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System wont start
quack Mar-09-01 06:45 PM
LAST EDITED ON Mar-09-01 AT 06:47 PM (GMT)

I bought comp parts online and assembled it. The parts include:

Abit KT7 W/ Raid
30.7gig MAxtor HD
Teac Floppy
Enlight case w/ 300 watt
VisionTek Geforce2
(using my old Diamond MX300)
netgear ethernet
Pioneer 106S slot DVD

Well, bottomline is that i cant boot up.. When i turn the computer on, all i see is a green screen. I thought it was because i plugged the IDE cables the wrong way, but im sure thats not the case because the cables have a small polarization tab to ensure positive mating. The monitor itself works fine because it works on my other comp. I also tried another PCI video card to see if there was some problems with my AGP geforce2 card.. But in both cases, no luck.. I have no clue what's goin on. Maybe i discharged some static? (which i highly doubt cuz i always grounded myself before touching the chips.)

Thanks for the help,
-quack-


1. RE: System wont start
lbyard Mar-09-01 07:05 PM
In response to message 0
LAST EDITED ON Mar-09-01 AT 07:19 PM (GMT)

Be sure the bottom of the motherboard is not shorted by a standoff that does not match a motherboard mounting hole or a loose screw. Disconnect/pull everything not necessary to boot the motherboard. Most ATX motherboards will boot with the following minimum configuration:
CPU installed
CPU fan installed and connected to the power supply or motherboard, depending on the type of fan. Athlon and Duron processors will become crispy fries within seconds if an operational fan is not installed.
Memory installed
Display adapter
Power connected. Many ATX power supplies have a separate power switch on the back of the supply, which must be on. The 110/220 volt switch on the back of most power supplies must be in the correct position. And, of course, the power cord must be plugged into the power supply and a good wall outlet.
Power-on from the front panel connected (and the button pushed once)
Jumpers set correctly.
I also connect the loud speaker so I can hear any beep codes.
The Abit KT7 and KT7-RAID will boot with the minimum configuration.
With the power cord unplugged, push down on the front of the display adapter and look carefully along the AGP slot to make sure it is properly seated. Check the CPU for bent pins and make sure it is seated properly. Carefully inspect the memory module and push down firmly on it to be sure it is properly seated. Double-check all jumpers. Check the monitor plug for bent, shorted, or pushed in pins. Static damage is possible, but not likely. See our Motherboard FAQs at http://duxcw.com/faq/mb/mb.htm for additional steps.
Larry


2. RE: System wont start
quack Mar-09-01 11:32 PM
In response to message 1
i did all u said, and it still doesnt work. If the cpu is burned, is theres suppose to be a burned mark? at first, i didnt securely fasten the cpu fan... i smelled a slight burning smell and i turned it right off. The cpu looked fine, no mark at all.. but i dunno... I know I know, im retarded. i just wanna know if thats considered being fried. if at all possible, please dont tell me i have to buy another processor.

3. RE: System wont start
lbyard Mar-10-01 03:50 PM
In response to message 2
There may or may not be visual signs of CPU heat damage. I am afraid that not even Carnac can determine if the CPU is good or bad except by trying it in an operational computer or trying another CPU in your computer. AMD’s Tech Tip regarding Socket A heatsinks is at http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/cpu/socketa/heattip.html. Larry

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