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Bult New Computer...never Has Worked


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#1 SkipDiver

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Posted 23 August 2008 - 10:46 PM

...I have been building this computer for a year now. AND I am really excited to get it working. HOWEVER...I have had NUMEROUS motherboard issues with ASUS (whom I normally like) that the motherboards were...well...lemons. I have a VERY fast processor for it and loaded the RAM to the max. I just could never get the darn thing to turn on the monitor...it fired up..but no screen. OBVIOUSLY I thought of the GPU right off the bat (Nvidia 9600GT OC) took that out and put it in a friends computer..fired up no problem. Tried buying new ram...nope...tried everything...FINALLY set the motherboard back to ASUS RMA and they sent me another. Same problem. I did this three times till they sent one back that explained that this one was tested and KNOWN to work. I put it in and fired it up. Tada screen. 5 seconds into the booting...turns off. Start up again...same thing....5-7 second. I called ASUS and they told me that I didn't have enough processor goo inbetween the processor and the fan. The fan had some on it that HEATED up the first time you put in on the processor and it was supposed to be enough..so I just used that. so I took their advice and bought MORE and then cleaned the contacts with the proper alcohol pad and then did a TAPE measuring tool thing that can with the pdf instructions. NOW the computer screen doesnt even turn on since then and then STILL turns off 5-7 seconds of hitting power. ANY suggestions would be PERFECT! Thanks for the help...it would be amazing. DJ

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:32 AM

Wow....that's long winded. There could be a host of issues causing problems. Such as a faulty motherboard, CPU, PSU, RAM, a broken stand-off, an unseated or broken PCI card, or a damaged HSF just to name a few. Be careful when applying thermal paste to your processor, too much can act as an insulator of heat instead of a transferring medium.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 09:26 AM

Adding to what DJBPace07 suggested, try running it on the table top, out of the case. Place it on some cardboard and just install the memory. If it turns on, add things back one at a time
Just remember that you're dealing with electricity, so use precaution

What type of thermal compound are you using? You do not use a lot. A drop about the size of a grain of rice. See instructions here
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm

Rule of thumb
Hook everything up but without the CPU installed and turn it on. If it turns on and remains running, you have a bad CPU

Edited by garmanma, 24 August 2008 - 09:35 AM.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 07:24 PM

I'll try them both out tonight...thanks for your help thus far and I will let you know what I find out. I NEED this computer to start working...




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