I have assembled a new computer from individually-purchased components (see system description, below). When I turn it on, all 4 fans power up (and presumably everything else inside), but 10 seconds after power on, all the fans turn off for 4-5 seconds, then they all come back on and stay on. I never see anything on the monitor.
The mobo has no on-board video, so all I can do is pray the graphics card and its interface to the mobo are working. (Who thought it was a good idea to not put any video on a mobo?) I assume that if everything else is broken (bad RAM, CPU incorrectly seated, etc.), I would still see SOMETHING on the monitor from the BIOS. The odd fan off/on behavior makes me wonder if I am experiencing something related to the "Express Gate" feature of the mobo (see below). In any event, what do I need to do to get to the point where I am seeing BIOS output on my monitor?
Here's the blurb about ASUS Express Gate from the Overview/Specifications for this mobo:
"5 Secs Bootup to online
Taking only 5 seconds to go online from bootup, Express Gate is the one-stop gateway to instant fun! It´s a unique motherboard built-in OS. You can utilize the most popular Instant Messengers (IM) like MSN, Skype, Google talk, QQ, and Yahoo! Messenger to keep in touch with friends, or quickly check on the weather and e-mails just before leaving your house. What´s more, the user-friendly picture manager lets you view your pictures without entering Windows at anytime!
* The actual boot time is subject to hardware configurations and product models"
The mobo's overview/specification is here: http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=1&model=2429&l1=3&l2=11&l3=709&l4=0