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Thread: Need major hardware/motherboard help!

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    Cincinnati, OH USA

    Question Need major hardware/motherboard help!

    Alright! I am building a mp3 player/computer for my car, but I can't get past getting the motherboard to work. I am building a custom case. And right now I have mounted my motherboard to an old AT motherboard plate. I drilled the holes to match my micro-ATX motherboard holes. That is all I am up to right now. I have just the video card in my PCI slot. The motherboard powers up ok (Power led comes on) but there is no video. Here is where I have questions!!

    1. Shouldn't everything work without being in a conventional case?

    2. Shouldn't BIOS load without a processor, RAM, HD installed?

    3. Does the board need to be grounded? As is I just have to motherboard attached to the plate sitting on the floor.

    Any suggestions would be helpfull as I have never build a computer with a custom case before. I have tried to read everything I can on car computers but most of them seem to be a full blown computer case in the trunk.

    TIA Maveric M.A.V.I.C. System
    Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case. MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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    If you connected hdd or fdd wrong way
    it will not do anything except for power up.

    try to hook up everything up right.

    without cpu or ram, i don't think i will boot up or ...
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Maveric:
    2. Shouldn't BIOS load without a processor, RAM, HD installed?
    In a word, no. A computer needs a processor and memory to work.

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    Eagan, MN



    #1 A case is not needed.
    #2 No, minimum requirements to post a system are a cpu, some memory, and a video card.
    #3 It is grounded via the power cable.

    That's right, you just got passed by a computerized toaster...

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    Retired Admin Aaron Cake's Avatar
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    Jan 2000
    London, Ontario, Canada


    Um, a computer need a CPU and memory to work. The minimum necessary to boot any motherboard is board, CPU, memory.

    Aaron Cake
    London, Ontario, Canada

    Player: Cyrix 200, 32MB RAM, 10.2Gig Quantum HD, Onboard EtherNet/Sound/Video, Custom Lexan Case, Arise DC-DC, Win95 Kernal w/Custom Player
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    "If one more body-kitted, cut-spring-lowered, farty-exhausted Civic revs on me at an intersection, I swear I'm going to get out of my car and cram their ridiculous double-decker aluminium wing firmly up their rump."


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