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Alright, so here's the story:

I've recieved my new CPU and RAM, but I can't do too much since the mobo and GPU aren't coming until Tuesday. Since I'm kind of bored, I figure that I can at least give my RAM a test drive, so I pull out my old RAM and stick in the new ones. Turn on the computer, everything goes fine until it gets to the XP loading screen. Then it just restarts. I figure, "OK, whatever. It just doesn't like the new RAM", so I decide to replace the old sticks.

I hit the button on the power strip to turn everything off, but it does something that it hasn't done before: everything stays on, even though the strip is off.

At this point, I'm kind of weirded out, and kind of confused on how to turn this thing off, since I almost always just use the power strip button. Since I'm too dumb to hit the power button on the front of the comp, I just reach around back and turn off the power supply. I know it's a bad idea, but, well, I do stupid stuff sometimes

So I unplug everything, pull out the new RAM and stick in the old stuff. I turn the computer back on, all the fans and lights turn on, CD/DVD drives still work, but now my monitor just gives me the amber light (it's not getting any signal).

At this point, I'm getting worried that I might have screwed something up, so I open the computer up again and take out, blow off, reconnect the video card. Still nothing.

I decide to test to see if the GPU really is messed up, so I take it out and put in the card that I had before it - a PCI Geforce MX440 heh. Reconnect everything, turn the computer back on, and I'm still getting an amber light and no picture.

I'm now thinking that maybe somehow the monitor got magically screwed up, so I get an old CRT and connect that instead. Exact same problem.

Ok, so now, after all of this, I'm wondering if there's something I missed that's messing me up. It doesn't seem to be the GPU or monitor that's the problem, so could it be something with the power supply or the motherboard? Unfortunately, I don't have any spares of those laying around, so I won't have any way to test those. I'd really appreciate any help, though, and if you have any questions... well, I'll be gone for about an hour or two, but I'll answer whatever I can once I get back.
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clear your CMOS and give it a shot
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Followed motherboards instructions for clearing CMOS and replaced 9800 - no luck.

edit: If the instructions say to remove the battery and then switch the jumpers for 5-10 seconds, should I try doing it longer than that? It seems that a lot of places say a couple of minutes...
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Originally Posted by Shazbot!
Followed motherboards instructions for clearing CMOS and replaced 9800 - no luck.

edit: If the instructions say to remove the battery and then switch the jumpers for 5-10 seconds, should I try doing it longer than that? It seems that a lot of places say a couple of minutes...
I have been told to do it for 15 seconds...if that doesn't work....30 mins up to 2 hours or so. If it doen't work then, move on to another solution I suppose :/
    
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Reinstall windows ( you dont have to reformat the hard drive)
I've had the same problem with my memory when i took them out of dual channel for a while, then put them back in dual channel, that fixed the problem. It's a bit drastic, but since your computer boots, it is a windows based thing, since the cmos and the other components are already out of the equasion. PLUS I HAVE THE SAME RIG AS YOU!!!

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To reset the cmos it's enough to take out the battery. The idea of putting the jumper for a couple of seconds with the battery removed is useless, since the jumper is supposed to short-circuit the battery wich is removed. My point is that either of them should reset your bios. Do not hold the jumper on more than 15 sec with the battery on the mobo as it would probably depleate it and you'll can be sure not to see any welcome screen.
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