I came across your site whilst looking for answers to my building nightmare. It's my first go at building a PC (for my mother dearest) from scratch... you seem to know your onions, try and help me solve this badboy :rolleyes:
I've read your guide on the forum.
I have the pc set up in the bare bones configuration i.e. 1 ram stick, cpu, power unit, gfx card and case power.
99% of the time the computer will start up i.e. fans spinning, but no signal to the monitor. 1% of the time it posts and gives me the option to go into bios.
If I turn the computer off and back then on after a successful boot up it goes back to the no signal dectected by the monitor (amber light).
Ive tried all things you have suggested and more:
Trying RAM in different slot/ reseating
Trying the gfx card in different slot/ reseated (tried a different gfx card)
Reseated the CPU
Reset the CMOS
Tried 3 different monitors
The motherboard is seated on the required number of brass screws
Tried two power units.
The only thing I haven't done is try different RAM, could this be the cause? (would have done, but its atfer midnight now and I knackered).
What other reasons could there be?
It's a nightmare because its a random problem, seems like some sort of stability problem.
All parts are new with the exception of the gfx card, but as I said, I've tried with another card I know works.
Thanks for any help/ advice in advance,
The specs of the PC are below:
Antec P160 ATX Tower Case
AMD 3200+ 64bit Athlon (939)
Radeon 9200se (PCI)
Corsair value DDR PC3200 1GB RAM
450W power unit