Hey all fellow techs!
I been dealing with an issue regarding POST of my computer. Let me explain and give some insight first and perhaps those of you who have ran into this issue in the past can give me a good starting point on top of what the manual already says to do.
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair 5 Formula Z - AM3+
CPU: AMD 8350
GPU: Asus Strix GTX 980
RAM: 16GB Rampage
PSU: 1200 WATT XFX
So this problem started few months ago where the PC would just turn off, but it doe snot really turn off. What happens is the fans, LED lights etc in the case continue to operate like normal, but a hissing sound would come from speakers and the screens are black. So I kill the power in the back, wait about 30 seconds, and power it back on. POSTs normally and I am back in business till few weeks/days later it will do it again, randomly, idle or under load.
Lately though, here is the clincher, when it happens and I kill the power switch, I turn the PC back on the the motherboard shows a F.F. error according to Asus its a Fault Found error. Could be anything, I know. Now keep this in mind, if I let the PC sit for a few hours say 2 hours ad come back it will POST and boot again. I keep the power killed completely though. If I try and boot it after the crash happens it just does F.F. Leaving it to sit unplugged for about an hour or 2 and come back it will boot again until few weeks/days later when it decides it wants to crash again. I also removed all the RAM modulus and the FF errors still shows on the motherboard.
I am unable to replicate the problem either. I ordered a PSU tester kit and will check the PSU see what voltages etc are coming out of it. It will crash under load or just idle watching YouTube. Temps are not an issue as I can tell when it is really hot and also have temp checks on it regularly.
Sorry for the lengthy post and thank you for taking the time to read this thread. I would just seek some advise where its a good place to start on top off what Asus says to do. Perhaps some of you with similar boards and configs found a solution and I can use it to my advantage.