Solved New build PC not booting to BIOS

March 10, 2020 at 03:05:44
Specs: Win 10 (not installed yet), Ryzen 3 3200GHz/2x4GB
(Noob alert)
Just built a new pc, and it won't boot to BIOS, black monitor screen from both HDMI and VGA ports on the motherboard, however it all lights up and fans spin up. I've tried switching the RAM around, using just one RAM stick, I've made sure the CPU is seated correctly, it came with a cooler that had thermal paste already applied. I've followed all the manuals and plugged in all the front panel connectors.
Specs:
ASUS AMD A320M-K motherboard
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G processor with integrated Vega graphics
2x4GB Hypertec DIMM DDR4 RAM
Aerocool Integrator 500W bronze PSU
I will be adding an RX 570 4GB graphics card, but it hasn't arrived yet.

Does anyone know where I might be going wrong here?


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#1
March 10, 2020 at 04:35:38
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hopefully it's not this:

Some AMD A320 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Raven Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

HMDI is plugged into the motherboard & monitor?
monitor is on? & hdmi output selected?

specs: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserR...


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#2
March 10, 2020 at 04:48:15
HDMI works with my laptop, as does VGA.
Would it be worth purchasing a different motherboard (such as a b450) and returning the A320?

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#3
March 10, 2020 at 05:29:35
you could borrow a 1st gen ryzen CPU from a friend if they have any and update the bios with that.
or buy the B450 MOBO, that should always work.

specs: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserR...


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#4
March 10, 2020 at 07:53:45
I just mentioned this in a different post but a critical step many new builders skip is the "bench build" or "bench test". Basically what you do is temporarily assemble the core components outside the case to confirm everything works before installing it in the case. Explanation can be found here: https://www.techsupportforum.com/19...

"I've made sure the CPU is seated correctly, it came with a cooler that had thermal paste already applied"

What does that mean? If you installed the CPU & heatsink/fan (HSF) & then removed the HSF to check the installation, the thermal pad has to be removed, the heatsink & CPU surfaces have to be cleaned with alcohol or acetone, then fresh thermal paste applied (& applied correctly). Never re-use a thermal pad or thermal paste.

Below is the CPU support list for your board. The Ryzen 3 3200G requires at least BIOS version 4801 which is dated 05/10/2019. If you need to update, you should get the latest & greatest which is version 5409 dated 01/16/2020. But as stated by hidde663 above, if you need the BIOS update to use the 3200G, you'll have to temporarily install a different CPU to be able to install the update.

CPU Support list: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard...
BIOS downloads: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard...

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#5
March 10, 2020 at 16:09:14
If it is not too late and not too much more money, I would opt for the newer motherboard. There is the ease factor and there are bound to be upgrades since the older board was designed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
March 11, 2020 at 00:31:58
going to buy the B450, I can return the old one on amazon, and it's only £8 more

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#7
March 11, 2020 at 16:04:02
A wise choice, padewan. (Star Wars Reference)

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
March 14, 2020 at 08:43:31
I still think it was an assembly problem but regardless, going from an A320 to B450 board was a wise move. Just make sure to bench-test the hardware before you install it in the case.
https://www.amd.com/en/products/chi...

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