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Old 02-20-2004, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im a first time PC builder and this is where Im at....

I powered it up nad nothing caught on fire so thats good. The bad news is nothing else happened except for a red LED labled LED1 near the BIOS battery lit up. It was really bright and pretty but not exactly the result I was hoping for. I didnt have any floppys inserted or anything. Also, how am I supposed to insert a CD ROM if I cant get to to run the POST ceheck?

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Abit NF7-S v2.0 nVIDIA
Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton"
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ATI Radeon 9200 128M AGP8X
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Old 02-20-2004, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OK scratch that in the midst of my excitement I forgot to press the power button on the front of the case.

Please bear with me.
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Old 02-20-2004, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I pressed the power button on the front of the case and a green LED came on right next to the red LED, the fans came on and the speaker in the case beeped repetedly. Nothing came up on the monitor. I inserted the CD that came with the mobo, restarted, and still nothing happened except for the beeping.
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have you partitioned and formatted the hard drive?
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Old 02-20-2004, 03:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I havent had a chance to. This is the first time I have pluged it in and turned it on.
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Old 02-20-2004, 03:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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According to the beep guide... "A Long(Beep) continuous - DRAM isn't inserted correctly"

Ok I just plugged my RAM into DIMM1 and got the same beep.

It sounds to me that I may have either some incompatable or busted RAM. I bought generic RAM and I guess this is the price I pay. Hopefully Tigerdirect has good return policys.

Hopefully, it isnt the CPU. Im as sure as I can be that I installed it correctly. It is ZIF and all you do is lift the little lever, set it in (the pins are right beacuse it wouldnt go in any other way), and push the little lever down.

Anyone have any other ideas?
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Check with ABIT's website for ram compatibility with their Mobo's, Nvidia Nforce chipsets are picky about which ram they use.
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Corsair Micro or Kingston are good brands of RAM, should have no incompaibility probs there
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Old 02-21-2004, 02:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Have you got the fan on the CPU the right way round. there is only one way to fit it. If it is on the wrong way round it fries the CPU.....yes I am talking from experience here on my first home build.
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