Setting Up PC Hardware- A full guide

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  1. Randonx

    Randonx Member

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    Here you go Grunt

    Alright, so I pretty much followed this guide to the T, but I'm having problems. Got everything connected up, but when I boot up, it only goes as far as getting past the BIOS, then when the blinking cursor shows, it lasts about 5 seconds then I get a BSoD for less than a split second, can't even read anything on it, and then it restarts. I've tried several times now. Anybody have any ideas? Already took Ram out and put it back in, same with the Videocard.
     
  2. Mulsiphix

    Mulsiphix Maha Guru

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    BSOD is a windows problem. To my knowledge, at least in my experience, I have never seen a BSOD outside of Windows. Technically once you see the blinking cursor it should be in the process of launching whatever OS you have in place. In the case that you don't have one it should return some kind of text error or return a command prompt.

    So does this hard drive have Windows on it? If not try unplugging the drive and then see if the BSOD appears. If it was a video card problem you either wouldn't be able to see anything at all or your monitor would go into standby mode when it crashed/couldn't display whatever was on screen.

    While I don't think it is a memory error you could always test your memory with MemTest 86+. Just download the image from this website, burn it to a cd, set your CD-ROM as the first boot device in your BIOS, and let it do its job. It will start up as soon as it gets to the "blinking cursor" you mentioned above. Just let it run overnight while you sleep. If it doesn't list any errors then your memory is working 100% error free.

    If it were a CPU issue the motherboard probably wouldn't even startup. If you can't even get into an OS you really can't test the CPU though. Again in my experience when there was a CPU problem the thing just wouldn't start up. If it got me into Windows I could then produce errors using a program like Orthos or Prime 95. These programs are intended to stress test the hell out of a processor. From what you've described I doubt it is the CPU causing the error.

    The motherboard shouldn't be capable of causing an error like you described. At least I wouldn't even consider your mobo until you've exhausted testing your other hardware first. Definitely an OS or hard drive problem in my opinion.
     
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  3. Randonx

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    Thanks, I got it figured out thanks to the help of a lot of Gurus.

    Like the dumbass I am, I was trying to use a Hard drive from my old computer with the old chipset drivers on it. Didn't have a fresh install of windows. So I got a new hard-drive and got it taken care of.

    Sorry for marring this topic with a useless post (now 2), feel free to delete them if you have the ability.
     
  4. Mulsiphix

    Mulsiphix Maha Guru

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    Glad to hear you got it worked out :thumbup:
     

  5. Rifle_Grunt

    Rifle_Grunt Ancient Guru

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    They are not useless and good to hear you are enjoying my guide + thanks for the assistance there Mulsiphix
     
  6. Mulsiphix

    Mulsiphix Maha Guru

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    Anytime mate. I like your new avatar :thumbup:
     
  7. Rich_Guy

    Rich_Guy Ancient Guru

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    Excellent guide. :thumbup:
     
  8. RooR

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    I'm upgrading my ancient system and im keeping my case, dvddrives, and harddrives. I do know how to build a computer from the ground up but Ive never upgraded a completely different motherboard before so I'm a bit weary. I'm switching from a very old AMD board to a newer Intel board.

    Upgrading to e8400, p5q pro, 4850, ocz reaper hpc, to be exact, from my current.

    A real quick google run got me alot of 'reinstall windows or ur outta luck' and my current system was a prebuilt that didnt come with an full XP Pro disk. The guide didnt say anything about it.

    Is it really as simple as:
    1. remove drivers
    2. install new parts
    3. BIOS setup
    4. install new drivers

    or am i partially screwed? (ie will have to go and buy Vista/find real unused XP Pro)
     
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  9. Tat3

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    Does your case have Windows XP Professional serial sticker? If it has, then just download Windows from somewhere and use serial you got in that sticker. If not, well, then you can get Windows somewhere or buy it from somewhere. I do recommed using Vista anyways (buy it).

    You need to reinstall Windows when you change your mobo. So:
    1. Back up important files.
    2. Install Mobo + other parts
    3. Install Windows
    4. Install Drivers.

    You most likely dont need to go to BIOS. Only if your overclocking, or want to change boot order, or something does not work.
     
  10. RooR

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    When you say install windows do you mean that 'repair' by reinstalling over the old directories or complete reformat and install?
     

  11. Tat3

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    I would format C: first. If you repair, it leaves some stuff (programs, games, etc) to C: which usualy do not work, since there are no registry files for those and you would basicly need to install everything anyways.

    It's just easier to do format first.
     
  12. Abrams

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    Ok a quick question here, when moving the whole rig from one generic case to the good one(TT/Antec and so on), do I need to disassemble CPU coolers\CPU itself?
     
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    No.

    But if it's old build, it would be good idea to apply new thermal paste to cpu.
     
  14. Aseton

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    So the question is I'm buying new parts to my pc (ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/
    1GD5 and Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor) so are they compatible with my current parts: P5K motherboard and Nexus 500W powersupply? Just reply if you need any more information. Thx
     
  15. Awesome-Tech

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    great guide
     

  16. EaglePC

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    yea great guide but very outdated
     
  17. Crimson Engage

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    Great thread however a lot of the images from step 7 are missing and i really need to see those. lol
     
  18. MOAB

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    anyone update this thread?
     
  19. ErfanDL

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    tnx for guide
     
  20. Goldie

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    My rig :)
    i have 12cm noctua rear exhaust, and 12cm noctua side exhaust, 1 Phanteks 14cm front intake and a 14cm thermalright front intake (+noctua d-14), all fans in case are PWM and all max speed except the thermalright, the 2500rpm is reserved for summer time.

    [​IMG]

    the bottom front intake is blowin cool air right up the rear of the gpus, the top front intake feeds the cpu cooler and cools ram.
    my psu fan never runs basically.
     
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