I'm new to the PC building world, so please be gentle! Here's my story:
Last year, I purchased a Hewlett Packard Pavilion PC brand new! (Model: p6-2014) http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c03072349&lang=en&cc=us&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=5151865&prodTypeId=12454
I let it sit for nearly a year, and when I finally decided to use it, it lasted a total of two days and then died. I left it on while downloading games, and the next morning, I found it in almost a sleep mode, with the monitor saying 'No Signal.' The only way I was able to turn it off was by holding the power button until it finally shut down.
Since the warrenty had ended, I decided to salvage the parts and build my own custom from it. Troubleshooting it led me to believe that the motherboard was the culprit of the problem. To make a long story short, I built a new system with the following specs:
CPU: AMD A6 3600 Processor
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LX PLUS R2.0 AMD FM1 FCH Hudson D2 DDR3 SATA PCI USB
Ram: DDR3 4GB 2Rx8 PC3
Storage: 1TB Sata Transfer rating: 3.0 Gb/sec Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Video Card: ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
Case: Rosewill Challenger
I powered the system up and once again, NO SIGNAL to the monitor!! I went through the following steps to try and troubleshoot the problem:
--Unplugged the monitor from the video card and plugged it directly into the motherboard since the board has an integrated graphics chip. Still no signal from monitor.
--Checked to see if all case fans were running as well as heatsink fan, graphics card fan, and power supply fan. All were running properly.
--Listened for sounds from the hard drive and heard tiny clicks as it seemed to be trying to turn on. Checked the optical drive, door opened and closed.
--I removed and reset the memory sticks. I even cleaned them with a cloth. I re-arranged their locations in the slot. I removed both sticks and heard no beeps.
--Checked all connections, made sure the 24pin & 4pin connectors were connected to the motherboard.
--Restarted the system. Unplugged the power cord and held down the power switch to get rid of any power that was still in the system. Restarted system, still had problem.
--CPU is connected properly with heatsink and fan and proper amount of thermal grease.
--Unplugged the hard drive & optical drive and restarted system. Still no signal.
--Removed all ram sticks and restarted system. Still no signal and no beeps from computer.
The status light on the motherboard is green. All the case fans and heatsink fan work properly. Hard drive makes little noises as it starts and optical drive opens and works. Everything in the case seems to work properly, I just cannot get the thing to boot or can't get a signal to the monitor. I'm thinking of replacing the ram with these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-231-314&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo Not sure though if I want to put anymore money into this system before knowing whats wrong with it. I'm out of ideas. This is basically a brand new system with a new motherboard! Is there anything else I can do to troubleshoot this? Should I just get the ram? Should I just take it to a professional and have the problem diagnosed? Any and all suggestions would be welcome.
Thanks in advance!!
Edited by Ali_bear, 10 February 2013 - 07:50 AM.