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Solved: Trouble with computer I'm putting together

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SambizelFoRizzel, Apr 2, 2009.

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  1. SambizelFoRizzel

    SambizelFoRizzel Thread Starter

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    Parts in system:

    ABIT AG8 LGA 775 Intel 915P ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127182

    Intel Pentium 4 540 Prescott 3.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116183

    CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145450

    SAMSUNG HD502HI 500GB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152137

    POWERCOLOR HD2400PRO 512MB SCS Radeon HD 2400PRO 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131142

    JUST PC Gazelle JPC899TI Titanium/Silver Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811200022


    okay, that is the basics. If I've forgotten something, please let me know.

    I am using the stock heat sync, and I've already tried to swap out the power supply for a Antec 430W PSU that was in a friends system. It also does not work. The problem I'm having is:

    I turn on the computer, and then it boots up. about 10-20 seconds go by, it just shuts off. Randomly, no message, no nothing. The HDD that I'm using is blank, and I've unplugged it so I do not damage it. I've taken the 2032 battery out of the mobo and let the CMOS reset, which changed things, but really did nothing to help the power from shutting off. Will changing this battery help with this problem? I've taken all the cards our and even unplugged the optical drives from the mobo to see if that changes anything. Nothing helps it stay on longer. Do you think that my mobo is broken or my processor is bad? I've had these things stored for quite some time and I've just recently decieded to get them back out and going again. The HDD and graphics card are new, the Mobo, CPU, and case are all old parts. Originally, I was having trouble with my old hard drives so I just got a whole new system, but we had a house fire and unfortunately that comp was ate by flames. *wah* So I've tried to revive this one. The main problem is that all the old pieces I used to have that I knew worked in my old comp that I've replaced burnt up.

    Any ideas? I am going to post a video to youtube.com in a couple of mins to show you all what is going on here. Thanks for your help in advance!!!!!!!!
     
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    1st thing i would do is reset your heatsink......... that includes re-applying the thermal paste
     
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    I did that, too. Thanks for the reply!
     
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    The video is uploading right now...blah videos and their large files!
     
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    is the heatsink a intel? with the push down and turn
     
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    yes, it has a push down and turn. I might need to look at it again? re-push and re-turn? I've never installed a push down and turn heatsync only a lever-lock sync. So I may have biffed that up. You think?
     
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    yeah those push down h/s are a b***h to put on..... to check turn the mobo upside down and make sure all of the "pins" are equal legnth
     
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    okay. You were right, Replay. The pins were not all the way in. It solved the power issue, However, now there is a new problem. Now, I have the pins in, graphics card in & plugged into monitor, power in, and on/off switches plugged into mobo and I turn the computer on, but have no image on my monitor. The monitor was JUST working. So, I have power for more than 10-20 seconds, but now I have no image on my monitor. What next, oh knowledgeable ones? I am going to try and get everything plugged back in and see what happens. I'll check back in about a half hour. thanks all!
     
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    u probably knocked something when u were screwing around with the h/s
    reseat memory and all connections......... nice utube video btw
     
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    okay thanks. I got it working. Had ANOTHER issue though. I accidentally hit the reset button with my knee when I was loading XP, and it was reformatting my HDD. Is there anyway to format the HDD without the OS booting up?
     
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