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Old 10-06-2004, 06:08 PM   #1
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Newly built pc not displaying on moniter

I have just built a new pc, but when I power up it doesn't display anything on the moniter. No bios, no nothing. My dvd drive will power up, but will not open when I hit the open button making me think the mobo is dead or the cpu. Is there a way to figure out what's going on with out testing each part? What do I need to get the mobo running? PSU, CPU, Ram?

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Old 10-06-2004, 06:15 PM   #2
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I'm using the following hardware.

IWill Barebone System for Socket 478 at 400/533MHz FSB Intel CPU, Model XP4EVO

Intel Pentium 4/ 2.4B GHz 533MHz FSB, 1MB Cache


Seagate 120 gb 7200 rpm ata100 drive

TDK dvd-/+r drive
Old 10-06-2004, 07:32 PM   #3
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I will guess that if it's a brand new home-built machine, that you may have just accidentally missed connecting a cable to a socket, or something similar. Things to check:

1. Is the power cable connected from the PSU to the mobo?
2. Is the power cable for the CPU connected to the mobo?
3. Is all your RAM installed? Maybe it is worth unplugging it and reinstalling
4. Is the IDE cable connected from the mobo to the hard drive?
5. Is there a power cable connected to the hard drive?
6. Is the hard drive jumpered correctly?
7. Same three questions for any CD or DVD drives
8. Is your video card installed?
9. Is the monitor plugged into it?
10. Is the monitor's power cord plugged into the wall socket?
11. Is your monitor turned on?
12. Is your keyboard and mouse plugged in?
13. Are your BIOS settings appropriate?

I'm sure there are other things to check but those are the most likely culprits off the top of my head. Assuming that the case is open, when you power on the PC, there should be at least some kind of LED indicator come on, and the fans should start spinning, the hard drive should spin, and the system may make a couple of short beeps as it starts up.

If you power it on and nothing at all happens, then either the machine itself is not plugged in or the PSU is dead. Good luck with it. Like I said, I'd be willing to bet that it's just a simple cable connection being undone. -- J.W.


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