I have not built a PC for quite a few years, but have read /search the forums - but have not found the answer yet (though feel I am close, and need some advise for the last part).
I have just bought an AsRock Extreme4 Gen3 Motherboard with an Intel Core i7 2600K and a Radeon HD 6850 graphics card with an 8 GB of RAM (G SKILL).
Currently I get a completely blank screen, I feel its an issue with the graphics output. Here is what I have done, and what I get:
All the power connectors attached and the fans common on
The LED chip, Dr Debug, which indicates the errors cycles throug the codes gets to "A3" before it stops. This means that "IDE Enable" This would make sense, from previous posts, as there is a completely new HDD attached (no O/S).
The DVD ROM attached powers up (containing Windows 7 CD) and stats to spin.
This to me indicates that most things are working. However, the screen is complete blank.
I have tried the following:
moving the graphics card
testing the power supply for the graphics card
None have improved the situation
Two points to note:
I have tried connecting it directly to my HDMI TV - and that goes from blue screen (no input signal) to black - when the computer is powered on. Indicating something is comming from the card.
My PC monitor is old and has VGA connector, so I need to use the DVI to VGA converter (using the one that comes with the card).
I read somewhere that you may need to manually change the display output, but was not sure how. Any suggestions?
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I recently tried pressing the delete key in the first few seconds of the boot process., to see if the monitor can render the BIOS. This now produces the code "A6" - which means "SCSI enabled" and just stops there.