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#1 liz howell

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:46 AM

We got a bare bones kit.
We put everything together.
We have not installed the operating system yet
When we try and turn it on the light is red.
We think we did not put the pins in correctly.
Help
Thank you

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#2 LucheLibre

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:13 AM

Which particular light are you referring to? Does the computer not boot properly?

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:36 PM

We got a bare bones kit.
We put everything together.
We have not installed the operating system yet
When we try and turn it on the light is red.
We think we did not put the pins in correctly.
Help
Thank you


A little more detail will be needed in order to help out. Which bare bones kit?
What light is red.
Which pins are you referring to?
What is the make and model of the motherboard?

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:44 AM

Which particular light are you referring to? Does the computer not boot properly?


I suppose he's referring to the LED(s) some motherboards include for troubleshooting/testing purposes?
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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:45 PM


Which particular light are you referring to? Does the computer not boot properly?


I suppose he's referring to the LED(s) some motherboards include for troubleshooting/testing purposes?


It's possible. These days I prefer the ones with displays that give the post progress on a two (three) digit lcd display on the mother board.

One other possibility is they bolted the motherboard down nice and tight to the case with no brass standoffs or they put extra brass standoffs where they shouldn't have. I've seen both when troubleshooting someone elses build for them.

Where I am I also used to see barebones kits that were pre-assembled to the point where you just put memory and drives and done. The motherboard would have been mounted and tested before you ever bought them.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 06:25 PM

I was thinking myself that since he said he might have put the pins in backward, he was referring to the HDD activity light. It is often red and stays on if you attach the plug to the header backward.

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
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