Solved No video, no beep

July 10, 2012 at 07:52:08
Specs: Windows XP/Vista/7
This is my first build and I am having problems. I have a friend helping me out on everything and he is stumped as well. I have all parts correct, including 2 sticks of RAM that is not on the compatible list in manual, but I ordered one and is "patiently" waiting. Anyway... I get no display or no beeps from case speaker. At first i thought the case speaker was bad so i bought a new one and I still don't get anything. The mobo has 3 pins instead of 2 for speaker, if that matters,oo o, the third pin is the ground but the speaker i bought the ground goes to 4. Also there is no video. As far as I know the mobo is good because my keyboard lights up though PS/2 connection, but my USB keyboard doesn't light up. I can include parts if anyone needs them to help me resolve my issue. I am using the onboard video instead of the g-card.

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July 10, 2012 at 12:23:17
"I've done almost every troubleshooting I could find.... only problem is the RAM"

Why are you guessing it's the RAM? Bad RAM causes a beep code. If you're not getting any beeps, the RAM isn't the problem, it's either the board, CPU or power supply.

Did you take the board out of the case & benchtest it? Are you sure you installed the CPU correctly? What about the heatsink? Did you use a thermal pad, thermal paste, or no thermal material? If you used no thermal material or too much, it will prevent the system from booting. If you have the motherboard standoffs in the wrong place(s), they will cause a short on the underside of the board & prevent the system from booting.

Take the board out of the case & set it on a piece of cardboard. Make 100% sure the CPU is properly installed, along with the proper amount of paste. All that's needed is a tiny dab in the center of the CPU, approx the size of a grain of rice. Do NOT spread it around! Just set the heatsink on it & lock it down. Then install ONE stick of RAM. Connect the power supply (both the 24-pin plug & 4-pin plug), connect the monitor to the onboard & connect a PS/2 keyboard. That's it - nothing else! Plug the power supply into the wall outlet, turn on the monitor, then fire up by pressing the Power-On button on the motherboard. Post back with the results.



#1
July 10, 2012 at 08:59:25
the text is a little bit comfusing espeacially the last sentence
"I am using the onboard video instead of the g-card" so are u getting video when using the onboard?
and please list the specs.
why would u buy ram thats incompatible with ur board ? they wont work.
for the speaker thing the wire that connects the speaker has a red and black wire (usually)and written on it speaker.
have u tried an external monitor ?

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July 10, 2012 at 09:49:57
The 1st step in any build is to benchtest the components. It's pointless to install the hardware in the case if it doesn't work, right? If you skipped this step, I suggest you tear it apart & start from scratch. And how do you expect to get any help if you don't post any info about your build? We need to know the make/models of the core components (board, CPU, RAM, graphics, power supply). The more detail the better.

Read this: How to Bench Test / Troubleshoot Your System


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July 10, 2012 at 10:56:51
G-Card - ZOTAC GeForce 9500 GT
RAM - Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR2 1066
PSU - Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W
Mobo - ECS BLACK SERIES GF8200A
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 605e 2.30GHz

The mobo and G-Card is a bit outdated, got them in 09', and everything else I just got. I only took the mobo and g-card out once thinking everything was going to work then but didn't have the right parts. The RAM is not on the compatible list in the manual and I'm fairly certain that is the problem. Everything is plugged in correctly, I even did the keyboard test and the PS/2 port works but my USB keyboard didn't light up. I took out the BIOS battery and... the little plug to reset the BIOS. I've done almost every troubleshooting I could find.... only problem is the RAM. So only thing i can think of is wait for the "right" RAM to come in?


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July 10, 2012 at 12:23:17
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"I've done almost every troubleshooting I could find.... only problem is the RAM"

Why are you guessing it's the RAM? Bad RAM causes a beep code. If you're not getting any beeps, the RAM isn't the problem, it's either the board, CPU or power supply.

Did you take the board out of the case & benchtest it? Are you sure you installed the CPU correctly? What about the heatsink? Did you use a thermal pad, thermal paste, or no thermal material? If you used no thermal material or too much, it will prevent the system from booting. If you have the motherboard standoffs in the wrong place(s), they will cause a short on the underside of the board & prevent the system from booting.

Take the board out of the case & set it on a piece of cardboard. Make 100% sure the CPU is properly installed, along with the proper amount of paste. All that's needed is a tiny dab in the center of the CPU, approx the size of a grain of rice. Do NOT spread it around! Just set the heatsink on it & lock it down. Then install ONE stick of RAM. Connect the power supply (both the 24-pin plug & 4-pin plug), connect the monitor to the onboard & connect a PS/2 keyboard. That's it - nothing else! Plug the power supply into the wall outlet, turn on the monitor, then fire up by pressing the Power-On button on the motherboard. Post back with the results.


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#5
July 17, 2012 at 10:43:09
So turns out the mobo is bad... Had a guy i work with that owns his own shop look at it. He says he's going to try and flash the BIOS on it, if it's possible on the board. Anyone know if it is or not?

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