO: Could not access BIOS

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Confirm that your hard disk is undamaged. Because the hard disk has damaged, it will not appear anywhere. Or check your BIOS settings and enable both SATA and IDE option. Your second issue can occur due to many reasons virus attacks, memory faults, motherboard faults, are some of them. Try to reinstall your system. It will solve your problems. But if you are unable to do that, definitely there must be some errors in your hardware components.

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