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    Rampage V Extreme U3.1 - Q Code "53" on BIOS versions 3xxx+

    I recently purchased an ASUS Rampage V Extreme U3.1 motherboard second-hand on eBay from a Canadian seller. Said motherboard was pulled from a working ORIGIN PC build. It was shipped to me on BIOS 1601. I installed the motherboard into my system and booted up successfully. I'm powering it with a Haswell-E 5960X. On the initial boot, I noted that the BIOS splash screen displayed "ORIGIN" and not "Republic of Gamers". I proceeded to install Windows 10 (1809) and setup my necessary drivers.

    Once that completed, I booted back into my BIOS to set the XMP profile for my RAM. I have a Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15R) kit which is NOT on the approved RAM listing for the motherboard. I did not touch any of the other values, only setting my XMP profile. This enabled a 125 BLCK overclock. I left all of my timings at AUTO and attempted to pass POST. I got stuck on q code 'bF". Rebooted and saw that overclocking failed. I decided to update the BIOS then, in the hopes that it would improve RAM compatibility. I went straight for BIOS version 3701 (latest BIOS). I flashed it in the BIOS Flashback on the rear I/O with the ROG Connect button. It flashed successfully but when I booted up I got stuck at q code "53" (memory initialization). I attempted single module RAM installations, populating one stick at a time in the A1, then B1, C1 and D1 RAM slots. Tried other modules from the kit in all of the slots. Inspected module contacts. Cleaned module contacts. Blew compressed air into the motherboard's RAM slots. Cleared CMOS. Removed CMOS battery. I could not get past q code "53" for the life of me.

    I then used the BIOS Flashback to revert to version 1601. PC passed POST without issue and got straight into Windows on optimized defaults. I started flashing up the line from 1602 to 2001 without any errors during POST. Once I attempted any BIOS that was version 3xxx, I would get stuck at q code "53". I called ASUS technical support. They just referred me to BIOS 3701 and how to use EZ Flash in the BIOS environment to update BIOS. This wasn't very helpful sadly, as I had tried this myself, multiple times.

    Are there other users here with Haswell-E processors running with this Rampage V Extreme U3.1 motherboard on BIOS versions 3xxx+? I'm running out of ideas to troubleshoot. I'm thinking about trying some other RAM, but I don't have any spare DDR4 modules currently. Another oddity to note: when I look at SPD tables in Windows with various hardware monitoring sofware (HWiNFO64, CPU-Z, Aida64) my SPD information is blank. I can see it in the BIOS though.

    Sorry for the long post - but any help would be appreciated! Thank you.
    Last edited by mindflayer; 04-10-2019 at 11:07 PM.

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