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A7N8X-E Deluxe Nforce2 will not POST

Removed the board and processor from one computer and installed in new case with hard drives from another XPSP2 machine. Powers up all components but no splash screen and will not POST. No beeps, no nothing. Power on diode lights up, fans and HD spin, but that's it. Any help appreciated.

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  • carlsback40 Jan 04, 2009

    Am doing this now, but memory should not be the problem. This board, its processor and all memory came out of another machine and was working just fine. Sat for about two months in a new Antec case and I've just added HDs, optical drives and the video card that was in it before. Not compatibility issues as far as I can see, b/c all board components were working with this board before. I'll do as you suggest.

  • carlsback40 Jan 04, 2009

    I understand what you've said, but I think it may be more complicated. Since my last post I rebuilt the system again. There is no video whatsoever. Shouldn't I see the Asus splash screen at least? If XP needs to be reinstalled, what's the correct way to do it assuming a 2 HD 2 optical drive system? How do I get the machine to boot from the optical drive if I can't get into the bios setting?

  • carlsback40 Jan 04, 2009

    gnomer (linux?),

    I tore it down and redid everything with the bare essentials as you suggested. This was the second time I did so, but another change was crucial. This time I got the splash and cmos set up because: (1) I put in a very low grade pci express video card that did not need a lot of special drivers, etc. which in turn lit the monitor; and (2) I turned off the monitor and then booted first. I'm sure you're right and that I'll still need to reinstall xp. So now I'm cloning the HD on this computer using my external drive and Acronis. I'm going to boot to the xp cd and see what happens after that. Now that it's posting I know the processor, board and memory are OK based on what I saw in the set up screens. I was in too much of a hurry and should have known that trying to install the video card would be asking for trouble even without the xp issue. Somtimes you just gotta slow down and think. Isn't that a shame?


  • carlsback40 Jan 09, 2009

    BTW, my philosophy on bios after a disaster with MSI automatic upgrade was that I never touch it unless there is absolutely no other solution available. In the MSI bios updated itself then the everything got buggy. I then found a permanent post on their page saying-DON'T USE THE AUTOMATIC BIOS UPGRADE WE SENT INCLUDED WITH YOUR BOARD, TURN BACK, TURN BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, by then you know what happened. Fortunately Newegg was very cool about it.

  • Dick
    Dick May 11, 2010

    Reseat memory and video card, try again.

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I had the same issue a while back. You need to reinstall windows on the new PC. Your motherboard is expecting to see a certain hard drive that has the windows boot sector on it. If it doesn't see that exact hard drive the computer will never boot... so quick fix, just reinstall windows and everything should work fine.
~gnomer

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  • Chris Dawson Jan 04, 2009

    You should take everything out but the bare necessities. meaning Motherboard, CD drive, power supply, and Hard Drive. see what happens. if you still don't get the Asus splash screen, make sure all the power cables are seated properly and everything is connected, if you still cant get to the bios settings, flash the bios, then you should be able to the asus splash and access the bios, set the boot device priority to the only Hard drive installed, install windows, then go back and plug everything else in. windows is plug and play so adding in everything else should make a difference.

    Hope that helps. If that still doesnt work, post back, and ill see what else i can think of to do.
    ~gnomer


  • Chris Dawson Jan 04, 2009

    Im glad you were able to get to the flash screen and everything booted into bios properly. I am sorry I linked the wrong page from asus' website. If anything else goes wrong just comment back and I will see what I can do.
    I'm glad I could help,
    Gnomer


  • Chris Dawson Jan 09, 2009

    I'm glad Newegg, was understanding, they usually are. I'm glad everything worked out and you now have a working computer. Congrats.
    ~gnomer


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