I spent half the day today trying to build a new computer. Well mostly assembling and re-assembling it, trying to figure out why the screen was totally blank on startup. After swapping out graphics cards, memory sticks, hard drives, and still getting nothing at all but a few working fans, I figured I had a bad part, and started taking everything apart to ship it back to the supplier.
When I noticed that I didn’t have the 12 volt 4 pin connector to the motherboard connected! :smack: :smack: :smack: I had shoved it up inside, and it had gotten lost behind the other power cables.
Now that my own stupidity was out of the way, I finished putting everything together, turned on power, and again the screen was blank. Only now the BIOS was beeping constantly. Well at least it was progress. I went from a blank screen and no noise to a blank screen and an anoying noise.
Searching around, I found that symptom was likely bad memory. So I took out one of the memory sticks. Had the same symptoms. Took that one out, put in the other one. Same thing again. Finally in frustration I took the memory that was in the bottom slot and placed it in the top slot. Success! WTF? I turned off the computer, and put the other memory stick in, now it works fine. Apparently the computer gremlins like their RAM only in certain configurations.
Now I remember why I don’t like putting PCs together.