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New PC build - No video - no joy

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Hello there.
My co-worker and I just completed a new machine. However we get no video
signal on power up.
All fans (case, video and chip) are powered, as well as the HD.
Also, we get a single system beep on POST. The system stays on, so we know it's not shorting out.

System specs:
AMD 64 3000+ Athlon 64 RTL
MSI K8T NEO-FIS2R RT
Corsair XMS DDR PC-3200 (two sticks of 512)
Radeon 9800 Pro
Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB 10,000RPM SATA Hard Drive
Turbolink 450 watt power supply (came with the case)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Cheers!
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by:Callandor
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With AMD cpus, you have to have a working fan, and it has to be plugged into the cpu fan header.

If that's not it, here are some other possibilities:
- motherboard shorting on case
- CMOS jumper set to CLEAR, instead of NORMAL position
- bad connections
- faulty or inadequate power supply
- bad RAM
- faulty video card
- bad cpu
- bad motherboard

I know you said that you think the motherboard isn't shorting out, but you need to be methodical about eliminating all possibilities.  Take the motherboard out of the case and put it on an antistatic surface, like wood or a cardboard box.  Install one stick of RAM, the cpu, and the video card, and reset the BIOS after installing the cpu.  Do not include hard disks, other PCI cards, or other peripherals.
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by:DoTheDEW335
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Did you install the USB slot with the Diagnostic lights? You can use that to troubleshoot where it is stopping or find out if maybe it's relly booting and your vid card is bad. You can lookup the codes in the manual
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by:pjargon
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try booting up with just one stick of ram, change sticks, slots, etc.
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by:paulie2685
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Well, after a day of pulling the thing apart and switching everything around, I've come to the conclusion that the MOBO is no good.
So, it's back the shop and a new one will be here next week sometime.

Thanks everyone for all your input.
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by:paulie2685
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Well, I'm back.
Still nothing. We got the new motherboard (same make & model), put it all back together, and nothing.
I've been reading the forums at www.corsairmemory.com and it seems a lot of people are having trouble with the compatability between the board and the RAM.
If this gives anyone some more ideas, let's hear 'em!
We're at a total loss as to what to do next.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I've upped the points for this one. =)
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by:pjargon
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doesn't sound good.. yeah..
sounds like the ram may be the culprit..

have another computer or a friend you can borrow some ram from?
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by:DoTheDEW335
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Have you tried using 1 Ram chip at a time. See if this changes anything. Also in my above post I asked if you installed the diagnostic lights? You might be able to pinpoint where the motherboard is stopping.
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by:paulie2685
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I think the problem has been solved.
More than likely it's incompatable RAM, so 2 new sticks are on the way.
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