I've run into some issues with this new board. I would like some help with the community to confirm this is a BIOS/firmware issue and not an issue with my specific hardware installation. Please help me out if you have a system with a similar configuration. This is what I am facing...
a) The BIOS splash screen does not appear when manually setting the BIOS video settings. Only the splash screen is missing as Windows 7 displays it's splash screen and desktop without issue.
b) The default CPU fan control settings seem excessive.
c) The standby LED (on the motherboard by the SATA connectors) remains partially illuminated when the power is disconnected and a monitor is plugged in to the motherboard port.
I've tried all BIOS versions up to and including 0027. No PCI cards are installed in the system. The system works perfectly with exception of the above issues.
Please try the following...
1) Write down your current BIOS settings.
2) Go into the BIOS settings and load the default BIOS values using the F9 key. Change any BIOS settings required for your system to start up correctly with exception to the CPU fan control settings and Video settings.
3) Examine the CPU fan control settings. Note the values in the Proposed and Default columns for Over-Temperature Threshold, Control Temperature, and All-On Temperature settings.
4) Examine the Video options. Change the Primary Video Adapter to <Auto> and the IDG Primary Video Port to the internal port where your video display is connected. For example, the IDG Primary Video Port should be set to "DVI-I (Blue) Digital" if the internal port is connected to a DVI monitor.
5) Save the BIOS settings and reboot the system. Note if the BIOS splash screen appears. The BIOS splash screen should be blue with Intel on it and options F-key startup options (I think these were F9, F7, and F2)
6) Allow the system to boot to the OS and then shut down the system normally.
7) Open the case and note the intensity of the STDBY LED (by the SATA connectors).
8) Disconnect the power. Ensure that the monitor (HDMI or DVI) remains connected and powered on.
9) Note the intensity of the STDBY LED and comare with what was seen in 7.
You will find that you will no longer be able to change the BIOS settings if the splash screen does not show because you are driving blindly. To fix this follow these steps:
1) Power down the system.
2) Change the BIOS configuration jumper (yellow jumper above the STDBY LED) from RUN (jumper on pins 1 & 2) to CONFIGURE (jumper on pins 2 & 3).
3) Power back on the system.
4) The system should display the splash screen and then go into the BIOS configuration automatically.
5) Change the IDG Primary Video Port to <Auto>.
6) Exit the BIOS. The system will prompt you to power down the system and return the BIOS configuration juumper to RUN. Do as instructed.
7) The system should now start normally with the BIOS splash screen showing when the system starts up.
Thanks for your help!