At this point I'm wondering if there was something obvious that I overlooked. Are there any suggestions?
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For the best and most stable performance you should where possible purchase a CPU and Ram that have been tested and approved by the motherboard manufacturer, this is referred to as the QVL ( qualified vendors list ) understand though that there are too many products released for them all to be tested so other hardware will be compatible but not proven to be.
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, screen, 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 another 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 and finally try removing the CMOS battery for a few moments and then replace it, this will clear any possible bad MB settings.
No problem - take as long as you need.
Sorry its taking so long. I don't have a lot of resources
Have you tried the present PSU and video card and if so what happened.
I'm having a hardd time finding a power supply and video card that will attach to the MB.
I do know that there is a small amount of grease for the heat sink that leaked down onto the socket.
What brand of thermal grease did you use.
Removal From Hardware:
Thermal compound can easily be removed from hardware using the proper cleaners and tools: For general clean up, a cloth or paper towel will work well. Intricate cleaning can be accomplished with Q-tip swabs. An old toothbrush can often get the compound out of crevices that other tools cannot reach. Again, use ArctiClean 1 and 2 or high-purity isopropyl alcohol.
CPU Core: Remove thermal material with ArctiClean 1 and 2, a xylene based cleaner, (Goof Off and some carburetor cleaners) or high-purity isopropyl alcohol and a LINT FREE cloth (a lens cleaning cloth or coffee filter). If you use Goof Off or another xylene based cleaner always follow up with a cleaning of high- purity isopropyl alcohol.
Heatsink: Remove thermal material with ArctiClean 1 and 2, a xylene based cleaner, (Goof Off and some carburetor cleaners) or high-purity isopropyl alcohol and a LINT FREE cloth (a lens cleaning cloth or coffee filter). If you use Goof Off or another xylene based cleaner always follow up with a cleaning of high- purity isopropyl alcohol.
CPU Ceramic Package: Remove thermal compound with ArctiClean 1 and 2, a liquid dish soap (not dishwasher detergent), WD-40, Citrus based cleaners, xylene based products (Goof Off, some carburetor cleaners and many brake cleaners.) or mineral spirits. Once the majority of the compound has been removed from the ceramic, small patches remaining on the ceramic package can be 'erased' with a soft eraser.
Can you tell us what you have tried, is the drive new and known to be working and what number SATA port is the drive connected to on the MB, on some MBs devices connected to SATA port 3 cannot be used/configured as a boot device and so you would not be able to use that port to install the OS to the HDD etc.
All I have to do now is figure out how to get the bios to recognize the optical drive attached, then I'll be "home free."
Just a thought on my behalf.
labeled "IDE host => SATA HD" and "SATA Host => IDE HD".
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