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Trouble getting it to work... Mobo won't beep.

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January 16, 2010 12:37:18 PM

I purchased parts to build a new PC over two weeks ago, however, my PC is still in pieces on my table, and I’m beside myself. The issue is that I can’t get my motherboard to make any beeps. Not a one. Fans spin, power is supplied, but no beeps. I’ll list the “important” parts of my PC before I go any deeper.

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here’s the story: Last Friday (8 days ago) all of my parts finally arrived. I was stoked. Well, I had my friend Adam who is actually the head manager at our local Best Buy Geek Squad station check out the PC after I had built it. Everything seemed to be fine, so we powered it up and….nothing. Power was being supplied to all parts, fans were spinning, but no beeps were emitting from the motherboard. 6 phase LEDs were lit – 2 red, 2 yellow, 2 green. So, with great sadness, I RMAed the motherboard after he recommended I do so, thinking it was DOA.

I did just that, and yesterday the new motherboard arrived. We go through the same process, being very careful to do things properly. We flip the switch aaaaand…nothing. No beeps. The same 6 phase LEDs come on – 2 red, 2 yellow and 2 green. They stay on. However, this time my heatsink fan wouldn’t spin. Needless to say I’m very upset about all of this, but I’m not ready to give up just yet.

Last night I read in the manual that you can touch a screwdriver to two metal prongs on the motherboard and it’ll reset it, or something along those lines. So, I do that, I remove the battery, I do anything I can think of to “fix it” seeing as to how I really have nothing to lose. I plug everything back in, power is supplied, but this time the 6 phase LEDs don’t stay on, they all turn off. Also, now the heatsink fan begins to spin. Yet, there are still no beeps.

I’m coming to the community asking for advice, obviously, wondering if anyone has any recommendations. Please don’t be afraid to suggest anything that may fix this thing, so that I don’t have to wait another whole week before giving it another shot.

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a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2010 1:05:45 PM

There are no beeps being emitted from the motherboard because your motherboard does not have a speaker. I am surprised that the head manager at the Best Buy Geek Squad station did not know this!

I also assume you have a monitor connected to the graphics card, and a CD / DVD drive. Please tell us the manufacturers and model numbers.

You need to read this troubleshooting guide, perform the checklist, and then report back your findings.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...

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a b V Motherboard
January 16, 2010 1:52:46 PM

Please follow the troubleshooting checklist I mentioned in my earlier post:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-postin...

Item 16 on this list is, "Did you install a system speaker?" The system speaker that you will need to purchase looks like this:
http://www.cwc-group.com/casp.html
If you live near a Microcenter store you may be able to pick one up there, but call first to make sure they have them in stock. This is where I purchased mine.

I would also recommend that you breadboard your system. This involves taking all of your components out of the case, and testing them one at time. You will have a much better chance of finding the faulty component this way. Follow this breadboarding guide by JSC:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-262730_13_0.ht...

The motherboard is probably not your problem.

Did you have the monitor plugged in when you tried to boot? Did you see anything on the screen?
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January 16, 2010 1:56:37 PM

I'm at work, so I will DEFINITELY do all that when I get home tonight.

The monitor was plugged in, yes, but nothing came up on the screen. I used an HDMI cable, a DVI cable, and a VGA cable. Nothing on any of them.
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