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Windows 7: First custom PC build (Q's)

20 Mar 2011   #51
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Strip your system down to the bear essentials. That means removing all add-in cards, peripherals (such as HDDs/SDDs/optical drives - disconnect the data cables and power cables) and all but one stick of RAM (plug this into the socket nearest the CPU). Make sure that the PSU is connected correctly to the motherboard and that ther CPU fan is plugged into the correct motherboard header - refer to the manual. Power up. Do you get a display? If all is well, you should get as far as the missing OS message. If not, try a different stick of RAM. If you still don't get anything after trying all memory modules, repeat but this time in a different socket. Next, start adding components one at a time. I would start by adding the RAM. Remember to disconnect from the mains whilst removing/fitting components. If all goes well, you can add in the drives, again one at a time. Testing is done in two stages here - the first with just the power connected to the peripheral and the second with the data cable as well. The reason for this is to eliminate any possible internal fault with the interface circuitry on the device itself. If any of the drives is/are PATA as opposed to SATA, make sure that the jumpers are set correctly (I don't recommend the CS setting, instead manually setting them to MA and SL for the master and slave device respectively) and that you are plugging them into the correct location on the data cable. When you get to the point where your system fails to boot up, check by back-tracking and disconnect the last thing you connected.

Hope this helps. I realise that this will take time, but it's best to do things like this slowly and methodically. We'll be waiting for you.


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20 Mar 2011   #52
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, we don't even know if he is booting. He's going at it haphazardly.
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20 Mar 2011   #53
MadSupra354

 

The peripheral connectors are the fans, right?
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20 Mar 2011   #54
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Yeah, we don't even know if he is booting. He's going at it haphazardly.
OK, I've tried booting, and this time the system did go on, but after I turn on only 1 fan spins, and there is an electric bolt LED on the front of the case where the USB and power is, it shows red, and the BIOS makes a long *beep*
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20 Mar 2011   #55
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you got that far, the CPU, PSU, and motherboard are probably OK.

The beep code can mean different things depending on your BIOS manufacturer.

Without knowing that, best guess is RAM.

Try one stick of RAM in various slots and see if the beep goes away.

The red bolt is not likely critical--probably a reversed connector or something not of major significance.

But make sure all fans are spinning.
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20 Mar 2011   #56
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
The peripheral connectors are the fans, right?
A peripheral is anything that is not built-in to the motherboard. So, yes, case fans are peripherals just as much as your drives are. Note, though, that you should never run a system with the CPU fan disconected. If you do, you can probably wave goodbye to the processor and potentially the motherboard as well.
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20 Mar 2011   #57
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If you got that far, the CPU, PSU, and motherboard are probably OK.

The beep code can mean different things depending on your BIOS manufacturer.

Without knowing that, best guess is RAM.

Try one stick of RAM in various slots and see if the beep goes away.

The red bolt is not likely critical--probably a reversed connector or something not of major significance.

But make sure all fans are spinning.
The DIMM LED (RAM) went red, but it went away. In the manual, it says if there is a problem the DIMM LED will show red but once it dissapears it means it's found the problem. I don't know why the CPU fan wasn't spinning, I'm positive it's connected properly. It might me spinning but I can't hear it Now I'm going to try connecting all 8-pins on the EATX12 volt at the top left of the motherboard.
By the way, my system information if in the specs below
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20 Mar 2011   #58
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
The DIMM LED (RAM) went red, but it went away. In the manual, it says if there is a problem the DIMM LED will show red but once it dissapears it means it's found the problem. I don't know why the CPU fan wasn't spinning, I'm positive it's connected properly. It might me spinning but I can't hear it Now I'm going to try connecting all 8-pins on the EATX12 volt at the top left of the motherboard.
By the way, my system information if in the specs below
Oh dear. I hope you haven't damaged the board and/or processor by omitting this connector.
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21 Mar 2011   #59
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
The DIMM LED (RAM) went red, but it went away. In the manual, it says if there is a problem the DIMM LED will show red but once it dissapears it means it's found the problem. I don't know why the CPU fan wasn't spinning, I'm positive it's connected properly. It might me spinning but I can't hear it Now I'm going to try connecting all 8-pins on the EATX12 volt at the top left of the motherboard.
By the way, my system information if in the specs below
Oh dear. I hope you haven't damaged the board and/or processor by omitting this connector.
Wouldn't seem so, it turned on and I didn't smell burning. There is a guy called PCWizKid and I learn from him, he had an i5 and 5770 and he connected all 8-pins on the top left. Anyway, I tried it, and the CPU cooler IS running, but as far as I know 1 case fan is blowing very slowly, nothing is in the way, but it just spins slow...
The BIOS continous to make a long beep, I can access the BIOS OK but I don't know if it's safe to let 1 case fan blow (That is if I just can't hear the other 2)
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21 Mar 2011   #60
xREECEo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi craig
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