Solved I Cant Get My Boot Drive to Work (Boot Drive LED on) or VGA

July 9, 2014 at 12:19:46
Specs: Windows 8.1, Quad-Core 3.2Ghz/8GB 2x4GB
I recently built my first PC build and finally got the PSU plugged in and ready to run. Once I turned the computer on via the power button it went through the post boot. All the LEDs did their thing and then it stopped at the boot drive LED and remained on. I have read many of these threads that go over this situation but haven't been successful trying them although if recommend again i will try everything . Also I cant get a video signal when connecting a VGA cable to my monitor to even see any type of screen. the monitor just goes into sleep mode(cant get into BIOS). i have no other components or computers to test anything on being it is my first build ever.

If i cant figure this out with you guys, should i go to people who could look at and fix it for me like Geek Squad?

My Build:
NZXT CA-PH240-W1 White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
Intel Core i5-4460 Haswell Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150
SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224DB/RSBS
CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91
ASUS Z97-A LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX760 2GB GDDR5 256-bit, DVI-I/DVI-D/ HDMI/DP


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July 9, 2014 at 15:02:44
A quick look at the specs for the motherboard shows it has onboard display adapters... So perhaps remove the add-in graphics card and connect your display monitor directly to the motherboard output? As I say earlier I'm not familiar with current boards...; but possibly you need to disable the onboard adapter manually to allow an add-in card to operate? So try to get a screen to view at least via the onboard graphics; and set the system up using that approach. Then if successful, install your add-in graphics card and follow its setup instructions carefully.


#1
July 9, 2014 at 13:41:18
mmm - You say it goes through POST (boot); any beeps - and if so what are they (number etc.)?

Have you ensured that the graphics card/adapter is securely installed; and also perhaps tried another cable - and using (at this stage) a simple dvi o/p?

And am I missing somethings here - in your list of components...?

Don't appear to have a hard drive listed?

You appear to have listed:

The actual case; memory; cpu; cd/dvd burner; motherboard; graphics card/adapter... - but no hard drive?


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#2
July 9, 2014 at 14:02:16
The case didn't come with the speaker for the mobo so I have been going off of lights, and so far the red LED on the motherboard just stays on red..
and sorry i forgot the hard drive here it is. And yea i have reseated the GPU to make sure its installed correctly

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

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#3
July 9, 2014 at 14:27:20
You really need a speaker of some sort to monitor the beeps... They can often tell you more than you realise... There will be connections for one on the motherboard somewhere; so possibly try connecting even a small earpiece there. Which means you need either the bare ends of the two wires going to the earpiece - or a mini-jack socket with wires attached and those wires connect to the motherboard speaker points; and the earpiece plug goes into the jack socket?

I'm not familiar with current motherboards; and likely will muddy the waters for you and others if I get too involved here; but at least try to get some sort of audio monitoring so as to hear the diagnostic beep codes...?

Incidentally what is the red LED meant to indicate or represent?

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July 9, 2014 at 15:02:44
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A quick look at the specs for the motherboard shows it has onboard display adapters... So perhaps remove the add-in graphics card and connect your display monitor directly to the motherboard output? As I say earlier I'm not familiar with current boards...; but possibly you need to disable the onboard adapter manually to allow an add-in card to operate? So try to get a screen to view at least via the onboard graphics; and set the system up using that approach. Then if successful, install your add-in graphics card and follow its setup instructions carefully.

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#5
July 9, 2014 at 20:46:52
I'd expect there to be some beeps too. I think most motherboards have the small piezo speaker/buzzer onboard for that purpose. That's in addition to the 2 or 4 wire pinout for a speaker. But maybe yours isn't set up that way.

The HD activity LED staying on might point to a drive problem. Are you sure it's compatible with the motherboard, properly setup in bios setup and is a good, working drive? Try temporarily disconnecting it and see if you at least get some error messages.

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#6
July 9, 2014 at 23:08:36
The motherboard didn't come with any type of speaker to add on and have not heard any buzzing or beeping before from an on board speaker and i cant find anything about what beeps indicate what in the mother board manual, only thing is the LED indicators. the LEDs light up when an error is found, and stay lit up until error is fixed. I did take off the GPU and used on board graphics to get to the BIOS and from there its showing my hard drive and optical drive and everything seems to be running fine although the red LED remains on. It says i can boot up the computer using my hard drive that already has windows and other things from a recent computer.

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#7
July 10, 2014 at 00:47:40
A working hard drive pulled from another computer probably won't boot up all the way to the desktop. The windows installation on it would be matched to the motherboard of its previous system and you'd likely get a blue screen error. But even if it only got that far you'd have a good indication that the hardware is all working.

Don't know why the LED stays on. Possibly it's connected wrong?


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#8
July 10, 2014 at 09:50:01
Yea it doesn't boot all the way. It just told me that windows can't run and tells me to put the windows disk in. So what I'm going to do is use the on board graphics to change the setting to allow the PCIE slots to display and then run everything with a new windows 8 and then install the graphics card after I finish the standard setup and hopefully that will work. Also when I used the on board graphics and rebooted the computer it ran through the POST and all LEDs acted normally. So I'm guessing I just need to have the settings changed to allow a GPU to control the display.

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#9
July 10, 2014 at 10:50:49
I hope it all works out. Keep us updated.

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#10
July 10, 2014 at 11:34:14
And as earlier... some form of audible device during boot up (POST sequence) would be very useful.. Those little beeps tell a lot about what is going on at boot time (and assist greatly in detecting and resolving possible boot problems - usually hardware...).

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#11
July 11, 2014 at 15:02:45
sorry i haven't updated anything but i had some problems with my Windows OS getting to me and i have to wait to have it delivered to try anything. Although i will be looking into getting some kind of speaker. Thank you guys for the help thus far and hopefully i can get my OS soon to test the resolution.

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#12
July 14, 2014 at 16:09:18
Thank you guys for the help. Everything now works but for anyone else having a problem displaying anything on the monitor, i realized if you have on board graphics you might need to connect your VGA, DVI etc. directly to the graphics card you got with it.
Thanks again guys for the help.

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#13
July 14, 2014 at 19:54:45
We're glad you got it going. Thanks for posting back.

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