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Old 05-24-2006, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my last post never really got an answer so is there a sure fire way to tell if its my motherboard power supply or g card thats fried. All the lights fans etc come on only nothing apears on screen.
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Old 05-24-2006, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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in the other thread CrazeD suggested youll try other graphic card/ram and you said you did,what exactly did you mean? that you tried both or just one of em and if just one what was it? , as for the last question yeah it can still be the mobo

check for bad capacitors and better use a flashlight , see examples
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=195
http://home.earthlink.net/~doniteli/index27.htm
if theres bad capacitors, rma the mobo if still under warranty otherwise have em replaced at some electronic repair shop or buy a new one

if you didnt find any it doesnt rule out the mobo , try hard resetting the cmos , unplug the power cord and get the battery out for 1 hour then put it back & plug the power cord & power up , its important to put it back exactly the way it was and not upside down , if that didnt work then get all ram sticks out and power up , usally a good mobo will beep when theres no ram..

if you meant ^ that you tried a diffrent graphic card then it defintly cant be it , its more likely the mobo or psu

edit if the capacitors are fine & resettings the cmos didnt work & it beeps with no ram then get a digital multimeter (their pretty cheap) , set to 20 DCV (Direct Current Voltage) , measure the psu voltages with it and report back , see these guides
http://www.ochardware.com/articles/psuvolt/psuvolt.html
http://www.driverheaven.net/guides/testingPSU/
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Actually i took the ram completely out and it beeped on restart so what does this mean?
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It means you have no RAM installed. heh. Have you actually tried any of whats been suggested ?
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Actually i took the ram completely out and it beeped on restart so what does this mean?
Well that is kind of a good sign. That means that the motherboard can recognize that there is no RAM, and it can yell at you for it.

Take the graphics card out and power up, see if it beeps then.

Did you try a different monitor?
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i took the g card out and it beeps what should i try next?
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did you try hard resetting the cmos as suggested? , might wanna read that *edit* in my previous reply
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