Building Woes... :\

By otoko
Oct 8, 2006
  1. So I have put together a machine

    mobo: Biostar Tforce4 AM2
    CPU: AMD 64 Athlon x2 2.0ghz (i think its the 3800)
    gfx: Nvidia GeForce4 MX 4000 (pci)
    RAM: 512 DDR2
    Mntr: 19"w HannsG LCD

    All the fans, drives, and lights look, sound and smell fully operational, the only thing is that my Monitor is getting no signal and my keyboard and mouse arent showing any signs of life.

    Anyhelp is greatly appreciated,
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Its an odd choice of graphics card for a pc of that spec?????
  3. otoko

    otoko TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Uh, due to financial restrictions, I was forced to recycle a number of old parts.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    What make and wattage psu are you using??
  5. A_DOG73

    A_DOG73 TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Have you tried a different Monitor on that computer?

    Have you tried that Monitor on a different computer?

    Same for the keyboard and mouse. Do they work on another computer?

    How do you know that they don't work if the monitor doesn't even come on?

    Does the little green light come on the keyboard when you turn the computer on?

    Does the light come on the mouse?

    Have you tried a different keyboard and mouse. First thing I would troubleshoot is the Monitor because if that's not on, you can't tell if the keyboard or mouse are working.
  6. otoko

    otoko TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh maan.
    I hooked up my old monitor to the card, plugged it into a diffrent PCI slot; same result.
    No lil green light on my keyboard, and my trackball mouse never showed any lights.
    I got a new card, something i cant remember the name of; same result.
  7. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    So, you dont even get any beeps?????
  8. otoko

    otoko TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I couldnt find where to install the mobo speaker in the manual but the onboard LED's say its a VGA error. I dont get it. i put my old video card in two diffrent slots and bought a new one for the PCIE slot.
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Have you tried your video card (old one) in another computer?
  10. otoko

    otoko TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I passed it to my buddy, he said it works fine.
  11. otoko

    otoko TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Turns out, the CMOS jumper wiggled itself loose. Dont know how, dont know why, but it was a massive learning experience. I thank everyone for their efforts.

    (Mods, feel free to lock or delete this thread.)
  12. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Im glad you got your pc sorted!!!:)

    The moderators don't lock or delete threads as they are often a good source of information for others with similar problems!!!!
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