The rig is in the sig.
I've been running this MB and chip for almost a year now without a hitch, very stable and has never given me any trouble...... until today. I was playing COD and during the middle the monitor went to weird checker board colors. I figured it crashed so I restarted. When I restarted it would not post, just a blank screen. I let it idle for a couple seconds and once it booted to windows the monitor came back to life.
So I figured maybe my BIOS got corrupted so I reflashed to 6-23 (same as what I was running). no such luck, but now the monitor was completely dead, however, I have the S-video hooked up and that was working.
I thought maybe PCIe slot died so I swapped it to the other PCIe slot, with the same results.
I then cleared the CMOS and the battery and let it sit. Started it again and the monitor came back to life and displayed the splash screen. But it was short lived, within about 30 seconds the monitor went back to the checker board colors again. Every time I clear the CMOS/pull the battery the monitor will turn on like normal but then go back to the weird colors after a couple seconds- Almost like it is overheating and freezing????
Oh also now it won't even load windows anymore, unlike it was able to do when this first started.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give as much info as possible. To me everything points to the MB especailly since a CMOS clear will cause the problem to be fixed for a brief bit of time- there's should be any relation between the CMOS and the video card if it was in fact the video card that died? OH and no I don't have another PCIe vid card to test with