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    why won't it turn on?

    I'm building my own computer and i have bought all the parts, but when i assembled it, i double checked that i plugged everything in. So anyways, i turned it on and all it did was turn on all the fans and stuff for a couple of seconds. the hard drive light was on but the power light never turned on. Right before it turns off again the computer makes a soft beep. What is going on? and how do i fix it? i have an iwill kk400 motherboard cpu combo that runs on amd/athlon 2200, a geforce 4 mx, a 60 gb maxtor hard drive and 256 ddr 3200 memory. the memory matches the mother board.do you need to know anything else?

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Well Jonathan, no experience with Iwill boards, but a couple of things come to mind:

    1. Most modern boards have a cpu fan sensor which will shut everything off if cpu fan speed is not detected. Is the cpu fan sensor cable plugged in and is it plugged in correctly?

    2. I have had several faulty motherboards, (maybe about 2 out of every 10), one of which I think burned up an Athlon 1800. If you have another motherboard to test it might help narrow things down. Most, if not all, of my problems seem to have originated from bad motherboards.

    3. Out of curiosity, where did you buy the motherboard? (If you bought it from where I suspect, it might be further case for a faulty motherboard). PM me if you wish with the vendor name.

    4. You might search the Iwill board site for whatever one beep means for this motherboard...one beep could tell you alot about what is or is not happening.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Hi Jonathan,

    In addition to Mike's comments, let me offer one from personal experience.

    I recently built a P4 system with an ASUS motherboard (SWEET!).

    I didn't realize that my case's front power switch was actually considered a "Suspend" switch. At first, I had the power wire plugged into the On/Off pegs on the motherboard, but nothing happened. After a few nervous moments, I tried plugging the power wire into the Suspend pegs and everything worked fine. Whew!

    Hope you get it working soon...

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    My turn to pipe up with an idea. Double and triple check all your board's jumpers and make sure everything is capped the way it should be - I had a board shipped to me with the "clear CMOS" jumper on the wrong pins, and had a very similar experience.
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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Double check your Connections. Check your Power On&OFF Pin Connection. As long as you have the Power on&Off connection on right your computer will work without the Reset,HD LCD and E.T.C hooked up. When I build a computer I don't even hook those things up untill I test the board. And you can do that by placing a jumper over the Power On Pins for a second and then remove the jumper. You can turn it off the same way by placing the jumper over the same pins again and then removing the jumper. Also make sure your ATX Power connection to your Motherboard is on correctlly. I also noticed you have two power connections, an ATX and ATX 12 Volt. Which one did you use? Also make sure your other Power Connections to your Hard Drive and CD-Roms or on good. And make sure your IDE cables are on correctlly. Something could be shorting out causing it to shut down.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    I couldn't find a manual for the KK400 but the KK266Plus shows Pins 1 & 2 for the Power Connection. And It almost has to be something along those lines because you said you were getting power for a few seconds. And Mike is right. If that was a open box Motherboard or a Motherboard Cpu Combo from you know who, you might have a bad Motherboard. But that doesn't have to be the case. Alot of times it's a connection not hooked up right.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Hi! I figure you all don't want to say who <font color=red>"you know who"</font color=red> is? but could you give some suggestions as to some of the better sites to purchase items for building computers? Kits? I am very wet behind the ears when it comes to putting such stuff together so if and when I ever get brave enough to try this, I don't want to start with parts that may or may not work!! I will have enough troubles without dealing with that!

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    How about removing everything that isn't necessary to boot the system. Leave your video card, CPU, and one memory chip in and try booting. It is possible some hardware component is holding down the system bus. I've had it happen to me more than once.

    Another option is to clear the BIOS.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Get another board...since you got it from you know who

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    I have to clear up something about { You Know Who } I have purchased many Computer Components from them and have had very few problems. The Computer I am using right now was built from Components I purchased from them, and it is a great machine { 2.5 Years old } I have built several computers using there Stuff. Yes I have had a few things I had to return, but it was no big deal. But if your going to buy open box Components you need to know that you MAY get something that doesn't work properly. Most the time those open box Components are just boxes that were open by people and never left the store. But for a good price you can build a very good Computer without any problems 99% of the time.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Well, about 7 out of 10 boards I have gotten from them work. Ones that work, work great.

    I DO think it is a big deal when I'm sitting here at 11PM on a Friday night and the supposedly "new" board I have isn't new and someone else has toasted it. I don't sweat the small stuff like power supplies, fans, etc, but if I have ordered a P4 board for PC2700 and the board doesn't work, chances are I probably do not have another one sitting around. One other thing that really irritates me is that stuff you order online from them IS NOT returnable at the Fry's in Dallas.

    I still get lots of things from them, just not motherboards anymore.

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    supposedly "new" board I have isn't new

    Were the boxes vacuum wraped in plastic?

    Mike I have bought probably 15 Motherboards from them and only one was bad. But I knew going into it that they { Open Box } were not necessarily untouched. But that is a bummer finding out that a board is bad, especially if it was a Vacuum wraped new Box and Motherboard. I could go in there tommorow and buy 5 Motherboards and 3 of them be bad, but let's hope not. Of course I always test my Motherboards before they even get close to going into the case.
    By the way where do you get your Motherboards and are they at a good price? I am always looking for good Motherboards at good prices.
    I'm going to build me another one here real soon. I am going to get the New ABIT IT7 Max11{ no Legacy support except for PS2 } has 10 2.0 USB ports, very overclockable, and much much more. Don't ya just love this stuff?

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Ok, i tried checking the cpu fan to see if it was plugged in correctly, it was. I checked the cables 10 times. Each time i rebooted the computer. I began to listen closely to the noise it made and it wasn't one soft tone it was 2 alternating tones fading off till everything was off. I thought it reminded me of a problem i once had with the cpu so I just plain old took out the cpu and turned it on and it didn't turn off, but of coarse it did nothing else. Does this mean there's a problem w/ my cpu?

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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Have you tried an alternate VGA card? I don't know what BIOS is in your system, but the beep codes are usually unique to the manufacturer - in the case of Award BIOS, it varies by the manufacturer more often than not. You could try going through iWill tech support, if changing the video adapter doesn't solve it.

    To get you started looking, try this preloaded Google search.
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    Re: why won't it turn on?

    Well, I thought it was a fluke after the first two bad ones so I ordered one more. Think the first one was good, second bad, the next 5 or 6 good, and then a bad one, then another bad one. The last one I bought was an ECS which would not post. I returned it and paid a somewhat exhorbitant price at CompUSA for a Soyo DragonUltra which so far has performed exceptionally well on a dual boot system. At the time and after the third bad board, the cost of the new board was irrelevant.

    Once I tried to return one to the store and it was suggested to me that they could "test" it for $20. I'm like "I bought this online from you, it does not work, and you offer to rip me of another $20 to tell me you shipped me a faulty board? NO, thanks!"

    And yes, I do luv this stuff!

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