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Computer won't start. No beeps, monitor says power save.

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February 2, 2013 12:21:53 AM

I bought a new CPU and Motherboard today and put them together. I'm assuming I plugged the wires properly. So far no beeps when i start the computer but the fans are working and the LED lights light up. The monitor says "power saving" everytime I start it up. I have windows 7 32 bit installed on my hard drive and was planning to format it into windows 7 64 bit but I can't when my computer won't even start.
Can you guys please help me out?

My build is:
ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
AMD Phenom II X4 965
Cooler Master 700w
1 x 4gb memory ram stick.

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February 2, 2013 12:27:45 AM

check all you cable from the pc to the monitor it does not receive signal and goes in power saving mode ,did you connect a power cable from psu to graphic card if she need one ?
February 2, 2013 12:30:43 AM

right i forgot to mention i have a GTX 275 graphics card. Right now I don't have it plugged int he motherboard. So y cables are plugged in the motherbaord DVI.

So far it hasnt worked yet. Any suggestions? Could it be a DOA?
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February 2, 2013 12:52:28 AM

makesure you used brass stnadoff and not shorting the mb to the mb try in the case. also did you use the 4/8 pin pci power cable near the cpu..is it connected.
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February 2, 2013 12:56:49 AM

check you bios if the onboard video chipset is not disable since you connect to it .
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February 2, 2013 1:26:44 AM

Sounds like Windows 7 is in power saving mode.. (Power Options); either Stand By or Hibernation. Have you tried Safe Mode? If not, press F8 after the BIOS Post.. hold the F8 key down till the Safe Mode options appear on the screen. Once logged on, disable Hibernation in Control Panel \ Power Options \ Hibernation tab \ Uncheck the hibernation option. Next click on Power Schemes tab \ scroll Syste Standby and select Never, click Apply and OK.

If Safe Mode can't be accessed;
1. Either remove the hard drive and install it on another computer, access it from the host system and on your hard drive's system partition, Delete the Hiberfil file. Hiberfil.sys is where Standby and Hibernation save the programs and files as they were the last time the system went into Hibernation, or Standby followed by Hibernation.
2. Or download the Hiren's Boot CD ISO. burn it and use the Hiren's Live CD to access the hard drive and delete the Hiberfil file.
February 2, 2013 2:19:57 AM

RIght now the red light lit up and I hear this constant beeping noise. It's my first time installing new hardware on a computer so i generally don't know whats going on.

I do have my 4/8 power pin pci power cable plugged

The things is I can't even get to my bios it won't display anything in the monitor

I'm beginning to think it's the Ram.
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February 2, 2013 2:31:57 AM

you need to plug the 8 pins atx to motherboard and this board work better with dual channel memory read the motherboard user manual your set up is not finish so it wont boot and work .
February 2, 2013 2:36:54 AM

Okay I plugged the power pin, found out there was something blocking it so now got the 8 pins covered. I don't understand the dual channel memory. I'm looking through the manual but I don't know what I'm suppose to look at
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February 2, 2013 2:50:05 AM

see the specs on asus since your having one stick of memory board work in single channel,page 1-12and 1-13 of motherboard user manual also on the link see the qvl for memory and there is also cpu support list and driver for the board http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M4A88TV_EVOUSB3/#specif...
February 2, 2013 2:59:47 AM

basically, my computer won't start because it needs two sticks of RAM?
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February 2, 2013 3:05:16 AM

it will start if have to be in the first slot but perf will be better with 2 sticks of the same ram specialy if you use the 64 bits os .
February 2, 2013 3:14:00 AM

ay I put it in the first slot. Still nothing, i hear the beeping noise and the red light is still lit up. SO the RAM is faulty?
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February 2, 2013 3:21:16 AM

Darjian said:
basically, my computer won't start because it needs two sticks of RAM?


You have to forgive scout_03 and smorizio's grammar, they are hard to understand sometimes.

What they are trying to say is be sure that the 1 memory module you do have is in the first slot on the motherboard. You should be able to find this by looking at the motherboard and they typically are labeled either via color coding or on the board itself. The first slot is going to be closest to the processor.

As for running with only 1 DIMM, yes it will work when installed correctly but you will get better performance with having a 2nd DIMM in the corresponding channel to this one (hence dual channel configuration) especially if you are running x64.


I'm going to take a look at your motherboard specs and get you the exact type of configuration.

EDIT:

Your motherboard slots should be blue and black consecutively. Be sure your memory is in the first blue slot closest to the processor and don't force it in. When you push it in the clips should be pointing outward and as you press the memory down into it the clips will close up around it.

If you've got it installed and are getting beep codes, then those are typically memory beep codes and could indicate DOA memory. Did you make sure that the memory is compatible with the motherboard when you purchased it?

EDIT 2:


I would also make sure that your memory appears on the qualified vendor list found HERE .
February 2, 2013 4:11:04 AM

My RAM is KVR1333D3N9/4G which should be compatible because it is listed in the manual. The vend or is Kingston and chip brand is Hynix if that helps.
February 2, 2013 2:34:46 PM

1. Rest the bios by using a CMOS clear button or jumper or removing the CMOS battery(also the power cable) and replugging it after sometime an hour or just short the terminals for half a minute
2. Set the ram cards in slots 2 and 4 and no you don't need 2 ram cards to run your system
3. Plug the video card in the onboard graphics port
Start the computer, if it starts up go to bios and set the ram settings manually or just enable XMP.
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February 2, 2013 5:04:11 PM

see page 1-33 for the mem ok switch and see if mem light is on .
February 2, 2013 5:56:16 PM

Okay I made some progress, this time it made one long beep and 2 short beep. I checked the internet for what it is, they said it's a memory RAM issue. I've tried every slot and the red light is still on and i hear the same beeping noises. Ima go grab a diff ram stick. But does this also mean the motherboard is defective?
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February 2, 2013 7:18:47 PM

This observation may be unnecessary but sometimes it's a simple mistake. One continuous beep followed by two short beeps then a pause (repeated) indicates "NO memory detected", Not exactly a deffective RAM issue but probably incorrct installation. Meaning that the RAM sticks may not be fully seated on the sockets. As you press to install the RAM sticks, the clips should snap in the RAM notches themselves, you shouldn't have to even thouch the clips.

See how to install RAM the proper way.

How to Install RAM
http://www.ehow.com/how_895_install-ram.html

Min 3:15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Idy6h0Eq7g
February 2, 2013 10:14:10 PM

Just replaced my RAM and it's still doing the same thing. Red light is lit up informing me that it doesn't detect RAM even though I've tried every slot and I kept hearing that 1 long and 2 short beeping noirses. So right now I think my motherboard is at fault. Either I got replace that or I give up building a new pc.
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February 2, 2013 10:49:07 PM

When you installed the RAM, did the clips on the end snap it into place?

My suggestion would be to disconnect all non-essential hardware. Remove the motherboard from the case, and put in on a piece of cardboard. Connect only the 24pin and 8 pin power connectors. Connect the 1 RAM chip and power switch. Try booting with just those components.
February 2, 2013 10:51:12 PM

Yep the RAM did snap. I've tried it with just CPU, the 24 pins and 8 pin plugged, and just one ram and it still giving me the red light and the same beep. The problem really jsut lies on why the motherboard can't read it. Do you think the BIOS might be the problem? I should go find an old ddr3 ram model see if it accepts that.
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February 2, 2013 11:00:10 PM

You can't update the BIOS, if it won't boot up, unfortunately.

Have you tried the RAM in each slot? Have you tried a different RAM chip in each slot? If yes, and still getting the same result, it's time to send the motherboard back.
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February 2, 2013 11:23:07 PM

Blasting compressed air on the RAM slots and cleaning the RAM pins with a soft cloth solved the same problem for this guy... his was a used computer so the solution may not apply to yours which is expected to be free of dust but... maybe solder or flux residue or whatever it could be, it may be worth trying...

one short beep then two long beeps?
February 5, 2013 12:23:40 AM

Okay, No luck yet.
I'm beginning to suspect it's just the BIOS or a bad memory slot. All it comes down to is the motherboard. Found someone with a similar problem. But unlike his case I can't update my BIOS since this is my first time building a AM3 motherboard.
Any input on this would be of help.
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February 5, 2013 1:48:43 AM

Intel or AMD it's all the same.. so I doubt it's the BIOS, bad memory or motherboard, they are all new... and unused, but the PSU is, right?, and you haven't checked the Power Supply, have you? A similar problem with a red led... turned out to be the PSU. Read on and consider the possibility.

Asus LED Red light
February 5, 2013 1:53:32 AM

Chicano said:
Intel or AMD it's all the same.. so I doubt it's the BIOS, bad memory or motherboard, they are all new... and unused, but the PSU is, right?, and you haven't checked the Power Supply, have you? A similar problem with a red led... turned out to be the PSU. Read on and consider the possibility.

Asus LED Red light


PSU should be working properly because I'm currently using the PSU. It is a Cooler Master 725w. Well the Red LED is the DRAM LED which turns on when there is a problem with the memory.
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February 5, 2013 2:00:41 AM

Just because the hardware is new, doesn't mean it's not faulty. A few weeks ago one of my coworkers was assembling a build, and bent the CPU pins, and it would only recognize 2 of the RAM slots. The RAM was fine. The motherboard would be my first suspect on a short list.
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February 5, 2013 2:08:54 AM

Darjian said:
PSU should be working properly because I'm currently using the PSU. It is a Cooler Master 725w. Well the Red LED is the DRAM LED which turns on when there is a problem with the memory.


If you have a few extra bucks you can probably find one of those Main Board Diagnostic Cards at any computer hardware and accessories store. Seems more quick and convenient than RMAing the motherboard.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kbV8T-deL._SL50...
February 8, 2013 10:56:45 PM

Thanks for those who replied and helped me. I sent the Motherboard to the shop I originally bought it from. They found two problems in the motherboard. One is a exposed bronze wire poking out of the RAM slot. The second one was a physical damage below the I/O shield, which might make ASUS not send a replacement because of that one damage. Chances are I do hope they overlook it and send a replacement. The shop also didn't charge anything, including shipping. So I'm set and I have to wait 1 or 4 weeks for a new replacement.

Thanks again.
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February 8, 2013 10:58:53 PM

Thanks for the update.
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February 9, 2013 1:26:53 AM

glad it will be solve so you could use the system again .thank for the reply .
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February 9, 2013 1:35:43 AM

Darjian said:
Thanks for those who replied and helped me. I sent the Motherboard to the shop I originally bought it from. They found two problems in the motherboard. One is a exposed bronze wire poking out of the RAM slot. The second one was a physical damage below the I/O shield, which might make ASUS not send a replacement because of that one damage. Chances are I do hope they overlook it and send a replacement. The shop also didn't charge anything, including shipping. So I'm set and I have to wait 1 or 4 weeks for a new replacement.

Thanks again.


Sorry for the delay in response. Been working like a mad-man and breaking in my new laptop.

Good to hear that the issue was discovered (exposed wire on the mainboard). If ASUS (ASUSTek) pitches a fit stating that you were responsible fight to speak to a manager and explain to them that you see the exposed wire on the motherboard as a manufacturing issue, and if they choose to not replace it, you will have to spread word on all available channels that they were not willing to fix it.

This tactic usually gets them backed into a corner and they will do anything they can to get out.
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