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August 25, 2006 10:05:43 PM

I just built a new computer. Its the 1st time I have ever done it. I connected everything and all of the plugs, then went to start the thing.

It starts for about 2 seconds, then shuts off.

I checked the plugs again

Starts again, 2 seconds, cuts off.

I dont know what Im doin wrong here :( 
August 25, 2006 10:11:10 PM

Starting for two seconds means?

Do the fans spin?

Hmm...PSU issue?

What are your specs?

~Ibrahim~
August 25, 2006 10:22:41 PM

Quote:
I just built a new computer. Its the 1st time I have ever done it. I connected everything and all of the plugs, then went to start the thing.

It starts for about 2 seconds, then shuts off.

I checked the plugs again

Starts again, 2 seconds, cuts off.

I dont know what Im doin wrong here :( 


The quality of my answer will directly reflect the quality of your question and information provided:

WOW, that's a lot of info, like telling your mechanic that your car won't start but you don't tell him your make and model of car and whether you hear anything funny.

Try banging a hammer on the top of the case.
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August 25, 2006 10:29:58 PM

Quote:
I just built a new computer. Its the 1st time I have ever done it. I connected everything and all of the plugs, then went to start the thing.

It starts for about 2 seconds, then shuts off.

I checked the plugs again

Starts again, 2 seconds, cuts off.

I dont know what Im doin wrong here :( 


The quality of my answer will directly reflect the quality of your question and information provided:

WOW, that's a lot of info, like telling your mechanic that your car won't start but you don't tell him your make and model of car and whether you hear anything funny.

Try banging a hammer on the top of the case.

ALL my computers have that distinct look.

To OP:

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/FAQ-Rev-02-26-0...
August 25, 2006 10:38:55 PM

I wasnt really sure where I was supposed to put it.

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16813131013

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16819103735

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16820145590

Power:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16817103931

Video:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16814130033

I have the RAM in the DIMM_A1 and A2 slots. there are 2 more slots DIMM_B1 and B2. I wasnt really sure where to put them.

and the HD is the 2nd HD out of my old comp. It is an alright HD.

I didnt format the old HD so it still has lots of files on it. Does that matter?

And yes, all of the fans spin.
August 25, 2006 10:44:13 PM

Ok, none of those links work.

Your ram slots should be in different colors and you should put the ram in the same colored slots. I suggest you try posting with just one ram in A1 for now though.

The hdd doesn't matter until you are ready to install the OS, you can't POST yet so not an issue.

My suggestion is to unplug everything, then plug everything back in. This means physically remove all components from the motherboard and plug them back in and do the same with the power connectors. Make sure you aren't missing any power connections like the 4 pin to the motherboard or 6 pin to the video card. Try to put this all together OUTSIDE the case on some cardboard to make sure you aren't shorting the motherboard on something in the case.
August 25, 2006 10:55:03 PM

Well, since those links got shortened somehow, I'll just repost them correctly, with some names:

ASUS M2N-SLi Deluxe

AMD X2 3800+

RAM NewEgg number isn't working. I do know that is Corsair, though.

Antec TruepowerII 550W

eVGA 7900GT KO

Hmmm..Those files on the HD might be causing problems, but check with the link provided by Badge first. (Badge: love the avatar). Stand-offs on correctly?

Good luck!

~Ibrahim~
August 25, 2006 11:08:52 PM

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(Badge: love the avatar).


I used my hammer on that too.

To the OP...you might take the front panel off your case and be sure the power on switch is seated firmly. Especially if you start getting nothing when you push the switch.
August 25, 2006 11:10:11 PM

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I used my hammer on that too.


lmao!

~Ibrahim~
August 25, 2006 11:12:50 PM

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lmao!


I once had a bad Power On switch cause my new Enermax PSU to not work at all. :D 
August 25, 2006 11:19:26 PM

I tried with just 1 stick of ram. That didnt work. I did have them in different colored slots though.

Ummm on the motherboard thing. I put in the gold colored raisers then placed the mobo on top of them. Then screwed the mobo into them. There is nohing in between the raisers and the mobo. The case came with some little red papery circle things. I didnt put those down. Could that be the problem?

And the RAM is CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) System Memory - Retail
Brand CORSAIR
Series XMS2
Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4
Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
Speed DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)
Cas Latency 4
Timing 4-4-4-12
Voltage 1.9V
ECC No
Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
Heat Spreader Yes
Warranty
Manufacturer Warranty Lifetime
August 25, 2006 11:26:34 PM

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I tried with just 1 stick of ram. That didnt work. I did have them in different colored slots though.

Ummm on the motherboard thing. I put in the gold colored raisers then placed the mobo on top of them. Then screwed the mobo into them. There is nohing in between the raisers and the mobo. The case came with some little red papery circle things. I didnt put those down. Could that be the problem?

And the RAM is CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) System Memory - Retail
Brand CORSAIR
Series XMS2
Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4
Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Capacity 2GB (2 x 1GB)
Speed DDR2 675 (PC2 5400)
Cas Latency 4
Timing 4-4-4-12
Voltage 1.9V
ECC No
Buffered/Registered Unbuffered
Heat Spreader Yes
Warranty
Manufacturer Warranty Lifetime


Like someone suggested, try reseating your video card and check all the plug ins running from you power supply. You did line up the CPU correctly when you installed it, right? If you can, check the power on switch and be sure it is not pushed out of ground from it's socket behind the front panel.

If you have spare parts like other video cards, other RAM other power supplys that is how I usually solve this kind of proble. And yes, I usually use those little red washers. A lot of possibilities including a short to the MB or a faulty PSU and even the bad power on switch. be sure to plug in the PSU main 24 pin cable to the MB as well as the 4 pin to power the CPU.
August 25, 2006 11:26:49 PM

Thanks for the memory info!

Quote:

Most likely cause of this situation is the motherboard being grounded by a misplaced mounting post. Check to make sure all the post line up with all the holes in the motherboard, and remove any posts that don't.


Does that help any?

~Ibrahim~
August 25, 2006 11:35:56 PM

umm the 4-pin for the CPU? I have the CPU fan in, and on the guide I was reading it said that that connector was for Pentium 4s only. ??
August 25, 2006 11:43:52 PM

Try plugging it in....Doesn't the motherboard have a spot for it? Near the heatsink, in the corner?

~Ibrahim~
August 25, 2006 11:47:57 PM

yeah stupid me. it was the 4 pin thing for the PSU. I think I got it now
August 26, 2006 12:02:01 AM

Ok new development. Lol

It starts up now, but on the monitor it says "USB Device Over Current. Shutting down in 20...19....18....17...."

then shuts down. There are no USB devices plugged in. Is it maybe that the USB ports (the extra ones on the front) arent plugged in to the Mobo correctly?
August 26, 2006 12:18:06 AM

Try it with one stick of memory or different slots. That seemed to fix a problem for one person.

BIOS issue as well...Can't update, can you?

~Ibrahim~
August 26, 2006 12:28:36 AM

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Ok new development. Lol

It starts up now, but on the monitor it says "USB Device Over Current. Shutting down in 20...19....18....17...."

then shuts down. There are no USB devices plugged in. Is it maybe that the USB ports (the extra ones on the front) arent plugged in to the Mobo correctly?



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Okay it looks like it was a short of some kind between the MOBO and the mounting plate that is in the case. My solution, for what it is worth. I placed 3 nylon washers between the MOBO and the plate around the each and every screw (9). Since this has been a transient issue I will not know if it worked for good for a few days (just to be safe). But I am sending this via the "Hell beast". We shall see, I did not even think of that as a possibility, Thank You.

I will keep you posted.

PS; This is the longest it has stayed up and running (with many restarts) as it has in the past.



http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21704279.htm...
August 26, 2006 3:24:06 AM

I am really not willing to subscribe to that for the answer :/ 
August 26, 2006 3:29:56 AM

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I am really not willing to subscribe to that for the answer :/ 


Have you tried resetting the CMOS with the jumper?
August 26, 2006 3:55:04 AM

Ok I unplugged the front USBs and it works now. I mustve had them plugged in wrong or something.

Now....I just need a step by step guide on how to get ALL this stuff set up.

I went to the setup and it seems that it isnt detecting my HD. What all should I have connected to the HD? I have a power cable and a ribbon cable (which also goes to the CD-Rom drive, which works fine)

Also I did continue in the setup thing and it said boot disk failure. Insert system disk and press enter. What disk does it want? The Windows and the Mobo disks didnt work :/ 
August 26, 2006 4:05:42 AM

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Ok I unplugged the front USBs and it works now. I mustve had them plugged in wrong or something.

Now....I just need a step by step guide on how to get ALL this stuff set up.

I went to the setup and it seems that it isnt detecting my HD. What all should I have connected to the HD? I have a power cable and a ribbon cable (which also goes to the CD-Rom drive, which works fine)

Also I did continue in the setup thing and it said boot disk failure. Insert system disk and press enter. What disk does it want? The Windows and the Mobo disks didnt work :/ 


The reason for BOOT DISK FAILURE is you must go into your BIOS and set the CD ROM as the FIRST Boot Device. Then put your windows CD in the CD tray and restart. The system will ask you to press any key to boot from the CD. Do so.

Try that and see where you get. BTW boot your system and just keep hitting 'delete' key to get into you BIOS. Then under Advanced or similiar you can choose CD ROM as you first boot device.
August 26, 2006 4:18:03 AM

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I went to the setup and it seems that it isnt detecting my HD. What all should I have connected to the HD? I have a power cable and a ribbon cable (which also goes to the CD-Rom drive, which works fine)


So your HD uses a wide cable exactly like your CD drive? You should put the HD on a seperate cable to IDE controller number 1 and the CD to a IDE controller 2 seperate from the HD. Oh... now I realize you only have one IDE controller. You should of bought a SATA HD. To be honest, I don't think it's going to work with HD and DVD on a single IDE cable. Be sure you hook the HD as master and the CD as slave if on that one cable. Even then I have never done that before.
August 26, 2006 11:00:38 AM

OK I got the HD to work (I had it as the slave drive on the ribbon)

Now, how do I format the drive without having windows installed yet? I CAN take it out and put it in my old comp, then format it, but that is a big big hassle
August 26, 2006 1:04:12 PM

Going through the Windows Setup, it will format the disk for you, before it starts installing Windows...

~Ibrahim~
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