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New build computer problems? What to do now?

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By Doby
BIOS beep codes
1- Make sure you have a case speaker connected, if you are getting 1 long continuous beep this indicates the system cant find usable ram, reseat the ram, try different ram or try the ram in a different dimm slot
2- 1 long 2 short indicates video error reseat the video card, try another video card

Nothing on the screen with no beeps

1-Make sure the hs (heatsink) is installed properly, tight with thermal paste applied
2-Make sure the cpu fan is connected to the correct header on the motherboard
3-Clear the cmos by unplugging the computer removing the battery then move the clear cmos jumper from pins 1&2 to 2&3 for 10 minutes
4-Replace the battery and move the jumper back to pins 1&2
5-Verify all motherboard jumpers are set correctly
6-Verify all case connections are correct ( case switch ect.)
7-Verify the power supplies 20/24 pin and 4pin 12v are tightly seated to the motherboard
Still wont go

1-Remove all drives and cards except the video, remove front sound and usb
2-Repeat the above
3-The idea here is to get the computer to post and boot into bios if after doing so you are able to get into bios let the computer idle in bios for a while and watch the temps and voltages.
4-If everything appears normal load the bios defaults and make sure to save and exit
5-Now add the drives and install windows then add the remaining cards

Still wont go

1-Remove the motherboard from the case and place on a piece of cardboard
2-Install only the cpu with hsf, 1 stick ram in dimm 1, psu, video card, case switch and case speaker
3-Connect ps2 mouse and keyboard along with the monitor
4-Repeat the above and power on
5-If the computer now boots into bios you most likely had a case short so make sure when installing the motherboard in the case that you use standoffs and they line up with the mounting holes in the motherboard and none of the standoffs touch anything else on the underside of the board.

If all the above fails to produce a post start a topic in the Geeks to Go hardware forum explaining what you have done and listing your full system specs.


I was just wondering is it possible to put an older hardrive into a new build PC and boot the operating system off it. Then transfer the contents to a new drive and reboot from the new hard drive instead of the old one. I'm going to be building a new one fro the first time and im not sure if i ca it would make life easier if i could.



The answer is not a good idea, the older hdd (hard drive) should work fine but the existing operating system would contain drivers that would conflict with the new system so when ever building new a fresh copy of windows is needed.

However after you build and install windows on a new drive in your new system you could then install the old drive as a slave and get your stuff off of it.


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