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September 10, 2009 10:16:12 PM

Just finished building my new computer and when I go to turn it on, everything flashes for a second (lights, fans) and then it stops, nothing else happens. This is a brand new build, and I went over the checklist of things that might be keeping it from booting. I took it all apart, re-did it all step by step straight out of the motherboard manual. The green LED on the motherboard is lit when plugged in, and when switched on in the first second all of the fans spin and the lights blink, and then nothing except the green LED on the motherboard.

Specs:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333LLKN

HIS H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B

Antec 900 case


I've tried reconnecting everything, I've tried removing the ram and trying each on individually, and I've tried taking everything apart and looking at each part to make sure it wasn't bent/broken etc. I also used an anti-static wrist stap while building. The only thing I haven't done is plug in a system speaker, because I don't have one.

Any and all help would be much appreciated.

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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
September 10, 2009 10:34:25 PM

First, you need a system speaker. Right now, you do not know if the system is POSTing, but not booting; or if it is POSTing unsuccessfully; or if it not POSTing at all. Each of those three possibilities leads to a different troubleshooting path.

Boot problems
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...
but you will need a system speaker. The only substitute is to blindly start swapping components out.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 10, 2009 10:39:39 PM

I'll ask the obvious...Are both the 24 pin and 4 pin power cables connected to the MB?
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September 10, 2009 10:39:48 PM


Hrmmm... couple thoughts:

Did you try booting up without the GPU/Display, just to see if the minimal components stay on?

Is the CPU Heatsink/Fan attached tightly to the motherboard? If the CPU overheats too much then I think everything just shuts down (if memory serves...).

You could also have a bad PSU... if so then it might have enough juice to light up the MB but not enough to power the GPU?

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September 10, 2009 11:03:03 PM

cmichael138 said:
I'll ask the obvious...Are both the 24 pin and 4 pin power cables connected to the MB?

yes, both are
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 11, 2009 2:19:22 AM

Check to see if your standoffs are in the correct position. You could be shorting out your mobo.

Also, tie up any loose cables to make sure they aren't shorting out on anything.
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September 12, 2009 3:01:37 PM

I got the speaker, but I can't figure out where it should plug into. I thought it went right above the HDD LED/PWR Reset plugs, but when I put it in there and turned the system on no sound came from it. So I figured either that's the wrong spot or the silence is the answer. If it is the wrong spot, then where does it go?
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September 14, 2009 2:02:37 PM

So I'm thinking the silence is the answer, if so then what does that mean?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2009 2:41:55 PM

If there's nothing coming from the speaker, the system isn't POSTing. But the complete lack of beeps is odd. It still sounds like it's shorting out.

Check out the mobo manual and make sure the speaker is on the right pins.
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September 14, 2009 7:15:52 PM

Checked the manual and I had the speaker in the right place. After that I went through and completely re-built it all again, this time using washers under all of the screws on the mobo, and still nothing happens when turned on except for the lights blinking and fans spin around once. Still no sound from the speaker. So is the problem the mobo?
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 14, 2009 7:37:34 PM

It's a good possibility.

Try removing the mobo from the case. Put it on a piece of cardboard next to the case. Plug in a single stick of RAM, the hard drive, CPU, PSU, and video card. Unplug everything else. Try booting like that.
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September 14, 2009 10:35:10 PM

Tried it. Still nothing, not even a beep from the speaker. Though the green led was still coming on. :cry: 
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September 14, 2009 10:55:06 PM

I'm thinking the mobo is the problem, thankfully I should still be able to send it back to newegg in exchange for a working one.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 15, 2009 2:06:02 AM

It's down to the PSU or the mobo. The video card or RAM should've thrown beep codes if they are the problem. You could swap in a different PSU to test. Other than that, it's time to RMA the mobo.
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