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mobo isn't booting into bios

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by barabus, Sep 22, 2004.

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  1. barabus

    barabus Thread Starter

    Sep 13, 2004
    Hey all,

    So close to getting this new computer to work, here is the problem. I turn on the switch, the mobo starts to boot up, the HDD starts spinning up and seeking, the CD drive's green LED blinks, the corsair mem's activity LEDs blink, the whole computer sounds like it's booting up, that lovely higher pitched sounds of the fans speeding up, the keyboard lights come on, and the amber LED on the front is turning to green, AND THEN THE WHOLE THING SHUTS DOWN, about two seconds later it trys again and then shuts down again. My current theroy is that the heatsink that INTEL sent me with the processor is either not making good contact with the processor, or that the grey clay crap that they put on it isn't acting as a good enough heat transfer compound, below is what i am using to build the computer, does anyone else have any idea what it could be? thanks in advance

    Mother Board:

    INTELĀ® PENTIUMĀ® 4 PROCESSOR 550 (3.4GHz) 775-pin 1MB CACHE 800MHz FSB

    Corsair 512 MB DDR2 (667) PC-5400

    Hitachi 250GB/IDE/ATA-6 8MB CACHE

    CD Drive:

    Floppy Drive:
    Sony 1.44MB White Floppy Drive

    Power Supply:

    Video Card:
    (To be added, once PCI Express Video cards hit market, for now running video off of integrated video processor on the Motherboard)
  2. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004
    You need to do the "barebones" startup. Just the RAM, CPU with heat sink etc, and the monitor hooked up. If it works add components until you have a problem. It it doesn't work try the same thing with the MB out of the case on a non conductive surface. If it still doesn't work then you are left with trying to troubleshoot RAM, power supply, overheating or the motherboard.
  3. Tumbleweed36


    Feb 13, 2004

    Hey, I agree with both of you. Doing the build piece by piece is what I would do in this situation and is the most logical troubleshooting method..

    The crap the send from the factory for the CPU is what I use to practice my skills at hitting the wastebasket. I would ditch that stuff and use Artic Silver if I were you.
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