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Build PC with some older parts, won't give an image

#1lilchaoPosted 6/3/2012 3:59:23 PM
I had some old parts from my previous PC laying about, so I went and build them in a case for a buddy. All the parts should be working fine.

The computer turns on, everything is spinning but the computer's not giving an image. The video card just came out of a working PC, and is a general PCI-e card. After about thirty-sixty seconds, I can hear the HDD doing its work so I think it's booting up just fine, though I have no way to check as it's not giving me an image.

Does anyone know what might be the cause, assuming the GPU isn't the problem? I'm visiting him again tomorrow and hope to have more things to try than bringing a different card to see if that works.

Thanks in advance!
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#2unsolidsnakePosted 6/3/2012 4:03:54 PM
This may sound stupid but make sure you have the CPU power plugged in. My buddy built a computer and insisted on not having any help, and after buying a new mobo, new ram, new gpu, and still had everything power up but get no picture, he let me look at it. Plugged in CPU power and BAM! Works perfect.
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#3lilchao(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2012 12:26:30 AM
I did check if the CPU power was plugged in tightly, but I haven't tried replugging it yet. Would it react the same if I somehow didn't put the CPU itself in right? Though I really doubt that would be the case.

Any other ideas?
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#4Shadow EdgePosted 6/4/2012 12:36:36 AM
Check your BIOS if output is set to PCI-e and not on-board.

Try booting with on-board video as well.

Slim chance of a PSU problem. What's the GPU and PSU?
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#5lilchao(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2012 12:58:43 AM
It's not giving an image, so I can't actually do anything in the BIOS settings. The motherboard has no on-board video, though. It does have three different outputs, but I assume all of them should be usable? We tried the HDMI and VGA port.

The GPU that's currently installed is a no-name card. Going over there today to try a GeForce 9800GTX+. I honestly don't remember the brand PSU, but it's 550W. I don't have a spare PSU laying around, so is there a way I can find out if the PSU is causing the problem?
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#6lilchao(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2012 2:58:10 AM
Bump
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