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New Build Failing to boot/post

Hi,

I have just put together the following system:

Asus A8v delux mobo
AMD 64 3500+ 939 pin cpu
512 Crucial RAM (2700 non ecc unbuffered) (existing ram) but is compatible with board according to crucial)
WD 160GIG SATA HDD
Asus GF4 ti4600 (existing board)
Creative Audigy ZS

I have a little problem - and that is the system wont boot, nor post.

I have built a lot of systems and had not problems whatsoever.  I have reseated both CPU and RAM.

There is power to the board, hdd and cpu/case fans etc.

I have absolutely no idea what to do now.  I have no way of testing the CPU on another system, and I know the RAM was good when it came off the old board a short time ago.

Anyone have some ideas b4 I go and get more RAM which I really don't want to have to do!

Thanks very much in anticipation.

Sara
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mightyred
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LucFCommented:
Hi mightyred,

Do you hear any beeps?
Try stripping down the system to the bare minimum, only the motherboard and the processor. See if you can get some beeps out it then.
Add components till you don't hear anything anymore.

If you don't get any beeps even with only the motherboard and the processor, one of them is most likely dead.

Greetings,

LucF
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mightyredAuthor Commented:
TY I will try that.

Regards

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mightyredAuthor Commented:
Ok, nothing at all connected to mobo except cpu and cd and dvd roms, I have double checked my wiring to ensure speaker is wired ok!  Am hearing totally zero beeps.  Also cant shut it off have to pull cable out of the back.

This is very frustrating as parts are all mail order.  Nothing else I can do?

Thanks

Sara
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LucFCommented:
>>Also cant shut it off have to pull cable out of the back.<<
What happens if you press the power button for more than 4 seconds?

To me it surely looks like you bought some faulty hardware, but one thing you might want to check is if your motherboard isn't shorting against the case.
The easiest way to do so is to place a large piece of cardboard on your desk, then remove the motherboard from the case and lay it down on the cardboard. Then connect   it with the PSU and put the processor/RAM and videocard into it. See if anything happens when turning it on then.

LucF
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mightyredAuthor Commented:
Regards, power off nothing happens when i press for 4 secs.  Normally it would force a power off.

Not sure i can do the test for shorting you suggest.  My PSU cable isnt long enough to connect to the mobo out of the case :-(.

I'm going to go and get some more parts to test.  Just going to be a pain getting all those RMA's LOL.

Will let you know what happens.

Thanks for your help :-)
sara
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LucFCommented:
Ok, good luck.

LucF
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LucFCommented:
Well, that's too fast for your RMA's :o)
What did you find? Was your motherboard shorting against the case?

LucF
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mightyredAuthor Commented:
HI,

I tried the mobo out of the case no change.  I also put in new RAM that made no difference either.  Couldnt get a mobo or cpu that I wanted from PC weird.

Reluctantly I have put my old system back together (what a waste of a day lol) booted fine used it a bit, turned it off, came back an hour later, no boot.  Same thing, drives fire, no beep or post.

Now, is this a PSU issue?  Sounds to me like it might be?  This could wind up being a very expensive hdd replacement lol.

Regards

Sara
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LucFCommented:
That's certainly the first thing you should sort out at this point. A bad PSU can ruin all kinds of hardware.

LucF
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