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    An Odd Motherboard Problem

    Hi,

    I just bought a Gigabyte GA-8IDMR off eBay (it's a server motherboard with onboard VGA) and installed it in a case ... I'm assuming its second hand. It powers up but there is no keyboard response and I don't have to do anything to make it power up, just plug it in (just apply power and whoosh) ... I don't have ANY case wires (power switch, reset or anything) attached.

    I'm assuming this is a motherboard BIOS issue and I've cleared the CMOS with a jumper and reset it. Or it could be that I have installed it and somehow caused a short and I will test for that later.

    Could the PSU or memory cause this (they were second hand too)? I've downloaded the manual and checked the jumper settings and they seem OK.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: An Odd Motherboard Problem

    Are you sure you got the Model Number correct?
    I checked the Gigabyte site and don't see any listing for the GA-81DMR.

    I don't think the PSU or memory are likely candidates for no keyboard or instant on problems. More likely ( as you said ) BIOS or settings.
    IF the case power switch is not plugged in, is there a jumper on the MB pins where the PS would be? ( a jumper across the two pins for the PS would be like the PS was held in the ON position )
    Are there ANY jumpers in place where the case pinouts are?
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    Yeah ...

    ... I had that problem too, it's under networking products or some such! The manual is also incorrect in that the diagrams do not look completely like the board (one block of jumpers missing entirely and two normal length PCI slots where one is actually longer).

    Anyway I finally got the keyboard working ... that part was a case of user error I'm afraid :-(

    It's academic now because the board has died I suspect because of having to continually plug/unplug the power cord because the whole jumper block concerning the power switch, LED's, speaker and so on wasn't functioning. I checked the BIOS with some care when it was working and could find nothing that would cause this behaviour nor could I find any jumper or reference to it that switched off the normal jumper block functionality.

    Thanks for your help anyways :-)

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    Re: Yeah ...

    That's too bad it died on you.
    I'm sure many people have had good experiences buying things on ebay but yours is one of the BIG reasons why I never buy from there.
    It just doesn't seem to be worth the risk of buying an unknown quantity from an unknown source.

    Better luck on your next purchase. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Yeah ...

    I would say Ebay is a good source for many things, but something as delicate as a motherboard, I prefer to get from a "brick and mortar" storefront where I can take it back if something was to be wrong with it.

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    Turns Out ...

    ... it didn't die, it simply wouldn't power up again until the power cord was removed, left out for 10s and replugged (go figure).

    It's academic now as I contacted Gigabyte directly and they offered me a replacement (not a serverboard, a GA-8IMLT as I recall) which works fine (except it's choosy about memory) and that is now running my server very happily :-)

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