Barebones build, boots, no video! Help please

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I just bought an Asus M2N-MX Se Plus motherboard, an AM2 cpu, 1gig ram
barebones kit for my sister for college. I added a hard drive, and
then I connected all the power cables and innards. When I started it
up it booted properly, however the monitor didnt display anything, and
wont. Any ideas? There are so many things to remember when building a
computer its easy sometimes to forget important simple steps...any
suggestions would be great!

Re: Barebones build, boots, no video! Help please

On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 18:22:32 -0700 (PDT), wrote:

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If you can't get anything on the monitor, how can you be
sure it's booting up properly?  Did it previously work on
this or some other monitor, and you'd already installed an
OS to a drive or ??

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Nothing really comes to mind, assuming the monitor is known
working properly, still does so connected to another system
with the same video cable you're using now, and if the
monitor has dual input you might need to set it to analog
since that appears to be what the motherboard video

Try shutting off AC power to the PSU, clearing CMOS, and
disconnecting any cards, drives, etc.  Leave only 1 memory
module, CPU, heatsink/fan.  

If you still can't get video, try taking the board out of
the case (assuming it's in one presently) and trying to get
it to POST laying out on a desk.  Unless there's something
else I've overlooked, you should return the motherboard for
exchange or refund if you have that opportunity.

Re: Barebones build, boots, no video! Help please wrote:
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Implying you've transplanted a boot hard drive, from
an old computer, and are now trying to get it to work
on a new computer.

To make that work, you need to do a "Repair Install".

That will offer an opportunity to press F6 and use a floppy
with drivers on it, if that is needed for the motherboard. If
the default Microsoft IDE/SATA driver is known to work with
the motherboard set in a certain mode, then no pressing of
F6 is required.

Once the repair install is finished, you have to put back any
missing service packs, Internet Explorer 7 (if you installed
that separately), and any Security Updates from Windows Update.
But your user data, your installed programs, email and the like,
will not be touched.

Once you've at least installed the service pack you want to
use, after that point you can consider running the motherboard
CD and loading the rest of the drivers off there. (For example,
I'd want to run SP2, before the Motherboard CD drivers. Some
driver installs now, are Service Pack sensitive.)

The motherboard CD may contain a "Makedisk" file, which will format
a floppy and put the disk driver files on it. But as I mentioned
previously, drivers are not needed in every case. If you had RAID,
you'd need drivers. (In section 2.3.4 of your manual, "IDE Configuration",
the Nvidia RAID Function defaults to [Disabled], and you shouldn't
need drivers for that.)

What has probably bollaxed up the works, is you didn't uninstall
the video driver, before moving the hard drive from the old computer.
It could be, that the reason the drive booted at all, is because the
default Microsoft driver is being used. But you cannot see anything,
because you need a new driver installed for the built-in graphics
on that motherboard.

Generally, for any video upgrade, you want to uninstall the old
driver, install the new hardware, then install new drivers. Even
if the driver is suited to both video cards or devices, you would
still want to uninstall and reinstall, as the installer may choose
to install different files, different registry entries, profiles


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