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I have a pcchips m848a motherboard I don't get a signal from my viedo card , i tried 3 prossessers, two viedo cards (agp),two power supplys, the fans work and i get a low quiet beep on start or reset and the hdd sounds like it works for about 3 seconds,the mouse is lit up but keboard has no response (both ps2). no on board graphics, all i can think of is using a pci viedo card to boot up then install agp drivers but i dont want to buy one if i don't have to. any help would be appreciated, thanks Rob

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  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    this is a new motherboard, it says it supports two 184 pin 2.5v ddr 400/333/266 memory, up to 2 gb, i have 2 -1 gb sticks of ddr 400 ram , i tried one , two ,and a 512 stick of ddr333 ,and no ram at all , same result, i am frustrated

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    the memory i have is,patriot pc3200 , psd2g400kh ,2gb pc3200 cl3 (2x1gb)kit. and one elixir 512 mb ddr -266mhz-cl2.5 pc 2100u-25330 ,thanks Rob

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    yes i also tried this ,no good. wont power on when jumper is in clear position . I think you may be right on the memory, thanks Rob

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    I just looked up the specs on my memory it looks like it should work ,any thing else i could try? mabe another prossesser?or bad mother board? thanks ROB

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    somthing new i am hearing a high pich sound when i supply power to pc , ( thought it was my monitor) , before i turn it on ,i dont think this is a good sign, Rob

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    update: swiched motherboard with msi km400 ,used onboard graphics. now working , then i installed agp card back to same problem, swiched with my other agp viedo card ,no good, installed pci viedo card ,post-boot, xp seemed to work then hanging,and another thing msi board wont shut off,when power is applied fans start ,then i push swich it boots,then windows shuts down and fans still working, going to try pcchips with pci viedo card, very frustrated thinking this would be good boat anchor!

  • RLAMBERT40 Mar 03, 2009

    GOT IT! the pcchips board needs a pci viedo card to post,then swich to agp in bios , thanks to all who tried to help, the hi pich noise was from a fan that soon died, THANKS ALOT , ROB

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott May 11, 2010

    Here are the memory specs for your motherboard.

    Your motherboard uses 2.6v in the ddr 400 variety. Can you provide the part number on the 1gb 400 chips you have so I can cross reference it?

    I know it's frustrating, just need to verify a few things.

    Thanks

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott May 11, 2010

    That's the type of thing you'd usually get if you had the wrong ram for the logic board (or the wrong voltage ram). Were you using this mobo with the ram before or is this a new addition?

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I just recalled an instance where I had to clear the CMOS with the jumper block before being able to post a machine similar to yours.

Check your mobo manual for the CMOS reset jumper location and switch it as directed, power up the machine briefly, power it off, replace the jumper to the original location, power the machine back on.

Did it post this time?

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  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 03, 2009

    I did another check and I'm starting to think that you would use these Patriot chips (at 2.6v).

    Part # PSD1G400

    Note: This is not my ebay auction so I can't vouch for the seller, etc etc.


  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 03, 2009

    I would doubt that all of that hardware could be bad but going over the history of this project you've swapped out just about everything that could be an issue (including the power supply).

    You've probably already done this but unplug all extraneous drives except for the hard drive and the DVD/CD (separating the drives to different channels if they are IDE would be a good idea also). Let's also stick with the onboard video for now until we can (hopefully) isolate what the offending hardware is. At this point I'm inclined to try to use as little of the PSU's resources as possible to see how it reacts. Try to post the machine at this point and post again about the system's behavior afterwards.

    The high pitched whining kind of concerns me, never a good sound to hear emanating from a PC.

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 03, 2009

    Awesome, I'm certainly glad to hear this one got resolved.

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