It's my first time building a PC, I'm a complete newbie and have enjoyed it immensely as a learning experience thus far. Having taken everything extremely slow and being ridiculously cautious I'd worked on the machine a bit every evening after work over the past month and the big turn on was tonight! : Heres the components I have in my Antec P160 case at the moment.
After breathing a sigh of relief when it didnt blow up in my face having hit the on switch , all my fans running beautifully (Graphics card, cpu + two additional 120mm ones installed rear and front), I noticed no Bios initialisation on my connected monitor. The monitor would power up for a few secs then go into standby mode, a black screen greeting me in both states. I applied the supplied dvi-crt adapters that came with the card, I tested another old 19" crt but to no avail. Its kind of heart-breaking as I type this bleary eyed but is my Bios not coming up because my CPU is dead and failing to communicate with the mobo? The motherboard is grand, all the relevant lights flashing etc. but i think I must have fried the CPU.
Any suggestions as to what the problem might be are be greatly appreciated guys!
It's almost certanly not the CPU. They almost never go bad. It will turn out to be something else. MOBO, RAM or power, maybe video. Hopefully something minor is amiss and it will still run for you after you get to the bottom of it.
You have power plugged in to all three locations? Video card, main mobo, AND the 4 pin CPU connector?
You put the standoff's on the mobo chassis? The MOBO could possibly be shoting to the case floor.
As mondoman said it wopuld help to know if you are getting beep error codes from the PC speaker.
Lads, was just about to hit the hay and just had this sudden urge to have one last look before bed. I said to myself, "I'll try remove something" and see if it has any effect. Took out the soundcard - nothing (unsurprisingly, but i was clutching at straws.) Took out a memory module and i got the bios screen! hallelujah! Anyone know why the memory was causing this problem and does this mean I wont be able to use my second gig? Cheers for your suggestions so far!
Dont really have a clue as to the next step bios wise. Is it simply a case of navigating the menu's and setting the cpu speed at 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz) and doing the same with the memory voltage. How doe's one determine the bus speed? Forgive my ignorance, I'm googling at the same time, but I've found that on forums someone might just happen to mention something that clarifies things and puts it more succinctly!
Cautious is always good. Far better than foolish.
A first timer might try to set the BIOS to default and try different settings till he finds what works for him. There are an abundant and sometimes confusing number of bios speed settings for memory, but sometimes it is nothing more than having the module seated correctly in the slot. Abit is notorious for having tight fitting memory slots.