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I put together a new pc using an EliteGroup A780GM-A board, AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 7550 processor (with ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler), 2 ea Corsair XMS2 2gb DDR2, WD3200AAJS 320gb HD (SATA)& Sony Optiarc24X DVD/CD RW (SATA) into a Smilodon case with a 500W power supply. The PC powers up, but monitor stays blank. Notes: (1) monitor tests good on another machine); (2) CPU fan is running. (so I know there is power to the board). Ideas? ps: I have very limited test equipment.

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The problem with building your own pc there are so many things that can go wrong. Aging post and no doubt you have already found the problem.
Just in case others are so inclined to "Build their Own".

1. You CAN NOT load drivers without a monitor.
To ask have you loaded the Mother boards drivers from the CD is ridiculous. Since you stated the monitor is blank.

2. Check all cable connections. Many a loose IDE or Sata cable has caused me no end of grief.

3. Check the ram. Do not care if it is brand new. Check it!
Good test is to swap the ram if you have two sticks. MAKE CERTAIN they are seated and in the manuals specified slots.

4. Crazy but this happened once to me. Leave the monitor OFF and let the machine boot up. Once you KNOW the operating system has loaded. Turn on the Monitor and hopefully it will work. If it does, load the monitor drivers from the floppy or CD. You may have to down load them.

5. Is the power supply large enough to handle what you have built?

Building your own system can be fun and a learning experience.
When everything works. When it does not..... Bigger hammer? :)
Just kidding.

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Did you install the CD disk that comes with the motherboard? It's the motherboard DRIVER'S disk.

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