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July 9, 2006 6:05:23 AM

I just ordered all the parts for my new system and got it all built without much going wrong, however when I turned on the power I found something indeed was. The system powered up, fans were spinning, onboard LED and case LED was on, but there was no output on the monitor at all, it didn't even get the monitor out of sleep mode.

After about 2 seconds I heard a 3 beep code, 1 long and 2 short. So I knew right away there was a defective part, but I had no way of knowing what it was (unless someone out there is a master of beep codes and has them all memorized).

Anyway I went about emailing different tech supports and following all their advice, here's a rundown of everything I've tried:

- put the motherboard in the cardboard box it came in, hooked up power, cpu, vid card, ram and powered up to test for a short: same result
- removed all extra drives (floppy, harddrive, optical drives) and powered up, same result
- removed the video card and powered up with just the cpu and ram, same result
- removed everything, powered up with ONLY motherboard and power supply, (this was supposed to force some other kind of beep code, however the result was no beeps at all, I informed the mobo tech suport and they just said that's normal)
- swapped the ram around to every single different combination, same result
- removed onboard battery, changed the jumper for the cmos to reset it, replaced battery, same result

...god what else...well it doesn't really matter considering I've tried pretty much everything there possibly is to try and I ALWAYS get the 3 beeps. I have a new video card on the way since evga is sure that's the problem, but ASUS feels it could be the ram, so I sent out another email today to g.skill about if the timing on the ram chips are compatible with the bios, and if not how to hard code the timings to something that will work.

Since I have to wait on the video card to get to me I figured I'd tap into the wealth of knowledge here.

I would like to point out that I'm new to the area I live in and do not know anyone with whom I can swap parts with, so any advice about try someone else's (insert part here) just isn't gonna happen, sadly.

Here's my system:
Lian-li PC-60BPLUS W
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe 570
AMD AM2 3200+ CPU
G.Skill DDR2 PC6400 2x1GB RAM
eVGA GeForce 7900GT KO 256MB video card
Antec 500W Smartpower 2.0 PSU
WD 250GB SATA2 HDD
Samsung DVD burner
Samsung combo drive
Sony floppy drive

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July 9, 2006 6:41:53 AM

Sounds like either the RAM or CPU is bad or incompatible, you may have found the problem with the memory timing. In my experience if the CPU is bad nothing happens at all so I would guess the RAM. If the timing are not the problem then I would say the RAM is bad. Just my $.02. Good luck.
July 9, 2006 6:45:45 AM

Hmm you're probably right. I know the AM2 boards are having some compatibility problems with the DDR2 ram.

I just with I knew a way to change the timings without being able to actually get to the bios hehe.
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July 9, 2006 6:49:26 AM

If it's an Award BIOS, then 1 long 2 short means a video problem. Make sure it's fully seated. Otherwise, sounds like your fix is in the mail.
July 9, 2006 6:56:30 AM

Quote:
Hmm you're probably right. I know the AM2 boards are having some compatibility problems with the DDR2 ram.

I just with I knew a way to change the timings without being able to actually get to the bios hehe.


I don't think it's the boards having the problems, I think its the RAM companies putting out RAM with off timings like 3-4-3-15

Quote:
If it's an Award BIOS, then 1 long 2 short means a video problem. Make sure it's fully seated. Otherwise, sounds like your fix is in the mail.


When he pulled the video card out it gave the same code, the code only went away when he pulled the RAM-CPU, in my experience if the video card is not seated the computer boots just fine, only without video. But then my video cards arent usually whats coming loose (Slot 1 mobos anyone?)
July 9, 2006 7:02:57 AM

Quote:
If it's an Award BIOS, then 1 long 2 short means a video problem. Make sure it's fully seated. Otherwise, sounds like your fix is in the mail.


That's exactly what eVGA and ASUS said, so I'm reeeaaally hoping the new card will fix the problem.

Quote:
When he pulled the video card out it gave the same code, the code only went away when he pulled the RAM-CPU, in my experience if the video card is not seated the computer boots just fine, only without video. But then my video cards arent usually whats coming loose (Slot 1 mobos anyone?)


Yeah I thought it odd that with no video card at all it gave the same code, unless the card was absolutely dead which I've never heard of that happening to someone. Usually the card has faulty ram or something but never just flat out didn't work.

And it was also odd that with no CPU it gave no beep code...

OH which reminds me of something. When I pulled the CPU and had only the motherboard and PSU hooked up, the system shut itself off after about 10 seconds. Not sure if that's important or not, I mentioned that to the guys at ASUS also but they disregarded it.

Thanks again guys, I hope I can get this resolved.
July 9, 2006 7:07:00 AM

I used to have a PIII 733 that would come a little out of its slot whenever I went to a LAN party, it never gave any codes just spun the fans up and sat there.

Don't know about shutting itself off, my PIII never did that, it would sit there for about 5 minutes just mocking me before I remembered what the problem was.

Good luck.
July 9, 2006 7:08:45 AM

You didn't mention what kind of monitor your have. If the beep code signifies video card you have a bad or damaged video card or it's possible you damaged some part of the motherboard puttting it in? It can happen.
July 9, 2006 7:14:43 AM

I have a viewsonic VA1912wb monitor, it works fine I have it hooked up to the laptop I'm using to access the internet right now.

My bios is made by Award, I checked their website and it said the 1 long 2 short beep code signifies "Either video adapter is bad or is not seated properly. Also, check to ensure the monitor cable is connected properly"

That's taken directly from the site.

http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/awardbeep.htm

I've taken out and reseated the video card at least 10 times, being very careful not to damage anything in the process. I'm very thankful eVGA has some kick-ass customer support. They may have a lot of problems with their cards but they sure stand by their products.

I'm still a little weary that this is the problem, you just never know sometimes :) 
July 9, 2006 7:21:33 AM

>>I'm still a little weary that this is the problem, you just never know sometimes <<

Take comfort in knowing you are well on your way to solving the problem. Let us know when you do.
July 9, 2006 7:22:51 AM

Just a thought, if youve got a few bucks lying around you might want to hit up a local computer store, pick up some RAM that should be compatible with your system and drop it in. If it works you found the problem and can keep that RAM or return it (make sure you check their policies before you buy), if it doesn't then you can probably rule out the RAM as an issue and move on the the CPU or motherboard, I seriously doubt that the video card is the problem but I can't say for sure that it isnt.
July 9, 2006 7:45:50 AM

I'm still a little weary that this is the problem, you just never know sometimes :) [/quote]

If those brains over at EVGA don't get you up and runnin' by early next week, have them call these guys. When you get that bad boy up and runnin' you gotta' get one of these.

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/07/03/little_usb_puppet_...
July 9, 2006 9:26:17 AM

Are you sure it wasn't the power connector to the video card/12v to the mainboard?

(Sorry if you've already tried that btw, I only skimmed through this thread)
July 9, 2006 8:24:22 PM

Quote:
Are you sure it wasn't the power connector to the video card/12v to the mainboard?



Yeah I tried unplugging the 12v (probably not the safest thing to try but eh) and the system powered up for like 2 seconds then shut off.

For the video card I tried the pci-e cord that came with my PSU and the converter that came with the card itself, neither one made any difference.


If this new video card doesn't help then I guess I have to start replacing things part-by-part (sigh). The problem with that is companies usually don't like it when you return items claiming they're faulty when they really aren't. I know eVGA's policy on that is if they get my old card and after testing find out it's working fine then I pay a 15% restocking fee so they can resell it. However I have at least 2 emails from their tech support backing me up and telling me to RMA the card so maybe they won't be able to stick me with that fee (yeah right).

I'll keep this thread updated with any new info I get just in case other people are having this problem. Thanks all.
July 9, 2006 11:35:03 PM

Well hold on... if the new graphics card doesn't help and you're still getting that beep code, I'd say it's a problem PCI-E controller on the mobo. I dunno.. slot is shorted somewhere? Maybe that's why it beeps even with no graphic card installed.
July 10, 2006 12:35:59 AM

There might also be a small piece of wire or something in a connector slot, so I'd also give the whole top and bottom of the motherboard (especially inside the slots) a good spray with an air duster
July 10, 2006 1:08:03 AM

Those beeps are a bad graphics card. One long and two short

If a new card does not help the board is at fault. Wiggle the card in the slot - one of the pci connectors might be faulty. Do the same with ram.

Pull the card and try onboard video if it has it?

I would returd the board and video card for replacement
July 10, 2006 8:57:20 PM

Just got a small (but important) update.

I contacted G.skill, who is the manufacterer of my ram, and apparently they sent me incompatible ram... The tech guy said that it can be repgrogrammed, but obviously I'll need to RMA it (groan!)

So if anyone out there has an AM2 mobo and is thinking about getting G.Skill ram, you should avoid the HZ stuff. Here's what to look for:

F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

From what I was told this ram isn't compatible and will need to be reprogrammed. Even though I emailed G.Skill prior to buying this to be sure it would work, apparently they just didn't care...who knows.

That's all for now, I still haven't gotten the new vid card yet. Considering waiting until I get it before sending this ram back just in case it's already been reprogrammed. The tech guys probably wouldn't know if it had or not. On hold with evga right now to find out if this vid card is ever coming or not hehe.

cheers

Edit:
duh, I wanted to ask a question too... too many things going on today heh.
Ok so if the ram is in fact faulty, would it cause this problem? I've had bad ram before and the system would still boot but it would give me an error message. Maybe it depends on the board..I'm not sure.
July 10, 2006 9:28:20 PM

Quote:
Just got a small (but important) update.

I contacted G.skill, who is the manufacterer of my ram, and apparently they sent me incompatible ram... The tech guy said that it can be repgrogrammed, but obviously I'll need to RMA it (groan!)

So if anyone out there has an AM2 mobo and is thinking about getting G.Skill ram, you should avoid the HZ stuff. Here's what to look for:

F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

From what I was told this ram isn't compatible and will need to be reprogrammed. Even though I emailed G.Skill prior to buying this to be sure it would work, apparently they just didn't care...who knows.

That's all for now, I still haven't gotten the new vid card yet. Considering waiting until I get it before sending this ram back just in case it's already been reprogrammed. The tech guys probably wouldn't know if it had or not. On hold with evga right now to find out if this vid card is ever coming or not hehe.

cheers

Edit:
duh, I wanted to ask a question too... too many things going on today heh.
Ok so if the ram is in fact faulty, would it cause this problem? I've had bad ram before and the system would still boot but it would give me an error message. Maybe it depends on the board..I'm not sure.


It's all been a bad dream. Wake up you cell is beeping! LOL! :D 
July 10, 2006 9:34:16 PM

Oh please tell me that's true...I'm not even sure I want to process this next bit of information. /sigh

Ok I'm just going to copy/paste two of the emails I got from G.Skill, note these are from the same Rep:

Quote:
Hi

The new batch of F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ in NewEgg are good for AM2 now. You don't
need to send it back for reprogram. We are going to have a new value ram
DDR2 800 for AM2 platform later this week. Thank you

Denny
GSKILL USA REP


That's the first email I got, which is in response to me asking if the ram will be compatible with my mobo. Then here's the next email:

Quote:
Hi

What model do you have? F2-6400PHU2-2GBXX? Please let me know the XX. From
that point I can determine it is incompatible or defective.
However, from your email it looks like you have the incompatible memory.

If you using F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ, the SN you wrote which is the first batch of
DDR2 800 2GBHZ and it is not program correctly for AM2 platform. If your
model is the one I descript above. Please let me know

Thank you
Denny
GSKILL USA REP




.......


can someone tell me what the <bleep> is going on? or maybe just shoot me and put me out of this misery. I think a change of career is in order, time for me to be a computer engineer so I can literally build my own computer.


Edit:
I want to note these emails are about 2 weeks apart from each other. Like I said I had emailed them before buying to be sure the stuff would work. It wasn't until just now I went back and looked at the first email and noticed the Rep said the HZ ram would work just fine. I did order the ram from newegg, and it was after that first email, so I can only assume I got some of the "new batch".

I can hear the ringing, but I can't wake up!! Damn this rabbit hole
July 10, 2006 9:51:39 PM

brianb Dude :) 
I recently had a similar situation, only with an existing system that runs 24/7. Following a swe update the sucker failed (stalled) during reboot. As I had disconnected the mobo speaker (in a box in the closet) I had no beep codes. I attempted analysing all of the PC failure modes I've had over the past 16 years ... nothing worked ... changed memory, vid card, mobo, etc., etc. just as you have done. Finally, I "remembered" BIOS beep codes and reinstalled the mobo speaker ... three beeps = CPU for Award. Replaced Athlon 2500 CPU w/Semperon 2800 socket A ... runs great.
July 10, 2006 9:53:36 PM

Quote:
Just got a small (but important) update.

I contacted G.skill, who is the manufacterer of my ram, and apparently they sent me incompatible ram... The tech guy said that it can be repgrogrammed, but obviously I'll need to RMA it (groan!)

So if anyone out there has an AM2 mobo and is thinking about getting G.Skill ram, you should avoid the HZ stuff. Here's what to look for:

F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ

From what I was told this ram isn't compatible and will need to be reprogrammed. Even though I emailed G.Skill prior to buying this to be sure it would work, apparently they just didn't care...who knows.

That's all for now, I still haven't gotten the new vid card yet. Considering waiting until I get it before sending this ram back just in case it's already been reprogrammed. The tech guys probably wouldn't know if it had or not. On hold with evga right now to find out if this vid card is ever coming or not hehe.

cheers

Edit:
duh, I wanted to ask a question too... too many things going on today heh.
Ok so if the ram is in fact faulty, would it cause this problem? I've had bad ram before and the system would still boot but it would give me an error message. Maybe it depends on the board..I'm not sure.


It's all been a bad dream. Wake up you cell is beeping! LOL! :D 

>>That's the first email I got, which is in response to me asking if the ram will be compatible with my mobo. Then here's the next email:<<

Good thing the good folks at G. Skill aren't in the pacemaker industry. They should compensate you. You should ask. Probably send you a bunch of free defective RAM to work with.
July 10, 2006 11:15:21 PM

I wouldn't count out eVGA on this problem. I bought the 7800GT and SLi mobo combo on newegg a while back despite the poor reviews. Hooked it all up and it worked, but froze constantly and gave me all sorts of problems. So, I took out the 7800GT and put in my friends XFX card and it still had problems, so I RMAed the board for an ASUS A8N5X. The ASUS board was great, but the card was faulty too!!! RMAed the 7800GT and ended up with a x800pro. Between the shipping and restocking fees I ended up with a non SLi board and significantly worse video card for the same price! I'll never buy eVGA again :evil: 
July 10, 2006 11:39:27 PM

Quote:
I wouldn't count out eVGA on this problem. I bought the 7800GT and SLi mobo combo on newegg a while back despite the poor reviews. Hooked it all up and it worked, but froze constantly and gave me all sorts of problems. So, I took out the 7800GT and put in my friends XFX card and it still had problems, so I RMAed the board for an ASUS A8N5X. The ASUS board was great, but the card was faulty too!!! RMAed the 7800GT and ended up with a x800pro. Between the shipping and restocking fees I ended up with a non SLi board and significantly worse video card for the same price! I'll never buy eVGA again :evil: 

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it looks like the folks at G. Skill have PC6400 RAM out there with SPID's that are not compatible with some AM2 Motherboards. Be interesting to see what is the culprit, vid card or RAM. G. Skill admitted to Brian their product is defective. And Evga said the problem was their 7900GT. The beeps signified Video card. Too bad Brian is not able to swap out memory and video card. A lot of times I would never solve anything without the capability to move components around. Brian problem sounds like the old days and PC component compatibility issues.
July 13, 2006 4:51:03 AM

Well time for another update. My new vid card just arrived today, I eagerly swapped cards, powered up the system and!.....nothing

Same 3 beep code :cry: 


So I called EVGA back, talked to a guy who advised me to call back tomorrow during regular business hours (it was 4pm my time, like 10pm their time) and explain the situation. This way the NEXT video card they send me will be officially tested first to ensure it works. It's so nice to know companies don't do that anyway isn't it? I know I know it's impossible to test every single card, it still doesn't make me less frustrated.

After I finished with that conversation I decided to give SuperGeeks a call, see maybe if they could test my RAM for me; ya know, try to eliminate at least SOMETHING. No such luck however. Supergeeks refused to test my ram, saying it's dangerous since it hasn't been liscensed by them or something..ok sure I can buy that. So I ask if I can bring my case in and have them try some of their ram in my system....oh how nice they can't do that either. Thanks for being such a help guys, how exactly is it you fix people's computers? I'm seriously curious if they somehow magically repair any problems without actually touching a computer just in case they get infected with a virtual virus....


Anyway if you can't tell I'm in a really pissy mood. The only help anyone was today was the guy I talked to at SuperGeeks was very confident my problem is the ram. Sure would have liked to verify that but the only way that's gonna hapen is an RMA back to G.Skill. And of course the paid shipping label they gave me is through UPS, who's latest pick-up time is 5pm here *looks at the clock....4:48pm* wonderful

Maybe in a month or so when I have all my shiny new worthless parts I'll be back with another update, until then I'd just like to say that if this problem is indeed the ram then I hate AM2 and all the ram companies with their poor compatiblity testing :evil: 
July 13, 2006 6:18:06 AM

Quote:
Well time for another update. My new vid card just arrived today, I eagerly swapped cards, powered up the system and!.....nothing

Same 3 beep code :cry: 


So I called EVGA back, talked to a guy who advised me to call back tomorrow during regular business hours (it was 4pm my time, like 10pm their time) and explain the situation. This way the NEXT video card they send me will be officially tested first to ensure it works. It's so nice to know companies don't do that anyway isn't it? I know I know it's impossible to test every single card, it still doesn't make me less frustrated.

After I finished with that conversation I decided to give SuperGeeks a call, see maybe if they could test my RAM for me; ya know, try to eliminate at least SOMETHING. No such luck however. Supergeeks refused to test my ram, saying it's dangerous since it hasn't been liscensed by them or something..ok sure I can buy that. So I ask if I can bring my case in and have them try some of their ram in my system....oh how nice they can't do that either. Thanks for being such a help guys, how exactly is it you fix people's computers? I'm seriously curious if they somehow magically repair any problems without actually touching a computer just in case they get infected with a virtual virus....


Anyway if you can't tell I'm in a really pissy mood. The only help anyone was today was the guy I talked to at SuperGeeks was very confident my problem is the ram. Sure would have liked to verify that but the only way that's gonna hapen is an RMA back to G.Skill. And of course the paid shipping label they gave me is through UPS, who's latest pick-up time is 5pm here *looks at the clock....4:48pm* wonderful

Maybe in a month or so when I have all my shiny new worthless parts I'll be back with another update, until then I'd just like to say that if this problem is indeed the ram then I hate AM2 and all the ram companies with their poor compatiblity testing :evil: 


Wow. Brian man that sucks. I don't know what to say. Bummer. I have to tell ya, I came home from work, cracked open a EPOX SLI MB fresh from the factory, stuck in a couple of EVGA 7600GT video cards in SLI, a couple a gigs of Corsair, a 300 gig maxtor SATA drive, some optical drives and installed a Zalman cooler and hit the button and Voila! I'm loading windows as I write this. Can't wait to give it to my son after I load it up and tweak it out. SLI yes! I knew that'd make you feel good. LOL!

Hang in there. Be sure to keep us posted when the Einsteins over Supergeeks get their heads on straight and fix something right. You'll get it. Just stay with it.
July 13, 2006 6:36:39 AM

It really does sound like a damaged motherboard to me, given the near impossibility of having several video cards not work.

If one of the traces or solder points on the PCI-e slot is damged or shorted out, it'll return a bad video code quite consistently. I'd swap the motherboard and see if that solves the problem. But wait for the replacement video card to come - and if it still gives you errors, it's definately the MB. It also MIGHT have a jumper set wrong somewhere as well - double-check them while you're at it.
July 14, 2006 2:14:02 AM

Update time! My computer is FINALLY working, it was the RAM.

I decided to go down to CompUSA and see if they had any DDR2, they did and they have a 21 day return policy (which I questioned them about non-stop). So I bought some PNY 512mb PC3500 (no where near as good as my g.skill but oh well, it's getting returned heh), got home plopped it in and bingo!

Well not quite, the computer didn't exactly like the fact that there was no keyboard/mouse or harddrive connected lol. But I got it all hooked up and working great. Now I just need G.Skill to hurry up and get my ram reprogrammed so I can return this other ram to compusa :) 

On a side note I had the most hilarious conversation with the employee. He was totally boggled as to why I'd want to buy this ram. It's 2 256mg sticks, and they had no other kits of that kind. I just went along with it and let him be confused as to why someone would want to get themselves stuck with just 512mb, even though I told him I was only buying it to test in my machine and would be returning it either way.

...but man he just kept telling me "are you sure you want this? we don't have more you know, and this is only 512mb." I'm like "yeah yeah I know, it's fine learn2play...er I mean just give me the ram"

I'm in such a better mood today than yesterday haha. Now if I could just figure out where to drop off my old video card to get mailed back to evga I'd be all set (i didn't realize they made the consumer pay the shipping, thought it was a pre-paid shipping address but the guy at the post office certainly wouldn't accept the box without 6 bucks for shipping)
July 14, 2006 2:22:57 AM

Hooray! G. Skill is at the top of EVGA's sh*t list about now. A lot other people's too.
July 14, 2006 2:43:01 AM

I got one other question now (sorry I'm full of em!), for some reason my bios isn't detecting my cpu fan. I get a warning when I power up and it says CPU fan speed fail or not speed is too slow.

When I enter bios and go to HardWare Monitor, it doesn't show my CPU fan as being connected, although I can plainly see that it is indeed spinning.

Also the temps are pretty high, the CPU is idling at 60C and the motherboard is also at 60C.

Any tips on how to fix this?
July 14, 2006 4:24:42 AM

You obviously used Thermal Paste. Artic Silver 5 works well. Just use a small amount. I have not seated an AM2 heatsink as yet. Be sure the heatsink is firmly atop the processor like it was intended to be. System heat can be caused by poor case ventillation and air flow. Make sure you have a front intake an rear exhaust air flow. Dead hot air in the middle of the case can raise the running temps substancially. Hmmm idle 60c CPU and system is too high. And no detection of CPU fan in BIOS? Is the heatsink hot to the touch? How about the RAM spreaders? If those temps are correct, and I stress if, they are too high.

Surely someone on here has that ASUS board and knows more than I do. Man, you are having the darndest time. I mhate it when that happens. I'm typing this on my new build. It appears I had a driver problem with the SLI setup, but nothing like what your going through. I would really like to hear what others have to say about he heat issue. Just beats the heck out of me. I have run on an overloaded PSU before and that created a LOT of heat. Feel your PSU and see if its REAL hot. Does it make the top of your case warm? How about the PSU's exhaust? Is it really hot air? It could be you have an inferior PSU causing some of the heat? May be a longshot?
July 14, 2006 4:37:39 AM

Nah the whole system is cool to the touch. The PSU is cool, the ram is fine, nothing is even warm. I'm thinking the bios is showing the wrong temps. If I can actually get this thing to work then I'll try downloading pcmonitor or something.

I'm having other pretty major problems with it now though, need to work through these first *sigh*
July 14, 2006 4:42:06 AM

I have a Pentium D 805 Smithfileld on an ASUS 945G Micro board I built last month. That ASUS board has ASUS Probe. I alos use Speed Fan. Try downloading it and see if it recognizes ypur CPU fan. Gives the correct temps too:

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
July 14, 2006 5:29:23 AM

hi
your problem is really with your ram ,processor or the motherboard .Try isolating th problem by keping your motherboard aln (not in the mallic cas but a plan flat not metallic(it could be a arth problem)
1) then get your lan card and don't connct your hdd and only use ram, processor and onboadrd dislpay only and isolate the problem in steps and put on components one by one ,do change the rams slots and get a good power supply .blah blah ...................... and go on with these steps procedure wise and your problem will b solved :) 
July 14, 2006 7:42:22 AM

Quote:
If it's an Award BIOS, then 1 long 2 short means a video problem. Make sure it's fully seated. Otherwise, sounds like your fix is in the mail.


our friend said asus ..so it`s probably an ami bios.....google for error codes...
July 14, 2006 7:51:09 AM

alright ... we all got that ..it`s an award bios ....the error seems to be at the video sistem....video card....
check the suplimentary connector (video power connector)..check all the connectors...it`s posible that in a rush you simply forgot one of them....

also reset the bios ...
if posible check the ntegrity of the video card in another sistem (a friend)
check the integrity of the power supply...

i had same problems with same brands of memory in dual channel with athlons 64 processors but i think this is not the case here

good luck
July 14, 2006 9:17:49 AM

I got it all up and running now, thanks everyone.

I'm pretty sure it's an Award bios, it says that in the manual that came with my mobo. But the problem wasn't the video card, it was the RAM.

My other problem was just a really horrible stroke of bad luck. While the harddrive was being formatted to install windows we had a little blip of a power outage. When I turned the system back on I got an error message that said "Error Cannot Load Operating System" or something to that effect.

I have since worked it out and am back to formatting the drive to install windows. I may another problem with Windows not liking the fact that I had to install it on a different drive in order to get my original drive formatted and ready to go...we'll see in a minute if it lets me. I'm hoping it will cause if not I don't want to have to contact MS to explain the situation. I just checked their support site and it seems ole' Mr. Gates is enjoying ripping people off. First two times are free, every time after that is over $200?? good god

Quote:
2 support requests submitted online or by a phone call are included at no charge
All additional support requests are $245.00 US per request during business hours or use an existing contract.
A 5-pack Phone Support Contract is available for $1225 US. For more information call (800) 936-3500.


heh here's hoping I won't need to waste one.

And again I'm really thankful for all the great help from everyone. I really appreciate it. Keep up the good work guys and gals!


EDIT

oh and I must say, that computer was seriously sweet while I was using it on the other drive. downloaded the lastest graphics drivers just so I could see better (widescreen LCD and all). Download was 40.1 mb and it took exactly 39.8 seconds! /drool It was so nice to use a good computer for once after being on this 7 year old laptop for the past 3 weeks. I almost want to say screw it and keep both drives hehe. Good thing the price is keeping me to my senses....160gb Seagate for $125? no thanks, I'll spend that much and get me a raptor on newegg :) 
July 14, 2006 10:13:47 AM

glad you fixed that up...
mem...ahh...i`m not surprised it`s an athlon after all...

well glad you fixed that up
good luck
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