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
OCZ AMD BLACK edition RAM
OCZ modxsteam PRO 600w
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.
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.