Server motherboard not displaying video at all? Help!
Posted on 2013-02-06
I recently just finished building what is soon to be our new email server. I've built many computers and servers in the past and this is the first time I've ever run into a big problem that I cannot figure out the answer for. It is a custom built server with all custom parts and a black box. It is a Supermicro server motherboard. Everything is connected properly and I've double and triple checked it. I am running 16GB ECC unbuffered ram, 1155 Xeon 3.2Ghz Ivy Bridge CPU, and a HighPoint PCIe x8 RAID controller card. I turn the server on and all case fans, PSU fans, and CPU fan spin up no problem, the motherboard light is solid green and lit and does not flicker or turn any other color, I hear no beeps of any kind (my other server builds usually beep when booting up just as part of the normal boot process, so this is a red flag how this one doesn't beep at all), and no video is displayed on the monitor. I tried the onboard VGA video and the monitor light never turns green or even flickers. It just stays amber the whole time. I tried a different monitor and a different cable and same thing. Then I tried putting a separate video card in the server using the PCI express x16, which I thought for sure would work, and to my surprise it still does not display video. I've tried the VGA port on the video card as well as the DVI port all to no avail. I've tried removing the RAID controller card for both onboard video and video card and still nothing. I've also tried removing one stick of ram then all of the ram and still no video. I don't even see the BIOS screen. Nothing displays on the monitor whatsoever and as I said before, the light on the monitor stays amber. I'm starting to think I have a bad motherboard, but what doesn't make sense is that the motherboard light is green and lit the entire time with no flickering or changing color. Does anyone know what might be the problem or can offer any suggestions?