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First Build: Computer displays no video


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#1 lun7200

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:13 AM

So this is my first build, I've repaired computers before, replaced hardware etc, but this is my first custom build.

Biostar A880+ Micro-ATX board (with built in video + audio) (from Newegg open box) http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/content.php?S_ID=492

Ninja 2 case w/ 400w PSU (purchased at a garage sale) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811164085

AMD Sempron 145 CPU @ 2.80 GHz (purchased off ebay) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888

(1) 4GB Patriot DDR3 RAM (new from Newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220480

Xigmatek Nepartak S983 heatsink (new from Microcenter) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233026

I also have a wireless card and usb card on the two PCI slots

Everything is connected, the computer powers up, the fans spin etc but i cannot get video from neither the VGA, DVI, or HDMI ports. There are no beeps following initial start up. If I remove the memory, the computer gives the error beeps, but still no video. I tried switching which slot the memory was in but it still does not fix my problem. Im out of ideas and I would hate to think that I got a bad board. Thanks

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 06:52 PM

always a chance with a open box item

have you got any other ram you can try?
check your monitor cables for bent pins also, I have had that happen before
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:39 AM

So after clearing the CMOS settings by pulling and reinserting the CMOS jumper cap I was able to get video to my BIOS screen. After examining the different settings I saw that the system found my IDE DVD Drive but not my IDE Hard Drive. The board has SATA ports as well but none are currently in use. After selecting the desired boot order and inserting my Ubuntu Live Disc in the drive and selecting to load the default BIOS settings I get a hardware monitor screen that displays my CPU temperature, etc. but it never actually boots to the disc and remains frozen in the hardware monitor screen. After restarting the machine I get the usual boot screen followed by a line that read "bad CMOS checksum" after selecting to continue, the screen again freezes at the hardware monitor screen and never boots. After a third restart I again get no video. If I pull the CMOS jumper and reinsert it the video comes back but the same as above continues.

I should also add that since this is my first build, my knowledge on advanced BIOS settings, such as those from a custom machine, is very limited. Help and Patience would be highly appreciated. Thanks :)

Edited by lun7200, 16 June 2011 - 04:43 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:52 AM

Replace the CMOS battery with another one.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:18 PM

Ditto, replace the CMOS batt and go from there. Verify the jumpers on your hard drive/DVD drive are properly set.

Got a sneaking suspicion that board might be flakey.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:59 PM

I also have to agree with you, the board might be flakey.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:57 PM

Thank you guys for the response!

I replaced the CMOS battery and that did cause some minor changes during boot but I still has the same boot up issues. However, this time when I get to the hardware monitor screen I actually get an error message that says to Insert bootable media in the drive and press any button. This is happening while I have my Ubuntu live disc in the drive and set to the correct boot order. When I have the DVD-R it never boots and I keep getting the insert media message. If I put in the CD-R it actually gets a little further in the boot, I get the first few lines of the boot up process (ISO Linux etc.) but it never gets very far, it freezes and it never takes me to any sort of selection menu or GUI. My drive is a Lite-On DVD-R DL IDE drive that has worked in the past. I can't help but think that I just have some incorrect BIOS settings? Any thoughts?

It might be important to point out that the BIOS recognises the card reader as a floppy drive.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:51 AM

This Biostar board seems to mucking around with you here. I would get it RMA or get your money back if possible.

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