Computer newbies forum: Just rebuilt desktop, bootup doesn't show anything on screen

by: NLFlower July 1, 2006 1:17 AM PDT

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Just rebuilt desktop, bootup doesn't show anything on screen

by NLFlower - 7/1/06 1:17 AM

Hello!!! I just rebuilt my desktop computer (Epox 8rga+ m/b, nvidia FX5200 graphics card, 1Gig RAM, two new Maxtor 300Gb hard drives. I put the components from my old computer into the new case. The only new ''internal'' components are the two new hard drives. As what has always happened in the past has happened again. I try to be a little ambitious and put together the computer myself and I always have some type of problem (connections wrong, doesn't boot up or power up at all, etc.). I noticed I was getting a ''FF'' post code on the mb. I thought that was an error until I looked online and found out that means the computer has booted up to the OS. I have two new HD's in the system connected to my SIIG RAID card (it acts as a HD controller until the RAID is actually implemented. I'll eventually be setting up a RAID O config. with external storage backup). When I start the computer, nothing happens on the screen. It doesn't even show the initial BIOS boot. I put the WinXP Pro disc in the drive and reboot. If I had to guess I would say that something was happening between the CD drive and one of the hd's, but I don't know for sure because the screen doesn't respond at all to the startup sequence. I was figuring (assuming my having hooked everything up correctly) that I would boot up once, then load the WinXP Pro disc and reboot and take things from there. Hmmm, not working. Shocker!!!
Any suggestions on what to do would be greatly appreciated. I know the hd's are new, but I thought if I load the WinXP Pro disc I could format the drives and install the OS. TIA for any help you can provide. ERH

P.S. I originally tried it without the graphics card installed because the mb had a built in graphics processor (GeForce4 MX). I'm not doing any gaming on this setup. Then I installed the FX5200 card to see if that would help, but no difference.

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