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gorchen5
01-08-2003, 11:32 PM
hey guys just yesterday i setup this new system and the first time i powered it on it runs a bit (but no beep or anydisplay on the screen) then the motherboard starts to make like an alarm until i have to turnoff the switch.

My setup is the Epox 8k5a2+ board, 256mb corsair xms pc 2700 cas 2, and an AMD xp 2400+.

i am wondering if i installed the thermal compound wrong because i rubbed it all over the top of the chip even where u see the L1 and L2 things. is that ok?

anyway after i take out the cpu and just turn on the motherboard
it does not shutdown and start to alarm.

the only POST code i could remember seeing was like C3.

Wiggo
01-08-2003, 11:34 PM
Did you clear the CMOS before you 1st turned it on? :?:

:beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer:

gorchen5
01-08-2003, 11:38 PM
No i did not, is that something i have to do?
and could this be the solution sir or am i too late to do this?

Wiggo
01-08-2003, 11:42 PM
Do it now and tell me what happens (oh and leave the jumper in that clear position for a few minutes before movin' it back and powerin' up again). ;)

gorchen5
01-08-2003, 11:43 PM
ok

Mr. C
01-08-2003, 11:45 PM
i am wondering if i installed the thermal compound wrong because i rubbed it all over the top of the chip even where u see the L1 and L2 things. is that ok?

anyway after i take out the cpu and just turn on the motherboard
it does not shutdown and start to alarm.



Here is a decent guide to properly appying thermal compound;
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions.htm
Regardless of what brand you may be using, follow this guide -- looks like you have some serious cleaning to do.

Additionally, it is not reccomended to ever apply power to a motherboard without having the CPU and RAM installed - in some cases this activity can cause damage.

Wiggo
01-09-2003, 12:18 AM
What's this? :confused:

Not back yet? :?:

:beer: :beer: :beer:

gorchen5
01-09-2003, 12:28 AM
i am back

gorchen5
01-09-2003, 12:32 AM
well i cleared the CMOS as you said then set it back to normal and powered it back on and it stays on for about one second then shutdowns back. but whenever i power on the motherboard without the cpu it does not automatically shuts down. the only difference this time (after clearing the cmos) is that it does not make that beeping alarm sound

maybe i messed up the cpu, lol its oem too so i am scared as hell now.

Wiggo
01-09-2003, 12:42 AM
Ok then I missed this bit at first..
"i am wondering if i installed the thermal compound wrong because i rubbed it all over the top of the chip even where u see the L1 and L2 things. is that ok?"
YOU ONLY COVER THE AREA COMING INTO CONTACT WITH THE CPU! :hammer:

Sorry about but you've probably shorted the CPU out. :(

Clean the CPU off thoroughly (pay particular attention to those pits) then reapply the compound thinly on the top of the core only. :devil win

Put it all back together and clear the CMOS again and see what happens. Good luck. :beer:
<center>:cheers:</center>

Bithmus
01-16-2003, 03:07 AM
I have the exact same motherboard and it sounds like I had the exact same problem. I had the clip on my heat sink on backwards. Here is a link to the thread: http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=5551

FLaCo
01-16-2003, 06:41 AM
Ouch that can crack your core...