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Old 01-25-2010, 07:54 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Fixed hard drive problem.

I think I actually have it all figured out now.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-25-2010, 09:50 PM   #32 (permalink)
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No worries with re-using optical drives. As far as your PSU, it should not be moving around at all...
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:05 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Yeah, I did not see the screw slots for the PSU earlier.

Everything is plugged into the computer now.
But, problem.

All of the fans work. The LED works.
The optical drive is giving us problems though.
It starts to open but then doesn't go all of the way.

And there is no display on my monitor.
I have the Windows 7 disk in the CD drive as well, but still getting nothing.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:19 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Okay.
Everything is plugged in to what I believe is the appropriate way.
I am still not getting a display on my monitor though.

The tower turns on, all of the fans work, all of the LEDs work, there is a green light on the motherboard and a red light near the CPU that are both turned on.
The CPU heatsink works properly.
The optical drive opens and closes properly, and the light works.
I cannot tell if the HDD is working, but that doesn't matter yet.

I have tried putting the RAM in slots 1/2, 1/3, 1, 3. (Tried it with having only 1 stick of RAM in.)
I have tried plugging the monitor up to both available slots on the graphics card.
I have tried plugging the monitor in again and checking to make sure it is not loose.

I am at a loss.
Can you all just run some commonly made mistakes, or even common sense mistakes that I may have made?
I've just about called it a night.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:23 AM   #35 (permalink)
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My AIM name is 'TheCactusNinja' if anyone would prefer to instant message me.

Would love faster help.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:32 AM   #36 (permalink)
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A shot in the dark here, but do you have the PCI E power connector connected to your graphics card? Also, make sure your graphics card is properly seated in the motherboard. I had this problem a while back(graphics card not correctly seated), and I have built 10 computers.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:19 AM   #37 (permalink)
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The graphics card is properly seated, and I plugged in a cable that came with my graphics card. It plugs into the PCI-E slot and splits into 2 plugins that connect to my power supply.

I'm thinking about trying my friends graphics card in my desktop, or trying my graphics card in his desktop.

I'm afraid it is a problem with the Motherboard.

Although, I looked it up and the red LED that is on my motherboard apparently indicates a problem between my CPU and my motherboard.
I inserted the CPU in again and still had no luck.
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The graphics card is properly seated, and I plugged in a cable that came with my graphics card. It plugs into the PCI-E slot and splits into 2 plugins that connect to my power supply.
Don't use that one if you can avoid it; there should be a 6 pin straight from the PSU. Also make sure the 4/8 pin CPU power connector is plugged into the motherboard.

EDIT: Another thing you will need to do is make sure you aren't grounding out something on the motherboard (you should only use the standoffs in positions that match the board).
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You may have a bad graphics card, if all connections are plugged in properly.

I would definitely try your friends card .
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There is a cord going from the PSU to the motherboard.
I am not sure exactly how many it has on it, but I know it is plugged in.
So...I assume it is the right one.

I noticed last night that when my friend screwed in my motherboard he did not use the small tipped screws to keep the motherboard from touching the tower. I am about to take all of that out and redo it.

If that does not work then I am going to try my friend's graphics card.

Also, I found a 'MEM OK' button on my motherboard and held that down until something happened.
It started blinking red.
Any ideas what that means?
Good or bad?
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