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POST Question

By Speedwagon
Sep 1, 2008
  1. Do the drives, (floppy, hard) need to be connected in order to get a POST?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No

    Power On Self Test

    The BIOS determines if the video card or onboard video is working.
    The BIOS verifies RAM.
    It checks for a keyboard and mouse.
    It looks for a PCI bus and then checks the cards that are installed.
    The system information is then displayed on the screen.

    Basically POST is determined by the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Generally, all you need is RAM and a CPU to get a post, but some mobos will give you errors.
     
  4. Speedwagon

    Speedwagon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's what I thought. I have stripped off everything but cpu and graphics card and left the memory out on purpose to see I could get it to beep. Still nothing.
    I even ordered a new bios chip and replaced it and it won't post. I think I have a dead board. The keyboard lights don't even light up.
    Any suggestions?
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  6. Speedwagon

    Speedwagon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks kimsland,
    I have tried all those steps and even built my own tech station so I could check the motherboard outside the case.
    I'm not sure if mentioned that the mb is a Shuttl AN35N.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Expansion Slots: 1 x AGP, 5 x PCI

    Maybe a good time to update to PCI-Express Motherboard
    And get Sata too (I see that it doesn't have either!)
     
  8. Speedwagon

    Speedwagon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have already upgraded to am2 board and Brisbane 5000 check out spec. link
    I need to invest in a SATA drive any suggestions?
     
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

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