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Old 11-12-2006, 04:52 PM   #1
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Problems building a computer

This DIY computer project has had many problems. Skip to the the second paragraph for the current one. I felt the others might have some importance, though.

I got a set of components to build a PC. Everyone went together fine, but when I started up, it froze before it could get to loading from a disk. I contacted the motherboard tech support and eventually confirmed it was a known problem and got a new motherboard. The components had to be taken apart and were unfortunately not stored in optimum conditions. I am having a new problem now, and I can't diagnose it or find a solution.

After installing the new motherboard, the computer will boot up, but nothing comes up on the screen. Everything else lights up, and all of the fans are spinning (including the one on the graphics card). The only thing weird is that the graphics card does not seem to be fitting into the slot right. The metal thing that goes on the outside doesn't fit nicely when the card is plugged in all the way.

I would appreciate any advice on what this problem is and/or how to diagnose or fix it.

(I do not have any extra components for testing around, except for RAM)
Old 11-12-2006, 05:28 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2004
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Distribution: Ubuntu 10.10, ubuntu 11.04, suse 9.2, OSX
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So when you say nothing comes up on the screen, do you mean that you don't get a "video not connected" screen on the monitor/LCD? If so then the video card works and I would say the you bios is dead. What type of monter board do you have and what is the ram? Can you put the RAM into another computer jsut to test it? I'm pretty sure thou that the bios should load even if there is no RAM, I think at least?



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