|Okay, I think I might've figured out why I don't get video out of this board. I just went to Crucial.com and checked out ram compatibilities for this board and they do NOT list 1GB 2Rx8 PC3200U-333. It's more specifically an HYS64T128020HU-5-A|
Now, even though Crucial states that the board has a 4GB max on it, it it also states that the max component Density is 1GB. Okay. with only TWO slots available wouldn't that limit the board to only being able to have 2GB max on it?
Here it is cut and pasted from Crucial:
* 240-pin DDR2 DIMM Banking: 2 (2 banks of 1)
* Chipset: nVidia GeForce 7100
* DDR2 SDRAM Frequencies: PC2-4200, PC2-5300, and PC2-6400
* Error Detection Support: Non-ECC only
* Graphics Support: PCI Express x16
* Max Component Density: 1024
* Max Unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM: 4096MB
* Module Types Supported: Unbuffered only
* Supported DRAM Types: DDR2 SDRAM only
* USB Support: 2.x Compliant
* Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.
So my question to you all is, becuase the ONLY ram chip I have that will fit this mb is only a 3200, is that too slow for the machine to operate? here is caveat #2: I hooked up a speaker connection to the board's speaker pins and pleasantly listened to the continuous long beeeeep, pause, beeeeep, pause, beeeeep. At which point I knew it HAD to be ram. I took out the ram but very oddly enough could not get another sound out of it. It SHOULD'VE been screaming at me about ram then too.
So, the two variables I have that are potentially troublesome here, with an entire lacking of a techie workbench at my disposal (being unemployed), are A.) a ram chip that is not stated anywhere to be compatible with this board, and B.) running a 300w psu on a 400w psu rated board.
Thanks for any and all help here folks,