Yes, I went back into the BIOS and enabled Hyper Threading and am getting the same new shutdown errors and endless reboots at the login screen. I can login normally with Hyper Threading disabled in the BIOS and the fresh install of Windows 8.
I've since spoken with Victor of tech support this morning (Incident #5386093). Victor has suggested to RMA the board first, then trying to install Windows 8 again before doing an RMA for the processor.
Before I RMA the board, I may get another power supply and try installing with a new Power Supply?
Any advice you have is welcome Sylvia.
What puzzles me is it worked for six months with Hyper Threading enabled, now the system will not boot to the login screen, even with a fresh install of Windows 8 bare bones with one stick of RAM and a new hard drive on a different port.
I think replacing the motherboard will be the only way to discard if the processor is or not defective.
I don’t think the issue is related to the power supply since it is an 850 Watts power supply, so it is more than enough.
Once you received the replacement motherboard, please test it out of the chassis, with minimum configuration.
Do not update the BIOS if it is not necessary, because the issue could be related to a chance on a previous BIOS updated,
I got my RMA P8BWS board back last week. After checking the serial number, I confirmed that this board is the same exact board that I sent to ASUS to have replaced!
I installed the board, processor and PS with one piece of memory, and noticed it still has the same BIOS 2106!
ASUS did not send a replacement board, nor did they roll back the BIOS. ASUS did not give an explanation what they did, if they did anything at all - very frustrating.
I tried another clean install of Win 8 and the install failed with H-T enabled and I am still getting the endless reboots!
I am very upset. All I want is a motherboard that will work with H-T. What should I do now?
JTraynor77, I am not sure why ASUS sent you the same motherboard, but I am pretty sure they should give you an explanation about it.
I remember a customer who recieved the same motherboard from us, but it was because the motherboard was not defective. At this point, what you can do is contact ASUS again.