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post #11 of 28
Dont wipe your drive man its totally unncesary!
your computer will Power On Self Test wether hard drives are attached or not.so wiping it will do no good.
But your video card has the 6/8 pin power plugs in?
your motherboard doesnt appear to have an onboard speaker,which is unusal but when you turn your pc on,does it power off after 30 secs or stay on?
do you have another pci-e grpahics card to put in to make sure its not dead on arrival?
Edited by MightyMission - 8/12/11 at 10:06am
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^ what he said, dont worry about the hdd/os for now. get some speakers to see if there are any beeps. use one stick of ram for now and make sure your 24-pin and 4-pin power cables are plugged properly.
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Am i the only one scared of non-onboard video mobos?
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I've already personally resigned to having to wipe and reinstall the OS, I do have data I was hoping to save. I will reseat the RAM. I'd like to save having to reseat the CPU if at all possible, but during installation I confirmed the notches matched, no bent pins before installation and the cpu slipped into the socket like a well lubed rat in a sewer pipe.

edit: No onboard video, just a serial port. All components are brand new from newegg.
Before you go wiping your data I would check and make sure that the OS copy you plan on using will work on your new gear. AFAIK all DELL,HP, and Gateway OS's are keyed to specific motherboard types and even to specific mobo serial #s, so wiping and trying to install from your OEM disk would be a waste of time and a fruitless loss of data.
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post #15 of 28
Forget about the OS or HDD, you'll lose time. Try first with the minimal components and 1 stick of ram.
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post #16 of 28
If it wont post id reset the cmos and try again. even with out a hardrive the bios screen should come up i would think. at least it does on my motherboard. I would try a different video card also just to rule it out if you have a spare.
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post #17 of 28
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Ok, I reseated the RAM and I removed a missed thermal sensor that lodged itself under the CPU heatsink. It boots now, after 10 seconds still no video but the logitech keyboard lit up and I heard the CPU fan where as before I was not so I'm thinking it may be a video card issue at this point. I'll leave the next part up to the experts, do I need both power plugs plugged in for the card to work or will one work?
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Ok, I reseated the RAM and I removed a missed thermal sensor that lodged itself under the CPU heatsink. It boots now, after 10 seconds still no video but the logitech keyboard lit up and I heard the CPU fan where as before I was not so I'm thinking it may be a video card issue at this point. I'll leave the next part up to the experts, do I need both power plugs plugged in for the card to work or will one work?
Good deal, you are making progress. I would not go jumping to conclusions about a bad video card . If you have discovered one thing wrong with your hardware hookup, there is a good chance that there is still another. Not sure if you are serious about asking if the power needs to be plugged in to your video card, but if you are the answer is YES, you need the power to it plugged in.
    
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post #19 of 28
Both power plugs in.
your nearly there!
i'd be pissed if i listened to the muppet who said wipe the drive only to find it was some plugs out that caused the issue.
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post #20 of 28
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I know the Dell CD I have will not work with a non-dell machine, I will deal with the OS when the time comes. I wasnt joking about asking about power, but my old machine had a 8800gts 320MB and it only has 1 power cable plug but I did have the power plugged in. My question was if it needed both power plugs. Noone has bought my old quad core yet so I will pull the 8800gts out of the dell and put it in the new machine and see if it gives me video.

Thank you for your advise so far!
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