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OsanGar

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It aeems I have a problem; I got all my parts, put everything together, and wired everything, but when I start it up, nothing shows up on the monitor . Any ideas?
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Have you tried removing the add on video card and using the MBs DVI port?
This should allow you to install your system drivers and OS etc, if no joy see my canned speech below;

Best couple of suggestions I can make would be first remove the MB and do a barebones set-up on a piece of cardboard (make sure it is larger than the MB) only connect the PSU, the GFX card, 1 stick of Ram and the keyboard.
IF your MB doesn`t have a power test switch you will then need to short out the 2 power on pins on the MB header to get the PSU to activate, you can use a small flat bladed screwdriver or a paper clip bent into a U shape, this is perfectly safe if you do not touch anything else, the idea is to see if we can get a BIOS screen if you do you can then add one component at a time until you find the problem component, you must power down and remove the power cord from the wall before adding a component, second suggestion try a known working PSU, it is not unknown for new components to be bad, third suggestion try and loan an ordinary PCI graphics card (not pci-e) again to try and get a BIOS screen.
Other things worth checking include, if you used stand offs beneath the MB are they in the correct locations (only where there is a screw hole in the MB) otherwise the MB will short out, check for stray screws or bared wires for the same reason, make sure the jumper cap that can be used for clearing the CMOS is not missing or on the wrong pins.

Let us know how you are getting on.
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I'm thinking that it is probably either the RAM or the CPU, but since it's unlikely that both RAM cards are broken, I'm assuming that it's the CPU... That or I didn't wire something right, but the only things kn the motherboard without a cord plugged into them are the extra USB ports, Pled1, speaker, COM, and the extra fan ports.

Edited by OsanGar, 20 July 2012 - 12:54 PM.

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Have you followed my reply #17
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Started with processor in, didn't realize I could do it without, I'll check.
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Sorry that is an omission on my part as you cannot start the computer without the CPU fitted, the list I suggested is/was for the hardware you should attach to the MB.
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Hmmm... Now, when I turn it on, it goes on for a couple seconds and then turns off, goes back on for a couple sfconds and repeats.
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Is this a barebones set-up as this type of behavior can be caused by a short circuit and a faulty PSU.
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