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By bmhood ·
i recently ordered a barebone pc with ecs k7s5a m/b and amd 1.0 ghz cpu. I installed the H/D,cd/rom,
cd/rw,floppy drive and an ecs sis305 agp card.
when I turn the system on to setup the bios
nothing happens. the screen is blank.what do i do

Robert Hood

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by TheChas In reply to building first pc

Robert, to add to the other answers.
Double check ALL jumper settings.
Make sure all cables are correctly oriented.
Double check that the PS cable is firmly seated in the MB.
Make sure the CPU and memory are correctly installed.
Consider dropping back to a minimum system. Only the video card, 1 memory module, floppy and HDD drives.

If the power supply fan does not spin, check the setting of the 120/220 volt switch on the PS. Make sure that the power switch on the back of the PS is set to on.
Then you need to check for shorts from the MB to the chassis.
Most of the MB mounting holes will have a 3/8" silver ring around them. These are all okay to secure with screws. If one or more holes do not have the silver ring, it may not be okay to use screws on that hole. Try removing the screw and the standoff underneath.

If the power supply fan spins up, I have seen at least 1 AGP video card that is not fully compatable. It works in less than 1/2 of the MBs I have tried it in.
Remove you video card, and see if there are any missing fingers olong the edge of the board that plugs into the AGP slot.
Some MBs require that all fingers be present.

Other strange things;
Check that a grounding finger on the ATX sheild did not get stuck inside a connector.
Check for a bad power cord.
Look at your 4 pin drive power connectors, is one wired differently from the rest.

Finally, while not common, it is possible that 1 of your components is bad.

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by BMcKinlay In reply to building first pc

I own several of the MB's you have. They are jumperless boards, so that you don't have to set any jumpers or dip switches. You have to make sure the CPU heatsink/fan is connected to the board. Otherwise the board will not turn on. If you are using a 4 wire heatsink/fan, you need to buy a 3 wire adapter so that the RPM signal is sent to the fan header on the MB.

Regards,

mbm

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