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I recently bought bunch of computer parts for a project build. I have never built a computer before so i thought I would take a shot at it using low end hardware. I was guaranteed the parts will all work perfectly. I believed him and still do. I think i am doing something wrong.

anyway, i put it all together and everything turns on. here is a list of a few things that are wrong, possibly wrong, or odd

-Video card wont display anything. it doesnt receive any signal
-wont turn off with the power button, only on
-the video card is SLIGHTLY slanted upwards in the area of the the ports. I cant seem to make it go in all the way.
- i may have done a bad job with the front panel connectors

I have upgraded parts, I know about computer. but this is really pissing me off. the system has no OS but that should matter. it should still post

the card is an ATI Radeon X800XT
Edited by Darqside - 4/10/11 at 1:06am
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1) Video card isn't seated properly.
2) Simply pressing the power button won't turn off your computer, that's the restart button. To manually turn it "off" via the motherboard (like when you don't have a screen) you have to hold the power button for a few seconds. It'll turn off.
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Originally Posted by Darqside View Post
I recently bought bunch of computer parts for a project build. I have never built a computer before so i thought I would take a shot at it using low end hardware. I was guaranteed the parts will all work perfectly. I believed him and still do. I think i am doing something wrong.

anyway, i put it all together and everything turns on. here is a list of a few things that are wrong, possibly wrong, or odd

-Video card wont display anything. it doesnt receive any signal
-wont turn off with the power button, only on
-the video card is SLIGHTLY slanted upwards in the area of the the ports. I cant seem to make it go in all the way.
- i may have done a bad job with the front panel connectors

I have upgraded parts, I know about computer. but this is really pissing me off. the system has no OS but that should matter. it should still post

the card is an ATI Radeon X800TX
If the GPU isn't in all the way, how do you expect it to work properly. I suggest a reseat.

And what do you mean by 'bad job' on the front panel connectors? That could be why you're having power issues.

You say you know 'computer', but maybe you need to know a little more.
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OP you need to make sure that bad boy is seated properly!!!!
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sorry for the typos and such.

I know the video card probably isnt seated properly. and 'computer' was just a typo.

the problem is that it doesnt seem to want to go in all the way. and yes its the right type of card and slot.

also, holding the power button for a few seconds does nothing. i already knew to try that.

thats why i am at a dead end here. I dont know what to try. I dont have another card to test it with. damn it
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Sometimes you have to push hard as long as its lined up you should be fine.
As long as there is nothing obstructing the card , or the slot, and its the correct type . it should go in with a little push!
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sorry for the typos and such.

I know the video card probably isnt seated properly. and 'computer' was just a typo.

the problem is that it doesnt seem to want to go in all the way. and yes its the right type of card and slot.

also, holding the power button for a few seconds does nothing. i already knew to try that.

thats why i am at a dead end here. I dont know what to try. I dont have another card to test it with. damn it
Is there anything preventing the card from being fully seated, like capacitors or anything else on the mobo?

Not familiar with the older ATI cards, but is that a PCIe card? If so, is the tab on the slot preventing the card from being fully seated?
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well its very very slightly slanted. it power on and the fan runs at full blast. it doesnt seem to want to be perfectly leveled though. and yes its a PCIe. it also has a 4 pin connector. I have connected the proper cable to it.

i dont know what could be wrong. I dont think there is anything preventing it. i have tried everything i could think of to get it 100% straight instead if the estimated 92%
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well its very very slightly slanted. it power on and the fan runs at full blast. it doesnt seem to want to be perfectly leveled though. and yes its a PCIe. it also has a 4 pin connector. I have connected the proper cable to it.

i dont know what could be wrong. I dont think there is anything preventing it. i have tried everything i could think of to get it 100% straight instead if the estimated 92%
Not sure. Pics might help others see something you missed.
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like i said, i am very familiar with computers and have tried everything i could before i came asking question. i even took out the motherboard and tried to make it perfectly straight and no luck.

is there anything else that could be causing the no signal?
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