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    I almost had my system finished. I was making a few last tweaks switching the computer power from the memory line of my radio to my accessories line so I don't kill my battery anymore. At anyrate somehow I must have done something to the board because all it does now is make a long beep over and over. I looked up on the net and found that is supposed to be the message to check the memory. So I went and bought two different sticks of memory thinking I somehow touched the 12volt power to the stick of ram. No luck, same long beep. So now my conclusion is that the motherboard is dead. Now I have to find out how VIA's RMA is. Anybody have any ideas on what else it could be aside from a dead board?

    Also, how the heck do you prevent the post beep from coming through the speakers? Should attatching a cheap PC speaker fix this?

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    I don't have an Epia M10000, but I have gotten that memory error before with my IWill KA266R. In my case, the memory stick was not pushed in far enough. It took ALOT of pressure.

    Try opening the tabs that hold the memory stick in place. Firmly push the memory stick into the slot. The tabs should lock in the memory stick automagically.
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    • #3
      I've tried it all. I'm going to have to return the board to VIA. I was trying to find the RMA stuff on their website but couldn't find it. Does anyone know how your supposed to return a board to VIA?

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      • #4
        check to make sure a loose screw or wire isn't shorting out something on the board...

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        • #5
          i have the same thing, i dont know what happened. The fuse on my opus melted. My EPIA powers up normally however i can not see any video, and the north and south bridge chips get VERY VERY hot rather quickly (10 seconds and it will literally burn you.) I have inspected the board for shorts or any thing that looks like it has been burnt but nothing I can notice. I can not hear the beeps because I got the BIOS update that disables it from www.viavpsd.com. I emailed them a week ago but no reply. Please share any info you find

          What board do you have? Mine is Epia 800
          92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

          93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

          90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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          • #6
            Mine is an Epia M 9000. Think I'm going to just go buy another one and then try to figure out what to do with this one. I can't stand to be so close and have something like this happen.

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            • #7
              Someone said that the Opus is not supposed to burn out the motherboard, ever. If it did, call them and see what they can do for you.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by adamis
                Mine is an Epia M 9000. Think I'm going to just go buy another one and then try to figure out what to do with this one. I can't stand to be so close and have something like this happen.
                What kind of case do you have? I got that same problem (with same board) with my C134 case because it was putting a bit of pressure on the RAM stick. I took out my slim DVD/CD-RW drive for the time being and haven't had the problem since. You should try booting with everything open (of course making sure the memory is properly seated).
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                • #9
                  Well I tested my system out and found that I have a bad motherboard, bad ram, and possibly a blown power supply. So in the last 10 minutes of me ever messing with the system behind the dash I blow 300 dollars woth of stuff. Sucks, I was so close to being done with messing around with it. Now I blow just about every single piece of equipment. Funny thing is, I have no clue when it happened. One moment it was working fine, the next it was shot.

                  So, does anyone know how to RMA a board to VIA? I looked all over their website and couldn't find any details.

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                  • #10
                    I know EXACTLY how you feel. In one day: I scratched my screen pretty good, my motherboard stopped working, burnt fuse in opus, and my CDRW/DVD wont power on. I am sick about it......but coping with the pain
                    92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

                    93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

                    90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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                    • #11
                      i feel your pain guys. i've had few similar problems. by now, burnt a dvd drive, spent a lot of money on stuff that doesnt fit etc (and i haven't even started building the carpc system yet).
                      so, although this advice may not help you, adamis, i hope it'll help others. When you buy stuff for your car (especially computer parts) PLEASE get some kind of warranty for it. In my case, i purchased my M10000 from Fry's and got 3-year replacement plan. Yeah, it cost me a little more than most of you pay for it, but at least i dont have to worry about burning it. I'm pretty sure other stores have the same plans (i think newegg.com offers stuff like that)
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                      • #12
                        I actually just bought an M10000 at fry's today. I threw it in and it booted one time. Then that's when my power supply died, at least I think. Anway, I returned it to Fry's without any problem. The board cost 194 after taxes which was extremely rich for my blood.

                        I wrote I-tuner, the company that made my power supply and told them about what happened. I was sent a response on a possible fix to the power supply and that there will be a "power sequencer" coming out in about two weeks. (This has been discussed on other threads I think.) The guy said it would be ok if I went and picked up a new power supply from the shop so I might ask a few questions while I'm there.

                        Finally, what the heck happened to the Epia M9000. It was priced at a sweet 130.00+ price range but now I can't find anything on it. Now it is the M6000 and M10000. Does the M6000 work for DVD playback? I know it has the CLE266 chipset but I wouldn't want to risk throwing money away again...

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                        • #13
                          Just thought I would chime in with my EPIA M10000 sotry -

                          Things were fine till last week. (could be coincidence, but this is the way I noticed thigns...) System was hapy - I added D-link USB radio. System went to ****. got Bluescreens, freezes, etc. On a reboot, the system failed to detect the 2.5 Laptop HD. rebooted. HD detected. System hung, then rebooted on start up.
                          removed 12v power from opus.

                          Waited 30 seconds. reconnected power. heard distinct "pop noise" (capacitor Im guesing) and smelled burnt transistor smoke.

                          yanked power. ripped open case. Opus fuse was blown.

                          I removed everything. tried the board on regular deksotp (ac) PSU. unit will not turn on. South Bridge very hot.

                          Like I said - I noticed my problems after adding my Dlink radio... coud just be conincidence, I dono....

                          Anyone Else got stories - I know dieter heard the same "pop" I did.
                          Off to VIA... I guess.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gizmomkr
                            removed 12v power from opus.

                            Waited 30 seconds. reconnected power. heard distinct "pop noise" (capacitor Im guesing) and smelled burnt transistor smoke.

                            yanked power. ripped open case. Opus fuse was blown.

                            I removed everything. tried the board on regular deksotp (ac) PSU. unit will not turn on. South Bridge very hot.

                            I know dieter heard the same "pop" I did.
                            Off to VIA... I guess.
                            EXACT thing happened to me. The north and south bridge are VERY hot. Please let me know if u get a response from via or any other solutions. They havent replied to me in a few weeks
                            92 Taurus SHO - Daily driver - Epia M10000 80GB 512mb 7" touchscreen, Opus PSU etc

                            93 Black SHO - 30mpg cruiser

                            90 Silver SHO - 419whp fun/project car, CarPC to come (for tuning)

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                            • #15
                              I've been in contact with a VIA guy here in freemont. He CC'd a response to another guy who said he should help me out. I'll keep you guys posted if I get in contact with a RMA number.

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