Ask for help: NEW PC (MSI H97 Gaming3) would not boot

ottoblech

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Dear all, I am skilled computer person. I my life I did build many computers. But this time I have an issue with power up and boot.

I have components:
1) new MSI mainboard H97 Gaming 3
2) new INTEL CPU Core i5 4460 BOX with default fan and heatsink
3) new MSI VGA 285 R9  (working in other computer so VGA is OK)
4) new 1600 MHz RAM ADATA CL9 2x4GB set. I also tried RIPJAWS CL7 2x4GB 1600MHz
To be exact I did test these two RAM sets: RIPJAWS G.SKILL F3-1280CL7D-8GBXM and ADATA AX3U1600W4G9-DMV CL9.

5) new 700W power source 90+ efficiency. I tried other Power source (got same error with MSI H97) which works in other computer, so the issue does not seem to be the power source.

This is the behaving of the new system: on Power ON the all componets switch on, fan rotate the Sound Boost light up in red, but all run only for 3s and than automatically switch off. After 2s it automatically start again and switch on for 3s and again switch off and on again and again and again same in cyrcle. When I push Power off button for 5s it completely power Off. The Debug LED blink for 16x times.
I tried to power on without the VGA MSI 285 R9. Same issue as with VGA pluged in.
When I put the RAM out, the computer starts and buzzer beep like there is no RAM, so normal behaving. But with RAM inserted it behaves strange. I did test two set of RAM with CL7 and CL9 all 1600 MHz. Is there any limitation for 1600MHz and CL ? Should I try 10CL or 11CL ? Or limitation in 2x4GB sets? I did not find any such information in any manual for the H97 Gaming 3 board.
I tried to reset the BIOS by shorten the pins, has no effect on the problem.
I was thinking about some low fan rotation protection but I do not think this should be a problem?

I can not find anywhere the debug LED coder for H97. There is no LED display like Z97 has, only one single led that blinks. In my case blinked 16x.

Can you help me? What can be wrong and prevents normal boot?

Thank you a lot
Otto
 

ottoblech

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I have read this post https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?threads/252119
there is about a hard plug of the 24pin power connector to the board. In my case the 24pin connector is also very hard to plug into the board. But I tried to plug it without damaging the board by force. So it should fit inside. But I will try to check again.
 

ottoblech

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Hi. It is Eurocase.
This exactly: Eurocase ECO+90 700W
you can find here http://www.ecopluspower.cz/inpage/atx-700wa-14-90/

 

ottoblech

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What is most strange is the DEBUG LED.
Why is this LED there as there is not description of the Error code that the DIOD flash ?
 

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Take out the battery for more than 5 secs, this way will totally reset the settings, and the best way to clear CMOS.
 

ottoblech

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Hi All.
I finally found the problem. It was one of the thousands pins inside the CPU socket of my mainboard that was bended and not working properly.
So I repaired the pin and now it looks like booting. I have to connect monitor to see it, but it looks promising.
The CPU pin is a very fragile. But I am not aware that I did bend one pin that is at the edge of the socket.

Otto
 
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