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Old 06-30-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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P8P67 EVO, very slow bios and post


I've been searching for an answer to my problem in the forum without any success, so I open this thread. I hope it's not a duplicate.

I will put my complete configuration below but I don't thing it should be influent on my specific problem.

I have a Asus P8P67 EVO MB, 3.0 version, with a i5 2500K overclocked to 4.2GHz with the automatic tuning feature offered by the Asus SW in Windows.

My main issue is the fact that it takes a very long amount of time to reach the point where windows starts loading from the HD.
Specifically, when I turn on the PC:
1) it will "start" (lights come on), but after 3-5 seconds it will it will stop (everything shuts down).
2) After 10-20 seconds it will start again automatically and block on the ASUS green/blue bios screen (where it says "hit del to enter bios").
3) I will stop on this screen for about 1 minute (seriously!). In this condition it is "frozen", as if I hit "del" nothing will happen.
4) it will reboot again, and two things can happen:
5a) normally it will go fine, from here on: the system sees the disks, the Asus blue/green bios screen appears again, but it's "alive", and after a reasonable amount of time (20-30 seconds overall from boot) we get to the "windows loading"
5b) occasionally I get an "overclock failed" screen, press f1 to enter bios. I enter bios, choose "save and exit" and the system boots correctly again.

May main problem is the behaviour described in point 1 but even more in point 3! I've got no clues....

Obviously, I am curious also about the occasional overclocking fail, but that's not my priority.

About my configuration:
Case Aerocool VX-9
ASUS 1155 P8P67 EVO (P67/ATX)
Intel 1155 i5-2500K Ci5 Box (3,30GHz)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 1366/1156/AM2+ 31.28EUR
PSU COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 1200 W
Sapphire 4890 1GB

I have ordered the following:
OCZ Agility 3 Series SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive 120GB

and I'd like to have a fast boot, but the SSD will be useless if it takes 2minutes plus to get to the windows loading phase...

Thanks in advance for your help!
Old 06-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #2
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Have you tried going back to stock/default settings on the motherboard to see if it still has the same issue?
Sometimes if you mess with the wrong setting it garfunkels everything
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #3
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thank you Spartacus.

I must confess I had a sudden enlightment after writing this post: I realized I had changed my mother board, as I had ordered it before the sandy bridge issue, so I got it replaced with a 3.0 version after the fix came out.
And... I had updated the BIOS on my MB. BUT, on the OLD one.
So I checked and I update the BIOS from 1504 to 1704, 10 minutes ago.

Moreover, after updating the BIOS I checked it here and there and saw that I had the DVD drive as first boot, and a non bootable disk as second. My bootable disk was only first choice.

So I changed this (even though I thing it had NOTHING to do with my issue, as it came BEFORE the system even tried to find a bootable something).

Probably it was the BIOS, I dunno, fact is that now issue related to point 3 seems to have disappeared!!! Hurray!

It still goes bananas and turns on and off 1 or 2 times (see point 1 of my post), but that's pretty fast, and I can live with that.

So... I thank this forum for giving me the enlightment just by browsing these pages...
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