After installing RAM and hard drive, monitors are not displaying.
The monitors, as well as the keyboard and mouse, on my computer aren't working properly anymore. The mouse + keyboard aren't even on, and the monitors have power, but they don't seem to be detected by the computer. Changing the brightness, going to the menu, ect. give me a message to the effect of the monitors being in power save mode. This happened after I installed RAM (which is compatible with my motherboard), and a new hard drive (which is identical to the current one). The graphics card was removed and reinstalled as well, to make more room. Logic tells me that is the obvious issue, but the card isn't lose. It's screwed in, the pin is down, and it doesn't move at all. The monitor cables and the keyboard/mouse were as well removed and put back.
edit: The way the fans are acting, it might not be the video card. When the computer starts normally, the fans are very loud for a moment, and then they slow down. Now they're continually extremely loud, as if the start up process isn't working properly/never stops.. could it be an issue with the ram then?
I didn't mess with the power at all. didn't notice any static, and made sure to be grounded.
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Originally Posted by Carlaena
Have you tried clearing the BIOS?
What size of PSU have you got?
Considered, but have not.
Power is about 550 I believe? I need to upgrade it, but it's enough for the graphics card. Maybe there isn't enough with the new RAM? It was a pretty huge upgrade. 6 gb to 16.
Are there any beeps on startup? Are there any red lights that stay on inside the case after startup?
Check your motherboard manual, and look for beep codes to coincide with what you are experiencing. I would instinctively assume a bad ram stick, or the motherboard isn't feeding it the proper voltage etc. On my ASUS board there is a MEMOK button that can be pressed to force the mobo to tune to the currently installed memory. Start by installing 1 stick of memory, and try all 4 sticks on their own. If 3 boot, you have a bad stick etc.
If none of the sticks boot, google your motherboard and look up a list of compatible memory. *edit* Re-read your post and noticed you said it is compatible. Check each memory stick individually now. Also as previous posters have mentioned it could be your bios revision does not support 4GB per slot. It would be nice to know your motherboard to assist in troubleshooting this problem.
The new hard drive should not be causing this issue. The monitor should always display at least the bios POST message even if an incorrect (or no) boot drive/partition is selected.