GeForce6100SM-m motherboard with inbuilt graphics
AMD Spempron 3200
Kingston DDR2 667 512MB ram
400W power supply
After installing the MB in case and connecting case control cables, then the CPU and ram, I plugged the monitor in and went for a first boot to bios. The screen didn't turn on and the speaker emitted a series of short beeps (about a second long with equally long gaps) until I switched it off.
I went back and checked the monitor connection and ram seating (and changed it to the other slot). Still the same outcome.
The monitor works fine with the PC I'm on so that isn't the problem. I was going to check to see that the CPU was seated correctly but the sticky pad had already stuck it to the heatsink so I didn't really want to force it off and re-do it. I am sure it was seated correctly when I put it in so I don't think this is the problem.
I also removed the ATX 12V square 4 pin molex to see what would happen. PC powered up in the same way but without the beeps...don't know if that means anything to anyone (but it was nice not to be beeped at).
I checked to see that the ram was the correct ram for the MB. The MB does support this type of ram but it is not the model listed in the qualified vendor list. It lists a different model number for kingston ram of the same type (DDR2 667) and size (512Mb).
The options I have considered are these:
1) buy another stick of ram from the list in the book.
2) buy a PCI-E graphics card and see if it is just the on-board graphics to blame.
3) Send the motherboard (and processor: they were bundled) back to the seller as faulty.
or perhaps, 4) follow someones advice for a quick, free fix. lol
Any help would be very much appreciated as I'm completely new to this.
P.S. I havn't installed any other components yet such as the hard-drive or CD-Rom-I thought the MB, PSU, CPU and ram would be enough to get me a screen but maybe I should install the rest of the components?
Edited by Ben_uk, 28 November 2007 - 10:24 AM.