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Okay I just got a DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B board and when I booted for the first time I was greeted with the dreaded 4 red leds. The parts that I used on it came from a working computer (from my sig) so I know for sure that the cpu, memory, video card and power supply are not the issue.

 

I tried the following without success:

 

Removed the board from the case and booted up with just cpu (XP-M 2600+) and 1 stick of 512mb (PC3200), video card (6600GT) and single PATA HD.

 

Removed the board from the case and booted up with Athlon T-bird 1400 and 1 stick of 256mb (PC3200), video card (6600GT) and single PATA HD.

 

Cleared the CMOS (removed the battery overnight with p/s unplugged).

 

Cleared the J8 (overclock jumper)

 

The cpu cooler that I used was a Thermaltake Big Typhoon but I noticed it was bumping two capacitors. They were angled somewhat so I did try a different heatsink/fan combo. It didn't help either.

 

When I bootup the fans all spin and I can hear the HD start up but I don't get a post screen and I can see all four leds turn red.

 

I also tried:

 

Changing the CMOS battery I knew was working on another computer.

Hot flashing the CMOS on another computer.

 

When I hot flashed, I used my NF7 as a donor. I booted up with NF7 and I loaded "optimized defaults" saved and quit before I set the cd-rom as my first bootup device. I inserted a pre-made Tmod cd with all the DFI utilities and bioses and selected LP Ultra B Hellfire Rev 3 bios. Then, I carefully removed the CMOS chip and placed the DFI into it. I proceeded to flash it in which case it told me that it didn't recognize but I flashed it anyways. The write sequences were all red (bad) and I let it complete before shutting down. Additionally it could not verify the flash. It just hung. I did this cycle twice but it was the same result.

 

I took the cmos chip and inserted it back in the LP Ultra B and it still gave the 4 red leds.

 

What's hosed the cmos chip? Or do you think it's something else?

 

--Fernando

 

P.S. I did have the +12v (cpu lead) plugged into the motherboard and the molex connector to the video card.

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I don't know for sure if this is related to the bios. However, I'm willing to try a new CMOS chip with Hellfire's Rev 3 bios flashed just to see if it is. I'm particularily interested in this Hellfire version because I have TCCD memory and xp-m 2600+. I think it would get me 10x250. Where can I obtain this service?

 

--Fernando

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When hotflashing you want to follow the directions here. Tmod's CD is great for normal flashing but it doesn't use the right switches for hotflashing.

 

BTW -- where in Iowa do you live. If you live close by I could loan you one of my extra BIOS chips so you could see if that's the problem.

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When hotflashing you want to follow the directions here. Tmod's CD is great for normal flashing but it doesn't use the right switches for hotflashing.

 

BTW -- where in Iowa do you live. If you live close by I could loan you one of my extra BIOS chips so you could see if that's the problem.

 

I live in Troy Mills which is in Linn county (about a half-hour north of Cedar Rapids). You live in Ankeny with is close to Ames right? That's pretty far but I would be willing to meet you half-way or I would even drive out to you and bring this motherboard or borrow the bios chip. Either way if you can help me I would really appreciate it very much!

 

--Fernando

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Hey ...

 

I just thought of something...do you have a smaller video card you could try and boot that rig with...That board had a 7/24/03 bios and may have booted with a smaller card (like mx400 or fx5200) just a suggestion....

 

Here is a complete list of what I booted that board with....(didnt see you posted here)

 

Cpu...2600-M (IQYHA FTK4C)

Ram Patriot-XBLX ddr3200

Video fx5200

H/D W/D raptor (sata)

cd Sony unit

 

no floppy....

 

I ran Memtest v3.3 and prime95 from the 'Ultimate Boot CD" both from dos....At 200x10 @ 1.65vcore....

 

ram was put in the banks closest to the cpu.....I cant think of any other info that may help you....Terry...

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Hey ...

 

I just thought of something...do you have a smaller video card you could try and boot that rig with...That board had a 7/24/03 bios and may have booted with a smaller card (like mx400 or fx5200) just a suggestion....

 

Here is a complete list of what I booted that board with....(didnt see you posted here)

 

Cpu...2600-M (IQYHA FTK4C)

Ram Patriot-XBLX ddr3200

Video fx5200

H/D W/D raptor (sata)

cd Sony unit

 

no floppy....

 

I ran Memtest v3.3 and prime95 from the 'Ultimate Boot CD" both from dos....At 200x10 @ 1.65vcore....

 

ram was put in the banks closest to the cpu.....I cant think of any other info that may help you....Terry...

 

I initially attempted to boot with the following:

 

XP-M 2600+

Corsair PC3200XL (2x512) TCCD

6600GT Video Card

RAID-0 (Western Digital 2x120GB)

X-Fi XtremeMusic (sound card)

DVD-ROM & Burner

3 1/2 floppy

Enermax Noisetaker 485watt p/s

 

I later tried with a minimal system:

 

Athlon 1400 (T-bird)

Corsair PC3200LL (2x256) CH-5

Geforce 2 Ultra

80 Gig HD (IBM PATA)

Enermax 431watt p/s

 

If the bios fubar'ed with my initial attempt, then it won't work with any config. However, I can't remember if I cleared the cmos initially. I believe I did because I usually do that with other systems.

 

I wish I had a single stick of PC2100 just to see if it could recover the board to POST. Man, I never thought bios corruption could occur from a change in the hardware config upon attempting to bootup. I thought it only occured when you make big changes in the bios and/or from flashing the bios.

 

My attempt to 'hotflash' the bios was probably done improperly because I simply did it from the T-mod DVD I created. I didn't realize you had to use specific parameters in the command-line fashion.

 

These boards are much more sensitive than I intially thought. But, I'm not throwing in the towel just yet. I will try with another (borrowed) bios chip and see if I can't get it to boot.

 

--Fernando

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Try to boot it with very minimal hardware....board, cpu, ram, harddrive and cd-rom...nothing else...

 

The DFI NF2 board seems to be easily corruptable..... I did it switching hard drives.... was a pain to get going again....

 

It's a best bet to clear the cmos with everything you do...

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