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Just received a ASRock Penryn 1600 SLI3x-WIFI motherboard that I bought off a guy. Can't get the thing to post. And he says he tested it and it worked fine before he shipped it to me.

Here's the deal:
I have swapped every component out - GPU, CPU, PSU, RAM, and it does the same thing.
CPU = old P4 3.06 or something around there.

When I power the PSU on, the motherboard gets power immediately. I don't have this in a case, but I don't even have to short the power pins. Flipping the switch on the PSU immediately turns on the CPU & GPU fans.

I've tried with 1 stick of ram, 2 sticks, no ram.

I get no error beeps at all.

No signal to monitor.

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Do you hear any error beeps? Remove all sticks of ram, then "power on" the system and check if it is communicating.

Where did you place the mobo? Make sure that nothing is shorting it under the board. Try to put it on a cardboard paper.
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Do you hear any error beeps? Remove all sticks of ram, then "power on" the system and check if it is communicating.
Where did you place the mobo? Make sure that nothing is shorting it under the board. Try to put it on a cardboard paper.

No error beeps at all. Even with no RAM in it.

The MB is currently on a USPS flat rate shipping box smile.gif
    
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Are you trying with the onboard video or with a video card? If the RAM is not seated 100% it will not beep and will not post. I have had this issue before.
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Are you trying with the onboard video or with a video card? If the RAM is not seated 100% it will not beep and will not post. I have had this issue before.

There is no onboard video. I've tried it with a gpu in, and without a gpu. Just trying to get some kind of beep. I've reseated the ram so many times, I can't imagine that's the issue.
    
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Are you trying with the onboard video or with a video card? If the RAM is not seated 100% it will not beep and will not post. I have had this issue before.

I guess that depends on different motherboards' (makers/models/) BIOSes, since it looks like we have had different experiences.
I've checked some boards with RAMsticks removed and they have sent out error beeps.
The error beeps are usually explained in detail in the motherboard manual.
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I've managed to resurrect many problematic boards with replacing old capacitors, but seeing that OP has a new model motherboard, I would exclude this one.
However, it wouldn't hurt to check that nothing is missing from the board. Check the back side and the front side. Search for soldered pins at the back of the motherboard and see if you can see an electronic detail at the front of the board as well (just make sure that what is soldered to the board is still there). Comparing the board with a picture from the manufacturers site would not hurt either.

OP, the problem that you described usually happens when:
* Motherboard is shorted somewhere.
* Some lanes of the motherboard are somehow damaged.
I had a motherboard outside of a case once, I placed it on a cardboard paper. We had some guests at my place and a little kid managed to sneak into my room and played around with the motherboard with a screwdriver that he found lying nearby! The motherboard did the exact same thing later that you previously described, I never managed to resurrect it! There was no real seen damage on the board.


These are just some possible options that I could come up with. Good luck, man!
(All of the above mentioned is based on personal experience.)
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