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Video Output

This issue has been bugging me for a month.

So I have an older desktop computer that does not display any video. Everything looks to be plugged in properly and the light is on. The motherboard is an Abit UL8. I've tried listening for beeps and plugging in earbuds but no luck. Is there a way for the motherboard to tell me what the issue is?

Thanks in advance to any responses. I can provide more information if necessary. Not sure what is relevant.

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No beeps means it's basically dead.

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Google "How to troubleshoot a dead PC."

The basics have not changed. You downsize it to about 4 parts. No case either. Just motherboard, PSU, speaker and CPU+HSF. It will beep in protest or you are looking at the bad part(s.)

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Beeps

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No beeps could be normal as some machines don't beep when they pass post.

When this machine was working did it beep when you powered it on?

When you power it on do the fans spin?

If you remove the ram does it beep?

Replace the cmos battery there cheap.

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Beeps

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The machine did not beep when it worked and all the fans turn on just fine.

Just as you two recommended. I'll start with a basic setup and remove the GPU and RAM individually to see if I can generate the beeps. Hopefully the issue is not with the motherboard as well.

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(NT) Is this a home built computer ?

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If the builder never installed

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a MB speaker, it will never beep .....

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Custom PC

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Yes. Someone assembled it about 10 years ago. It was an Abit UL8, I did not see any speakers on it. Would I not be able to use the audio jack and plug in external speakers?

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You left that part out of your original post

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Why expect it to beep with no MB speaker ?
Maybe the Pro's here can help you better with this little tidbit of info....
They were expecting beeps since you mentioned that.

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PC Speakers are cheap

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Beeps

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Beeps

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I have acquired a pack of MB speakers and hooked one up to the motherboard. It currently rests on the 4 pins labeled speaker.

Gave it a boot, no beeps. Removed the HD, no beeps. Removed the RAM, no beeps. I'm onto the GPU. I'll keep you guys posted.

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Beeps

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Started it up with a bare system. Only the motherboard, the cpu, and all of the power cables to the motherboard and the pwr cable linked to the case. No beeps.

Is the motherboard dead or could it be the CPU?

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it's usually what parts are left.

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When I get down to this few parts I have choose my next move carefully. We know it's not the case since we don't need that either and the cheapest part is the CMOS battery so it's motherboard or CPU. Has been both at times but I see more failed motherboards than CPUs.

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Speaker

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If the speaker you bought is a two plug thing be careful which two pins you connect it to.

Connect it to the wrong pins and the speaker won't work.

Psu+mobo+cpu/hsf+speaker+power switch.
NOTHING else connected.
If it does not beep move the mobo on to a piece of card board.
If it still does not beep your down to 4 parts.
Change the cmos battery first because it's cheap.

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Unless you want to do all this for the experience or...

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just for fun, I says forget it. If you need a computer, then there are refurbish one for under $100. I love those old Lenovo, they are built like a tank ( I have a few of those).

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