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Old 02-07-03, 12:56 AM
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Oh Crap! Please help me with a PC I'm building

Ok. I hooked up the basic things to try and get this to work before I went crazy, but I can't get out of the starting gate.

I turn on the power.

-PC turns on, fans go and I get a boot up screen. After about 10-15 seconds it cuts itself off and some kind of alarm goes off. The alarm won't stop until I cut off the power switch and hit the power or reset button

Here's what I have:

-Cheftec Mini tower with Austin 450W power supply. Model# DR-B450ATX
-1.44 Mitsumi floppy
-MSI 6712 mobo (KT400 based, KT4VL)
-AMD Athlon XP 2100+ TBred cpu
-MSI G4Ti4200 Graphics card (128mb)
-CPU FAN TAISOL CMK702151A AMD
-Toshiba DVD drive. Model M1712
-256mb Crucial 2700 DDR Ram

I have the HD set as Master and the DVD drive as slave. Jumpers are set correctly. Could it be my power supply or heatsink? According to newegg they are both AMD approved.

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Old 02-07-03, 01:10 AM
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Make sure the video card is seated fully in the agp slot. Also make sure the heatsink is fully attached.

Your motherboard manual should also be able to help you decipher what the beep pattern means.
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Going over the mobo manual again it states it has cpu thermal protection. Says it will shut down the system and CPU if any abnormal temps arise. I'll try reinstalling the heatsink and see what happens. Maybe I wasn't good enough with the thermal paste
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Oh forgot to mention, I do get a boot screen. I was trying to enter my bios setup when it would shut down.
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I forgot to hook the heat sink fan up to the power supply when I built my pc last year.
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Originally posted by BigPete
I forgot to hook the heat sink fan up to the power supply when I built my pc last year.
I'm good with that. The fan comes on when I turn on the PC.
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As peete said check the manual to determine what the beeps mean. Try clearing cmos, make sure everything is seated properly ram, heatsink etc. When you boot up keep the case open and make sure the cpu fan is actually moving.
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The fan is moving. I kept the case open to make sure they were all moving. Everything is seated fine. I'll try clearing the cmos to see if that does it. Thanks.
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Try reseating all the cards and memory if the fans seem to be working.

I've heard that putting to MUCH thermal paste can actually cause heat problems, so be careful.
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Originally posted by CharlesC
Try reseating all the cards and memory if the fans seem to be working.

I've heard that putting to MUCH thermal paste can actually cause heat problems, so be careful.
definately...put a thin layer only.
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Pull everything from the mobo except the bare essentials - video card, CPU (w/HSF, of course) and a stick of memory. Does it still beep? Do you have another system with a different videocard/memory you can test it with?
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OK my Homer Simpson moment DOH!



I left the sticker that protects the base of the heatsink on

All is working fine now. I tried to install XP on it but it asks for my old OS CD, which I no longer have. I may have to swap my old HD in but didn't really want to do that. This thing flys! Can't wait to get it going. Thanks for all the help and suggestions
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Well, glad that you got it running now!
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Originally posted by Xanager


Well, glad that you got it running now!
be glad your MB had thermal protection or else you would be asking us if it was normal for the amd athlon to burn while running
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Originally posted by gcribbs
be glad your MB had thermal protection or else you would be asking us if it was normal for the amd athlon to burn while running
yeah, I was thinking the same thing, but I didn't know if that was standard now on most mobos. Yeah, that really would have sucked.

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