Motherboard issue. Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H fm2+

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  1. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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    Motherboard issue. Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H fm2+


    Hi
    hoped there would be a more dedicated forum than ‘General’ but couldn’t see anything appropriate to hardware faults..

    My PC refused to boot up, I assumed the PSU had failed, got a replacement. Then found I could test the PSU with a jumper on the motherboard connector, found the original PSU was fine. Then suspected the power switch.....but then decided to replace the PSU anyway, keep the original as a spare. But after connecting everything up. I pushed the power button and the CPU fan spun for a few seconds then all went quiet. I unplugged the motherboard connector and refitted it, now it’s working perfectly.

    i now realise all along, it was something to do with the Mobo connector from the PSU..

    it is a Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H fm2+ Motherboard. Not sure if this just something that happens, or if I am just unlucky. It’s 6 years old , hoped it would last longer.

    any thoughts please ?
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  2. Steve C's Avatar
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    I have an older Gigabyte motherboard. Check the following.
    1. Do the 'paperclip test' on the PSU to ensure it turns on on command from the motherboard - already done?
    2. Check the security of the PSU cable connections - already done?
    3. Contact Gigabyte Support to obtain the latest BIOS since they do not publish the latest BIOS for old motherboards. Load the BIOS defaults after update.
    4. Replace the CMOS battery and load the BIOS defaults. A new battery should be c. 3.2V. My motherboard plays up if the voltage drops below 2.8V
    5. Turn off Fast Start Up and Fast Boot in the BIOS settings
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  3. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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    • Do the 'paperclip test' on the PSU to ensure it turns on on command from the motherboard - already done? YES done & ok
    • Check the security of the PSU cable connections - already done? Checked & ok
    • Contact Gigabyte Support to obtain the latest BIOS since they do not publish the latest BIOS for old motherboards. Load the BIOS defaults after update. Think on latest bit will check
    • Replace the CMOS battery and load the BIOS defaults. A new battery should be c. 3.2V. My motherboard plays up if the voltage drops below 2.8V will check also, but think it behind massive graphic card, will have to see how it comes out. Can I check the voltage any other way ?
    • Turn off Fast Start Up and Fast Boot in the BIOS settings will check but think already off , been ok for 6 years ......


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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    • Do the 'paperclip test' on the PSU to ensure it turns on on command from the motherboard - already done? YES done & ok
    • Check the security of the PSU cable connections - already done? Checked & ok
    • Contact Gigabyte Support to obtain the latest BIOS since they do not publish the latest BIOS for old motherboards. Load the BIOS defaults after update. Think on latest bit will check
    • Replace the CMOS battery and load the BIOS defaults. A new battery should be c. 3.2V. My motherboard plays up if the voltage drops below 2.8V will check also, but think it behind massive graphic card, will have to see how it comes out. Can I check the voltage any other way ?
    • Turn off Fast Start Up and Fast Boot in the BIOS settings will check but think already off , been ok for 6 years ......


    I have to remove the GPU on my GB board to access the CMOS battery. I started getting random hangs on boot about a year ago which stopped when I disabled Fast Boot in the BIOS on advice from Gigabyte
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  5. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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    I have a GeForce GTX 650Ti tried removing it, but seems there is a clip or something holding it, don’t want to force it, can’t find any instructions about anything securing it...

    thanks
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    I have a GeForce GTX 650Ti tried removing it, but seems there is a clip or something holding it, don’t want to force it, can’t find any instructions about anything securing it...

    thanks
    Remove the securing screws and power cables. Push up on the back of the card to loosen it.Push down on the tab whilst applying even upward pressure to lift the board out the socket. Reinsert applying an even pressure and the securing table will lock into place by itself.
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  7. reddwarf4ever's Avatar
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    Thanks, once finished sorting out my problematic HDD will give it a go, the BIOS battery is 6 years old, not sure if it’s due for a change ?
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  8. Steve C's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    Thanks, once finished sorting out my problematic HDD will give it a go, the BIOS battery is 6 years old, not sure if it’s due for a change ?
    6 Years! My Gigabyte CMOS battery needs changing every 2 years but I do switch it off at the mains plug when not in use.
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    Steve C said:
    6 Years! My Gigabyte CMOS battery needs changing every 2 years but I do switch it off at the mains plug when not in use.
    how do you know it needs changing every 2 years ? Do you get problems ..? Or do you check the voltage ?
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  10. Steve C's Avatar
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    reddwarf4ever said:
    how do you know it needs changing every 2 years ? Do you get problems ..? Or do you check the voltage ?
    The PC hangs at boot or the date / time is wrong.
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