Updated December 28th
Do you own a Z68XP-UD3P Touch Bios Gigabyte motherboard, first series? Have you had any problems with it? If like me you have had nothing but trouble since you booted up this motherboard then you will understand why I feel totally let down. Mine has been nothing but trouble from day one.
It started with countless reboots after the PC shut its-self down on a restart, you were met with the error message Over-clocking Problem. This made me laugh there was no way it could have been an Over-clocking problem. This would happen six or seven times over the course of some eight hours. Screen freezing and total lock-up are some of the other problems.
However, The one I consider the worst (for me) is the way it locks its-self in to a continuous loop of starting up then restarting after 16 seconds, exactly (yes I timed it) and the only way to stop its continuous loop was to shut it down completely (not restart) for so many minutes, then try again.
Out of ten tries to successfully start my PC at least seven of them would lock into a startup re-start-up loop (if that makes any sense to you).
I am not a novice so believe me when I tell you I have tried every trick in the book and some that aren’t, including the hope that flashing the Bios with a new one (recommended by Gigabyte) would make a difference.
Then I met my next problem as much as the M’Board documentation said I could flash the Bios sadly it was going to be a cold day in hell before it would let me do exactly that.
I have hit lots of forums to see if anybody else has come across problems with this particular M’Board. It has been like opening a can of worms. It appears with the people I know locally and those on various forums we are not the only ones receiving weird problems.
There are lots of us. Some posts are saying that others have purchased the second series and they have found it to be even worse than the first.
I have read that Gigabyte knows that some of us are having problems, but as of yet they themselves have not been able to recreate any of the problems we the buyers are having.
I am aware some of you will say how do you know it is the motherboard causing the problems. Simply put I know it is.
Why have I still got my Gigabyte M’Board….. I do not have the money to buy another one. Christmas, no overtime, the poor economy, and the fictional character The Sheriff of Nottingham robbing the poor, yet again, are just some of the reasons why I can not afford a new motherboard at the moment.
If the motherboard I have is typical of Gigabyte products it is going to be a cold day in hell before I buy another PC part from them.
One thing I do know, for sure, It’s back to Asus M’Boards for me.
If you are having the restart problem that I have here is away I have found to reduce the startup problem to one.
Shut your machine down totally, do not let it restart, remove the plug from the electrical supply then wait ten minutes before restarting as normal. I have no idea why this works only that it does.
The rest of the errors are put-up-able with until I can afford the next one up to my last Asus M’board.
Motherboard Problem: Update
Well, My Motherboard has gone into an on and restart loop once too often. It has finally given up the ghost and died. Yes stopped dead. I have been unable to bring it back to life, and to be honest I’m glad. I can not afford a new motherboard, but if I want to maintain my websites I now have been given a good enough reason to buy a new one.
I do not intend to send it back to Gigabyte. I am told that they test their motherboards with their own products, and if it does not play dead the way it is doing for me the return postage and bill for not being able to recreate the problem will end up on my doorstep.
So the money I save by not sending it back will go toward my new Asus motherboard. However, if it did lie down and die for them I would only get a new Z68Xp back in its place. I have had enough of Gigabyte products over the last 12 months, I’m cutting my losses and to hell with buying any-more Gigabyte products.