A very stupid question

By SubKamran
Jan 8, 2004
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  1. A question

    Will I be able to see anything on the screen if I don't have any memory or a hard drive hooked up? (I have a gfx card, cpu, mobo and cd-rom).

    If I could pop in my gfx card and turn on the comp. Will I see anything? (as you can tell, I want to use this comp so bad!)

    Hey, at least a BIOS? :p
  2. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Yes, you should be able to see something...

    You'll get an error message telling you that you don't have any ram installed, and you might be able to get into the BIOS...

    But why do you want to use the computer when all you can hope to do is browse the BIOS settings?
  3. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    I plugged in my PCI gfx card and got nothing. I had only the CPU and gfx card in.

    I'd like to check my CPU temperature. I'd also like to be able to see something for the money I paid :D
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    That's actually NOT a stupid question, you know.

    A stupid question is one where the answer is already instantly apparent, or which serves no purpose.

    "Why are you asleep?" Might be one.
  5. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Well, some people may think I'm wierd that I wanna use my comp when there's no RAM or hard drive in it :D

    Hmmm, why couldn't I see anything then? Wierd.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    You've got something not seated properly.

    I said your question wasn't stupid, I didn't say trying to use your machine with no RAM in it wasn't. It is.
  7. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    It's one long beep and 2 short beeps. infinitely :p
  8. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Ah, "Video adapter not seated properly"

    Hmmm, funny. :p I'll try it all again.
  9. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Ok, I plugged in an AGP card (Radeon 9800), keyboard and started up. Nothing, same beeps.

    The CPU was installed today and it's as secure as anything. I followed instructions so it is perfectly secure.

    I'm on a P4P800-Deluxe, I think it still wants memory before anything else. Too bad I don't have any spare DDR laying around since we have no DDR computer.
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    RAM is cheap right now, just buy some.
  11. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    $20 for PC2100. I have $15. :(
  12. SubKamran

    SubKamran Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 303

    I was right, I can't use it until I get RAM. Asus tech support said, "That is also a RAM conflict on this board."

    Yay, it's not broken :grinthumb
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