Just did the card board box method. it does turn on now
It's great you have made some progress. What do you mean turns on? Just that the fans spin and you can see it being active? Or... do you have the monitor plugged in and you are getting video?
The idea of the bench test is to get to the BIOS. This is usually done once you turn the computer on, repeatedly start pressing the appropriate key (usually the delete key, consult your motherboard manual) until the BIOS shows up on the screen. The BIOS is a predominately blue screen, you'll know it when you get there. You have to have a keyboard plugged in obviously to do this.
It has: 1 quick beep, 3 seconds later has 3 quick beeps...
The one quick beep is the computer POSTing, consult your motherboard manual to see what it says about the 3 beeps because this indicates there is a problem of some sort... it may just beep that it's not detecting the keyboard. Notice this quote...
Three Long Beeps: Keyboard Error
Once you can enter the BIOS, you are set to go further with the complete install of the components and eventually the Operating System.
now how can i put it in the case with it still working?
Once you get to the BIOS screen, you can start putting everything in the case, but only hook up the bare minimum, no hdd led, or reset switch, no cd/dvd, no extra fans, hook up everything the same way you just did out side of the case. If the system powers on(gets to the BIOS), then you can start connecting ONLY ONE thing at a time, (i.e. reset switch), and then power on again. Repeat this for every thing you plug in, one at a time. Do you see what I'm getting at? This will find the culprit, if any, that is causing the system to not boot.
If the system still doesn't power on with just the bare minimum hooked up like you have now, then there is a short somewhere... (i.e. a loose screw rolling around between the mobo and case, standoff screwed in where it does not match up to a hole with the mobo.)
Let us know.
Edited by Ferrari, 13 February 2010 - 05:58 PM.