No picture on monitor and regular beep from PC Case
I recently had a system crash where my old motherboard literally fell apart.
I decided it was time to try building my own, using a combination of cannibalised parts from the old system and new components.
Connected to the motherboard on first boot attempt were;
2 SATA hard drives, 1 with XP installed, the other re-formatted
1 DVD RW drive on primary IDE
1 3.5' floppy
AMD 6000+ Processor (using packaged heatsink and fan) - This was a returned, previously opened product and may be part of the problem
1Gb DDR2 PC2-4300 533MHz RAM - Again, returned goods
2 80mm case fans
ATI Radeon 800 PCI Express 128Mb graphics card (originally bundled with previous PC)
First problem encountered is a lack of signal to the monitor. I suspect this may be due to an incompatibility between mobo and card but it's hard to tell with no picture!
Meanwhile, a bleep from the case speaker is repeated at around 3 second intervals.
Hard drive seems to be being accessed but, again, hard to tell without picture. Processor fan appears to be spinning normally and, as far as I can tell, heatsink and fan are installed properly (however, I did not apply any thermal grease before installing heatsink as install instructions advised a thermal layer already applied.)
Have tried various combinations of the above list, and also tried using a PATA hard drive on the primary IDE, but all with identical results.
Also tried boot with no graphics card at all installed - same result.
I have also tried swapping the slot in which the RAM is installed. Again, no difference.
There are no obstructions to any of the moving parts, all fans are functioning normally and, as far as I can tell with no monitor, the hard drives are running OK.
The first question is obviously is the ATI Radeon card simply incompatible with the motherboard? If so, is the graphic card incompatibility / unavailability likely to be the reason for the case beep? And can anyone recommend a cheap, compatible replacement card?
If not, can anyone suggest anything I may have overlooked?
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone is able to offer.
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Firstly, do you hear any beep sounds when turning it on? If you hear no beep sounds this may indicate faulty RAM memory. Try removing the memory and cleaning the connecting points with anti-static liquid or surgical alcohol. This often cures this kind of fault. If this brings no luck, replace the RAM with one which you know is working and try turning it on again.
Let me know if this solves your problem or not. Best wishes, Graemevm
This sounds like a video controller issue. Try booting with a different monitor. Ensure the cables are connected to the motherboard correctly (fans/power/led indicators). Try booting off of a single stick of RAM. Otherwise you may need to check the warranty status and RMA the motherboard to have it repaired/replaced.
1 beep: circuits reset - ready to power up
5 short, 1 long: memory issue
8 beeps: video adapter issue
Do you get any "Beep" sound coming from the internal speaker, if so is it just one straight beep or numerous beeps.
If it's one straight beep then this indicates the PC has passed it's POST (Power On Self Test), if it's a series of beeps, some long, some short, it means there is some problem inside the computer, like loose graphics card, RAM, CPU, cable, etc. The beep sequence should be in your motherboard manual under beep codes. That will give you a hint as to what to look for next.
If it is one straight beep and PC passes POST then check your monitor connections, and monitor, it could be that the power saving/signal detection pin is either not connected properly, or damaged.
If you don't have the internal speaker connected (normally in the bottom or front of the case), you need to connect this to find out what is going on.
If you need to connect it you should look at your motherboard manual for where to connect it, normally if you look at the motherboard you will see a load of thin cables coming from the front of the case going onto the motherboard at a point, the 4 pins on the bank of pins at the end are normally the PC speaker (you also get a blank pin between them and the Power Switch pin), although check your manual first, or see if you can see the SPK connection on the motherboard (normally Gigabyte boards are very well marked for this, and colour coded.)
if you would power down the computer and the monitor and unplug the cord going to the pc from the monitor and the power cord for the computer,,, now open up the case and find the powersupply cable going to the motherboard and unplug it now preess the computers on button than the reset button .. this will discharge any esd than wait 3 min and plug it back in than connect the monitor to the pc and plug in the power cord for the pc and monitor and turn on the monitor and you should get a messzage that the monitor is working now turn on the computer and see if it works let me know how this works ok
best regards mike
those wires .. are the intrusion detect switch .. they are not your issue .. but if they are connected somewhere and your not 100% confident .. I'd disconnect it ..
on the system they is a lable w/ a "Type" number and "Model" number .. what are those ..
Do you have a PCI Video Adapter .. or is in on the MB .. or both ?
Are there 2 HD15 connectors ..
does the system beep at you when you power on?
if you have both a PCI card and an Embedded graphics controller .. remove the PCI .. connect your monitor to the embedded and try it
Currently you are using the onboard PCI video adapter. This graphics adapter uses you're system memory to function.
If there is a problem with you're system memory the beeps can lead one to think there is a problem with the onboard video.
You can not remove the onboard adapter so there may be a problem with you're system memory. (I doupt you're memory is bad) but on the other hand it might not be fully installed correctely. Power off the PC & unplug the power cord from the PC.
Please remove you're system memory & firmly reseat it.
Plug the power cord back in. Start the PC & listen for any beeps except the 1 normal beep known as P.O.S.T = Power on self test. Any beeps after that there is a problem with a device connected to the board.
You're Asus M2A-VM uses an Award bios. Click on the link below to see what Award beeps mean. http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/awardbeep.htm
Try the memory reseat & check. Let me know if this helped.
Hello Jake Ponce, You could power your machine down, and open the case. Then making sure you are grounded to the case (to prevent ESD damage), I would reseat all socketed hardware and plugs, such as Memory and graphics cards, PCI slot devices, etc... Unplug and re seat everything (especially anything that has been manipulated recently), then close the case and power it back up. It's worth a try and could very well solve your issue. Good Luck.