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Old September 4th, 2009, 12:10 AM
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It shouldn't matter one way or the other; the OS installer asks you which drive to use, and warns you if there is an OS already on it.

You probably need to put the new drive in the first SATA port, to make sure it comes up first in the BIOS. This will prevent any weirdness like Windows setting up the new partition on the new disk as "Drive D" instead of the more canonical "Drive C."

If you want to be absolutely safe, it couldn't hurt to disconnect the old drive entirely during the installation on the new drive.
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Old September 4th, 2009, 03:22 AM
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Thanks Fyron, I will let you know how it all turns out. Thanks Xaiti for all the help as well.

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Old September 7th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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ASUS IS A F**KING POS COMPANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everything is installed. Power up, no alarms and no video. Fans work, everything seems to be working, but no video. Swapped out the cards. Still no video. Call ASUS, and they are not there. Ooops holiday. WTF!!!

They sent me a POS used mobo without a serial number. Oh the joys of my life. I cannot exchange it now because they will not except a mobo without the serial number sticker. This I know because they made it very clear when I shipped my first busted Asus POS motherboard back to them.

Two months now this PC has been down. Its bad enough that ASUS made the first board a FAIL, but then they send me another FAIL!!

I WILL NEVER AGAIN BUY AN ASUS PRODUCT!!!

THEY SUCK! THEY TOTALLY F**KING SUCK!

I am going to go to every site that sells ASUS crap and post on every product to stay away from ASUS. Award winning my ***!!! They SUCK
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Old September 7th, 2009, 05:59 PM
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Just to see what would happen I pulled the memory out and restarted. Nothing happened. No beeps no alarms, nothing. The board is bad.

God Damn ASUS sent me a bad Mobo! An entire month wasted on this joke! Now another month is to be wasted!
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Old September 7th, 2009, 06:20 PM
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I don't know what to do here guys. I have no way of knowing what the actual problem is. Perhaps when the old board died if fried everything on it. I doubt that though.

I have all these components and no clue what my Intel C2D E6850 3.0ghz CPU (775) can be used on effectively. I have two EVGA 8800GT cards with no system now. And that new memory I just bought is useless in anything modern so it was a huge waste of money.

I am so livid pissed at ASUS right now I don't know what to do. I mean just climb a clock tower and thin the ASUS techs herd kinda pissed. (Not that I would ever do such a thing, its a figure of speech.)

I wanted to see what would happen if I installed the second video card but didn't add power. I got a long continuous beep. So I know the beep audio works.

If I could afford it, I'd take it to the geek squad or the local PC store but who has a spare $200.00 bucks to spend just to be told that the board is bad. (Money I could use to buy a new board.)

Speaking of that, any suggestion for a new board that I might be able to use with my socket 775 E6850 CPU and memory?
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Old September 7th, 2009, 08:51 PM
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I doubt this but could this be an over heat issue with the CPU? Perhaps I didn't put enough thermal Jell on? I doubt it as I used a pea size drop as instructed on the back of the Jell container.

I pulled the power to the video card and tried to start the PC, I got a loud non interrupted tone from the board. So ya, the speaker is working.

I re-read the instruction and I do have both the 24 pin and 8 pin power plugs plugged in. I did the ASUS power requirements thingy too and my PSU is fine for this system.

I ran the system from the BUPS as well as directly from the wall socket. No joy either way.

I pulled the new memory and used on of the Mushkin 512 800mhz memory dims. No joy. Tried both, still no joy.

I pulled the CMOS battery, no joy.

I disconnected the HDD, CDRom, DVDRom and tried, no joy.

Swapped out the 8800 GT with a 9800 GT, no joy. (So much for $115.00)

This board is just bad. ASUS sent me a broken board. Those mother****ers! I mean that too. They are MFkers!
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You would have to actually be doing something to overheat the CPU. The newer CPUs are quite smart and turn off parts of themselves that are not being used. So, they only overheat under a full load. If the CPU was working when you took it out of the previous system, it should be fine now.

Pulling the CMOS battery was your last option. If they left something set in the BIOS from when it was in another system, that should have cleared it. How long did you wait, btw? At least 20 minutes?

If that didn't work, there's no reasonable way you could rescue this board without being an Asus tech with lots of fancy equipment.

Pretty low of them to not have a serial number on the board. This must be a sneaky way of terminating support without having to own up to it. But the core 2 Duo is still a relatively current CPU and there should be plenty of boards for sale that can use one. Go to a good site like NewEgg and start shopping for a MB that says it handles your CPU. The specs are almost always available in a link on the item page. It'll probably cost $100 or so. But then you could re-use all those other parts.
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UPDATE

ASUS tech support is paying to have the board shipped back. The tech guy thinks it got damaged during shipping. The board isn't passing its self test at the CPU. - My CPU looks as new as the day they installed it originally. The thermal jell was properly dispersed and no discoloration. I did a quick search and found that this board is often shipped DOTD. (Dead Out The Door)
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