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Arrrrrgh! Computer Blues

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Ragnar, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Ragnar

    Ragnar

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    OK, got a new system driving me nuts. Maybe you guys can help.

    1. Bought a new Shuttle XPC model SN27P2 barebones
    2. New SATA 2 hard drive
    3. New Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro video card (PCI X16 format)
    4. USB keyboard and mouse
    5. 2GB DDR2 memory (yes, in pairs)

    Since its a SATA 2 motherboard I can't import my older IDE format hard drives, so its a blank slate.

    Can't use my old AGP video card for the same reason - no AGP slots on this mobo.

    Can't use my old PS2 style keyboard and mouse since the SN27P2 only uses USB ports.

    Got her all put together and . . . . nothing. All I'm getting on the monitor display is the flahsing "signal not detected" box. I've changed the video cables asa the first step of troubleshooting, but no luck.

    I've built computers before, but never had issues. Just built it and turned it on and it worked.

    Any guesses?
     
  2. PSU_G34

    PSU_G34 London Calling

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    Any beeps on POST?
     

  3. Tiloke

    Tiloke Ummmm, Nope.

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    If everything beeps and buzzes than its a video card problem.I had the same problem when building my first box.. turns out my graphics card wasnt plugged in all the way....
    Does the fan come on on your graphics card?

    Some newer mobos have 4 green lights on the back that light up in different cominations depending on what stage of startup your box is doing.
    If you have those lights, let us know what pattern it feezes on.
    Your graphics card may need an additional power source too, look for 3 or 4 small pins sticking up close to the ram chips(small black squares). If you find them than find one of the cords inside your box that fits it and stick it on...
     
  4. David_G17

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    make sure all fans are plugged in all the way (but i think you'd get error beep codes if they weren't).

    is the power supply fans spinning?

    re-seat your RAM too.
     
  5. SomeGuyInAHat

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    What processor are you using?
     
  6. Ragnar

    Ragnar

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    Guys, thanks for all the replies. Turns out that problem is probably the video card. I did some further searching and it turns out the Sapphire 1600 is a buggy beast and lots of the guys on Sapphire's support forum have had issues with it.

    So I'll be sending it back for a replacement and we'll see if the new board works.

    If not, I'll be back.
     
  7. Bronson7

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    I'd suggest first clearing the CMOS whenever you have a failure to boot. It's fast and easy (doesn't always work but doesn't hurt either)
    Bronson7