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August 26, 2012 5:35:32 AM

Just built my first computer and everything was going smoothly until I powered up my PC and find out that my screen doesn't power on. My PC turns on but my screen doesn't turn green. I connected my screen to my video card since my motherboard doesn't have a slot for my monitor. I have tried moving the video card down another PCI-E but it doesn't work. I use an DVI-A adapter to connect to my computer. Been stuck on this for 2 days, please help!

My build

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.49 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($21.48 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.67 @ Amazon)
Total: $718.57
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-26 20:35 EDT-0400)

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August 26, 2012 5:48:06 AM

Verify that both power connectors on the motherboard are firmly connected to the power supply (both the 4 or 8 pin and 24 pin connectors). Also make sure that the PCIe power connectors are firmly connected to the video card.

Good luck!
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August 26, 2012 5:54:19 AM

Yes, they are all connected. Powered the PC on and motherboard and video card turns on.
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August 26, 2012 4:54:16 PM

So, is it working now or not? Hard to tell from your previous post.
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August 27, 2012 12:09:43 AM

No, it's still not working. I bought a new monitor but it used the HDMI cable too. Didn't work either.
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August 27, 2012 12:18:00 AM

Do you another video card to swap in for troubleshooting purposes?
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August 27, 2012 12:18:14 AM

Unfortunately I don't. Do you think I should request for an exchange/return?

My monitor works on my old computer. I have to use an adapter to connect the HDMI cable to a DVI plug in.
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August 27, 2012 12:19:42 AM

Probably got a lemon GPU.
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August 27, 2012 12:28:02 AM

What does that mean? I'm a total beginner at this. :X
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August 27, 2012 12:30:13 AM

Lemon = Faulty
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August 27, 2012 12:32:01 AM

Do you have windows and all of that loaded yet? Or couldn't even start because you can't see anything? Lol.
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August 27, 2012 12:40:31 AM

Couldn't start because I couldn't see anything. :( 
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August 27, 2012 12:42:08 AM

Is there a POST beep? Do the fans start whirring?
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August 27, 2012 12:45:54 AM

I don't have that small speaker thing so I can't hear a beep. And yes, power supply, CPU, case, and vid card fans all spin.

How it's connected: http://i47.tinypic.com/2dp7pd.jpg
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August 27, 2012 12:47:54 AM

Look at the back of the GPU board very carefully for any brown or burn marks. If you don't find any... I'm guessing your card came DOA.
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August 27, 2012 1:00:13 AM

There were no marks. So even if the video card's fans work, it can still be dead?
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August 27, 2012 1:23:14 AM

The fans will come on when it has power, which doesn't mean the card works. There could be a lot of other things wrong with it. So yes.
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August 27, 2012 1:34:04 AM

The fans have a separate power supply mostly, so they'll turn on the moment the PSU turns on.
As Nanekud says, its possible the video card is not working.

Also, I'm not sure if you can replace the mobo, but since your CPU has integrated graphics, you should try to get a mobo with a vga/dvi output. That way you atleast have a backup if your graphics card doesn't work properly.
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August 27, 2012 1:47:42 AM

I can only exchange the mobo for the same one, sadly.

Found a new error. Mobo debug keeps reading memory initialization error. No usable memory detected. They're in the right slot and are matching. Tried using only 1 stick but still doesn't work.
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August 27, 2012 1:55:00 AM

Try with the other stick.
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August 27, 2012 3:18:20 AM

Used both sticks separately and still have the error.
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August 27, 2012 4:36:50 AM

Seems to me its a board problem.
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August 27, 2012 4:44:37 AM

Most likely a RAM problem, but a board or GPU problem would also be likely.
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August 27, 2012 5:20:52 AM

Should I just see if I can exchange my RAM, vid card, and motherboard? Kinda doubt I can though...
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August 27, 2012 9:49:39 PM

Sorry for double post.

Should I re-order the things that are faulty and rebuild again and see if I can get it to work or should I just pay around $100-200 getting the help I need.
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