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    very noob setup question

    So..I feel dumb having to ask this. I just got in my D201GLY2A board, already have the opus power supply, CDROM, HD, etc. I have no idea how to actually set it all up so I can begin installing an OS. Can get it to power up and the fan to run, but apparently I'm too tired to get the drives to work.

    Help?

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    Are you asking how to assemble the computer itself?

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    Yes I am, sorry.

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    If you've never constructed or built or installed a PC yourself, then a proper PC forum might be better suited for your needs. My first piece of advice, though, would be not to use the Opus PSU for installation purposes, as this will mean sitting in your car or with a car battery charger for the hours it takes to get your operating system installed.

    Try and find a regular ATX psu instead, and get the machine on its feet in the comfort of your own home. One you know the machine works, then you have the fun of fitting it to your car and troubleshooting any further problems from there.

    If you do want more installation help, we need to know exactly how far you've got. What comes up on the screen when you turn the PC on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grrrmachine View Post
    If you've never constructed or built or installed a PC yourself, then a proper PC forum might be better suited for your needs. My first piece of advice, though, would be not to use the Opus PSU for installation purposes, as this will mean sitting in your car or with a car battery charger for the hours it takes to get your operating system installed.

    Try and find a regular ATX psu instead, and get the machine on its feet in the comfort of your own home. One you know the machine works, then you have the fun of fitting it to your car and troubleshooting any further problems from there.

    If you do want more installation help, we need to know exactly how far you've got. What comes up on the screen when you turn the PC on?
    Yeah, I've been working on it with a standard power supply in my apartment. Tried it with the opus once in the car just to doublecheck that it wasn't the power supply.

    When I turn it on nothing happens. The fan on the processor turns on and thats it. Nothing comes up on the screen, the harddrive and cdrom don't do anything either. I will probably just have my brother mess with it next week once I have some time off, was just curious what people here would say.

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    Before you power it on again, did you use thermal paste when you installed the heatsink to the CPU? If it's a high-powered chip, this can be crucial to make sure you dont overheat and burn out the core.

    Assuming the key components are working (motherboard, RAM, CPU and video card if there's one installed) then disconnect everything else and see what happens. If you can get a boot screen (you know, the old black and white memory check) then you know the board and processor are good. If you can't get that, reset the bios (read the motherboard manual to find out how), go down to one stick of RAM, and try to use the onboard video if there is one. If it still won't work, either something is fitted incorrectly or there's a damaged component.

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