New case, no boot

March 10, 2009 at 12:06:37
Specs: Windows XP
So about a week ago I bought a new case
(antec 1200) and moved everything into it.
However, on power up the motherboard (Intel
Bad Axe 2) showed the CPU and PR error
LEDs, resulting in no boot whatsoever.
Thinking that this was a motherboard issue, I
upgraded to a Asus Rampage DDR2 x48, only
for it to also not work. This time the LED errors
shown are the Northbridge/southbridge and
DDR error LEDs (up to the "crazy" red light
Asus is so fond of), the LCD Poster gets stuck
on the CPU INIT message.

I have tried numerous ways to fix this,
disconnecting everything else, putting one
stick of RAM in, resetting the CMOS. Still I
get the same damn problem.

CPU fan still runs, other components will run
when plugged in (graphics card, case fans
etc). No error beeps to speak of.

System set up is like so:
Asus Rampage DDR2 X48
Up to 4gb DDR2 800 ram
Antec Truepower 1000w
Geforce 8800gtx
Core 2 Duo E6600

Can anyone help? :(

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March 10, 2009 at 15:33:37
If the motherboard was previously working in your old case why would you suspect the motherboard? Why not suspect you did something wrong?

I would pull the board out of the case and check the stand off placement. You should have the correct length standoffs installed beneath every screw hole but ONLY under screw holes.

If that is the problem and you are lucky both boards will be OK. If that isn't the issue then you need to test the boards with minimal hardware. PSU power connections only. CPU/HS/fan, 1 stick of RAM, video card, monitor and keyboard. No drives, additional cards, front case wiring, card readers, external hardware, etc.

Start the board by shorting the two power switch pins. Board should post to an error for no boot device.

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