I just recently purchased a $600 AMD setup from newegg.
This is what I got
AMD Athlon 1600+/266 XP
MSI VIA KT333 Ultra 2 Motherboard
Crucial 256 MB PC2100
Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM Hardrive
300W Allied Power Supply
My problem is that I haven't been able to get the thing to boot. As soon as I plug it in and hit the switch, it powers on for about a millisecond, the fans twitch and then nothing.
I have been testing and switching parts out with no luck. First I tried a different power supply then I tested the memory on my other system and its thats working fine. I even returned my first MOBO to newegg because I was convinced it was it, but the newer one is doing the same.
So now I'm thinking it’s the CPU. I installed it with arctic silver and an Antec CPU fan without much hassle, but maybe I screwed something up.
Interestingly that happened yesterday as well to me and my friend.
With an A7N8X and an AXP 2000+. CPU fan twitches, nothing else.
It was really weird how we got it to work, because we simply are not 100% conclusive what it was that caused it. Our main suspicion was RAM. We really seated it firmly down, in such a powerful way, and then it worked. But even then we were suspicious.
Anyways the system works now, and I'd recommend you check the RAM sticks and their seating in the mobo. Sometimes the slots or banks can be sensitive.
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I went through your list 4ryan6 and I do believe everything is in check.
Mounting points are secure, double checked control switches and led's flash, I only put a small amount of artic silver on the die, 3 pin cpu fan is in cpufan1, power seems secure and I fiddled with the jumper that clears the CMOS.
I did think about switching the CPU from other machine into it but honestly I don't know if that’s such a good idea for my amateur self to go in and mess with my already working cpu, especially when I think the reason its not working is because I messed it up somehow.
Read the motherboard's FAQ. If the power switch on the FRONT OF THE CASE does nothing, it's probably not connected to the right pins on the board. If it is and still does nothing, you're probably shorted out. The Motherboard's FAQ explains this.
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