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    D945GCLF issues

    I've bought an Atom board (D945GCLF) a few months ago to upgrade the current VIA EN15000 in my car.
    This is the single core N230 Atom CPU @ 1.6Ghz board.
    I've had nothing but troubles with it. I am now on my 2nd RMAed board, and I need to send it in for RMA again.
    The board just dies after a few startup/shutdowns while installed in my car.
    The board refuses to turn on. When power is attached, the CPU fan comes on, but the board does not POST.

    I know the components work (RAM, HD) since I had the mobo running inside the house for a few weeks as a media Pc (watching movies on my TV).

    I'm using the proper 1.9v memory for it.

    The power supply is a M1ATX, which I've used for a couple of years with a VIA 10000 and a VIA EN15000 board.
    Both the VIA boards work fine. I've replaced the mobo in the car back to the VIA EN15000, and it's been working flawless for the last week.

    I don't know what to do? Sell the board after it comes back from RMA? Try to diagnose the problem further (I don't even know where to start)?

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    I had a dead CMOS battery on a brand new Atom board. Symptoms your having pretty much match a dead CMOS battery.

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    I have two of these boards with the exact same problem. If anybody knows what the cause is I would like to know as well. They are both new and did the exact same as you describe.
    Data911 M5 system
    RR and iGo8PC
    Pioneer head unit
    Pioneer DEQ-9200 digital processor
    Phoenix gold line drivers
    Ultimate and Visonik amplifiers
    SMT 3 way active front stage
    Digital Design sub woofers
    3 runs of 0 gauge wire

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    Wizard, you should send them back to Intel, and get new ones.
    I am sending mine back this week, and then selling the board. I'm done with this mobo. Time to look for something else, or maybe just go back to the VIA board.
    I have two of these boards with the exact same problem. If anybody knows what the cause is I would like to know as well. They are both new and did the exact same as you describe.
    What's your configuration for the board? What power supply are you using?
    Have you noticed any pattern as to when they die? Did you notice any series of steps that led you to the same dead board scenario?

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    They both seemed to work ok until I tried to implement my usb devices. There is no problem with any of my usb devices either, I am using right now as I send this post using my Data911 carputer with all of it connected. One the boards I bought from a guy here in the classifieds so I don't think it would be returnable, but the other was from a local shop, so I could likely RMA that one. It was frustrating when it happened so I walked away from that project for a while and finished up the Data911 which was much more successful. There must be issues with the bios chip on the boards as it would seem the bios goes dead for no apparent reason.
    Data911 M5 system
    RR and iGo8PC
    Pioneer head unit
    Pioneer DEQ-9200 digital processor
    Phoenix gold line drivers
    Ultimate and Visonik amplifiers
    SMT 3 way active front stage
    Digital Design sub woofers
    3 runs of 0 gauge wire

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    When I RMAed the other 2 boards that have failed, I was never asked where I bought them, or to show proof of purchase.
    All they needed was the mobo serial number.

    You should try to return both. The worse that can happen is that they won't take it back.

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    Good point and I will do just that. I will likely do the same as you and sell them both though, 2 bad out of 2 isn't very good odds for a motherboard.
    Data911 M5 system
    RR and iGo8PC
    Pioneer head unit
    Pioneer DEQ-9200 digital processor
    Phoenix gold line drivers
    Ultimate and Visonik amplifiers
    SMT 3 way active front stage
    Digital Design sub woofers
    3 runs of 0 gauge wire

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    I don't think the boards are bad. They may just be sensitive to something that causes them to die prematurely.

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    My clf2 did the same thing though the RMA has been rock solid since.

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