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New Build won't POST..(already saw "boot problems" sticky)

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June 2, 2009 3:23:20 PM

Hey guys, I just finished putting together a new rig and for some reason when I hit the power button, things fire up, but there is nothing on the screen at all. Also, the LED's on the motherboard all light up and stay solid (including LED's that indicate the CPU is overclocked ...and it's not). Do you guys have any clue what could be wrong? Thanks in advance and will rep!

Also, LED's are on that indicate high north bridge loading. Nothing comes up on my monitor when I press the power button. It continues to look as if the computer is off (monitor is in standby). I also don't hear a POST beep or anything...

I unplugged everything but the hard drive and video card and 1 chip of ram and still no luck. I then unplugged the HDD and video card too and still the LEDs on the mobo were lit. What do you guys suggest?

Specs if needed:
GPU-$157 AR ($50 rebate)
EVGA GTX 260 Super Clocked Core 216 896MB PCI-Express Video Card
https://shop4.frys.com/product/58...IN_RSLT_PG
CPU-$212
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6819115202
MOBO-185 AR ($20)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813128374
RAM-$70 AR ($20)
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820227381
Bluray-$162
LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20L
Memory Cooler- $13
Thermaltake Cyclo Memory Cooling Kit
http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake...ooler.html
Card Reader-$13
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820223103
HDD-$90
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822136284

PSU-$70 AR ($30)
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817703009
Audio-$258
HT OMEGA Claro Halo XT 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card w/ a built-in HI-FI Headphone Amplifier - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6829271005
Case-195
Thermaltake Spedo Advance Package VI90001W2Z Black 0.8 mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811133072
Cooler-$60
Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6835106123
June 2, 2009 3:43:52 PM

You'll need to go through the entire checklist. This sounds like a possible short. The breadboarding step in the checklist may help. The solution to your problem is very likely in the checklist.
June 2, 2009 3:48:47 PM

hmm...I'm not sure w hat just happened but I turned it on plugged one ram chip in again (into a diff slot), put the GPU back a nd I let it run for few and the LED lights went off...I'm gonna power the GPU and see if it posts correctly
brb
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June 2, 2009 3:50:06 PM

OH *** it posted! please plase please be the RAM and not the mobo...gonna text original slot...
June 2, 2009 3:54:46 PM

sigh...looks like the first RAM slot in the mobo is shot. bahh...I wonder if there is a point in replacingit...will I ever need more than 6gb in the near future anyway? Maybe I can just skip the first slot and run the triple channel on the white slots instead of the blue..


But just to make sure...this can't be anythign else in that case? If everything boots fine when the ram is in a different slot?
June 2, 2009 4:24:19 PM

If you read your motherboard owners manual you would find out that you're SUPPOSED to use the white RAM slots with 3 sticks of RAM installed.
June 2, 2009 4:39:36 PM

That;s really weird--they are the ones furthest to the right...I don't think I ever had memory like that. But I have only one stick in there and it's in the blue slot (the one closest to the CPU) right now. And when that is the case, it doesn't POST. Do you think that it might not be defective but just that it should be in the white slot? If that is the case, how can I test if that slot is working? In my old PC, Iwas able to test each slot by putting a single chip in any one (but it was a DDR2 PC). Thanks for the help! Please let me know when you get a chance because I just submitted for RMA and would LOVE to not have todo that.
June 2, 2009 4:53:28 PM

Can someone please let me know how I can test the first blue memory slot (the DDR-2) slot? It sort of makes sense for the PC not to post if it is set up this way but I want ot make sure I don't have a defective board. This would be AMAZING if it is actually just htat I put the memory in the wrong place...but like I said, on my DDR2 machine, I could put one chip into any slot and it would POST.
June 2, 2009 5:02:49 PM

Also, if it is any help, if I put one chip into the first blue slot (the one I tought was defective) and then one chip into a white slot, it POSTs. But if I post one chip into any blue slot, it does not POST. Can the blue slots be interconnected and all defective? Or does this just mean it would post with 6 RAM chips but not with 3 (meaning I can only use the white slots for 3)?
June 2, 2009 8:00:36 PM

You'll have to check your motherboard owners manual. It has a very detailed section on how to set up the RAM. The white slots are the correct slots to use. I think your motherboard is fine. A lot of i7 motherboards won't post if the RAM is in the wrong slot.
June 2, 2009 8:51:54 PM

Hey, you were definitely rigt about using the white slots because it's posting now...but is there any way to test that the other RAM slots are working without having 6 chips?
June 2, 2009 9:37:15 PM

Page 16 of your owners manual has specific instructions for RAM installation. It looks like you'd need at least 4 sticks of RAM to test the blue slots. I'm sure they're fine. Installing the RAM in the slots starting with the one further from the CPU is common on every i7 motherboard I've worked with.

http://america.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/Manual/motherbo...
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