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PC Build problem...

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#1 zanthryx


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Posted 23 September 2005 - 02:48 AM

Hey all, first post and all that jazz...

I recently came across a plethora of parts from a friend who's house was struck by lightning, thereby blowing most of his electrical equipment to smithereens.....was a wonderful smell...really.

He and I spent a weekend tearing apart 5 of his best computers and salvaging what we *thought* were good parts.

Of which the most important to me were the RAM, a video card, and a Case. He gave them all to me and wished me luck so I brought them home in an attempt to make magic happen.

Long story short I determined that the motherboard I had gotten from him was defective (would not trigger power supply) so I replaced with a known-good spare (MSI K7N2-Delta) and tried again. Power bleeps for a second then dies out again. So I went through the 4 Processors he gave me and all to the same result. So I replaced the PSU with an Antec 450W ATX v2.0 PS. This time the power stays on....but, nothing else. So I put in a brand new Athlon XP 3000+. Same deal. Tried swapping RAM with no luck, video card with no luck.

So I now have a New PSU, New Processor, what once was a good motherboard and should still be, RAM that tested fine in another system, and a good video card. And I can't get it to POST!

So now that you have the backround, what I am looking for is any ideas you all might have as to things I should try BEFORE I tear apart my other systems and try to isolate the very manual and very tedious way.

So here's the symptoms...

System will power up, but no BIOS beep codes, no post, no video that I can tell.

Any tips/suggestions for pre surgery testing would be much appreciated.


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#2 Mr Alpha

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 01:34 PM

Have you checked that all parts are compatible. Incompatible parts should result in beeps, but I've found that the POST messages aren't too reliable.

Edited by Mr Alpha, 24 September 2005 - 01:38 PM.

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#3 zanthryx

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 02:22 PM

Yes...the RAM, Motherboard, and Processor are the same pieces that I run my primary 3.2 on. The only difference is it's 3000+ proc instead of the 3200+.

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