Can anyone offer any advice before I take a sledgehammer to it?
MSI p965 platinum MB
Core 2 Duo 6400
8800 GTS 640mb
I turn on the computer and it doesn't boot. It gives 2 short beeps, then 8 slightly longer beeps. Monitor screen remains blank.
The PSU fan, cpu fan and gfx fan all start up and continue to rotate with nothing happening.
So far, I have:
Checked all leads and in place
Removed all 4 sticks of ram, cleaned them and the slots, tried booting in every different combination of 1 - 4 sticks with each slot.
Removed, cleaned and reseated the graphics card
Removed cmos battery
Swapped the jumpers temporarily to reset the bios
If I have no RAM installed, I do not get the beeps (but still no boot and blank screen)
If I remove the graphics card, I still get the beeps.
Googling has suggested that these beeps may be due to ram or graphics. My 4 sticks of RAM are of 2 different brands, but neither seem to work.
The computer was working fine yesterday when I shut it down as normal.
Sounds like you have tried a bit already, but check and see if there is anything on the boot problems sticky in the homebuilt section that you have not tried. You have unplugged all drives before testing, right?