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Windows 7: Hardware Problem with New Build

01 Dec 2012   #11

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

It's a shame but may be the fastest solution. In my case I'm only 45 min. from MSI USA so the tech. was kind to offer me to stop the whole rig off and bang 20 min. later I was walking out with a rig that would boot to bios !

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02 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

I've just checked the Gigabyte website for both revisions of the board, and they both support the i3 3220 CPU with F8 BIOS version. There is a newer BIOS version available, F9 which adds an updated micro-code, but no earlier BIOS versions are listed than F8.

Having said that, I'm still leaning towards the CPU since you have tried it in 2 different boards with the same result.
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02 Dec 2012   #13

Win7 Ultimate X64

Well i fired of a mail to gigabyte asking for confirmation the board will support the chip out of the box and have managed to find a uk phone number so will give them a ring tomorrow (monday) and see what they say then it may be a case of RMA the cpu, i got it from ebuyer UK and they are pretty good with returns so shouldnt be a problem, will update the thread when i get some news

Thanks everyone for your responses, much appreciated as always
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02 Dec 2012   #14

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit

Try firing it all up - outside the case then!

Not unknown for cases having faulty on/off/reset switches too.

Have you double checked m/board case lead pins?
Check your mate hasn't pulled off/reset any of the default M/board jumpers

Many sata inputs are for hard drive etc only too. Check manual
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02 Dec 2012   #15

Win7 Ultimate X64

Yes i have set up old and new mobo on wooden table with no leads connected other than 2 mobo power leads and fired by shorting case power switch header pins with the same result, am waiting until 2moro (monday) so i can contact mobo manufacturer to clarify then am going to enquire about returning cpu
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03 Dec 2012   #16

Win7 Ultimate X64

OK quick update i rang gigabyte today about bios and ivy and they confirmed this board will not run ivy chips out of the box

Cant believe i ordered a Z77 board thinking it was built for gen 3 chips and it doesnt even work, they have offered to flash bios for free if i want to email another department wait for a response pay for postage to address they will give me and then wait for several days for them to ship back.

So i thought sod it and just ordered a cheap sandy chip and couple sticks of DDR3 and will have myself two new machines instead of one, i already had a sata3 SSD wasted in an old PC so i gonna give that one a make over with new mobo, chip & ram its quite old and could do with updating

Again thanks for all the responses it nice to get a few opinions
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03 Dec 2012   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Thank you Pauly for sharing the info and lesson. That is now twice in this forum.

It has certainly got me triple checking specs for my planned build! I wouldn't have given it much thought otherwise.
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03 Dec 2012   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Sounds all too familiar, I thought I had done all I needed by reading the mobo details, going to the mobo website verifying compatible CPU's and then calling the mobo tech. support line, all telling me I was good to go. Order, receive and install only to find out otherwise.
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04 Dec 2012   #19

Win7 Ultimate X64

Next update, as i said before i ordered new SB chip which arrived today so i fired up my giga Z77 mobo with SB chip fitted and to my horror 3 beeps/pause/3 beeps ran through all processes as before, breadboarded/swapped ram sticks slots etc and nothing, absolutely gutted

I managed to not smash the entire thing all over the garden (its raining) and dropped in the aquired Z68 with the SB chip and fired up fine, bios updated, IB chip back in and up and running well, initial speed is impressive with new OCZ sataIII SSD

At least now i know, my giga Z77 is not compatible with Ivy or Sandy lol. Have contacted supplier and have RMA number so finally byebye faulty board
Will pick up another mobo for the sandy chip i got now and update another machine i got with it when i get a bit of time but given that my wife is having contractions on & off today think i can feel a couple weeks off work coming my way pretty soon (although she will prob expect me to spend it with her and baby and not playing with computers hehe)

Anyway lesson learning for me with mobo/chip compatibilty will try not to make that mistake again
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04 Dec 2012   #20

Win7 Ultimate X64

Something else worth mentioning, when i checked manufacturers website it gave me the impression the board would work because it talked about revision 1.1 of my motherboard which had bios to support installed, spoke to board manufacturer and supplier they told me there is no way of telling what board your actually gonna get as in my case i got rev 1.0 which ships with old bios so even if you check website and ring them (as linnemeyerhere did) you still cant be sure what your actually gonna receive as they told me boards can be sat on shelfs for months. I suggested returning my board in exchange for one that would support IB out the box and was told we cant guarantee any of them will work (and they had loads of different ones) all they could offer was a new P8 or P9 board that would flash bios from stick without booting or having chip in but was three times the price of my board which i just couldnt justify
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