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Troubleshooting a "Problem Build"

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by crjdriver, Apr 2, 2004.

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  1. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator Thread Starter

    Jan 2, 2001
    I have put down the steps to follow when you have a problem build.

    1) Remove EVERYTHING from the case
    2) Set the motherboard on a non conductive surface. The motherboard box is perfect for this. .DO NOT PLACE THE MOTHERBOARD ON THE STATIC BAG! It can actually conduct electricity! We are going to try and assemble a running system outside of the case.
    3) Install the CPU and heat sink; make sure the fan is connected to the correct fan header. Check the manual for the correct fan header [usually fan 1] Make sure the clear cmos jumper is not in the clear posistion. Some boards have been shipped with the jumper in this posistion.
    4) Install the RAM (only install 1 stick, 2 for RDRAM)
    5) Install the video card
    6) Connect the monitor to the video card.
    7) Connect the power supply to the motherboard; if your board uses the extra four pin connector make sure you connect that as well.
    8) Connect power to the power supply
    9) Do NOT connect ANYTHING else. Make sure you have the power connector on the CPU fan connected.
    10) Use a small screwdriver to momentarily short the power switch connector on the motherboard.

    If it posts now, you have either a mounting problem [most likely] or a bad power switch on the case. As a quick test of the case power switch; connect the case reset switch to the pins on the mb for the power switch. Push the reset switch; if it powers one now you have a bad case power switch.

    If it does not post like this, you will have to start swapping parts with known good units ie power supply, processor, mb.
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