First thing to do, is strip it down to the bare essentials you need to get the system booting. So, CPU, RAM, video card, and one hard drive. Yank all other drives, PCI cards, etc.
If it boots, then you can start adding things one at a time until you find the problem.
I might suggest starting with the DVD drive, and then installing the OS. Then gradually adding more and more stuff based on it's importance.
hey everyone i`m pretty new to the PC community and i`m glad to be apart of it.
I just rigged a new set up and here are the specs.
cpu -AMD ATHLON 64x2 5200+ duo ( 2.7ghz)
ECS - A780GM-A
XFX Nvidia 8500 1gig
Raimax Sagittarius 2 case
430 watt thermal intake PSU
4 gigs of PQI high perforemance gaming memory DDR2 800 ( pc2 6400 )
encore - pci ide controller ( for back up )
encore - short range pci wirless networking card
LITE-ON dvc/cd combo ( IDE - TYPE)
80 gig hard drives x 3 ( various brands left overs all working fine before new setup) (ide type)
see everything is hooked up fine double checked even from the manuals. except i had to set up my CD drive and hard drive differently. since my mobo has only one IDE port I had to use a 36 inch ide interface cable to connect my Drive and hard drive together ( setting cd drive to slave and main hardrive to master excluding the 2 other hard drives arent going to be set up yet. )
weird thing is power switch when pressed doesnt boot anything up actually nothing turns on ( yes the PSU power button is on )
BUT when I dont press it and i turn the PSU power button on all the fans turn on and led lights go on and everything except my CD drive it still doest turn on ( considering all the parts inside are already connected to the PSU )
And last when turned on the Monitor doest even pick up the signal from the VGA cable ( and yes the video card is screwed shut on to the VGA cable lol )
so there you have it i have no clue how to resolve this if i can only get the thing to turn on and get bios started. so i can install the OS
thanks hope some one here can help!!!