Building the Perfect PC by Robert Bruce Thompson

By Robert Bruce Thompson

A PC-builder and an influence PC-user preserve that "building desktops is not just for techies anymore. Going past a cookbook process, the Thompsons provide rationales for his or her ideas. After directory the explanations for development one's personal procedure and noting the now frequent availability of elements, they supply step by step directions with photographs for all levels of creating machines to slot particular wishes (e.g., for gaming, small enterprise, a house theater).

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If the system starts, the card you just removed is causing the problem. Try a different card, or install that card in a different slot. • Remove and reseat the memory modules, examining them to make sure they are not damaged, and then try to start the system. If you have two memory modules installed, install only one of them initially. Try it in both (or all) memory slots. If that module doesn't work in any slot, the module may be defective. Try the other module, again in every available memory slot.

If you have a spare power supply, or can borrow one temporarily from another system, install it temporarily in the new system. Alternatively, connect the problem power supply to another system to verify that it is bad. • If the preceding step doesn't solve the problem, the most likely cause is a defective motherboard. Replace it. 4. Problem: When you apply power, the floppy drive LED lights solidly and the system fails to start • The FDD cable is defective or misaligned. Verify that the FDD cable is properly installed on FDD and on the motherboard FDD interface.

Replace the FDD. If that doesn't solve the problem and you insist on having an FDD, either replace the motherboard or disable the motherboard FDD interface and install a PCI adapter that provides an FDD interface, or, if your motherboard allows you to boot from USB devices, purchase a USB external floppy drive for the purpose. 5. , the volume is up and CD Audio isn't muted. There may be multiple volume controls in a system. Check them all. • Try a different audio CD. Some recent audio CDs are copy-protected in such a way that they refuse to play on a computer optical drive.

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