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I just got all the parts for my new computer (this is the first one I have ever built from the ground up). The parts are as follows:

Chieftec Dragon series case
Asus A7N8X (deluxe) mobo
512 MB OCZ DDR400 RAM
Radeon 9700 Pro
hdd, cd-burner and dvd-rom are out of an older system, and I don't know the exact product names of them.

I hooked up all the parts (sans extra USB, firewire, SATA), and I can't get it to boot. When I press the power button, all the fans turn on, along with the power LED and the onboard LED on the mobo. The cd drives spin and I can hear the hdd clicking for a second. However, nothing shows up on the screen, and it's definitely not finishing the startup process. Also, I don't hear any beeps during the POST, and I have tried installing the case speaker connector both ways, but to no avail. I realize that this is not a very detailed review of the problems I am having, but I really don't know what is going wrong. Is there anywhere anyone knows of that I can get a more detailed how-to for connecting all the cables, because I suspect my problem lies therein. Also, I was just wondering if the screen would work anyway, because it is connected to an AGP card connected to the system (don't know if it needs drivers or anything). Sorry for the lack of detail, but if you have any specific questions that could help to diagnose my problem, please ask them.
 
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Howdy there karleberts...

New mother boards are shipped with the CMOS clear jumper configured for "Clear", have you set it to "Normal" ?
 
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try to boot with only the cpu/fan, video card, one stick of memory, and power supply connected.

if it boots, then add one component at a time until you find the problem.

if it doesnt, then you should be able to narrow the problem down to one of those 4 components fairly easily.
 

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I gave that a shot (starting w/ only the 4 components) w/ the case speaker connector both ways, and it still didn't post.
 

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I also tried moving the ram between all the different slots, and finally removing it completely, still no post.
 
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Hi, Karl,

One thing that crops up quite frequently is an incorrectly fitted graphics card. Try refitting the card making sure that none of the gold coloured teeth are left showing.

Cheers,

Ian
 
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check all your front panel connections (main one being power switch and speaker).

next check cpu fan connection and clear cmos jumper as stated above.

if you are POSITIVE everything is as the mb manual says it should be then turn it on again with only the 4 things connected.

if it beeps, count the beeps...will tell you what the problem is.

no beeps=cpu or mb error.
 
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ASUS got a batch of bad cmos batteries so try this:

-remove your battery and clear the cmos

-install a new battery

- if that does'nt work try taking the board out and putting it on a piece of board(wood, cardboard etc..) with the ps and speaker hooked up(you'll need the on/off button from the mobo/case hooked up too. turn it on, no beeps=dead mobo=call the vendor you got it from for an rma or get ahold of Asus.

heres a good link for nforce2 users with an extensive A7n8x forum http://www.nforcershq.com/

Good Luck:D
 
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