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    Built my first computer

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    Built my first computer

    Post by Hect on Wed May 07, 2008 8:24 pm

    I just put my new comp together and turned the power on and all the lights and fans come on but nothing happens. My monitor does not come on it dosen't even try to load anything it is just dead except for the fans and lights. Does anyone have a ideas of what I forgot to do?

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Guest on Wed May 07, 2008 8:28 pm

    You might start with the harddrive and when you boot listen to it to find out if it is actually working. Also some motherboards have a light for troubleshooting so check the MB book.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Khalrez on Wed May 07, 2008 8:29 pm

    Well a power shortage at any point could cause this. Might want to make certain your PSU is connected to all the vital componants.

    The only other possible problem I can think of is perhaps your CPU isnt seated properly.
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Hect on Wed May 07, 2008 8:34 pm

    The mother board does have a green light that is lit on it. I will have to check this and my cpu.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Guest on Wed May 07, 2008 8:36 pm

    Hect wrote:The mother board does have a green light that is lit on it. I will have to check this and my cpu.
    Usually if it is steady then it does not have an error. Some boards blink like a morse code to tell you the issue.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Stigma on Wed May 07, 2008 8:57 pm

    Well, if it has a light, and the fans come on, then at least it's getting power. Try some quick things:

    1. Re-seat the RAM. Make sure that's it's snugly in place, and the clips on the side are locked down.

    2. Jiggle the CPU. If it moves at all, it's not locked in place.

    3. This may be a pain, but reconnect your internal power cables to your devices. Make sure you didn't double-dip (i.e. connect in one chain) the hard-drive, DVD player, or graphics card. I remember on my old PSU if I tried to connect anything internally on the same cord as my video card or DVD drive neither would boot. And my fans liked having their own power cable with nothing else on it.

    4. Dumb question: your power supply is strong enough to run everything you installed on your computer, right? If you have less than 400w to play with, you may be underpowering your stuff.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by EvilDream on Wed May 07, 2008 9:58 pm

    Like the others said sounds like a seating issue of one of your cards/ram/cpu or your lacking enough power from your power supply.

    What are the components you have installed currently, that way it would be easy to check if its a power issue by going to a voltage calc and adding them up.
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Bullarky on Thu May 08, 2008 4:48 am

    Hect, lots of good advice above, heres my two cents just to muddy your brain a bit more:

    First things first...

    1) Tell me what's in the box... Motherboard, ram, cards, drives, power, etc.

    A few things to look at...

    Most motherboards have a digital read out with 2 characters on it. It looks like a digital clock. This is called your post code indicator. It tells you what phase the system got to before it failed. This is very helpful in most cases. Hopefully your MB has one.

    Power supply connectors. Most motherboards require at least two connections. The main 24 pin connector and then a smaller 6 or 8 pin connector. These two connectors must be firmly locked in place.

    Ram. Make sure your ram is in ram sockets 0 and 1. Some boards split these up because of SLI. So it would look something like 0 2 1 4 as far as ram sockets. Also, until you get a successful boot, I'd suggest only using one stick of ram.

    CPU and CPU Fan. Make sure these two things are seated and connected properly. The heat sink should also be installed after these two things are verified.

    Video card... If your motherboard has more than one PCIe slot, I would try them all. It's possible one of the slots is fried. Also, make sure it locks in place. Most components you should hear a snap when seated properly.

    If still you get no loving, disconnect everything accept for the absolute basics. CPU (fan and heat sink), Power Supply, 1 stick of ram, and your video card. Nothing else needs to be connected for the computer to boot to BIOS. If you still can't get to BIOS at this point, then one of your components is either not installed properly or is defective. The only way to find out which one is have another PC that you know works and swap out pieces with it. Unfortunately most times the ram and cpu are not able to be swapped because of the motherboard.

    Hope something here helps you... My motherboard was fried and I'm waiting on a replacement so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that a component can be bad.
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by hsalive on Thu May 08, 2008 4:49 am

    or be sure you plug the cpu fan into the mobo cpu fan monitor and not into the power supply

    in otherwords

    when i built mine it did the same thing because instead of allowing the mobo to monitor my cpu fan by making the board its power source i wanted to just run it straight from the power supply, however i learned after feeling the same panic your feeling that my mobo would not allow the pc to power up unless my cpu fan was plugged into the motherboard

    also, not that i doubt anyone here but

    http://www.hardforum.com/

    has people just waiting to diagnose and solve your problem Smile

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Dantos on Thu May 08, 2008 11:07 am

    Is there any audio signal? Some boards (mine for example) give a loud long beep instead of a short one at start up if something isnt seated properly as was the case when i put in my new video card.
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Hect on Thu May 08, 2008 2:12 pm

    Bullarky wrote:Hect, lots of good advice above, heres my two cents just to muddy your brain a bit more:

    First things first...

    1) Tell me what's in the box... Motherboard, ram, cards, drives, power, etc.

    A few things to look at...

    Most motherboards have a digital read out with 2 characters on it. It looks like a digital clock. This is called your post code indicator. It tells you what phase the system got to before it failed. This is very helpful in most cases. Hopefully your MB has one.

    Power supply connectors. Most motherboards require at least two connections. The main 24 pin connector and then a smaller 6 or 8 pin connector. These two connectors must be firmly locked in place.

    Ram. Make sure your ram is in ram sockets 0 and 1. Some boards split these up because of SLI. So it would look something like 0 2 1 4 as far as ram sockets. Also, until you get a successful boot, I'd suggest only using one stick of ram.

    CPU and CPU Fan. Make sure these two things are seated and connected properly. The heat sink should also be installed after these two things are verified.

    Video card... If your motherboard has more than one PCIe slot, I would try them all. It's possible one of the slots is fried. Also, make sure it locks in place. Most components you should hear a snap when seated properly.

    If still you get no loving, disconnect everything accept for the absolute basics. CPU (fan and heat sink), Power Supply, 1 stick of ram, and your video card. Nothing else needs to be connected for the computer to boot to BIOS. If you still can't get to BIOS at this point, then one of your components is either not installed properly or is defective. The only way to find out which one is have another PC that you know works and swap out pieces with it. Unfortunately most times the ram and cpu are not able to be swapped because of the motherboard.

    Hope something here helps you... My motherboard was fried and I'm waiting on a replacement so it's not out of the realm of possibilities that a component can be bad.

    Thanks for all the help. Bull your answer with the power supply to the mother board was it. I only connected one connecter not both like you stated. My system is now working like a champ.
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Bullarky on Thu May 08, 2008 2:19 pm

    I'm glad I could help bud... Enjoy!
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by hsalive on Thu May 08, 2008 2:30 pm

    anyone ever turn their pc on with the power to the pci express video card unpluged?

    thats a sound you never forget

    i seriously thought i did something wrong, it actually made me sick to my stomach
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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Jephthah on Thu May 08, 2008 2:40 pm

    When I built my current PC that burnt me too. I was like ugh. That is basically the power for the cpu.
    I was up until about 3 in the morning working on that. I gave the EVGA guys a good laugh.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Dantos on Thu May 08, 2008 5:10 pm

    Thankfully i took an A+ class in high school for my req computer course, best decision ive ever made. If i haddnt id probally still be buying from dell *shudder*

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by EvilDream on Thu May 08, 2008 5:18 pm

    Glad to hear your systems up and running and it wasn't anything major.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by sideshow on Thu May 08, 2008 9:00 pm

    this sort of thing happened to me once...was flustered until i remembered to reset the CMOS jumper... >.<

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Probie on Fri May 09, 2008 7:12 am

    on a quick break at work so didn't read everyone's posts. I'm sure this has been said but..

    Same thing happened to me just the other day. My GPU wasn't locked into the PCI-E slot like it was supposed to be. Took it out and put it back in and it was all good.

    Hope you already have your issue resolved.

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    Re: Built my first computer

    Post by Bigmac on Fri May 09, 2008 10:34 am

    evilash wrote:anyone ever turn their pc on with the power to the pci express video card unpluged?

    thats a sound you never forget

    i seriously thought i did something wrong, it actually made me sick to my stomach

    I just put my new PC together last night and got that same noise. I was like "WTF is that!". After plugging that in and the power to the CPU I finally got Vista64 loaded. Now I have to finish building the desk to put it on.....why do I start these projects....

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