Thread: newly built system wont post
September 25th, 2004, 07:15 AM #1
newly built system wont post
just finished building my new system -
P4 3ghz prescott CPU
Abit IC7 G motherboard
1gig Kingston dual DDR400 hyper krx memory
160gig sata seagate barracuda HD
i put my old graphics card in (GF FX5200 128mb) until my new one arrives.
and also have 2 ide ata 133 hard drives in.
the system fires up ok, fans kick in, lights light up etc but nothing appears on the monitor.
i tried swapping around all hard drive configuration. tried the 2 memory chips in every conceivable position. refitted the cpu & fan. refitted the graphics card several times. disconnected everything that wasnt needed like the sata drive and sound card.
cleared the cmos several times, even took the M/B battery out.
still - nothing posts. will have to wait a week for my new radion 9800pro graphics card to try that, but so far am at a loss as to what could be wrong.
i've built allot of systems over the years so am not a novice at these things.
any thoughts guys?
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September 25th, 2004, 07:17 AM #2
could be a bad board...happened to a board I bought when building my wife a new computer, same situation you're in...fans and power runs fine, but nothing happens after that...I suggest sending in the board and getting a replacement cuz you've pretty much done every trouble shooting step, heh...My Rig:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.16||6GB OCZ Rev2 DDR2 800 @ 1:1 ratio
MSI 975X Platinum||GTX 275 896MB ||WD Black 640GB and 2x80GB RAID 0
September 25th, 2004, 07:29 AM #3
I once had that problem, and the power supply 110/220 switch was in the 220 position.
Miraculously, didn't damage any components.
September 25th, 2004, 07:31 AM #4
this might sound simple but have you reformated if those drives have been used before and installed a operating system?
September 25th, 2004, 08:49 AM #5
thanks for replies
wont be the power supply - its a brand new 600w P4 without voltage switch.
cant see see how freshly formatted drives would make it not post.
am at a freinds house now collected a different graphics card, so am going to try that.
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September 25th, 2004, 09:05 AM #6
Which drive has the OS on it? The SATA drive? Did you load the SATA drivers when you installed the OS?
September 25th, 2004, 11:18 AM #7
the sata drive is unformatted, the other 2 ide drives both have winxp pro installed on them. have tried all hard drives, together and 1 at a time.
just tried 2 more graphics cards - nothing
looks like im going to have to send the motherboard back, that just sucks man.
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September 25th, 2004, 12:15 PM #8
I am not familiar with that board but I had a simillar problem and I just tried switching the ram around and it posted fine go figure!
September 25th, 2004, 12:23 PM #9
Yes, ram can make it not post sometimes. Take the ram out (all of it) and see if you get an error beep.
September 25th, 2004, 03:39 PM #10
as i have a matching pair of ram chips, i did try switching them around, and then just putting each one in on its own. still nothing.
ill try not putting any ram in at all see if the thing beeps.
one thing it did do at first was power up (fans and lights and stuff) then power down after only a few seconds, this was due to the cpu fan not being fitted properly. i dont belive this caused any damage though.Signature images disabled.
September 26th, 2004, 05:05 AM #11
took out all the ram, fired the system up - no error beep!
am i to assume that its likely to be the CPU or motherboard?
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September 30th, 2004, 03:02 PM #12
the saga contnues. took my new bits -
P4 3gig Prescott CPU
2x512mb Kingston krx3200k2/1g dual ddr 400 memory with ECC. CL3
Abit IC7 g motherboard
to a local computer shop for testing.
they informed me that all the components are working fine, just that the memory is incompatible???
i checked the Abit website (again) and it does list similar memory (ie ECC CL3 dual ddr 400) as compatible, so i cant see what the problem is?
i got a very good deal on the memory so i'd rather sell the MB and get something compatible with memory & cpu, that has sata, agp, 4 memory slots.
am a little lost right now, have even tried calling Abit's tech all day but got no damn answer, just passed around an automated system.
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September 30th, 2004, 07:26 PM #13
Do you have any other ram thats Non-ECC and unbuffered, DDR of course?
I know your motherboard takes ECC ram, but Abit doesn't mention your ram to be one of the few that are compatible.
Compatibility chart: http://www.abit.com.tw/abitweb/webjs...IC7/IC7-02.php
Board specs: http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/...ries=1&model=4
Did you have your speaker plugged in properly when you ran the computer without the ram in place? That's the only way you can hear a beep, if the speaker is plugged in correctly.
September 30th, 2004, 07:48 PM #14Originally Posted by reiss
October 1st, 2004, 08:19 PM #15
thanks again guys.
rrcn - thanks for the links too, already checked em out.
now im not so sure if i did connect the pc speaker properly or not. hmmm
so, i think im going to sell the memory. any offers for around £130?
i really wanted good memory to complete my system, maybe dual ddr 400 pc3200 corsair or geil, ocz ?
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