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I set up a machine with a new mobo and processor, a P4. I plugged it in with nothing but the fan and motherboard jumpers\power plugs and it turned on with the fan going and managed to beep a few times. I figured it was working because I had no ram or video or anything to see, I was just testing to see if it did anything at all...

So I put in some ram and hooked a monitor up and keyboard. And turned it on and only the fan turned on. I heard a quiet click like noise every few seconds, but that was it. LEDs were working. Couldnt get it to do anything else. I tried reinstalling the processor but it didnt make a difference.

Did I fry the processor after I turned it on the first time? I didn't see it burnt or anything so it didnt overheat. I dont know the exact specs but I know everything is compatible..

This is the first time I installed a processor and a mobo. It came with a heat sink fan with this grease on it, but I wiped it off because I had this white compound that It came with...

thnx

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a: did you get the right motherboard for your CPU/RAM?

b: did you plug in all the power plugs including the small square 4 pin one?

"I plugged it in with nothing but the fan and motherboard jumpers\power plugs"

That may have damaged it

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That quiet click came from monitor. That happens if the mobo isn't powered correctly, assuming that your VGA is on-board. If it is AGP/PCI-E, try reseating it.
One other trick: clear CMOS. If you hear any beeps, post them in exact order. Also your mobo manufacturer and model would be of great importance here.

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Got it working, aparently the first time I did have some RAM in it. and the second time I had both DDR and DDR2 memory in it which wont work.

thanks for the help =)

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