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First of all; my setup:
Cpu: Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe v2
Gfx: EVGA Geforce GTX275 (896mb)
Ram: Corsair XMS3 600mhz DDR3 (3x 2gb modules)

Today I got my blu-ray player and a new fan for my setup.
I swapped the stock cooler of my i7 with the new one, and added the blu-ray player to the system.
Now, my pc won't boot.
I can't get into the BIOS either.

Here's what happens when I press the power button:
The Asus Express Gate shows up.
The screen where it says I can either press "delete" to enter BIOS, or "tab" to view POST.
If I do nothing, or press "delete", the next screen appears.
This is all that's written on the screen afterwards, and I quote directly from my other screen:
Marvell 88SE61xx Adapter - BIOS Version 1.1.0.L72a
Initializing.
And that marker keeps blinking all the time.

It's been like this for almost 10 minutes, and I'm not sure what to do here.
Do I just wait? If so, how long?

I'm leaving for work in like 15 minutes, so I'll have to try suggestions when I get back home (which 11.30pm - a little over 9 hours from now).
But I'll let it stay on when i'm at work, to see if it gets past this screen.
 

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Seems like a Sata/Raid controller BIOS to me.
Try unplugging and plugging back your HDD.

Or even better, unplug your HDD and blu-ray player, see if it boots or enter BIOS setup.
 

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I had the same issue with my board after doing a BIOS update (it reenabled all of the extra controllers I shut off). Try clearing CMOS, go into the BIOS, and disable that controller. It should let you in the BIOS for at least one boot after clearing the CMOS.

Do you have the drive plugged into the ports for the Marvell chip or the Intel southbridge?
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Do you have the drive plugged into the ports for the Marvell chip or the Intel southbridge?
Tbh, not totally sure :p
Marked the sata ports I'm using on the attachment.

Try unplugging and plugging back your HDD.
So does it boot fine if you remove the blu-ray player?
That's a negatory on both.


Clearing CMOS now.
 

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Done some further testing, and it got stuck on the same screen after I used the jumper to clear the CMOS.

Right now I've unplugged all the SATA cables, but it's still stuck.
I don't get any beeps from the motherboard either.

Will try having the CMOS battery out during the night, when I'm sleep.

Still open to suggestions if that doesn't work out. And thanks for the ones so far (and those to come:) )
 

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Did you try to reinstall your old cooler from you CPU? Or did you try disconecting the Blue-ray unit?
 

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I agree with butz_san, i think its your cooler personally. Try reseating your cpu and putting fresh compund(always do it anyway lol) and use your stock cooler to rule out the chance it was the cooler. Sounds like you may need a new bios flash tho.
 

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Try installing both your HDD and Blu-Ray drive on two other SATA ports. First of all, the other four use the Intel ICHx (is it at ICH11 now?) Southbridge, and those two SATA ports do not. They use the separate Marvel adapter. It's not just your board that's like that, but most any Intel board with more than four SATA ports (since the ICH often only supports up to four). I'd like to think the Intel ones built into the Southbridge are "better", but it likely really makes no real difference, but still, since it's hanging on initializing that, I'd assume that adapter or something plugged into it is the problem, so I'm going to guess the Blu-Ray drive (and/or maybe hard drive) is the issue. I don't think it'd be the cooler causing that, so if clearing the CMOS didn't do it, my bet is on the adapter or drive. If that still fails to work, you might want to see if you can go further by disabling the Marvel adapter in the BIOS.
 

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The P6T initializes the Marvell controllers before you can enter the BIOS so that makes it kind of tricky. The board uses the ICH10R southbridge, which has support for 6 SATA ports (all of the ones on the front of the board are used by the southbridge). The Marvell chip has support for one IDE channel and one SATA port, but it appears only the IDE portion is used on the V2 motherboard. The issue with my board was upgrading to a newer BIOS without updating the separate BIOS for the Marvell SAS controller. The V2 removed the SAS chip, and the IDE/SATA one doesn't seem to have an upgradeable BIOS.

Try removing any IDE devices if any are plugged in.

Edit: It looks like the SATA part of the Marvell chip is used for the eSATA port on the back. Some of the regular P6T Deluxe BIOS versions had issues with that port/controller, I wouldn't be surprised if it carried over into the V2.
 

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Okay, so I was partly wrong. It supports six and not four. I didn't know that board used the same "old" ICH10R my board does. It must be other boards with older Southbridge chipsets that I read it being four supported with two added via the Marvell chip (and I'm pretty sure it was two and not one). I remember reading that four plus two setup before.

Anyway, I wouldn't doubt that the problem carried over, so to say, since from what I found out, the V2 is exactly the same as the V1, save it's cheaper and inferior for lacking the SAS controller (useless unless you plan to have 15,000RPM SAS drives though).
 

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Yeah, the V1 wasn't around for very long. They probably changed it when they realized no one was using SAS on it (it looks like the workstation version still has it). There's various other Marvell controllers with different port configurations, as well as JMicron ones. The non-RAID ICH8 and 9 versions had 4 ports, and the RAID ones had 6. Both RAID and non-RAID ICH10 versions have 6.
 

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Oh, I think it was the standard ICH 9 and JMicron combination I read of, and for some reason, I assumed most boards were that way too. My board has two Marvell ethernet adapters, but I think the IDE port is controlled via a JMicron adapter (I could be wrong and maybe it's a Marvell adapter too). I always thought my board was 4 Intel Southbridge SATA ports and two other separate adapter ones, so I made sure to use my hard disks on the first four, and my optical drive on the fifth.

I have a RAID ICH10R, so I guess I needn't worry about that when I get more drives (when I do, I will, however, need to worry about getting an add on card for a spare SATA port for the optical drive, as I ideally eventually plan to have six hard drives connected to the motherboard).
 

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I don't really see how it's the cooler causing the problems, but I'll swap and check anyway.

And so far I've been using the 2 top SATA ports for my dvd-writer, and a SATA port on the front of my case. I unplugged the one from the case to use for my Blu-ray player.
Got my 3 HDD's connected to the lower 4 SATA ports, but will rearrange those to see if it makes a difference.

Let you know how it turns out soon!

E: I also got an older dvd-reader/cd writer connected via IDE to my motherboard. Will try disconnecting it.
 

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my dad had a weird issue similar to this, it'd randomly get stuck booting until i took out his webcam which allowed it to boot again, no idea how that stopped it from booting out of the blue since he had the webcam for the longest time. so check everything and anything as the smallest thing can and most likely will cause these kinds of issues.
 

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It allowed me to boot into BIOS now, when I don't have either the IDE dvd-rom or blu-ray connected.
I also replaced the new fan with the stock fan.

Apparently I can also boot into Windows, but at this screen:
Marvell 88SE61xx Adapter - BIOS Version 1.1.0.L72a
Initializing.
I also get another message just after (on the same screen):
Adapter 1
Disk Information
No hard disk detected!
Which is kinda weird? Especially since I can boot into Windows and all.
 

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This is clearly a BIOS issue or an issue with the adapter (likely the Marvell one). The CPU cooler, RAM, or anything else is not the fault. If it is the Marvell adapter, it's the IDE port causing it. If you can't remedy this problem by resetting and/or updating the BIOS, I'd be looking at returning the board for an RMA, as it would appear faulty.
 
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