First post, by ethreal
I was looking through different threads of this forum for a while already. For 3 months actually - since I was rummaging around the idea of setting up a PC back from 1999.
And now a week ago all component are here, I've put the together but surprisingly (not really in fact) the system doesn't start up.
Here is the bare minimum of my configuration which is currently pluged-in:
- asus p3b-f
- pentium III 600EB slot-1
- sdram dimm 168 133 128mb
- elsa e-razor X A-32 AGP and Gigabyte GA-1280 GeForce2MX as alternative (i'll explain further why)
tl;dr: system doesn't start up - it powers on for a 1-2 seconds and then shuts down without even a sound from a beeper.
in details: when I put and connected everything together (incl. cd-rom, hdd & fdd) I faced the issue described above. Not even a beep, immediate shut down.
First I though that it might be the power unit issue, so I started to unplug everything one by one: cd-rom, fdd, hdd. So I ended up with only videocard & RAM plugged in.
Normally from my experience I would be waiting some dirty tricks from RAM so I pulled it out. Didn't work. Then as a last resort I pulled out videocard (Elsa e-razor X at first) - and system started up. Obviously I wasn't able to see anything because of now screen connected but it was running at least for a couple of minutes (until I manually shut it down).
So the idea was that it's an issue with the video card. I found another one - Gigabyte GA-1280 GeForce2MX - and tried it out.
I started to go over and over through mobo's manual and realised that maybe the issue has something to do with frequencies
I tried the following:
- to switch off JumperFree and set DIP switches as manual recommends for my CPU: 1+ 2+ 3+ 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10+ (where - stays for OFF and + stays for ON)
- to change voltage via JP20. Apparently it was set before for 3.65V instead of default 3.5V
- I also tried another RAM plate - the one I got with the mobo
No I feel that my brain is too small for this issue and I'm asking for your help.