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Old 10-29-2005, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I decided to build my own PC recently and I already ran into a problem during the assembly. I connected everything and tried a test run with just the motherboard, memory, video card, and CPU installed. The problem is, when I plug it in and try to turn it on it wont. When I flip the PSU switch in the back to the on position when it is plugged in it makes a chirping sort of noise and the power LED will blink for a second but then nothing happens. Then when I turn the switch off in the back and pull the plug the chirp and blink will happen again a few seconds after everything is all unplugged. I have tried many different things including removing and reinstalling the CPU, reinstalling the memory, and clearing the CMOS. I'm a first time builder and really need help here. Any help would be appreciated. Could it possibly be the power supply thats bad? My system specs are:

MSI K8N NEO4-F nForce4 Athlon 64 Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Processor (Venice) Socket 939
Mushkin 991145 1GB Kit DDR400 SP3200 Standard Performance Memory
ATI RADEON X700 PRO, (256 MB) Graphic's Card
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Old 10-29-2005, 04:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just get the obvious out of the way.

What PSU do you have? Do you have any wires caught in the fans?

I would of said, listen out for where it is coming from, but sounds dodgy...

You could hotwire the PSU to eliminate it. Get a paper clip un fold it, and connect up the green pin, and any black one.
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Old 10-29-2005, 04:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ahh, I did forget to post the PSU... it's the 400 Watt Antec power supply that came with my Antec TX640B case. The chirping seems to be coming from the PSU.
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If you are sure its coming from the PSU, than you will have to RMA it, with the company you brought it from. A good company will have you with one in about a week and a half. That is about the average that it has taken for my two things I have sent back. I'm waiting for my hard drive (bloody no corrier services on a the weekend.)
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Old 10-29-2005, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So how exactly did you say I could test that? I'm very new at all this and I don't want to ruin anything else(if it is in fact blown). What exactly do I do with the paper clip?
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Old 10-29-2005, 06:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Haha, I figured it out.. tested it with the paper clip and determined it was the power supply. So I got a new one to test my theory and it works! Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2005, 11:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Whta do you do with a paper clip? What does it do?
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