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Built My 1st PC, Need Help w/ First Start Up


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#1 justsometallguy

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 07:32 PM

I just put together my first pc and I started it up no problem. I was able to get to the BIOS and started changing the date/time when the pc (I'm assuming mobo) started beeping (one continuous beep, no pauses). I couldn't make any more changes to the bios, it was like it froze. I powered down, then turned it back on and now I'm unable to get to the BIOS. My monitor just says no signal. I know the monitor works fine as I'm using it right now with my old pc.

Here are the specs:
PSU - Corsair 650W
Mobo - Asus P5N-D SLI
GPU - 2x XFX 9800GT in SLI
RAM - 2x2GB Gskill 800 DDR2
HDD - 1TB WD Black
CPU - Intel E8400 Wolfdale

I've tried taking out one of the 9800's, swapping them, etc. Same for the RAM, 1 stick only, swap, etc. and nothing happens. All the lights and fans are running, but nothing on the monitor.

Any ideas? Any help would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks!

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 09:37 PM

Your heatsink/fan is mounted properly? None of the pushpins pulled out?

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#3 justsometallguy

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 11:57 PM

Your heatsink/fan is mounted properly? None of the pushpins pulled out?


Yes, all the pins are completely pushed in. I've also got a green light on the mobo if that's relavent.

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 01:40 AM

Hmmm... the P5N-D manual doesn't mention a continuous beep as one of the error codes. However, my P5L-MX gives a continuous beep if there's an electrical short somewhere. i.e. the motherboard is coming in contact with the case somehow. Check to make sure that the MB is properly mounted on the standoffs and that no part of the MB is touching the case, also check to make sure that no unshielded wires come into contact with the MB.

A good way to test this is to remove the MB from the case and set it on a non-conductive surface while trying to boot it. If it works while outside the case, then it's definitely a short.

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 02:22 AM

Hmmm... the P5N-D manual doesn't mention a continuous beep as one of the error codes. However, my P5L-MX gives a continuous beep if there's an electrical short somewhere. i.e. the motherboard is coming in contact with the case somehow. Check to make sure that the MB is properly mounted on the standoffs and that no part of the MB is touching the case, also check to make sure that no unshielded wires come into contact with the MB.

A good way to test this is to remove the MB from the case and set it on a non-conductive surface while trying to boot it. If it works while outside the case, then it's definitely a short.


I noticed there wasn't an error code for the cont. beep in the manual also. I'm glad to hear that it does exist in other boards though. I just pulled everything out of the case and I'm resetting the CMOS right now...hopefully it'll all work!

Thanks for the advice! I'll let you know how it turns out.

EDIT: If this does work, it will be interesting to see if I can get it back in the case without creating a short again.... I don't know how it happened in the first place. I used all 9 standoffs and I didn't see any wires touching it.

Edited by justsometallguy, 30 August 2009 - 02:24 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2009 - 02:47 AM

Well, no luck.... I'm still not getting any signal to the monitor and I'm not getting any sort of beep from the mobo. I can't think of anything else to try at this point. Anyone else have an idea? Thanks!

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:15 AM

If you're not getting any signal to the monitor AND there are no beeps at all (not even the standard single "all's well" beep that computers give) then I'd say it's time to RMA it.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 30 August 2009 - 03:15 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2009 - 11:42 AM

If you're not getting any signal to the monitor AND there are no beeps at all (not even the standard single "all's well" beep that computers give) then I'd say it's time to RMA it.


That's what I figured. Dang it, I was hoping to get this thing up and running this weekend. Oh well. Thanks for the help!

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Posted 30 August 2009 - 12:58 PM

Looks like the mobo failed then. You know I had all sorts of issues with my P5N-D, for oc'ing it was terrible(thanks nforce) the vdrop on that board is brutal too. It used to crash randomly, I didn't even bother RMA'ing it, just bought myself a P5Q-Pro :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:38 PM

RMAed the board and the new one seems to be working. Thanks for all the help!

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 11:40 PM

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