Well, it looks like I need some help. I’ve forgotten almost all the hardware stuff I thought I knew, and now I’ve got a broken computer.
There’s no beeper installed, so I don’t have an error code to work with, but the system simply does not work. I am sure it’s not the monitor, but I don’t have a spare video card to determine if that’s the issue. I get a black screen, without any POST test at all. I shifted the video card to the other PCI-E slot, no change. I unplugged drive after drive,thinking it might be the boot drive (I had a second bootable I thought might come up), no luck. The motherboard works to the point of sensing the temperature of the CPU and kicking the fan on after a few minutes. But that’s all I get.
I can hunt up a beeper and install it if needed, but based on the above, can anyone give me some clues to go on?
Update: Ok, I reinstalled the beeper. Most of the time I get a series of continuous short beeps, really clicks. According to the manual, this is a power problem. Plausible; I have 3 HD’s, a DVD R/W, and a GT 9600 video card, plus 2 extra fans, and it’s only a 500w power supply. Disconnecting various combinations of the above twice generated a single beep that didn’t stop, and a POST that ended with “no boot drive” or “file missing” message depending on which drive was still hooked up. One of the drives was formerly a boot drive and still has the MBR, so I’m not surprised at the latter, but at no time did I ever get the system to completely boot. I tried the video in both PCI-E slots, only in one of them did I get that far. According to the manual, one long beep is a video problem, though it says nothing about it not stopping. Unfortunately, I have no other PCI-E cards to try, and the motherboard does not have built-in video.
Update 2: And 8 GB of RAM.