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NavyDööd (F/A-18 Mech)
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

I just put together a P2b-F M/B, Celeron 366 (not overclocked), Expert@Play AGP Video Card, 128 meg PC100 ram.

I went to boot the system and it won't come up with a screen. I double checked my double checking of all jumper settings.

The H.D.D. light lights up up and you can hear the H.D. spool up. My light on the front the CD-Rom player lights up momentarily also, then goes out like it should. I tried every step for booting the system as per the instruction manual also.

I even tried my STB Velocity 128 PCI Video Card to make sure it wasn't the AGP slot or the ATI AGP card. And it still won't bring anything up on the monitor. It stays blank. (Yes the monitor is turned on). :)
What do I do next? Is it the M/B? Or could it be the RAM or Processor?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

p.s. I have built systems before and haven't had this problem before.

Jim Vanderbeck
Michael Weber
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

Perhaps the motherboard may be touching metal at some point - I've had similar probs when I've actually grounded the motherboard from:
1. Adding to many metal supports underneath which directly touched an uninsullated part of the board.

2. The case as bent slightly, which touched the side of the motherboard.

Have you tried taking the motherboard totally out of the case - just RAM, video card, cpu w/fan - and put it on top of a book or card board??

Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

First, make sure that your power connection to the motherboard is
good. Next, remove the hard drive ribbon cable(s),
the floppy drive cable, sound card, keyboard, mouse,
video card, modem, serial/parallel cables, zip drive(s);
well, you get the picture. Use the bare minimum of
known functional RAM in your first bank. Your motherboard doesn't
need any of that other stuff to post(power on self test).
What you're looking for is a single beep (assuming
you have the case speaker hooked up). If you get the
blessed single beep somewhere between 5 and 60 seconds
after powering up the system, try adding the pci
video card+monitor, then the keyboard, then the mouse; again,
you get the picture. The emphasis here should be on
using memory that you know to be functional. Also,
be on the lookout for weird stuff. I recently had
a motherboard that refused to boot. Having given up
on it, I was removing it in anticipation of putting
another board in the case, when I discovered a screw
that had become trapped in between the back of the PCB
and the case. Needless to say this was the cause of
my problem, but I was so engrossed in the troubleshooting
process that I failed to look for the obvious. If all
else fails, call Asus' tech support people. They are
remarkably good in an industry known for poor or non-
existent support.

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