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New build won't POST, no video/beeps

Specs: Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 FX Integrated graphics (on MoBo) CPU: AMD Athlon II x4 640 RAM: GeIL Pristine 4GB DDR3 Case/PSU: TOPOWER TP-4107BB-400 Is not POSTing, no video output, ...
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Reasons for a computer refusing to turn on for a moment of time

Had a bit of a scare the yesterday. Was going to install a new hard drive, which I figured was simple enough. Plugged it in and turned on the computer. The computer turned on... for a about a ...
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Burn-in testing a pc [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best computer “burn-in” or stability testing software? I've just built a new HTPC and need to make sure it'll cope with playing all my different ...
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HD audio for Nvidia cards

I have an Nvidia videocard (GTX275) and it has a connector for "HD Audio". Where should I connect this on my board and why should I connect this? What is the benefit?
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BIOS only seeing 4 of 6 cores

So, I'm trying to put together a PC. I have an AMD 1090T (6 cores), and a gigabyte UD5 motherboard (the 890FX one). When I go to "Advanced BIOS Features", it only shows cores 2, 3, 4, 5. Where are the ...
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Computer Upgrade

I have a problem: when I am playing games, my computer freezes and displays a blue screen. I suspect it has something to do with the hard drive which was repaired by Seagate Technicians via warranty ...
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Resources for overclocking-friendly hardware

Is there a website that maintains a list of hardware that can be overclocked easily with good performance and reliability? I mostly want this for using with graphics-intensive programs such as AutoCAD ...
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Computer shut down while playing a game

Fourth edit: I removed my graphic card. I installed Intel HD Graphics 4000 driver and then I did a test (graphics test). There is a similar sound like the one of my graphic card: ...
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How to debug pc hard locking

I've got a custom built PC from early 2011, and I'm running into an issue that I'm not sure how to debug. Every few days the following will occur (in order): Screen goes black (if i'm playing music ...
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ASUS HD 7770 graphics card. Power supply issues

Here is the power supply socket on my graphics card: And here is the corresponding connector on my PSU: All seems well, but the manual seems to be saying that the supply connector needs to have ...
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Odd HDD issue, should I be worried?

Ok, so I get my build up and running on Friday and everything was working great. I have two drives, a 256GB SDD connected via SATA 3(which is the boot drive.) and a 1 TB 7200RPM connected via SATA 2. ...
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Are there any computers that could fit inside a standard North American power outlet box?

I would like to be able to put a computer in the wall. With decent-performing boards as small as the Raspberry Pi, has anyone ever attempted to put one inside of a power box? If so, which ones and how ...
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New computer build powers up, fans spin but then slows to almost silent and wont display

Apologies if this is a duplicate question. I have built a new computer, and all cables appear to be in the correct place. It powers up, the fans spin, there is a single short beep (like what you ...
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 crossfire motherboard

I am trying to build a cheap mining rig. I wanted to use the AMD Phenom II X4 965 (HDZ965FBGMBOX) processor as it got very good reviews and benchmarks, and is inexpensive. However, I am having trouble ...
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Does Radeon HD3000 onboard graphic work with any CPU?

When I buy a barebone with "Integrated ATI Radeon HD3000", do these onboard graphics work with every CPU? I am asking because I want to build a backup server, and I want to use an older, not so ...
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What do I need to know when building a Video Editing Workstation?

I want a new workstation with some super duper hardware. I'm planning for this to be a purpose-built video editing station, and I don't know quite where to start! What should I look for when building ...
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Does my motherboard support dual-core processors?

Hi there! I'm very confused about my motherboard (ConRoe945PL-GLAN) It's manual says, that i can use only some kind of ConRoe processors. But some pages on internet says that i can plug in almost ...
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Smart card driven membership and door entry system

I'm looking at putting in a smart card driven system at my local sports club (which doesn't have oodles of money), and since they're willing to pay for hardware, and I'm willing to do the technical ...
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Is it possible to combine fanless, flex-form and a power output more than 300 Watt in a ATX PSU? [closed]

For the construction of an embedded System I look for a fanless ATX Power Supply that is build in flex form-factor and has a power output more than 300 Watt. On the Internet I found a few power ...
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Most efficient use of my SSD and new/old hard drives

To begin with, here are my computer's current specifications: -Windows 8 Pro, 64 bits -Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 -Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop ...
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Why do manufacturers not show all hardware power usage? [closed]

I find it slightly more difficult to build a computer when I do not know how much power is needed for a component. When selecting a power supply for a computer, it is difficult to know how large of ...
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AMD Socket FM1 A8 3870 3.0Ghz ASUS F1A75-M LE

I am building a new computer for my wife and plan on using an: AMD socket FM1 A8 3870 3.0Ghz quad core processor ASUS f1a75-M LE motherboard Corsair xms3 8gb 1600 memory (2x4) Western Digital Caviar ...
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How to wire chassis fans to controller

This is my first build and i'm using a case with 7 built-in fans. I want to wire them to a controller, but they all have LED's.There is also a button on the case that shuts off the LED's as well as ...
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What factors should I consider when building a virtual machine host?

I want to construct a server that will be used to host virtual machines. These virtual machines would play different roles, like: Database server JBoss application server Eclipse development ...
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How do I choose hardware for a gaming machine, and which components are the most important ones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know what hardware to buy to meet my needs? I am looking into building a gaming computer from scratch. I have a certain knowledge of what I will need, but I ...
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Intel i7 2600 or i5 2500 for development machines? [closed]

I'm pricing machines that will be primarily used for C# development using Visual Studio, and can't see a reason to pay $200 more for an Intel 2600 vs. a 2500. You gain 100MHz, 2MB of cache, and HT ...
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Not filling all RAM slots - will it make the machine volatile?

I have done some searching and I have not found a straight forward answer to my problem. As all the questions I came over searching were concerning using only two RAM slots with not more than 4GB of ...
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Hard drive not detected after installing the Operating System

After I failed to install SUSE Linux 10.0, I want to go back to the windows operating system again. but when I want to install windows, my hard drive is not detected, whereas in the BIOS in the ...
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First bootup, do I have to do any BIOS changes?`

Just built my computer, do I have to perform any bios changes at ALL? keep in mind I am a total newbie! I have a gigabyte ex58 ud4p, i7 920.
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What are PCI and PCI Express slots used for?

I'm comparing different Micro-ATX motherboards for a home server build and I was wondering what I would use PCI and PCI Express slots for? Are these used for hard-drives, GPUs, RAID controllers, RAM ...
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building a new pc - no display, no beeps

Building a new pc using this motherboard: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H and a 500W power supply (1 x 20 pin & 1 x 4 pin connectors). The CPU fan, hard drive and power supply all spin up but no display on the ...
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Server Hardware on the Desktop

When I rebuild my desktop, I'm thinking of using server hardware instead of desktop hardware. I want to do this so I can easily add a lot of ECC memory (~20GB), and possibly more than one processor. ...
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Troubleshooting new computer: shuts down instantly

everybody. I just built my own computer. This is the second time that I have done so, but last time I did so with a friend that was more knowledgeable than I am. The computer is built and everything ...
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AM2+/DDR2 or AM3/DDR3 for a new build?

I'll be upgrading my aging E6600 conroe system soon, and the new Athlon Propus 620 quad core has caught my eye, as has the unlockable Phenom II x2 550. A quad core for $100 isnt bad, no matter how ...
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Building computer: Casing for peripheral sockets is a pain?

I have a casing the covers the spacing between the peripheral socket which is standard to have when you buy a motherboard. My problem with these covers is that they have spokes that pushes the ...
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Do I need a 3 pin to 4 pin adapter for my motherboard fan connectors?

I'm buying new fans for my machine right now, and it seems that everyone prefers using 3-pin fans over 4-pin fans these days. If my motherboard has 4-pin fan connectors, do I need to use all 4 pins or ...
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What is a motherboard nut setter?

I'm building a PC, and with the case I have something called a Nut setter, I only have one of these but I'm not sure what it is used for. Could you explain what I could possibly need this tool for?
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How do PC fans know how fast to spin?

Building my first PC tomorrow, and one thing is confusing me. How do the fans know how fast to spin? The CPU fan is connected to the motherboard's 4pin cpu_fan socket, so I can understand how it can ...
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How to select memory for motherboard when building a new machine? [duplicate]

I am building a new PC. What resources do I use to ensure the ram I select is compatible with the motherboard I am selecting? Currently, this is what I know. The motherboard accepts a type of ram, ...
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Graphic card not screwed to chassis

I recently brought an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1gb (sapphire) graphic card but while installing this graphic card to pci x16 expansion slot(motherboard D102GGC2), the cabinet/chassis was causing problems. ...
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Are super computers made with just cache technology?

I was reading about memory hierarchy and I read that you can built a computer with just cache but it wouldn't be cost effective. I was wonderig if super computers are made with only cache technology?
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Is 4 pin 12v connector necessary in my motherboard?

I am building my new PC. I am really a newbie at this. Currently I have SIEMENS D1107 motherboard. I want to replace it with HP P4SD motherboard. But there is a one problem. The new motherboard has 4 ...
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How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible?

How can I determine whether a given SSD and motherboard are compatible? For example, I have an OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive and a GIGABYTE ...
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Antec Minuet — standoffs or no standoffs?

I'm building an HTPC in an Antec Minuet case that I bought a couple of years ago. The manual says to use brass standoffs under the motherboard, just like any other case I've ever used. But if brass ...
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Understanding Mac Mini Hardware

From my previous questions http://superuser.com/questions/32104/postmortem-of-an-iphone Above link describes what is there an iPhone internally ? ...
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Where can I find power consumption information for computer parts?

Where can I find out how much power "Computer Part of the Day" uses? It's easy to do a search and find out that a system built with the part du jour uses X watts under load and Y watts when idle but I ...
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moving secondary hard drive to another computer build

Say I'm using a secondary hard drive on one computer build and I just built another computer with different motherboard, different CPU, and same OS. Can I move my secondary hard drive from my old PC ...
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Computer hobby and more? [closed]

I have been a fulltime student recently working on graduate work to complete a graduate degree. While continuing my studies I have maintained my computer hobby. However, recently my computer hobby has ...
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Can I place an 8x PCIe 2.0 Promise EX8760T into the 16x PCIe 2.0 slot on my Asus P7H55-M/CSM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will a PCI Express x1 TV tuner work on a PCI Express x16 slot ? The Promise card has a PCIe 2.0 8X interface, and the motherboard has a single PCIe 2.0 16x slot. My ...
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Why does my computer hesitate to turn on?

I just built my first computer, but every time I hit the power button everything goes on like it was starting up, then everything turns off for about 3 seconds, and then it turns on and stays on. Is ...