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I've recently got into computers and tried putting together my own setup it looks like everything is good other than the things i know are not working,(optical drive/hdd) Do I need these to post? The motherboard turns on and all of the phase leds are lit up along with all the fans spinning on the cooler and video card but nothing pops up onscreen. I was hoping to get atleast a splash screen but i'm kinda thinking that i need the optical and hdd to be connected the optical drive is connected via IDE as far as I know but it does not open when i press the eject button.(its plugged into a molex) The hdd has a sata cord connected to it but does not have a connection to the motherboard.(I took it out of my old computer and it had a non modular psu so I'm in need of a cord but not sure where to get one. I'd be glad to go buy one and would buy a new optical drive and hdd if needed. Any help on getting me up and running would be greatly appreciated I've ran out of things i think it could be so have at it..





I got together with some friends of mine and tested my setup on his motherboard which is very similar to mine.( A Gibabyte UD3) After testing each component and trying to weed out the problem we couldn't find one. All except for the PSU I found that i was configuring the psu wrong, trying to use advanced dip switches to power my motherboard when I only needed to connect the power to my chassis and turn it on from there. After I turned it on from the chassis the system speaker beeped and my system started to POST. I would like to thank everyone who helped me get to this point and especially Canis-X without your information in diagnosing my problem I would not have been able to get this far. I am extremely satisfied with my experience so far on OCN and I look to grow more and more as time progesses. For now I will start with overclocking my E8400 biggrin.gif Thanks again guys and have a good one! cheers.gif
Edited by Unethical - 3/30/13 at 11:03pm
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post #2 of 19
Most motherboards don't require a HDD/Optical drive in order to boot to bios. You'll just get an error stating no HD is installed. Do you have another system you can try the video card in? Swap out the ram and put it into different slots too to rule out a bad stick. Resetting the CMOS would be a good idea as well.
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You should be able to post & get to bios with no optical drive or HDD. Does the board have a debug LED to see what post code it stops at?

One possible issue is the gpu, I run caseless rigs all the time, the gpu does have to be straight in the slot (90° while in the slot), leaning too far to one side or the other can cause the rig to not see it in post so it gets no display. I usually just move the psu a bit to make the pci-e power cables pull the gpu straight.
    
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I've cleared the cmos once, and taken it from the case incase it was grounding on something. Other than a dead card idk what it could be maybe those connection i have on it are messed up? Just older dell computers I don't know if they'd be compatible though

EDIT: FtW 420 will do one second.
Tried holding it upright and nothing still.
BY the way its an evga gtx 460
Edited by Unethical - 3/25/13 at 7:36pm
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try connecting the power cables to the gpu without using the molex adapters, I could be seeing wrong but it looks like your using molex adapters, also test the cables to the gpu with a voltmeter as that evga psu you have has really bad reviews from companies that have tested it.
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That's true but this setup wouldn't require anything near 1500 watts, I highly doubt that it's the psu, unless I configured it wrong. The only connectors I have are 6+2 pin connectors and on the psus manual it said to remove the two pins which I have no idea how to do, I'll try it right now though. Oh and by the way do i need to plug in both connectors? Or will the gpu work fine with just one, because i noticed it still spins up with only one plugged in.
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That's true but this setup wouldn't require anything near 1500 watts, I highly doubt that it's the psu, unless I configured it wrong. The only connectors I have are 6+2 pin connectors and on the psus manual it said to remove the two pins which I have no idea how to do, I'll try it right now though. Oh and by the way do i need to plug in both connectors? Or will the gpu work fine with just one, because i noticed it still spins up with only one plugged in.

the 2 connectors just slide or pull of the to make the 8 pin a 6 pin, and yes both power cables must be connected to the gpu.
make sure your not using the 8 pin cpu power connector on the graphics card and make sure your not using the gpu cable on the cpu they should be marked pci-e for the gpu and cpu for the cpu plug.

edit: I just went to evga web-site and everything is marked VGA for pci-e and cpu for the cpu and sata for hard drives and such.
Edited by jlhawn - 3/25/13 at 8:16pm
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post #8 of 19
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Yea I got everything hooked up correctly and they're getting power the thing I want to know is why there is no display. At this point I'm leaning towards a bad card.
EDIT: Sorry, I'm getting pretty irritated its been bad news after bad news for the past couple of days for me.
Edited by Unethical - 3/25/13 at 8:28pm
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post #9 of 19
I don't know what motherboard or cpu that your using but do they by chance have onboard graphics? if so you can try the onboard.
does the monitor have a small window up that says No Signal? or any message at all? even with a bad card the monitor will say there is no connection.
if the monitor isn't even giving this info then I would look at maybe a bad monitor or vga cable
Edited by jlhawn - 3/25/13 at 9:03pm
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the motherboard is a gigabyte UD3R, the cpu is an E8400 some patriot ram. An idea would be the dvi to vga adapter, tge monitor was working not too long ago. I'm starting to think it could be a bad pcie slot too maybe?
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