My roommate and i built my a pc today with brand new parts but we cant seem to get any display to show up on my monitor. It starts up fine, all fans going, and posts but nothing shows up on my monitor. Switched out monitors and checked mine, it all works. Tried going to 1 stick ram and switched out using different ram but nothing changed. Have tried integrated graphics, radeon hd 4670, and radeon 5770 but nothing worked. We have also gone through the toms hardware "no video output" checklist to no avail (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...) In completely out of ideas and have no notion of what could be wrong. If anyone could help me it would be most appreciated.
-BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2
-AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
-G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
Edit: Forgot to mention i have taken everything out and put everything back in, including cpu. Been working on fixing this for almost 7 hours now.
it doesnt display even when we use another monitor that we know for a fact works. I think it might be a defective mobo though. It does not make any beeping noises when i remove all the ram. and i thought that it was supposed to beep three times if no ram was installed.
I actually just encountered this exact issue with the system I was building for my family for x-mas. I got everything to work except a display. Couldn't visually see if I was getting to POST and on board graphics and PCIe were non-functioning.
Used a multimeter to check voltages of the 4/8pc and 24 pin connections, determined it wasn't the PSU and then just assumed it wasn't the CPU because thats the rarest. Went and returned the MOBO, got a new one, turned on first try, display, post, all fans...sounds to me like your in the same boat.
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:
Check for line power at the PSU input. Extension cords, power strips, and power cords do fail.
If you have power and no beeps, suspect components in likely order are PSU, motherboard, and CPU.
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 green wire will alway have 5 volts on it. When you press the power switch, the voltage should drop to 0 volts.
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. If you get this with motherboard graphics, your motherboard is bad.
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. In this case, you will POST successfully (single short beep). But your monitor will display a "missing signal" message.
In that case, the first thing you do is to test the monitor and data cable with another system to make sure it works. If the monitor works, the video card is bad. If you have motherboard graphics, again, the motherboard is bad.