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Building a new PC, cannot get LCD to work

I am building a new PC. Details as follows.
MOBO - Gigabyte EP45-DS3
HDD - 1 TB SATA 7200
RAM - Kingmax 1024MB PC2-6400 800 MHz DDR2 - CL5
Patriot 2048MB PC2-6400 800 MHz DDR2 - CL5
CPU - Intel DC E5200/2.5GHz/2MB cache/800FSB/LGA775
case - 600 watt MDI ATX
Monitor - LCD View Sonic 20'

I have physically built the computer, but I cannot get the LCD to receive signal. I tried the monitor on a known working PC and got a signal, so the monitor is not the problem. I disconnected all components and refitted (without any luck). I read that sometimes the MOBO can short out on the case, so I tried running the system out of the case (without any luck). I have stripped the PC back to bare minimum, HDD, GPU and power (and still no luck).
I cannot get into the bios to troubleshoot settings.
There is no on-board graphics to switch to.
All fans are running, the HDD is spinning up okay.

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  • jezza70 Dec 24, 2008

    "Their is a note on your particular mother board to check with the compatable CPU chart. "

    My CPU is on the list, so we can rule that out. I will try attaching the tower to another monitor, and failing that will try and get into the BIOS. Don't like my chances though as I am not getting anything at the moment.
    Here goes.......



  • jezza70 Dec 24, 2008

    I have tried, again, to access the BIOS (no luck).
    I have changed the RAM ( no luck)
    I tried a different monitor (no luck)
    I fitted the graphics card into the other slot (no luck)

    It sounds like I have a bad graphics card or MOBO. I do not have access to a similar graphics card to rule that out, same with the MOBO.…....

    Any suggestions...please!!!


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You MUST get into bios to set "initalise display first"selection.
try alternatly pressing delete,or f1 keys toget into bios.
one of the two will get you "in"

then follow instructions at bottom of screen to navigate.

if you have a pci or agp grafix card,select it accordingly in "ini display"settings.

and if you still dont get a screen,set jumper on mo-board to clear c-mos.

and if you STILL dont get display(happened to me with a dell monitor(lcd),the monitor wont work with the computer.
--try another monitor!

most anything will display in 256 colors via the op-sys till you install the grafix card drivers and utility.

good luck!

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What GPU video card are you using? It is seated well?. If I have the correct MB specks. have you tried the PCIe VIdeo card in the other slot?   Another thought. Their is a note on your particular  mother board to check with the compatable CPU chart. 
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/Manual_Model.aspx?ProductID=2843

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Try with other ram if everything fails then motherboard is the culprit

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