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A7V motherboard help needed :)

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Feb 18, 2001
I have recently bought an ASUS A7V motherboard and am having a problem with it. When I turn it on it seems not to power up fully. The CPU fan spins and The HDD’s/cd drives power up but the computer will not boot. The monitor does not get a signal either. I have tested everything except my CPU (Thunderbird 900) and all are fine. I have tried both a 250watt and a 350 watt power supply. I think clearing the CMOS would help but I can’t seem to find anything in the manual is to how to do it. All I can find is to “Shot Circuit” 2 soldered bumps near the battery. How exactly do I do this? Note that I did get the computer up and running first time I turned it on and got into windows, but when I turned off the computer and then turned it back on it started doing this.
Could this be the CPU? I have taken out the CPU and tried it but it still does not boot up and nothing on the screen. Any help appreciated

IMO, clearing the CMOS is the biggest pain in the butt on the Asus motherboards. It's really the only thing I wish they'd change.

Here is the October FAQ on Asus' website.

They do recommend flashing the bios to a newer revision.
(Here's how.)

Stick with the bios updates on Asus' website and you should be safe. There are betas floating around that work for some, but not for others. To be on the safe side stick with the 1004 series. I'm currently using 1005c and it's working just fine for me. <shrug> Basically, always wait for feedback from others before flashing the bios.

Getting back to the clear CMOS problem. You have to move a jumper on the motherboard that allow the CMOS to be cleared and then physically short out those solder spots with a flathead screwdriver.

If you think that sounds odd, you're right. It is strange, and I don't know why Asus doesn't come up with a better solution.

Detailed directions are in your manual. When clearing the CMOS always physically unplug the power cable to ensure the motherboard is not receiving any power.
When you first plug in the A7V it turns on for a second and then turns itself off, just a self test. To see if it is getting power still there is a LED right below the AGP slot this will tell you if you are having power supply problems or something else