I am a new user and hope that one of you experts out there can put away my misery !
Had built a AMD system with Athlon CPU 2400+ and Epox 8RGA+ MoBo, 1 gb of 2x512mb DDR PC2700, over 2 yrs ago --was working fine (except once I have to return the MoBo due to possible onboard VGA failure) until a few days ago. While the computer was left on and I went away for a while, someone heard a funny noise (she can't describe it) that could have come from the computer and the monitor since then went blank. Rebooting failed -- there is no beep sound.
Been trying all the usual test, including putting in an old S3 Virge video card on the PCI slot -- at first try the monitor came to live and a line of text detecting the card appears. Rebooted again and it was gone, the screen never show any image again. The case fan and the CPU fans are working, HD sounds like it is working, LED working, but no display on the monitor.
Thought it looks likely to be a faulty MoBo, I purchased a new one today (Asus A7S-MX) to replace it. It has an onboard VGA as well, although this new one is a Micro ATX. After doing all the connections, the same problem exist--cannot bootup/diaply any images on the monitor. Tried with the same S3 video card on the PCI slot, nothing. No beep. Remove all the RAm and all other connections, then there is long beeps sound (MoBo has detected there is no RAM ?)
SO can some one tell me whether it is the CPU that is gone for good before I go and get one (and may be attempting to get a replacement since there is a three yr warranty) ? Thanks.