My question is rather straightforward:
Will most motherboards give diagnostice beep codes or display anything thru the video if there is no CPU installed ?
I am trying to troubleshoot a system that will not POST at all, and have stripped it down to mobo on an antistatic mat, known working PSU, known working AGP card, CPU and memory. I am trying to determine if the CPU is fried, the mobo is bad, or if it's something else.
I am out of thermal paste, so I tried removing the CPU and powering on - still no beeps or any video. Is this normal ? Shouldn't the speaker be beeping like crazy, or does th CPU have to be in for the BIOS to work?
Thanks experts !