Ok. Finally got all my parts in to build an all new (minus ram and hdd from an old comp) box for my wife, but am having serious troubles getting it running. hooked everything up, configured the jumpers on the mobo, everything looked good to go, and i hit the power. all fans spin, hdd/dvd spin... but no beep, and nothing on the monitor. Thought maybe i just had the pos/grnd switched on the speaker connect to the mobo, so i flipped that, but still no beep/post. changed vid card from an agp card to an old pci card, but still no monitor activation what so ever. I followed every step in gerryf's new build guide, to no effect. I am losing my mind over this... i've built several pc's from scratch before, this is the first that simply will not do anything. I've tried multiple sticks of ram, in different dimm slots, i've tried with/without HDD/CD attatched, bare bones with nothing attatched just to see if it would post, but no. nothing. heres all the stuff i'm working with:
ASRock K8 Combo-z mobo
AMD 64 3200 939 pin
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP
multiple types of ram, from PC 2100 to PC 3200, 512 and 256 sticks
one thing that bugged me was the power LED connecter was a 3 prong, with a dummy slot in the middle, though the pins it needed to connect to on the mobo only allowed for a 2 prong connector, so i havnt been able to connect that. also, just to clarify, is there a standard in which is hot, and which is ground, with all the wires (power switch, reset switch, hdd lights, speaker, etc) that connect to the mobo? is the black always ground/hot? or is whichever one that has "KSP ->" marked on it positive?
anyway, if theres any more info i can give to help someone help me out on this, please let me know! i'll try anything at this point!