New Build Desktop Not booting

February 22, 2009 at 12:20:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have just built a new barebones desktop ATX PC and am experiencing problems when booting.

The computer is built with the following components:

1) Gigabyte S-Series GA-M57SLI-Sq
2) AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket AM2 1.8GHz 512KB L2 Cache OEM Processor
3) Akasa AK 860SF - Processor cooler
4) Memory 2 x 2Gb Gigabyte Motherboard GA-M57SLI-S4 DDR2 PC-5300
5) Gigabyte 256MB/512MB Geforce 7300SE PCI-E Graphics Card
6)Pioneer DVR-216DBK 20x Internal Black Bare SATA DVD+/-RW Drive
7)320GB NEW Samsung 3.5" SATA Hard Drive (300gb HDD)
8) ATX 400W Blue Computer Case 20 + 4pin PSU

All items were brand new and sealed

I have connected all of the jumpers as per the manual and doube checked these

On power up the CPU fan kicks in, the disc in the DVD player is read (I can see the light flash on and off) as too is the Hard Disk (light flashes on and off). The yellow LED next to the LAN (RJ45) socket also lights up. However there is no bleep and no signal transmitted to the monitor. I cannot see that there is a power LED on the motherboard. I have 2 sticks of 2Gb memory and I have each combination in all of the 4 available slots with the same result – no boot up. I have a PC PCI Diagnostic Card Motherboard Analyzer and on boot it goes through codes C1, C3, 21 and always stops at 25. I have also tried removing the CMOS battery and putting back after a few minutes

Any help or advise is greatly appreciated


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February 22, 2009 at 15:16:03
I don't know how many times this is said around here but you should ALWAYS benchtest your hardware BEFORE installing it in the case.


What are your plans for this system? The specs are pretty weak...single core CPU, weak video card & the wrong RAM. And who knows how good the power supply is? Probably an el-cheapo generic brand?

Gut the case & start from scratch.

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