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First build problem: System for Surfing/TV/Light Gaming not Booting

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December 29, 2011 2:40:42 AM

Hi all,

I was hoping to build my first system without needing to ask for help after researching here and elsewhere (I thought it'd be a cool accomplishment), but it's just not going to happen. Hopefully someone here will be able to point me in the right direction!

After I put everything together and hooked up all of the cables, my system will turn on, the case and CPU fans will start up, the peripherals (CD drive, Memory card reader) all show that they have power, but the computer will not display an image on the monitor it's hooked up to. (Build info follows)

What I've tried:

- Different monitors/cables
- Trying to hook monitor up to onboard graphics as well as graphics card
- Unplugging one or more drives to see if it'd boot without them
- Unseating/reseating RAM
- Made sure processor was producing heat (and guessing that means it's working)
- Resetting CMOS jumper
- Removing motherboard battery for ~10 minutes
- The other steps on the TRY THIS FIRST sticky except for buying a speaker (doing this ASAP) and testing the PSU (because it seems to turn on and work, and I don't have enough faith in my electrical expertise to do this yet)

Build:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: BIOSTAR A880GU3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WRP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Raidmax RX-450K 450W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: MSI N210-MD512D3/LP GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Samsung CD/DVD Burner 22X SATA Model SH-222AL/RSBS LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



December 29, 2011 12:37:04 PM

Shameless/desperate bump :( 
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December 29, 2011 12:45:30 PM

Try moving the memory to the other two slots. ...or use a single module and move it around to see the results. It sounds like the typical "no memory" situation where the system will power up, but not post. Hopefully you can figure it out. Those are the PITA issues...
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December 29, 2011 12:54:15 PM

Thanks! Do you know if there's a way to check the version of the BIOS my mobo is running? I just noticed I forgot to list it in my specs (editing ASAP), but it's a Biostar A880GU3; the Biostar website says it's compatible with my processor series, but I don't know if they can/would refer to a specific version of the BIOS?
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December 29, 2011 1:35:53 PM

tragicallyhip said:
Thanks! Do you know if there's a way to check the version of the BIOS my mobo is running?


..not without being able to boot. Regardless of the BIOS revision, your 970 CPU should be supported and be able to boot just fine out-of-the-box.
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December 29, 2011 2:37:12 PM

Agree with sadams04 - Looking at the descriptions for the two BIOS updates for that board, neither states anything about additional CPU support. The CPU support list clearly states the X4-970 is supported.

-Wolf sends
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December 29, 2011 3:31:51 PM

Have you tried out the monitor on anything else to see if it works?
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