Me and my friend are making a new gaming rig for him and here are the specs
320 watt power supply
radeon 8500, thats all that really matters for this
anyways when i start up the computer with only those connected, nothing shows up on the screen. i rechecked to see if the motherboard was grounded and yes it correctly is. since its an a7v333 it doesn't beep but tells me stuff instead. it told me that it Failed CPU Test. i doubt that the cpu is installed wrong because the guy at the store did it. i am thinking maybe the power supply is at fault. what do you guys think?
Did you ever try to change the bios?.....it might be corrupted. Flash the bios w/ the newest version by floppy. You can do that by setting the board to jumper mode, and set all dip switches accordingly. Then boot to DOS w/ the BIOS file on a floppy. But before any of that, clear the CMOS and try to boot....that may fix it.
And when you say "grounded" what do you mean? That board SHOULDNT be grounded. In fact grounding that motherboard will give you the error message you are recieving. Make sure there is no metal touching conductive surfaces on the board......screws, standoffs....etc.
When you say the screen stays balnk do you mean you don't get anyhting not even post, but the fan starts up. If this is the case and have you tried to boot from a floppy, it could the bios is dead. If you do get a post message and you can get into the bios then try any graphics card that you know works. Just trial and error from there.