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First Time Build (Start up problems)

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February 19, 2014 3:17:24 PM

Ok so I recently purchased parts to build my first computer and am having trouble powering it up.

I have the Asus M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard with a GTX 660 graphics card and the AMD FX 6300 Processor with the XFX 550 80+ power supply.

I am using the Rosewill Challenger Case that comes with three fans.

So I put everything on the motherboard then I started connecting the power supply I followed the instructions and most of the stuff is labled on the motherboard... So when I thought I had everything perfect... I finally plugged in the power supply then I flipped the switch on the back to turn the power supply on i have a mouse and keyboard plugged in via PS/2 ports and the mouse lazer comes on and the lights on the keyboard flashed on once num lock etc... and on the motherboard their is a green LED and it comes on. Now... When I press the power button on the front of the case Nothing happens no fans come on no boot screen nothing. Also I might mention the fan on the PSU also doesn't come on. I have the main power connector plugged in and the 8 pin 12v connector at the top of the motherboard. I am almost positive I have the front power reset and audio switches connected properly... If i have them backwards could this have shorted out the whole system?

Thank you for any advice.

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a b V Motherboard
February 19, 2014 4:11:06 PM

Did you try switching it on via the power switch behind the PSU? Shorting the power pins on the motherboard? (I recommend doing this ONLY IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE. Incorrectly doing this could short your entire motherboard)
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February 19, 2014 4:17:47 PM

Yes I have looked over that post and tried most everything on there I have read my manuals and spent a lot of time building this making sure i did everything correctly. I don't think it is the PSU because I get power to the board the Standby Power LED comes on on the motherboard its just when i press the power button on the front of the case nothing fires up no fans or anything... :( 

I did not breadboard as I really have no place to do this safely. And yes I have the PSU on the mobo is getting power to the standby LED at least...

What are some things I should NOT do to avoid permanent damage.
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 19, 2014 5:03:32 PM

Well when messing with the components, never interact with any component without first grounding yourself of static electricity beforehand. Just tap or rub the inside of your case and you'll be good. Also if you plan to short the pins of your motherboard, you must strictly know the location of the front panel power connectors, shorting the wrong pins could possibly damage the motherboard.
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February 19, 2014 6:08:40 PM

I won't short the pins what is the point anyways? I know the mobo is getting power the standby led is coming on. I have tried just connecting the front power connector only without the hdd led and reset plugged in. I swear nothing works I feel like I have a $700 brick. Is there any way to bypass the front power button to start everything up?
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February 19, 2014 6:53:25 PM

im seriously in dire need of help at this point i have tried everything... what can possibly cause the standby light to come on but nothing else get power????
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 19, 2014 7:06:33 PM

Well there should be a switch at the back of your PSU, did you try flipping it?
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February 19, 2014 7:11:48 PM

yes when it is set to the "I" or on position this is when the green standby LED comes on on the MOBO I have seriously tried everything I am so lost and frustrated I have spent all day trying to figure this out...
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February 19, 2014 7:34:17 PM

please someone help... could it be the power switch on the case?... i dont hear a beep or anything from the mobo speaker... I tried shorting the power with the ground to check if it is the switch still nothing...
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 19, 2014 7:56:02 PM

You might have a dead PSU then, or DOA.
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February 19, 2014 8:17:18 PM

but how would it power the led if its dead... i just dont understand im so upset i used all this money and for nothing it seems like now... I dont think you can return the after you put it together... and it would be so many parts to return...
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February 19, 2014 8:29:33 PM

I need some things to try here.... if I remove the processor will i have to use new thermal paste or will the stuff that was on the heat sink still be good since technically the pc has never started and heated up??
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February 20, 2014 9:51:45 AM

no one :( 
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 20, 2014 10:21:05 AM

Sorry. I was typing while at school and I had to switch classes, and I had no computer to use. I'm now in the Media Center for an hour. I'll try to bare with you.

It's a mystery that the LED on the motherboard lights up but that doesn't mean the PSU works. If you had another one to use, then I'd say you should try that one. If you have a tad bit more money to spare, you can try using a new one. If you have a local computer store, ask them if you could borrow one for testing. It can be nothing other than the PSU, if the motherboard was dead, the other components would still be able to turn on, it's just you wouldn't get anything like a display or POST beep since the sockets on the motherboard aren't functioning.
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 20, 2014 10:25:16 AM

Here's a video that I found that seemed to help another guy that had a similar problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0OKmIuNtmI

It's supposed to be the "paperclip trick" but I can't see the video since youtube is blocked at my school.
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February 20, 2014 10:32:24 AM

Yeah I tried this and the power supply isnt bad... guess i must breadboard must be the case
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February 20, 2014 11:00:37 AM

I may just take it to a local repair shop and pay them to look at it i really dont want to mess something up...
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
February 20, 2014 11:05:47 AM

Shouldn't have to pay them to look at it, they should diagnose it for free if you ask nicely, you gotta pay to repair. Anyway, I'm really sorry I couldn't help, it's wicked problems like these that just roll me. This had me at a total loss too, seriously sounds like a dead PSU though. But good luck getting this repaired man..
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February 20, 2014 2:00:58 PM

pcgaming98 said:
Shouldn't have to pay them to look at it, they should diagnose it for free if you ask nicely, you gotta pay to repair. Anyway, I'm really sorry I couldn't help, it's wicked problems like these that just roll me. This had me at a total loss too, seriously sounds like a dead PSU though. But good luck getting this repaired man..


Ok so I took it to a guy in town and he tested the PSU with a little psu tester thing and only one light came on... he said that means its bad showed me on an older psu and all the lights came on then we hooked my pc up to a 1000watt psu and the damn thing fired right up so it must be my psu i am going to try and return it for a replacement.. man i hate waiting... does anyone have experience with newegg returns?

Also do u think this psu just isn't powerful enough to run my machine?
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a c 275 ) Power supply
a c 117 V Motherboard
February 20, 2014 2:05:18 PM

Yes a fully functional XFX 550 will power your specs no problem.
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a b V Motherboard
February 20, 2014 2:29:00 PM

bcain1787 said:
pcgaming98 said:
Shouldn't have to pay them to look at it, they should diagnose it for free if you ask nicely, you gotta pay to repair. Anyway, I'm really sorry I couldn't help, it's wicked problems like these that just roll me. This had me at a total loss too, seriously sounds like a dead PSU though. But good luck getting this repaired man..


Ok so I took it to a guy in town and he tested the PSU with a little psu tester thing and only one light came on... he said that means its bad showed me on an older psu and all the lights came on then we hooked my pc up to a 1000watt psu and the damn thing fired right up so it must be my psu i am going to try and return it for a replacement.. man i hate waiting... does anyone have experience with newegg returns?

Also do u think this psu just isn't powerful enough to run my machine?


Hey I was right! Anyway, about the newegg returns, I honestly believe it would be much cheaper to just get a new PSU. I haven't personally experienced newegg returns since all of my ordered products worked (thank the lord), I will say I've seen numerous reviews of daunting returns that end up being way more expensive than the product itself, since from what I hear, you're the one paying for the return shipping. Then if they lose it? If they end up shipping you another DOA one? It's terrible hearing it I tell ya.

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February 20, 2014 2:42:04 PM

I don't see how returning it can cost more then 60-70 that i payed for the PSU... guess i will try and see what happens.

Thanks for the advice though.
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a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2014 10:04:43 AM

In the mobo try to press the MEM ok button.
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