Just recently I finally built my new PC (first time building) and nothing is coming up on my perfectly fine monitor. I also hear 3 normal (not rapid) beeping sounds. Same beeping sequence occurs even if I remove all (2) RAM sticks.
My manual does not even mention any beeping codes or even google. I noticed that when I unplug my CPU power cable there's no beeping but I'm sure it can't be the CPU.
All the fans are running perfectly and my motherboard lights are on. I tried reseating my GPU, CPU (they're seated perfectly) and I also tried moving 2 RAM sticks to different locations many many times out of 4 available slots, trying with one stick of RAM etc. I tried clearing CMOS several times
Could it possibly be that the RAM is incompatible with my board? The RAM I purchased is not listed in the "Tested RAM" list on MSIs website and I think it's to powerful? I don't have any spare RAM sticks unfortunately.
I'm trying to find out which is causing the problem so I can RMA it accordingly.
MSI support is a joke, I don't think they know anything.
They didn't tell me what the beeps meant nor the problem might be:
What also widened who might be the problem is the reviews on the PSU I bought (700W):
Above are people describing the exact same symptoms as me.
Could it be the PSU?
I really need to know as I only have a few days to RMA a component.
Breadboard with just motherboard, CPU & HSF, case speaker, and PSU.
Make sure you plug the CPU power cable in. The system will not boot without it.
I always breadboard a new build. It takes only a few minutes, and you know you are putting good parts in the case once you are finished.
You can turn on the PC by momentarily shorting the two pins that the case power switch goes to. You should hear a series of long, single beeps indicating memory problems. Silence indicates a problem with (in most likely order) the PSU, motherboard, or CPU. Remember, at this time, you do not have a graphics card installed so the load on your PSU will be reduced.
If no beeps: Running fans and drives and motherboard LED's do not necessarily indicate a good PSU. In the absence of a single short beep, they also do not indicate that the system is booting.
At this point, you can sort of check the PSU. Try to borrow a known good PSU of around 550 - 600 watts. That will power just about any system with a single GPU. If you cannot do that, use a DMM to measure the voltages. Measure between the colored wires and either chassis ground or the black wires. Yellow wires should be 12 volts. Red wires: +5 volts, orange wires: +3.3 volts, blue wire : -12 volts, violet wire: 5 volts always on. Tolerances are +/- 5% except for the -12 volts which is +/- 10%.
The gray wire is really important. It should go from 0 to +5 volts when you turn the PSU on with the case switch. CPU needs this signal to boot.
A way that might be easier is to use the main power plug. Working from the back of the plug where the wires come out, use a bare paperclip to short between the green wire and one of the neighboring black wires. That will do the same thing with an installed PSU. It is also an easy way to bypass a questionable case power switch.
This checks the PSU under no load conditions, so it is not completely reliable. But if it can not pass this, it is dead. Then repeat the checks with the PSU plugged into the computer to put a load on the PSU.
If the system beeps:
If it looks like the PSU is good, install a memory stick. Boot. Beep pattern should change to one long and several short beeps indicating a missing graphics card.
Silence, long single beeps, or series of short beeps indicate a problem with the memory. If you get short beeps verify that the memory is in the appropriate motherboard slots.
Insert the video card and connect any necessary PCIe power connectors. Boot. At this point, the system should POST successfully (a single short beep). Notice that you do not need keyboard, mouse, monitor, or drives to successfully POST. At this point, if the system doesn't work, it's either the video card or an inadequate PSU. Or rarely - the motherboard's PCIe interface.
Now start connecting the rest of the devices starting with the monitor, then keyboard and mouse, then the rest of the devices, testing after each step. It's possible that you can pass the POST with a defective video card. The POST routines can only check the video interface. It cannot check the internal parts of the video card.
EDIT: Ok guys, I finally fixed it, I had to push the RAM extra hard. Now the monitor picks up a display and I get 1 beep, but now there's just a blinking cursor on the top left of the blank screen, what do I do?