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ldy
ldy
Well, hell. She won't post.

Do I...
return the CPU?
return the motherboard?
return the ram?
return the whole shebang?
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ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) (permalink)
Sadly, no.
kvance From: kvance Date: July 4th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (permalink)
The motherboard is the most likely culprit, as you're not getting any beep codes. The CPU *may* cause some beeps, and the RAM should definitely cause some beeps.
duinlas From: duinlas Date: July 4th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'd return the mobo.
zer0data From: zer0data Date: July 4th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC) (permalink)
power it up with no RAM in and see if it beeps. And don't forget to check that the CPU fan's plugged into the proper fan header and all that, some systems won't power on if it can't find anything on the CPU fan header in order to protect the CPU from overheating.
ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Afaict, everything's plugged-in where it should be, and no beeps without ram. Great idea to check those, though!
corto From: corto Date: July 4th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC) (permalink)
I second the comment on the main board being the likely problem.

However, you need to describe things better. :D

Any beeps?

Some boards come with a "attach here" cord that supports a pair of USB ports on a board that takes up a "slot" on the back of the box... some of these have four little tiny lights on them... all green when the system is healthy. And the pattern of green versus yellow or orange describes what element of the boot-up has failed...
Any chance you have one of those?

WERE YOU GROUNDED WHEN YOU PUT YOUR HEAT SINK ON YOUR PROCESSOR? (wearing one of those little bracelets?)
ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (permalink)
yup, wore a wrist-strap and kept my feet bare for good measure :)

No beeps at all, and no lights on the doohickey.
corto From: corto Date: July 4th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC) (permalink)
mother board.
Just take it back...

Can you?

and yes....it's a giant pain in the bum...
ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I can send it back to newegg... but what about the cpu? Should I return that, as well?

The doohickey suggested that no lights mostly likely indicates a cpu problem.
corto From: corto Date: July 4th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC) (permalink)
sigh... I don't want to lead you astray with my assumptions.

when in doubt... ship it all back, get your $$$ and start over.
duinlas From: duinlas Date: July 5th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC) (permalink)
New Mobo. THEN New CPU. THEN new Memory. THEN new GPU.

Don't redo everything at once.
frostbyte From: frostbyte Date: July 4th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (permalink)
Getting even a hint of anything happening on the video card? If the BIOS is going active at all, you should see SOMETHING at least blink. I'd lean towards the mainboard, like the others...
ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Not a hint-- the monitor doesn't even turn on. The lack of lights on the troubleshooting doohickey suggests that nothing's happening at all. The documentation indicates that's it's probably a CPU issue, but it could just as easily be the mainboard.
frostbyte From: frostbyte Date: July 4th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
It'd be interesting to grab a DVM and start probing the power supply leads - see if there's any 5v and 12v even reaching the mb. Just plain dead out of the box is a little unusual. Not unheard of, though...

How about board mounting? Right by the book? No chance the board is shorted where it should be insulated?
ldy From: ldy Date: July 6th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'm sending the PS to work with Paul-- I'm pretty sure they've got a voltmeter there.

Board was mounted fine, as far as I could tell... hard to screw up board mounting with a lian-li case :)
dormando From: dormando Date: July 4th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (permalink)
beep beep beep.

Uh. Is there a local mom-and-pop kinda computer store in your area? You might be able to negotiate a nominal fee for them to help you troubleshoot the issue. Might. Maybe.

Otherwise, shitty.
ldy From: ldy Date: July 4th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I just emailed these guys-- maybe they can help me out! We'll see what they say :)
scarlethester From: scarlethester Date: July 4th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC) (permalink)
I wish I could help, but I am clueless about this kind of thing. I'd say, cross your fingers and thwack the thing.
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