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Please help me troubleshoot my new build!

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January 3, 2007 2:16:06 AM

Here's the system:

Case: Antec P180B
PSU: Antec 550 Neo HE
Motherboard: Asus P5B Deluxe
CPU: C2D E6600
Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra 120
Memory: 2x1gb DDR2 800 Corsair XMS-2 Dual Channel
Video Card: eVGA 8800 GTS
Sound Card: Sound Blaster 2 ZS Platinum
Hard Drive: Seagate 320gb SATA Perp Rec Drive
CD/DVD: Can't remember
Floppy: Sony

Here's the problem:

Got everything plugged in. The motherboard is glowing. Turn the computer on and all the fans start up, including the video card fan. I can feel the hard drive spinning and the CD/DVD tray works.

However, the monitor won't display anything. I've tried 2 monitors, one of them a DVI, the other an old CRT (can't remember the name of the input, VGA?) that I know works. Both of the monitors do not detect any signal.

I'm not sure if i'm supposed to be getting any beeping or not. When I went to install the front bezel connectors I installed the reset switch, power led, power switch, and hard drive led I. However, there wasn't any switch for sound, which I remember there being when I built my old computer. Don't know what's up with that.

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January 3, 2007 10:54:37 AM

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Double check all your connections. Make sure you have both PCI-e power connectors on the Video card hooked up. Also try clearing the CMOS and see if that helps.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

As far as I can tell there's only a single power connection for the 8800 GTS, am I missing something?

I'm going to try dismantling it on the kitchen table when I get home, taking out the motherboard (to make sure nothing is shorting), and plug it into the PSU with just the video card, processor, and memory connected.

Does anyone know what I can do about the system warning speaker not being included in the computer case? Is there one on the motherboard that I missed somehow?
January 3, 2007 11:29:30 AM

Did you try both dvi ports on the card?
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January 3, 2007 11:32:11 AM

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Did you try both dvi ports on the card?


Yep :?
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January 3, 2007 11:53:24 AM

Your power supply is adequate.
You could try reseating the video card in it's slot.
Beeps would be helpful.
I f you want a speaker, call Antec Support. They will mail you one with 2 wires attached that you attach to your motherboard. It doesn't need to be fastened to anything.
January 3, 2007 12:37:53 PM

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Your power supply is adequate.
You could try reseating the video card in it's slot.
Beeps would be helpful.
I f you want a speaker, call Antec Support. They will mail you one with 2 wires attached that you attach to your motherboard. It doesn't need to be fastened to anything.


Cool, i'll give Antec a call today. Hopefully i'll have a better idea what the problem is this afternoon when I take it out of the case and just use the core components.
January 3, 2007 12:38:20 PM

Make sure your memory is seated in correctly. Sometimes it takes a good amount of force to seat it correctly. Also try booting with one stick of ram at a time.
January 3, 2007 12:50:06 PM

Nope, don't think you're missing anything with the power connectors...

I know the 8800gtx has two 6 pin connectors, but I believe the gts only has 1.

Do you have another video card to try in it's place, or another computer (or a friend's) to try your gts in?
January 3, 2007 12:56:08 PM

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Nope, don't think you're missing anything with the power connectors...

I know the 8800gtx has two 6 pin connectors, but I believe the gts only has 1.

Do you have another video card to try in it's place, or another computer (or a friend's) to try your gts in?


The only other video cards I have are AGP :( 
January 5, 2007 4:27:16 AM

I'm having the same problem, except its with my 7900. I just got everything running and the fans all turned on, dvd tray came out and everything. It's wonderful, except that my monitor acts like it doesn't exist. How can I install Windows without a monitor? :?
January 5, 2007 1:09:53 PM

I have the same problem. I am using the Intel Quadcore CPU with the Intel D975xbx2 motherboard. . . 4 gig of Ram. . . Zalman 600 watt powersupply . . . and I have the PNY version of hte 8800 gts.
January 5, 2007 10:51:33 PM

Bump...Please help
January 5, 2007 10:57:49 PM

first pull a speaker from old junky computer or make one. then hook it up to the mobo.

check the beeps and have your mobo maker first tech support u. u could have many problems

pull ram out try 1 stick only in slot 3 - check your ram.

check your bios -make sure its update for your cpu

HINT: build your system out of the case first - thats how i build all mine i sell. Even 6 drive raid systems.

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January 5, 2007 11:01:11 PM

i just grabed a photo - 4 raptors in raid 5/0 - tested it for week - it crashed after 500 gigs of data and month of use! memory problems most likely!


build it on the desk top - and test it first - its alot easier to work on.

you may want to disasemble your system if u get too frustrated!
January 5, 2007 11:17:15 PM

Hey I just got my system up and running. Here are a few things that I found while troubleshooting.

1. Building your system out of the case using nothing more than the CPU, 1 or 2 Memory Chips and the Graphics card is the best way to troubleshoot the issue. (My second issue was I had one bad DIMM and this was the only way to diagnois it).

2. Make sure you are using the correct powercables for your motherboard and CPU. My Zalman ZM600 came with too many cables. The thing is backwards compatible to PII (exagerating but you get the idea).

3. Be systematic. . . .change one thing at a time and you will find the issue.

I am now happily running P QuadCore 6800 with 1.2 Terabytes storage, 2 GIG of RAM (waiting for a replacement of 2 DIMMS for the bad set I just sent back) and PNY 8800 GTS.

HD Video Editing Here I come.
January 5, 2007 11:27:12 PM

Quick Thing to Look for. Did you plug the power in for your CPU. The Motherboard and the CPU have seperate power connectors. Also try taking out Ram. If that doesn't work try disassembling and then reassembling on a non-conductive surface. This totally helped me trouble shoot the issues I was having.

PS Does your 7900 require its own powersupply?
January 6, 2007 2:09:18 AM

Yes it requires it's own.
Which of course is connected.
I'm also getting that single beep telling me everything is ok and my gfx card's fan is just running it's heart out lol
January 6, 2007 2:15:05 AM

if u get a single beep and u have problems at boot or with stalling its your memory - reduce the speed or up the volts or change the latencies or combo
January 6, 2007 2:16:46 AM

Hrm...I might be willing to do that.


-Oh wait, I forgot. I can't get into the BIOS. X.X
I did the rubbing alcohol trick and I wiggled it a bunch and tried VGA instead of DVI and I tried both ports and still no go. :( 
January 6, 2007 2:27:19 AM

reset cmos jumper

power system on/off to earse the cmos - pull the battery and the jumper -turn on the system. let it sit 5-10 mins with power cord pulled or rear psu switch off

u may have set your memory wrong - its locked - if reset the bios it clear the pass word too.

if still does not work - pull memory put 1 stick in slot 3 and swap with the other try each.

o ya- check out my how to build a water cooled pc guide:
http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/build-liquid-co...
January 6, 2007 6:42:49 PM

Clearing CMOS doesn't help.
I'm starting to wonder if XMS2 memory is compatible with my mobo...
January 6, 2007 6:58:41 PM

what is memory and mobo? U might want start a new thread?

if the cpu fan spins the bios is usually correct - bad bios ususally no cpu fan. the computer thinks there is no cpu.

u sure u cleared the cmos - pull the battery and let sit awhile.

and u did swap sticks in slot 3?
January 6, 2007 11:40:58 PM

Same problem I had with the p5ld2 deluxe with a pentium d the sites say they will work with dual core pentium D but have to update the bios the problem is I had to buy a Pentium 4 to get it into the bios and then update the bios and then switch it back after all that it gets to bios but I dont know if that will work with a core 2 duo make sure that the cpu is compatible with your motherboard. I still havent got it into windows wiht mine Windows doesnt see a hard drive I think I need a driver.
if that helps red68 .
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