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Help required - System turns on etc. but no display

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July 1, 2013 5:18:04 AM

CPU: Intel i5 3570k
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX660
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H
Power supply: Corsair CX500
RAM: 8GB Ballistix
Monitors: older LG monitor from 2010 (it's been around for a while, I didn't buy it but I have used it in the past) and a Samsung S24B150BL. I have used both inputs on the LG monitor.

I finished this build yesterday (it's my first) and when I turned it on, everything internally was lit up and the fans were going, but nothing appeared on the Samsung monitor (VGA input). I tried it on a different, older Monitor, but I was again disappointed (VGA/HDMI1).

I have tried reseating the graphics card and resetting the MOBO, as well as reconnecting all of the PSU wires to wherever they belong.

Thank you!
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July 1, 2013 5:26:22 AM

I had a similar problem to this when I also build my first rig. I realized that one of my ram chips had become deficient. Try placing your RAM into a different slot. If that doesn't work then it will most likely be to do with your GPU. Have you got the cable connected to the right header. With my GPU there are two DVI ports. One is for a cable and the other is for an adapter. If you have two pieces of RAM take one out and see if it works, if not take the other out and put the other one back in. If none of these methods work then take out your CMOS battery on your motherboard and waita minute then place it back in.

Hope this helps :) 
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July 1, 2013 6:09:29 AM

I've tried doing everything I can with the RAM, no luck.
I don't have a DVI cable, I've been using VGA and HDMI1 cables.
Currently waiting before replacing the CMOS battery.
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July 1, 2013 6:14:49 AM

4533josh said:
I've tried doing everything I can with the RAM, no luck.
I don't have a DVI cable, I've been using VGA and HDMI1 cables.
Currently waiting before replacing the CMOS battery.


Hmm ok try these solutions:
Hold the windows key and press R
tap the F8 Key repeatedly while it boots

If they do not work then on side or at the bottom of your monitor should be some buttons click the one which is to change the source from DVI to VGA or HDMI. This is most likely the problem.
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July 1, 2013 6:19:17 AM

Sorry, no luck. I know that it's receiving SOMETHING because I'm not getting the "no signal"message, but the screen just turns blank and the LED flashes.

Edit: It should probably clarified that I haven't even done the BIOS yet...
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July 1, 2013 6:52:32 AM

Update: I removed the graphics card and tried connecting it to the motherboard - it works! (but only without the GTX -.-) Setting up BIOS now, but no idea how to continue with the GPU...
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July 1, 2013 6:57:51 AM

4533josh said:
Update: I removed the graphics card and tried connecting it to the motherboard - it works! (but only without the GTX -.-) Setting up BIOS now, but no idea how to continue with the GPU...


Ok thats good and bad news in one. Configure your bios first.

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July 1, 2013 7:03:33 AM

Done, should I continue to the Windows installation?
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July 1, 2013 7:05:07 AM

4533josh said:
Done, should I continue to the Windows installation?


If you havent already installed windows OS then yes
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July 1, 2013 7:10:26 AM

Ok, great. Now the Windows install program isn't detecting the HDD.
Edit- I'm an idiot, had to enable it in the BIOS.
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July 1, 2013 9:51:29 AM

Ok so everythings installed and I'm currently installing the graphics card drivers - the card in question is sitting on top of my desk.

Edit: So I can't install the drivers without the card in, and I can't run the monitor with the card in. RIGHHT.
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July 1, 2013 1:13:45 PM

The GPU was dead on arrival by the looks of it. Oh well.
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