1st build-Fans work, No beeps or Display

June 17, 2010 at 14:51:38
Specs: Windows XP
First time PC build went so right then turned on me the second time I
booted the puppy up. I have a feeling the motherboard died but I don't
know enough about any of this to be sure.

As mentioned, first boot worked just fine. Second+ boots will turn on the
fans/led's and I hear movement in hd but I have nothing going on on the
Monitor. I also don't hear the beep (is that considered the post beep?)
upon powering on pc, nor do I get any lights/activity
from my USB mouse or keyboard as I did the first time.

I've read a few forums and so far have tried resetting
the BIOS by popping out the battery, tried 2 seperate monitors that
worked on other PC/Mac (one using DVI, the other VGA). I also tried
rebooting with each monitor using the graphics card and onboard with no
results. Overclocking is off but I did try it once before first boot (had to
reset to default), and once before second (thought it'd be okay since
windows loaded and was running).

I haven't tried resetting RAM yet or building outside of case (what's the
reasoning for this?) but plan on trying that tonight. Specs Below:

MSI 760GM-E51 AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Processor
SAPPHIRE 100294L Radeon HD 5550 Graphics Card
OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 RAM
600W Power Supply

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June 17, 2010 at 15:08:30
Try booting with only 1 ram stick and/or with only onboard graphics.

Intel P4 640 w/HT 3.20GHz
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 256-bit, 512MB GDDR3
23" LG Flatron

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June 17, 2010 at 16:49:39
"building outside of case (what's the reasoning for this?)" If you cannot solve your problem with the mobo in the case, now you are going to have to remove everything from the case. It could be that you have a screw where there is no standoff and so on. Can you give more specs on the psu, like the number of amps on the +12V rail ?

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June 18, 2010 at 11:47:57
Thank you both for the help. I couldn't really figure out what
the amps per rail was. I thought it might be the info pasted on
the side of the psu but I'm still a newb, so I'm not sure.

I did narrow it down to the RAM though, thank you
Rockthecasbah(awesome name by way). I first removed
anything extra, video card, wireless card and RAM. I started
up with 1 stick and video output using the mobo. And it
booted up just fine. I then decided to add everything back into
the case and boot again with the same stick. Again success.
So to fallow up, I switched sticks and blam, no display, no

Somehow between my first and second boot the RAM went
bad. I'm just glad it happened now while my warrenty is still

So it makes me wonder, will overclocking before installing the
drivers cause this?

Happy guy! Thanks again!

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June 20, 2010 at 07:48:12
"So it makes me wonder, will overclocking before installing the drivers cause this?"

Overclocking is done in the BIOS. It has nothing to do with drivers or the operating system.

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June 21, 2010 at 20:24:48
my thinkpad t42 doesn't boot i.e. no screen display or lights on keyboard, but the fan and hdd makes noise. could it be a ram issue as above?

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