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February 23, 2013 9:06:37 PM


This is my first system im building from scratch and for some reason when i turn it all all of the normal light light up for about 7 seconds then everything goes off. the cpu/psu fans spin. i hear the hard drive startng up. ive tryed reseating the ram. ive removed my gpu for extra measures. nothing appears on screan while its starting up.

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February 23, 2013 9:11:25 PM

here are my spec...

PH61A-P35 (mobo)
intel celeron dual core 2.5ghz (BX80623G540)
generic wireless pci adapter
hdd with windows 7
2 4gb sticks of 1333 mhz ddr3 super talent ram
750w psu
February 23, 2013 9:13:33 PM

also it keeps trying to start up over and over untill i unplug it i dont hear any beeps but i may not have plugged speakers in right
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February 23, 2013 9:38:50 PM

start with the simple opsies..check that the 4 pin pci power plug is plugged in near the cpu. also make sure you used the motherboard standoffs to keep the mb from shorting out. if you did use the standoffs look to see if the metal fingers of the mb shield are shorting the mb out..on the bottom or in one of the ports. if there a bios rev sticker on the cmos or mb look for it. the stock bios is 1.1 the newest bios is 1.3. there was one update 1.2 for ram. if the bios is old try running with one stick of ram and see if the mb posts. if not try booting the mb outside of the case on the mb box. if it still rebooting..could be two issue...mb does not like the ram or the power supply has an issue. with the ps try plugging one case fan into it and do the green wire tests. (with the mb unplugged from the ps and your drives). if the power supply fan or case fan twitches with the green wire tests..may have bad power supply. if you put in another ram stick and the mb still looping...power off the mb..pull power from the wall and check under the cpu for bent pins.
February 23, 2013 10:13:35 PM

theres little orange washer things that came with the standoffs, do i put them under the standoffs or under the screws?

February 23, 2013 10:25:41 PM

dont need want the mb and the standoff to be grounded so there no electrical hum. the washer only used if there a screw that may be shorting out.
February 23, 2013 10:39:19 PM

green wire test checks out also cheked cpu and its fine
February 23, 2013 11:08:32 PM

try starting the mb ontop of the mb box and see if it reboots. if it does then i would try another set of ram or one ram stick.
February 24, 2013 6:11:47 PM

tried the one stick of ram, tried both sticks in each others slots also. im going to try to start it on top of the box now to see if that will fix it
February 24, 2013 6:26:58 PM

ok so even on top of the cardboard it still does the continious loop. any ideas what could be wrong with it?
February 24, 2013 6:43:14 PM

im thinking its a memory compatibility issue, however updating the bios should fix the problem. but the problem is i dont know how to update a bios without having a board already in a workingcomputer
February 24, 2013 7:03:35 PM

is there anyway to update a bios without having ram in a computer?
February 24, 2013 7:30:23 PM

it says my motherboard supports dram and i have sdram will this cause an issue?
February 25, 2013 3:43:51 AM

the mb takes dr-3 ram max speed of 1066/1333 at 1.5v. i would if your under 30 days return the ram for another brand or see if someone has a stick you can test with.