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August 22, 2010 5:42:56 AM

So, I just built my first computer (specs below) and when I turn it on, I get the motherboard screen, that cool MSI picture then 1 second after that, it goes to a black screen with a flashing line in the top left of the screen. I don't know what to do, this is my first build, please help! BTW i get 1 beep. I have not connected hard drive yet cause I need to ensure i can get to bios.

Thanks in advance

Phenom ii x4 955
Msi g45-770
GTX 460
OCZ AMD BLACK edition RAM
OCZ modxsteam PRO 600w

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August 22, 2010 6:12:34 AM

^ Well it might be a basic question, but did you press F8 or F2(or whatever shortcut it is for MSI boards) to enter into the BIOS ??
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August 22, 2010 6:25:14 AM

I usually see that when it can't load windows. Is the harddrive seen? Have you loaded windows on it?
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August 22, 2010 6:44:15 AM

^ Hi, he has said that he has not connected his harddrive yet, check the last line...
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August 22, 2010 6:56:02 AM

Oops, missed that.
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August 22, 2010 4:49:30 PM

no windows as there is no hard drive and yes, nothing works when i press f2 and f8, did i wire wrong or something? Or RMA time?
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August 22, 2010 8:21:11 PM

anyone?
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August 22, 2010 8:56:03 PM

You should be able to enter the BIOS even without a hard drive. Did you try clearing CMOS by removing CMOS pin or removing CMOS battery and then putting it back in? I did this with my first build although I have a ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO motherboard. When clearing the CMOS you should read your motherboard's manual how to do it since it might be different for all motherboards.
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August 22, 2010 9:10:15 PM

got to bios YAY! but then i plugged in hard drive and now the computer won't even turn on :( /. Worse yet, I can;t unplug the SATA cable from motherboard.
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August 22, 2010 9:56:26 PM

so you got to the BIOS by clearing the CMOS? Is the hard drive brand new? You should be able to unplug SATA cable from motherboard. I had the same problem with my motherboard as well. I just layed my PC case flat to prevent the case from moving around if it was in its normal standing/vertical position and unplugged the SATA cable from the motherboard.
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