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Old 07-01-2010, 09:50 PM   #1
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Alright, so I've been working on getting all the right parts for this sucker for a long while now, and now I'm having a few slight problems on getting it to run.

Here's my problem, I've hooked everything up, and yet for some reason my DVD drive isn't getting power, (Or it's not good), and when I hook it up, it's not coming on the monitor. Also, I'm getting a yellow light on the front, and for any of you that know a lick about Gateway FX cases I'd appreciate knowing what that means.

But yeah, that's my problem, if someone could kindly diagnose it I'd be very thankful.

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PS- It's a solid yellow light, it doesn't blink or flash.

Let me know if I can add anymore details for you that may help
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:30 AM   #2
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well im not sure if its the same with gateways but with a dell i fixed for a friend that light meant the motherboard was bad and why your dvd drive isnt getting power im not sure have you tested the PSU in another system
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Are you getting any type of POST code?

Are you sure you put the mobo standoffs?

Have you tried removing the graphics card and using onboard video/a different card?
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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The Motherboard has a green diagnostic light on it showing. What do you mean Motherboard stand offs Foot?

There is no onboard graphics card for some reason on this Motherboard >.<, I'll try a different video card in a second..

Is it possible I don't have a high enough wattage in my power supply? It's a 500 Watt, so I thought it'd be more than enough according to the calculator thing I used..

As for the POST codes, I'm not getting any sort of beeping or anything. And nothing is appearing on the screen, so..
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:36 AM   #5
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No POST beeps is not good, probably mobo issues.

Foot means the little isulators (standoffs) that separate the mobo from the case. If you don't use them then you are shorting out your mobo and therefore the problem.
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yeah its most likely your motherboard and you have plenty of wattage to run it
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FAIL.. I hate learning, it can be so expensive and annoying at times..

So if I put those on will it work? I've got a green light on my mother board, and it didn't come with any standoffs or insulators.

It's got like little pieces of metal on the bottom of my motherboard screws onto the little tray thing, and it raises from the tray too.. So do I really need insulators?
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Rebuild the computer outside of the case, on the antistatic foam that came in the mobo box.
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So I just realized that I didn't have the 12v thing plugged up.. Now I hooked it up and the yellow diagnostic light went away. And there is no light there now, I still have a green light on my motherboard. But when I plug up the 12v connector, my PSU fan doesn't start and neither does my GPU Fan, so what's up w/ith that?

And thanks for the help guys.
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Hmm ... never been called a guy before!
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Uh, guys and Larisa.. Sorry there..
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that would be a bad motherboard my friend i ordered one from ECS a few months ago did the same thing so its most likely your motherboard.
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Even though I have a green light on my motherboard, it's a bad motherboard?
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Let me get this straight.
When you unplug the 12V the GPU and the power supply power up?
However when you plug in the 12V the GPU and power supply don't power up?
Is that what you're saying? I'm kinda confused.
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Well, I know the power supply works, because the motherboard light shows, but no the fan doesn't turn on. And I can hear it working, as for the GPU the fan doesn't turn on either when the 12v is plugged in.
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Well, I know the power supply works, because the motherboard light shows, but no the fan doesn't turn on. And I can hear it working, as for the GPU the fan doesn't turn on either when the 12v is plugged in.
And when you unplug the 12V the fans turn on?
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Yep, you got it. And the yellow diagnostic light on the front comes on.
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Whoa that is weird.
That ain't normal at all.
I'm not smart enough to solve that
Someone will jump in
Give it a day
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Can anyone give me any advice? Please?
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