I'm slightly at the end of my tether. Last week I bought a new Motherboard and CPU for my PC since mine were 4-5 years old. I installed them and all went well for 2 days. On the morning of the third day I turned the PC on and only the fans and lights worked. The screen remained blank. No beep, no splash screen, no boot.
I decided the Mobo was at fault. I removed it, and sent it back to the store. I bought a new Motherboard, installed the new CPU, and tried to install windows this morning. Once again, fans whirred and the lights came on. I went to open the DVD drawer to insert the Windows installation disc and the drawer would not open. The green LED on the front flashed quickly and constantly, but the drawer would not open. I also did not get any splash screen.
I now have my old motherboard and CPU back in, and the entire system is working fine. The DvD drawer also works properly.
So, onto the particulars:
My old system:
Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz
Gigabyte Mobo P55-UD5
8 Gb DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte NVidia GeForce GTX 670 Graphics Card
Zalman power supply (I forget the particulars)
My new components:
Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz
Gigabyte Mobo Z77-D3H
For information the motherboard that got returned was a Gigabyte Z77-DS3H.
Stuff I've Tried:
Different power connectors
Different SATA connectors
Using different SATA connection ports on the Motherboard
Ensuring all cables are plugged in snugly.
(Obviously) Plugging in my old setup to check the power supply and drives were all working as expected. They are, thus I assume I can rule these out as problems?
To be honest, that's all I can think of to try. I've been building and tinkering with my own PC for years now and I'm at a total loss as to what to try next or what to even search for online.
I'm intending to install Windows 7 onto a fairly new SSD, freshly formatted. This is the only drive I have plugged into the Motherboard in addition to the DVD drive. I have a few other drives:
- One SSD which Windows 7 is installed on for use with my existing Mobo/Processor.
- Two SATA HDDs used for storage.
Any help or advice anyone can afford me would be gratefully received. I can try to provide more information on request. Thanks!