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(1st time building PC) Turns on, fans work, but black screen.

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  • 760K Richland 3.8GHz Socket FM2
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  • Components
  • Blank screen
  • 9400 gt
  • 1st time
  • PSU: 500w (80+)
  • Motherboards
  • CPU: AMD Athlon Multi Core Processor AD760KWOHLBOX
  • Noob
  • Turns on but won't work
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April 22, 2014 2:56:39 AM

Hi there everyone! I hope you all can help me with my situation here! I just built my first ever gaming PC last night and after following instructions from the manual and Austin Evan's, a YouTuber, guide on how to build a pc because I have similar parts to his, I couldn't get the PC to show me the motherboard's home (BIOS) page or whatnot. Everything I bought is new, except the gpu (9400gt) which was my brother's awhile back and I decided to just use that.

I've followed many instructions from people on this site and on other sites and nothing seems to help. I've unplugged everything, plugged everything back, etc. Literally everything...And now I'm starting to think that it's the MOTHERBOARD's or the GPU's fault?? What do you experts think?

Also, before you tell me that some of these parts don't work, I use "pcpartpicker.com" and the motherboard's website to check on everything to make sure that they're compatible.

Here are my specs:
CPU: AMD Athlon Multi Core Processor AD760KWOHLBOX, 760K Richland 3.8GHz Socket FM2
PSU: 500w (80+)
RAM: 1x8gb Kingston
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35
SSD: 128gb samsung 840 (I formatted it)

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April 22, 2014 3:07:30 AM

Try to move your RAM stick to the other DIMM and make sure that the gpu sits tightly on the pcie connector.

If you have a speaker connected to your motherboard but you hear no beeps and nothing seems to help, my bet is on a DOA motherboard.
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April 22, 2014 3:08:41 AM

Try using another GPU, if you have one. If that doesn't work, it is probably a faulty Motherboard. Also try to install the RAM module on different slots.
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April 22, 2014 3:15:47 AM

I have tried moving the ram to the other slot, no hope. Maybe I'll get a used and cheap GPU and see how that works and will let you all know. (btw, thanks for the quick reply!)
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April 22, 2014 3:20:53 AM

longher said:
I have tried moving the ram to the other slot, no hope. Maybe I'll get a used and cheap GPU and see how that works and will let you all know. (btw, thanks for the quick reply!)


You said in your original post, that your brother gave you the 9400GT. Does he now owns another GPU, if he does, try with that one, instead of buying used one.
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April 22, 2014 3:26:57 AM

Thing is, we live far from each other and I don't drive. He said that the 9400 gt worked last time he tried it that's why I decided to take it. I'll be looking on eBay/Craigslist for some cheap ones.
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April 22, 2014 3:30:36 AM

longher said:
Thing is, we live far from each other and I don't drive. He said that the 9400 gt worked last time he tried it that's why I decided to take it. I'll be looking on eBay/Craigslist for some cheap ones.


Ok, sorry, i thought you live in the same place :( . What about your friends, i am sure some one can borrow their GPU for 15 min. :) 
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April 22, 2014 3:34:42 AM

Well, my friend has a gtx 760 and I believe the minimum power wattage for that is 600w? Will it matter because if I'm going to use it, I'm only going to test if it is able to turn on or not..
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April 22, 2014 3:38:32 AM

It will be fine just for the testing period. Plus the GTX 760 can run on good 500w PSU. I believe you have the Corsair CX 500, it is not top of the line, but it will be more than enough for 20-30 min of testing with the GTX 760
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April 22, 2014 5:05:38 AM

Does the motherboard have on-board video? You may have to use that and switch it in bios.

When I first bought my recent video card the MARS 760x2 I had this issue, it turned out to be that my monitor wasn't detecting it at first and was staying in sleep mode. I ended up having to turn the monitor off and then turn the PC on and the monitor on at the same time. Haven't had the problem since.
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April 22, 2014 5:32:46 AM

Don't know how you connect,but the latest bios has:"- Improved VGA(D-Sub) monitor compatibility.", so maybe a bios update will help too.

NVM.

:pfff: Stupid,just realized you'll need a working card for that.:p 
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April 22, 2014 5:48:01 AM

You should get a BIOS speaker if you don't already have one. It's quite possibly just a lose wire, or you are missing a wire somewhere.

http://www.amazon.com/PC-Internal-Mini-Onboard-Speaker/...

Does the GPU have a supplemental power cord? If so, make sure it's plugged in.
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April 22, 2014 8:34:16 AM

I do have the BIOS speaker...I'm not sure if it beeps when I turn it on but when I remove the RAM and turn it on, it beeps and I did some research and people said that when it makes long short beeps then my mobo is fine? And I am sure I plugged in everything =] I don't think Austin Evans would miss any plugs =]
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April 22, 2014 9:09:30 AM

longher said:
I do have the BIOS speaker...I'm not sure if it beeps when I turn it on but when I remove the RAM and turn it on, it beeps and I did some research and people said that when it makes long short beeps then my mobo is fine? And I am sure I plugged in everything =] I don't think Austin Evans would miss any plugs =]


So if it's beeping, it's giving you an error code. Consult your motherboard manual to find out what the beeps it's making mean. If everything is working properly, you should hear one short beep.
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April 22, 2014 2:54:18 PM

Welp, turns out it was my GPU!! It did die!! =/ Fan was still running though that's why I thought it was still working I guess. Thanks y'all!
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