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The story so far:

This is a budget office-work build for my parents discussed here and here. The specs are my current sig-rig.

The plan was this: install the Celeron D 331, update the BIOS (to support the E2140), remove the Celeron, install the E2140, install XP, win.

Heres what actually happened: I installed the Celeron, both 512MB sticks of RAM, the CD/DVD drive, the HDD and FDD. I connected the screen, keyboard and mouse and booted up. 1 beep, it boots first time with no errors, success! Not wasting any time, I hit DEL and enter BIOS straight away. I already had a floppy with the F2 BIOS following the instructions for Q-Flash. I inserted the floppy, pressed F8 to bring up the Q-Flash menu and proceeded to flash the BIOS. All the checks were fine and the BIOS flashed successfully (a message confirmed this). After this, I powered down through BIOS and restarted; 1 long beep and 2 short which the manual lists as a "Monitor or display card error" confirmed by the lack of input detected by the screen. The HSF fan starts and the HDD hums and I can open the optical drive but the screen doesn't detect anything.

To re-iterate, I changed nothing after flashing the BIOS so I know for sure that the hardware is working and I am absolutely sure that the BIOS was the correct version as confirmed by the "successful" flash. I have since tried reseting CMOS by removing the battery for 2 minutes to no effect.

Any ideas what could be going wrong? I can only guess that somehow something went wrong in the flashing process, but the success messages contradict this. Help would be very much appreciated.
 

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ya, like he said clear with the jumper..thats my only idea, not a whole lot can happen when flashing bios especially if it confirmed as successful
 

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have you tried using a backup gpu to make sure thats not the problem
 

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Coulda been a bad flash even tho it looked good most times they will say they went thru perfect if the did or not. I played around with bios modding on my old board and it took the bios and said it was good but upon reboot i had no post.
 

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Originally Posted by kingsnake2 View Post
have you tried using a backup gpu to make sure thats not the problem
Considering its the on-board VGA, I doubt thats the problem, but I don't have a spare graphics card to test anyway.

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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post
Coulda been a bad flash even tho it looked good most times they will say they went thru perfect if the did or not. I played around with bios modding on my old board and it took the bios and said it was good but upon reboot i had no post.
Thats what I'm thinking. I'm still trying everything I can, but it looks more and more like I'll have to return the board. On that note, can anyone suggest a good board with the following specs:
LGA775
DDR2
SATA2
1 IDE port
1 FDD port
Integrated graphics
OCing options
<£50
Able to support the E2140 right off the bat so I don't have to flash BIOS.
Available from Scan, KustomPCs or Overclockers UK.

I'm off to have breakfast, then I'll try reconnecting everything in the case before searching for a new MoBo. Thanks.
 

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To reiterate what was said above, a flash can appear to go perfectly and be bad, unfortunately. I would say the flash is corrupt. If there is no way to revert back then RMA the board
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