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July 17, 2012 9:03:33 PM

Hi i am in the middle of building my first PC at first i had all the components and wires plug in but when i turned on the PSU nothing happened, the fan in the PSU didnt even move or make noise, is it suppose too? nothing else in the computer moved or twitched when i turned the PSU, does this mean my PSU is dead?

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July 17, 2012 9:21:19 PM

Do you have your case headers connected in the way the instruction manual says? Having one wrong wire out of place can make that happen.
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July 17, 2012 9:23:43 PM

moondawg009 said:
case header?


Case header = tiny pins on the case that connect to a part on your motherboard, it's what allows the computer to turn off, reset, and powers the audio and front USB functions on your case.
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July 17, 2012 9:27:23 PM

shoulndt the psu activate without that and the motherboard?
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July 17, 2012 9:29:47 PM

moondawg009 said:
shoulndt the psu activate without that and the motherboard?


No - your build will not turn on without those pin headers connected to your motherboard. If you're testing your PSU to make sure it works, you still won't be able to unless you had professional testing equipment.
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July 17, 2012 9:33:07 PM

okay theres the power led, power SW, reset sw, H.D.D LED, HD audio, AC'97 USB? are these what you mean?
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July 17, 2012 9:34:54 PM

moondawg009 said:
okay theres the power led, power SW, reset sw, H.D.D LED, HD audio, AC'97 USB? are these what you mean?


Yes - those must be hooked up to your build for it to function. There should be a layout guide in like the first 10 pages of your user manual.

Believe me - it's my least favorite part of the build but it has to be done. :lol: 
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July 17, 2012 9:48:40 PM

there are two power LED ones one has two pins the other has 3 also the manual dosent specify where the USB and the HD audio and the AC' 97 go
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July 17, 2012 9:54:51 PM

moondawg009 said:
there are two power LED ones one has two pins the other has 3 also the manual dosent specify where the USB and the HD audio and the AC' 97 go


I don't know what motherboard you're using but there should be at least 2 x USB 2.0 headers and 1 x HD audio header that should be clearly labeled. The AC '97 header shouldn't be used for the most part.
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July 17, 2012 9:58:41 PM

i use the MSI z68A G43 (g3) the pin sockets are the JAUD1, JTPM1, JCOM1, and 4 for JUSB1
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July 17, 2012 10:02:57 PM

you can also just short the two pins on the motherboard (page 2-13, JPF1 diagram) to get it to start instead of fooling around trying to plug in the case power.
http://youtu.be/d_56kyib-Ls
look at your users manual and it will show which pins are power, and then short them with a screw driver or with a paper clip.

You also only need to plus in power to make the computer POST.
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July 17, 2012 10:10:03 PM

i dont think my MOBO can do that and the power switch or whatever on the MOBO isn't labeled in the manual
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July 17, 2012 10:18:04 PM

is there some kind of power button for the motherboard maybe i dont have plugged?
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July 17, 2012 10:20:23 PM

moondawg009 said:
i dont think my MOBO can do that and the power switch or whatever on the MOBO isn't labeled in the manual


Most Z68 and Z77 motherboards have an LED light that enables it to display POST messages, but that can only happen if the proper power connectors are heading to it.
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July 17, 2012 10:20:48 PM

i switched some things around now i got the my back case fan working that is connected to my motherboard, should anything else be moving too?
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July 17, 2012 10:21:21 PM

and my Gpu is going
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July 17, 2012 10:22:56 PM

moondawg009 said:
and my Gpu is going


Do you have power connected to your GPU? If so you should be good to go.
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July 17, 2012 10:24:57 PM

moondawg009 said:
i dont think my MOBO can do that and the power switch or whatever on the MOBO isn't labeled in the manual

every motherboard can do this. its just like using an actual plug. and in the diagram I listed, it says "power switch" and links -8 and +6 pin. short those with a screw driver and it will work.
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July 17, 2012 10:25:37 PM

everything is moving and stuff except for my cpu fan is not moving, it is plugged in is that normal?
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July 17, 2012 10:31:31 PM

moondawg009 said:
everything is moving and stuff except for my cpu fan is not moving, it is plugged in is that normal?

No, that is not normal.
Make sure you have the CPU fan plugged into the right fan header.
Are you using the stock Intel heatsink?
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July 17, 2012 10:35:45 PM

all is running for now whew, so what now install windows?
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July 17, 2012 10:45:28 PM

install into case, install all other hardware, check if it posts, then install windows. DO NOT CLOSE THE SIDE PANEL UNTILL WINDOWS IS DONE INSTALLING..... You will curse your self :D 
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July 17, 2012 11:12:49 PM

Having trouble connecting to the internet, i have a hard cable connected to my modom and the computer is there some secret i am missing
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July 17, 2012 11:23:49 PM

moondawg009 said:
Having trouble connecting to the internet, i have a hard cable connected to my modom and the computer is there some secret i am missing


You have to input your modem's IP address into the network settings control panel.
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July 17, 2012 11:26:00 PM

nope, no secret....
are you getting connectivity at all? is your modem connect to the internet? Is your wireless (if you have it) working?
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July 17, 2012 11:31:19 PM

Yea my modom is connected to the internet i get wireless on my laptop right now, i am installin drivers at the moment how do i view my current ip to put it into my control panel
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July 17, 2012 11:49:38 PM

i got the internet to work, one other thing when i go into device manager it dosent recognize my radeon 6870 is just says Intel HD graphics family
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July 18, 2012 12:45:21 AM

moondawg009 said:
i got the internet to work, one other thing when i go into device manager it dosent recognize my radeon 6870 is just says Intel HD graphics family

Have you downloaded the proper drivers?
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July 18, 2012 12:47:14 AM

yea somone else says it cause i have my monitor plugged into my mobo not my gpu
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July 18, 2012 12:54:35 AM

moondawg009 said:
yea somone else says it cause i have my monitor plugged into my mobo not my gpu

Tha'ts what my second post was gonna be. plug your monitor into the GPU and it should show.
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July 18, 2012 12:57:15 AM

only thing is my monitor is my 32inch tv and it uses a psi cable i think which dosent fit into any of the gpu slots
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July 18, 2012 1:10:12 AM

it has15 holes and two screw things on each side
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July 18, 2012 1:36:36 AM

do you mean pci?
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July 18, 2012 11:36:36 AM

yes a pci, what do most monitors use? because i ordered a monitor about a week ago and didn't look much into it... is there like a standard that most monitors use?
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July 18, 2012 12:33:24 PM

All the cables I posted, their is a plug for them. The options are VGA, HDMI, DVI, and Display port. Your monitor, depending on the model, can have any combination of these ports. What model do you have?
Most monitors come with VGA and DVI, then either using HDMI or display port. Thought the high end monitors has all.
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July 18, 2012 5:29:42 PM

the monitor i have only has a VGA plug and i need a DVI plug to even use my graphics card.. is there any way around this, i would rather not have buy and entire other monitor
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July 18, 2012 5:55:15 PM

you linked a monitor that only has a VGA plug I assume. so what you can get is a DVI to VGA adapter
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July 18, 2012 5:59:53 PM

yea my monitor only has a VGA plug, is the adapter i linked the one i want?
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July 18, 2012 6:18:32 PM

yes, that is the right one.
Male end goes into the GPU, then the female end (VGA plug) gets plugged into the VGA cable.
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July 18, 2012 6:43:04 PM

does it matter that it says DVI-D
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July 18, 2012 6:52:28 PM

no, but DVI-D is better than the other kind, because it works with both, the other kind of DVI-I, only works with DVI-I, but DVI-D works with DVI-D and -I.
Any more questions?
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July 18, 2012 7:04:24 PM

i typically dont read the newegg reviews but this is what people are saying

-DVI-D to VGA typically not possible. This adapter will not work for what you think it will do.

-Really i don't even know if it works or not because DVI-D can't be converted to VGA (gfx card to monitor)

just want to be sure it will work for what i am using it for, also my gfx card has two DVI ports i believe i am assuing one is DVI-d and the other is DVI-I?
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