aww man that is totally unlucky i really feel for you. bet that made your wallet sting, eh?
Return it back to the store!!!
lol yeah. you could pretend you had wired it correctly. rewire it and makes sure everything is in the correct place, then return it to the store and say it just went fizz lol. hopefully youll get your money back or a new one.
Does anyone know of any way to check if the parts are dead or not?
if you have another computer, just try putting the bits from the fizzled computer into that and see if it shows up correctly
to test put the bits into another machine and follow these steps:
Gfx card = simply plug it in. dont worry about drivers, because if its dead you wont get any display AT ALL.
memory = put in alongside currently working ram then go to start, then run and type: 'dxdiag' to run DirectX Diagnostic. that should tell you how much memory you have in your computer. if the ram is fried then it just wont be reported by dxdiag i.e. 1GB of working ram and 1GB of fried ram shows up as 1GB of ram in DirectX diagnostics
harddrive = put it in as master and set mobo to boot master drive only. if its fried youll get a DOS message on boot saying 'ERROR INSERT SYSTEM DISK' or something like that
diskdrive = set mobo to boot to disk drive first, then to hard drive, then take out any disks (if you can get it open) and boot. you should hear activity or see a light flashing when it boots as it tries to find a disk to boot from. if not = dead.