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I had a great time completing my first build back in December, and this site helped me a whole lot. Computer has worked great since then, until today.

I ordered a new DVD-burner because the old one was antiquated. Simple swap out, right? So I unplugged the CPU and swapped out the DVD burner . Sadly, no post. Well, I had some typical posting probs during the build so I reset my CMOS, and still no post.

After a few simple steps, I ended up having to strip the entire motherboard before it would post properly. When I add back things step by step, it seems like each time, it is a DIFFERENT step that causes it not to post.
So I can't figure out the issue.

Not only that, to reset the whole process, I end up having to unhook every component including the motherboard before it will start posting again so I can restart the re-build.

The last time I thought I had it, and then it finally stopped posting when I plugged in an EXTERNAL USB hard drive!

I don't get it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I don't know what to do next. Can anyone guess the source of the problem?

-Sully
 

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Re: Help!--Old Build, New Problem: Short?

Well, it seems that my monitor (apple cinema display) was causing the short. I guess I should have considered that, given that is has its own separate power source.

Kinda teaches you that there are no shortcuts.

This is my first build, and it has been fun, but everytime I mess around and change a component, it seems I have to at least reset the CMOS or more commonly unplug all motherboard components and re-build step by step.

Is that typical?

-Sully
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My Stuff:
Motherboard: ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor XFX PVT84JUDD3
Video Card: GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI
Case/Power: Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W
Memory: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
 

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Re: Help!--Old Build, New Problem: Short?

The earthwatts unit in the case should be capable of pulling his system...The card calls for a 300 watt PSU, 350 for SLI...so this low power card will probably be fine with the current setup...

The problem you are having is definitely not typical, and it is possible that your PSU is the problem, or it could be something else, like the motherboard or RAM. If you have a buddy that you can swap components with, I would recommend that to see if you can isolate the bad part. You can check PSU, memory, and video this way.

If you can get into your BIOS, you might want to check the voltages on your memory sticks...some of the XMS2 type like having a higher than normal (1.8v) voltage, and go as high as 2.1v depending on the model # (you would have to check the specs on your specific type).

Just a couple thoughts...

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Re: Help!--Old Build, New Problem: Short?

Well,
I got everything to work, so I'm just not gonna mess with it anymore.

Still not entirely sure what the main problem is/was. I'd lean towards something to do with the power supply or a short.
But almost every time I start messing around inside and reboot, it won't post until I reset the CMOS.
With this last DVD-Burner addition (pioneer DVR-115D), it was even more of a hassle than usual. I think I've settled on me needing to unplug the monitor from the video card for things to go smoothly, but I honestly don't know.
Voltages all are withing 'normal' ranges.

Given that my system is now up and running well, I'm probably not going to replace the power supply, since I can't even be sure that is the problem.
And now that I've got all I need, I shouldn't have to tinker anytime soon. Despite the issues, I still wouldn't come close to trading my system for another Dell computer!
Thanks,
-Sully
 
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