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Question P5K Deluxe startup hangs at "Initializing USB Controllers..."

Machinus

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I have a P5K Deluxe with a PSU, CPU, RAM, and GPU. The chip has a cooler on it. Nothing else is connected besides the power signal cable. I have tried testing it with a keyboard and/or HDD, which have not seemed to make any difference.

I am trying to get this motherboard to make it past the first screen of startup. Currently, it will start up, give a single "beep" from the onboard speaker, show the CPU and RAM stats on the screen, and then it says "Initilaizing USB Controllers...".

After that line, it stops, and will sit there indefinitely without continuing with startup. It does not even check for a hard disk. I have to manually power it off. When I start it up, it does exactly the same thing again.

To try to fix this, I have tried removing everything and putting it back together. I have cleared CMOS multiple tiomes.
I have tried multiple different RAM sticks. It will start up in single or dual-channel mode with RAM. I have tried different keyboards in different USB slots. Nothing makes a difference.

I have tested this over and over and I cannot figure out what else to do. What do you think is wrong?

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UsandThem

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That's a pretty old board (Intel P35 chipset) which was launched in 2007.

Is this something that you've been using that suddenly developed issues, or was it something that's been collecting dust and you're trying to get it working again? In the past when I've had motherboards go bad, they always began with odd USB issues and such. Most of that stuff is handled by the chipset, so something like that could be the problem. Another thing is all capacitors eventually go bad, leak, swell, etc.

You might try replacing the CMOS battery to see if it's something simple, but outside of that you'd have to do some serious troubleshooting on such an old motherboard.
 

Machinus

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Is this something that you've been using that suddenly developed issues
I got this board as a replacement for another one with a bent pin. I think it was recently working (not 100% sure about that), with the same chip and RAM. I was going to replace some of the parts after I got it to boot with these, but it won't.

I am unfamiliar with the USB root hub failing, so I don't know if this is what that is. I can try a totally new CMOS, but I don't see any reason to suggest that the CMOS is low or defective.
 

UsandThem

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I got this board as a replacement for another one with a bent pin. I think it was recently working (not 100% sure about that), with the same chip and RAM. I was going to replace some of the parts after I got it to boot with these, but it won't.

I am unfamiliar with the USB root hub failing, so I don't know if this is what that is. I can try a totally new CMOS, but I don't see any reason to suggest that the CMOS is low or defective.
Just the CMOS battery. If you don't have one lying around your house, you can pick one up for just a few bucks. I generally always keep extras of these kinds of batteries as they are in things like a car key fob.



They go bad, and some boards seem to have issues when they are dead, and can prevent the motherboard from posting. It's the easiest/quickest thing to make sure it's still good. Otherwise, if the CMOS battery is good, you would have to really inspect the board to make sure there isn't any obvious issues (like leaking or bulging capacitors). The whole USB initializing and hanging at that could be related to the motherboard chipset, as that is what handles USB. I had an older Asrock board that when it began to die, the first thing it did was develop random USB issues and then it moved onto the SATA controllers.
 

Machinus

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Just the CMOS battery. If you don't have one lying around your house, you can pick one up for just a few bucks. I generally always keep extras of these kinds of batteries as they are in things like a car key fob.



They go bad, and some boards seem to have issues when they are dead, and can prevent the motherboard from posting. It's the easiest/quickest thing to make sure it's still good. Otherwise, if the CMOS battery is good, you would have to really inspect the board to make sure there isn't any obvious issues (like leaking or bulging capacitors). The whole USB initializing and hanging at that could be related to the motherboard chipset, as that is what handles USB. I had an older Asrock board that when it began to die, the first thing it did was develop random USB issues and then it moved onto the SATA controllers.
Thanks. I actually know what the cmos battery is. I replaced it, and the board still does not post.
 

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