I've never made a AMD machine so maybe I am doing something wrong. I first thought the mobo was bad then the CPU. Both are new now and I am still having the same issue of having no video output. I have 2 x 2gig memory for 4gigs total that I bought that I thought maybe were bad. So I took 4gigs out of my Gaming machine. Also DDR 800, still no video. So I took all 8gigs out of my gaming rig and put them in the machine... still nothing.
This isn't the first time I've made a custom built PC but I just can't wrap my head around this I guess. Do you need to do something extra with an AMD processor that I am missing?
Any help would be appreciated ... I'm going to lose it.
Post back after you've performed all the steps in the checklist if you're still having problems. My guess is that the answer to your problems is contained in the checklist. #2 on the list is the most common problem.
The 5050e isn't supported on that motherboard until BIOS version F2 released on 2009/03/11. That would be my next guess if you've gone through the entire checklist including breadboarding to eliminate a short as the possible problem.
Make sure the power cable is properly inserted. Even if you think it is you may simply have not fully inserted it all the way. Since you have a 20+4pin connector the last 4 pins can be moved out of the way to fit older boards. It's easy for these to accidentally cause the connector to be improperly connected if you are not careful. Do the same for the 8pin cable. Make sure you plugged in the 8 pin cable properly and that you didn't do something like accidentally try and use a PCI-E connector for it. Make sure that your CMOS isn't set to clear .
For some reason, my work internet proxy is blocking the link you posted so I don't know what BIOS update directions you're looking at. I would upgrade to the newest possible BIOS. The safest way (and only way if no OS is installed) is to put the updated BIOS on something like a USB stick and update the BIOS from there. IIRC, though, you'll need a supported CPU installed in order to update the BIOS.
You could get a cheap CPU and use it to update the BIOS and then sell it, or you could try to return your CPU and get a 4850e instead which is supported from the F1 BIOS and only 100 MHz slower.
This is about the cheapest CPU I found that's supported by the F1 BIOS:
You know what sucks about this whole thing .... I was looking at the 4850e originally and that was what I was going to get! But some other person said to get the 5050 its only a few bucks more and faster too. And I said ok -.- Damn me.
The 4850e is deactivated on Newegg now too. I can only probably return it for the LE-1660 >.< why why why why why!!!
This is an HTPC so a 45w is what I want. Do you think a LE-1660 will do the job or are you only recommending that for the flash?
I was just recommending it for the BIOS flash. I wouldn't get too hung up on the 45W rating. It seems like I remember seeing an article that said it didn't really help much with power usage or temps anyway. I would get something like this:
Don't really want to go through the process of soldering parts onto the motherboard. I can't exchange the processor with another one either so either A. I try to sell this processor I bought sadly enough. Or I try to get someone to let me barrow or buy a used processor that will work for me.
Actually asking a few college buddies of mine if they have any AMD processors laying around to let me barrow before I go down that road. Rather not have to spend to much money to do this. If this works I can get it up and running this weekend finally after sitting in my kitchen for almost a month now.