Physical layout and CPU socket check
Below you will find a checklist so that you can easy do a pre-check before wasting time trying to test a motherboard that is physically damaged.
If the motherboard looks ok and it all checks out then it is time to assemble the system and run any tests that may be required.
Example of CPU socket in terrible shape
Scenario 1 – The motherboard is stuck in a reboot loop or the monitor is not getting a signal
If you could not get the system to boot by clearing the CMOS then try the following technique.
Recover from GIGABYTE Backup BIOS (Only for motherboards with Dual BIOS technology)
If you still cannot get the system to boot please try with another graphics card (internal graphics should also be tested if available), test another CPU/APU and different memory modules. If the system is still not booting up, then please request RMA for the motherboard.
Scenario 2 – The motherboard works with a older CPU/APU/Graphics card but not with a brand new one Update your BIOS on GIGABYTE motherboards
Some newer graphics cards as well as CPU’s and APU’s requires that you update the BIOS on the motherboard. You can find a guide how to update the BIOS on GIGABYTE motherboards here:
HOW-TO: Update your BIOS on GIGABYTE motherboards
NOTE: Graphics cards also contains a BIOS and sometimes this BIOS and the BIOS on the motherboard will not be compatible, updating the BIOS on the graphics card after updating the BIOS on the motherboard can solve also of compatibility issues. You can find a VGA BIOS collection with the latest BIOS available for your graphics card here:
Video BIOS Collection
GIGABYTE BIOS updates, drivers, utilities, manuals and CPU support list’s:
Support & Downloads
System unstable / Overheating: Download and install AIDA64 Extreme – Run the system stability test and use the sensor feature to monitor the temperatures
AIDA64 Extreme download