Solved Installed New Hard Drive, now bios wont come up.

July 26, 2012 at 08:46:59
Specs: WINDOWS 7 Service pack 2, Intel i5/ Corsair DDR 3 8 gigs
My hard drive failed (Seagate Barracuda), but computer was still able to get to a bios screen. I installed a new HD (Western Digital CaviarBlue), the computer turns on and stays on, all fans/leds are working, but my monitor (Element 32 in. flat TV screen) shows no signal and the optical drive doesn't seem to have power and won't open.

I have checked all connections that I think are relevent and even reinstalled old HD to at least try to get the bios to come up. Same thing happened, no signal to monitor and no optical drive. I read that when you turn computer on, beeps should indicate certain things, no beeps at all are heard.
* The only other thing I messed with is I changed the thermal paste on the CPU/heatsink while I had the case opened.

I am not sure whats specs are needed to help diagnose my problem.

Old HD: Seagate 1 TB 7200 rpm 16mb cache
New HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 GB 7200 rpm 16 mb cache

Asus P7H55-M Pro Mother Board
Intel Core i5 Processor
Corsair XMS DDR3 2 memory sticks, 4gigs each placed in 2nd and 4th slots
ATI Radeon 5770 Graphics Card
Cool Max PSU
Cooler Master TPC 812 CPU Heatsink
WINDOWS 7 OS

Thank You for your time and input.


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#1
July 26, 2012 at 14:23:35
"The only other thing I messed with is I changed the thermal paste on the CPU/heatsink while I had the case opened"

There you go. I don't know why you felt you needed to do that, but you apparently did it incorrectly. The i5 uses the "vertical line" method.

http://www.elitekiller.com/pics/AS5...

BTW, Cool Max PSU = junk.


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#2
July 26, 2012 at 15:40:42
I am familiar with the vertical line application and followed the directions carefully I change my paste once every year and half or so it was over due and that is why I felt the need. I am not here to promote what I use in my machine, but The Cool Max PSU has worked very well for me for the past 2 years with no problems whatsoever, I am sorry you had bad times with it.
Are you saying the PSU is part my problem, or just warning me that you had difficult times with it?

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#3
July 27, 2012 at 00:19:52
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Disconnect the hard drive and see if you get a posting screen. If so there must be a problem with the drive or its connections.

If you still get no beeps or screen then something happened while you were inside the case. Did you have the power cord disconnected while you were working on it? Double check that all the connections are correct and tight. Make sure any added cards are firmly in their slots.


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#4
July 27, 2012 at 06:06:13
It turned out to be the new HD was faulty as I bought another new one and everything is working as expected.

Again thanks for your time and input.


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#5
July 27, 2012 at 06:26:23
"I change my paste once every year and half"

Totally unnecessary & a complete waste of time & effort. Paste does NOT wear out & does NOT have to be periodically replaced. If you're getting no beeps at startup, I suspect you did something wrong when applying the paste and/or reinstalling the heatsink.

"I am sorry you had bad times with it"

I haven't had "bad times" with CoolMax because I would never use one. I only use quality parts in my builds. If you've had good luck with yours so far, good for you, but don't be surprised if it comes back to bite you (if it hasn't already). Just a warning. Here's just a couple examples of the generally bad reviews:

CoolMax 500W review (conclusion)

CoolMax 750W review (conclusion)


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