Received new parts today, put all together and as soon as I switched on I received a beep error of 1 short beep and 1 long beep. After this, I tried using a different pin socket, same problem. I then tried placing the GPU in the opposite end slot and instead now receive a 3 short beep and 1 long beep error code.
using Gigabyte 890FXA UD5
MSI R5870 1GB
4GB Gskill 1600Mhz
Phenom x4 955
Arctic 700W PSU
Antec 1200 case
Tried removing RAM, different slots etc
Tried removing all USB devices, monitor
Tried removing DVD drive
As soon as I removed the GPU completely, no beep errors were received. Also, is it unusual to receive the GPU box with no sealings? The only sort of seal was on the anti static bag, and still, that was a small strip of tape. Nothing like an ATI or MSI security sticker.
EDIT: Also, I'm currently only using one 8pin connector on the GPU (Lack of converters on PSU cabling), which is able to take 2x 8 pin. Manual says it should run fine on 1 x 8 pin.
Should have also mentioned,
all fans work when turned on, including the GPU fans.
GPU connected - 3 short + 1 long or 1 short + 1 long depending on GPU slot used.
GPU disconnected - No POST beep or BOOT.
Do you know the brand of BIOS, since you did not put the memory in your spec's, if you have multiple sticks, remove all but one and try to boot, if it works good, if it does not use a different stick, it's not fast but effective
I can't find the BIOS chip but the MOBO spec says it's using AWARD BIOS.
As for the RAM, I'm using GSkill Ripjaw 1600Mhz DDR3 (2x 2GB).
Just noticed in the Mobo manual that is says it supports DDR3 of 1866, 1300 and 1000.
Could this be the problem?
(Also tried using different RAM slots etc Previous DDR2 RAM is not compatible with this mobo)
Award BIOS Post Codes
Unfortunately there are many versions of the Award BIOS, and they are supported not by one company, but by the motherboard maker. Award's website states "Award Software software products are sold to a board or system manufacturer ("hardware vendor"), who customizes them further before selling the system. Award Software cannot supply upgrades for a BIOS that has been subsequently modified by hardware vendors."
Finally narrowed the problem down.
Tried with my old 8800GT and the system works fine.
Switch to R5870 and the beep codes begin.
Either dead GPU or PSU not powerful enough.
Thanks for the help,
will post a follow up for PSU recommendations in the PSU forum.