i have just built a PC from scratch, all the parts are new and all are as far as i know compatible. i thought that i would turn it on and it would work. all it does is beep? how can i find the trouble? thanks jim
first of all, does the motherboard (mobo) support 1gb sticks of ram? some do and some dont. read the manual and check the max module size.
if thats ok, is it the right speed memory, are you trying to use pc333 on a mobo that only supports upto 266mhz.
also check the memory is seated properly and is in the first slot (doesnt matter on most boards but we dont know which board you are using).
remove and refit the graphic card in its slot and if its a AGP card, make sure you have locked it in place by sliding the lock across.
if it is onboard graphics, ignore the last one.
please give us some details of spec, mobo etc, also the other things fitted like drives, usb stuff etc though it wont matter at this point.
i have had occasions where a faulty cdrom has stopped the bios but it does get as far as the detection page, might be worth trying to unplug all ide drives for the moment.
finally, ensure the clear cmos pin is not enabled, some boards are shipped with it in place, it needs to be disabled, it is a jumper on the mobo (three pins normally, 1+2 for clear cmos and 2+3 for normal) depends on the board though.
Another thing to check is SW1. This is usually around the centre of your Mobo. Refer to the quickstart poster that came with the Mobo to check the setting. It should tell you to set to 'Auto' or 'Off' depending on the capability of the Mobo.
M/B asus a7v600 - x SATA, graphics card asus v9999gt 256mb, AMD athlon 2700+ xp 333mhz the ram 1gb pc 2700 333mhz x i modual
i tried my ram from my old pc PC 2100 266mhz and it worked, obviously the ram is the problem. cheep ram! kingston say there ram is compatible with this board but dont want to have to send it back as this project has taken to long already! any suggestions??????
using the ram that works (old 2100 mem), set the FSB to 266 and then shutdown, swap the ram over and try again. at the slower clock speed you might get some success with the kingston ram. note that your proc will be reported slower in the bios due to "underclocking".