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September 11, 2008 5:30:33 PM

Hello,

I have problem with the new system I'm building and could use some suggestions. Specs as follows:

Pentium core 2 duo
biostar tforce TG31-A7 mb
2 gb patriot ram
SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB 256-bit

System starts. Goes through post with no errors and then goes to black screen with no activity. If I try going into bios I get the same thing. Not really sure where to go from here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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September 11, 2008 5:53:04 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Hook up to the integrated video.
Turn off onboard video in the bios.
Then change the cable to the video card.
September 11, 2008 5:55:39 PM

Get Asus or Gigabyte board... then start up system and it should work fine.
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September 11, 2008 6:07:51 PM

Could be a couple of things. The first as that your power supply is too week. Try taking out your Radeon and using the onboard video since thats a G31 board. If you can get into your BIOS after that then get a bigger power supply. If not disconnect all your devices and try booting it with one RAM stick and then the other. You could have bad RAM or another device that isn't playing nice with your systems BIOS. If you still can't get into the BIOS screen, then you mighnt have a bad board or corrupted BIOS, which means you RMA that board.
September 11, 2008 6:23:32 PM

+1 @Evongugg. Use the integrated video. Change the BIOS settings to init the PEG graphics card first. Then reconnect to the Radeon and reboot.
September 12, 2008 5:13:48 PM

Thanks for the replies. I removed the radeon card and hooked up to internal graphics. Was able to get into bios just fine. Peg is set to iniate first by default. I suspect its a psu issue. For the sake of saving a couple bucks I spent $20 on a 585w psu. The thing weighs less than my cell phone so I should have been more suspicious to begin with. It also has no dedicated pci-e connector. Instead using a molex to pcie adapter. Could that be an issue? Seems that 585w should be more than enough power for what I've got.
September 12, 2008 5:33:15 PM

Sigh. 12v rails. This is the second time I've done this. Single rail w/30a should be enough right?
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