Hey all. I've been unable to successfully boot my new build. My friends are just as bewildered. So, I'm reaching out to this brilliant community for some help. Thank you all in advance for any insights or suggestions you might have!
I'm using an ASUS Pro WS W790-ACE motherboard. Before I tried all of this, I successfully upgraded the BIOS via BIOS FlashBack utility, and right after that, I cleared the CMOS. I only have one stick of RAM. I tried a few different things to troubleshoot but can't interpret the results:
|What I attempted||QCODE||DRAM Light Color|
|No RAM stick||60||Yellow|
Attaching my build here:
|Motherboard||ASUS Pro WS W790-ACE|
|Graphics Card||MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3060 12GB|
|RAM||Crucial 64GB Server Workstation Memory - DDR5 4800MHz|
|PSU||be quiet! Dark Power PRO 13 - 1600w|
|CPU||Intel Xeon W5-2455X|
|SSD (M.2)||ADATA PREMIUM SSD FOR PS5 M.2 2280 2TB|
|Case||Fractal Design Define 7 XL|
|AIO||Enermax LIQTECH II TR4 360|
|Fans||Noctua NF-A14 FLX, 3-PIN 140mm|
After testing all the RAM slots, I managed to boot up the system using one of the slots farthest to the right. In an effort to identify the issue, I tested another RAM stick from the QVL, differing in both size and manufacturer, but encountered the same problem, thus eliminating the possibility of a faulty RAM stick. Using the working RAM slot, I successfully installed Windows 10 and observed unusually high CPU temperatures even at idle. I decided to disassemble everything, and rather than using the plastic CPU casing provided with the motherboard, I used the one that came with the CPU. Upon reassembly and restarting, everything was running smoothly. My diagnosis is that the CPU was not properly seated initially. I had noticed that my CPU did not quite fit into the housing provided by ASUS which I believe to be the root cause.