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Probs with ECS K7S5A mainboard

By msimone69 ·
Hello all -

This weekend (perhaps foolishly) I took my first stab at building my own pc from scratch. I've done a lot of additions/replacements (NICs, PSUs, video cards, modems, hard drives, etc.) to systems, so I felt pretty confident. Sure, some of the wires in the case weren't labelled quite the same as the connectors on the mobo, but I think I cured that by downloading the new version of the manual from ecsusa.com. Unforunately, after everything was seemingly attached correctly, there was no video. I tried putting the new monitor on the old computer - worked fine. I removed the AGP card and re-installed it - no video. I pulled the PCI video card from the old computer and popped it into the new one - no video. I pulled out the AGP card and reinstalled the PCI video card - no video. I also cussed a lot and whined to my wife, but those didn't work either.

Is this a motherboard issue, or is there some other thing I should try?

I'm using a K7S5A mobo, with a Radeon AGP video card, Athlon XP 2000+ and 512 mb of DDR from Crucial. The system fans all spin and I can feel the hard drive spin if I rest my hand on it, so the system is getting some power at least.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Mike

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by msimone69 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

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by opatzg In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

Make sure the junmpers are set properly for the memory type and cpu on the motherboard. They control voltage and speed. Do you get any post beeps at all? I'ld check the processor seating and make sure it's in place, then mmemory,reseat them as well. Other than that remove all additional cards you don't need and disconnect drives as well and see if you can bring it up with just video and memory. Then add cd rom/harddisks/diskette, power back up again, then add sound, then modem,... one at atime till you hit the offender.
Good Luck.
For agp video to work properly you will need to load the motherboard agp driver, direct x, video card driver, monitor driver in that order.
Good Luck!

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by msimone69 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

I tried the minimum boot (RAM, CPU and video only) with no luck. A couple of people have suggested that I pull the board and run it outside the case to see if that helps. Since the board has to be pulled to send back, I'll try that first. Thanks for the help.

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by CG IT In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

Opatzg has it, [though even without the AGP chipset drivers installed you should get something on the screen]. Since you said the monitor works on another computer, I assume the prob isn't with the monitor, BUT, question, if the data cable is not plugged into the vid card [and the monitor is on], does a "no signal" screen pop up on the monitor? Also, since you've swapped out vid cards [using both AGP and PCI in the system] I suspect the mainboard is bad [if it's new take it back, get another one]. If you get a new mainboard.

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by CG IT In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

I'm not familiar with ECS mainboards [most new ones are jumperless [except for the clear CMOS jumper]. Motherboards.org have really good tech writeups on mainboards [as does overclockercafe.com, planethardware and Bjorn3D.com]. If your going to spend over $100.00 on a motherboard, read some of the tech writeups. Soyo, Asus, MSI all have really good boards [all three have jumperless boards [again except for the clear CMOS jumper}, and are relatively simple to setup.

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by msimone69 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

The 'No Signal Input' message pops up if the signal cable is connected to the new pc or if it's not connected to anything. It sounds like the likely culprit is the mainboard. Looks like I'll be getting a new one. Thanks for the help.

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by bohicam1 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

Here are a few things to try. Go into bios, under chipset features I think, and look for the video setting...make sure it is set to AGP. Make sure the clock speed for the processor is correct, should be 133/133.
Make sure the video card is fully seated in the slot.
Make sure the DDR-Ram is pc 2100 (266Mhz), not higher....this motherboard does not support the higher speed.
My dealer has recently informed me that they will no longer carry this product due to the high number of rejects they have been receiving....perhaps the mobo is faulty here too!?
Here is the link to the specs on the board..
http://www.ecsusa.com/K7S5A.cfm
(remove any spaces when you cut and paste)
Good luck!

Mike

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by msimone69 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

I have seated and reseated (and replaced) the video card with no video output to the monitor. Since the monitor works on a different pc, and the video card works on a different pc I am leaning towards the mb being the culprit.

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by jimbocut In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

1st check to see if cpu is getting warm.Don't remove the heatsink just feel the heatsink down by the processor.If you tried to boot with no heatsink the processor is toast.I had a build last week that the case fans and cpu fan were running but no post screen.Pull everything off the mainboard,IDE cables,pci cards ,floppy cable and just leave the video card and monitor plugged in.(with the memory still onboard)If you still get no video signal take the mb out of the case and plug the vid card and monitor in.That way you will know if the board is grounding out in the case.If you still get no post screen and the processor is cold Id have to condem either the mb or the processor.The one I had last week I had another processor to try and it was cold also.I ended up having to replace the defective motherboard.Good Luck.Take your time. Jimmy

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by msimone69 In reply to Probs with ECS K7S5A main ...

The processor does feel warm (slightly) if I put my finger near the bottom of the heatsink while the machine is running. Even booting with just RAM, CPU and video card gives nothing. Looks like the board is coming out and maybe going back. Thanksfor the help.

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