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No boot issue

by mom2wildmen / September 1, 2008 4:07 AM PDT

I am upgrading a Dell Dimension 4600 with a new motherboard, processor, memory, and graphics card. I got everything put together last night and plugged it in only to get a black screen. The tower is getting power and the drives sound like they are responding, but the OS will not boot. I did not replace the hard drive and am trying to use the one that was on the computer when shipped from Dell. The motherboard is ECS Elitegroup GeForce 7050 M-M. The processor is an AMD Phenom. The memory sticks are Corsair twin 4G. The graphics card is EVGA nVidia GeForce 9500 GT PCI-E 2.0. The powersupply is Antec 380W. I am stumped. Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can get this thing up and running.

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Try starting very small.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 4:10 AM PDT
In reply to: No boot issue

Just the motherboard on a cardboard square. No case to possible short out the board, PSU, 1 stick of RAM, 1 video card, CPU, heatsink and the PSU. Try that.

More at THE DEAD PC on

Remember some boards come with the CMOS RESET in the reset position. Did you look for that?

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no boot issue
by mom2wildmen / September 1, 2008 4:17 AM PDT

I did check the CMOS. I will take the board out and see what happens from there. Thanks for the help!

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(NT) Bob, is Mom2 trying to use the OS that was on the Dell?
by Ol Rod / September 1, 2008 11:22 AM PDT
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The OS?
by Willy / September 1, 2008 1:57 PM PDT
In reply to: No boot issue

Did you re-install the OS or use the old HD as it was from the Dell with the old OS on it? If so, then you need to re-install and/or get your hands on a new non-Dell OS, like retail or generic OEM OS. The Dell OS as is, shouldn't work or be very difficult to work with since you no longer have a Dell system as it were.

tada -----Willy Happy

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