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I'm new to DIY HTPC building and don't know what to expect. It's not working out yet and any help is appreciated.

I bought the things below and put them together. When powered on the drives spin but I get no video. I'm only using HDMI, do I need to use DVI to get things started? Also, I'm only using the wireless keyboard, do I need to use a wired keyboard first? I've burned Ubuntu 10.10 32bit and 64bit DVDs following the Ubuntu instructions using a Mac. The disks burned OK but nothing different seems to happen when I start the HTPC with either disk. Of course, getting no video makes it hard to tell if anything different happens. But the drives seem to spin up the same. Do I have to use Windows to get the initial setup going or can I do this with just Ubuntu?

Here's the hardware I bought:
- Thermaltake Element Q
- AT5IONT-I
- Patriot DDR3 1066 1x2gb ram
- WD Caviar Green 2 TB HDD
- Samsung 12x SATA LightScribe BD-ROM/DVD Writer (SH-B123) bluray drive
- SIIG Wireless Multi-Touchpad Mini Keyboard

The AT5IONT-I was in an open box that is a bit beat up but the hardware looks OK to the eye. Could not getting HDMI output be a hardware problem? My TV sees the HDMI cable is plugged in but gets no signal.

Many thanks before hand for help on this little adventure of mine! Learning is fun!
,boz