Help, I can't get my new self-built PC to boot up! I installed the mobo, proc, RAM, and video card, but when I turn the thing on it just starts the fans for a second and then stops completely. Any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong?
the fact it wont post leads to these conclusions
First thing to check is the IDE cables. reversing these COULD lead to this.
if thats not it. check to ensure you've properly plugged in all the power leads into your motherboard. Most boards have at least 2 sets of wires going in.
and last but not least this could also cause it
Video Card Dead
June 21, 2005 5:34:51 PM
to make sur something is fried or not, my best advice is to smell inside the case. Fryed electrical component have a really distinctive smell. Might also be the PSU that fried, that wouldnt post and wouldnt give any beeps!
I just got the proc and ram in yesterday, I don't think they could be fried. Nothing smells fried. I know my video card works, I'm using it right now. Everytime I try to test the other machine I have to switch it out. I also tried the power supply on another machine, and it works fine.
Looks like insufficient PSU. get a good brand and at least 400W. It will help to make the system to last and run stable.
I once put a new board+cpu in a case with a cheap 450 W PSU and the system did the same thing..the fans turn for a second and quit. I replaced the PSU with a good branded 350W PSU and the system is running stable and strong since then..
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Oh yes, I have ideas, in fact I could have the system up and running for you in, say, half an hour. Oh wait, someone already put all those solutions in the first post of this forum!
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I would back it in dollars to doughnuts that it is the CPU (and possibly the mainboard also). I have had a few of these come into the shop recently. When u power it up, it kicks in the fans for about half a second then dies. Sounds a classic fried CPU to me.