I build computers on a fairly regular basis, and it sounds to me as though you do have a dead motherboard. It was probably dead on arrival, so save yourself the hassle and RMA it. As for grounding yourself, it is recommended that you work over a grounding sheet and that you wear a grounding bracelet. However, in the 5+ years of working with computers, I've never once used a bracelet or sheet. I just touch some metal in the case before grabbing a component and I'm good to go. Never fried a chip, either. Dropping them on the other hand, that's a horse of a different color... -Richard -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Anthony Ettinger Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2005 12:41 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] grounding + shorts (installing hardware) Just bought: ASUS K8V-X motherboard AMD Semperon 3000+ 1 Gig Corsair Ram (pc3200) 512mbx2 eVGA nVidia FX5200 128Mb Video Card However, I'm not getting a "post beep" when I bootup. Fans and drives are powered, and motherboard light is on, but no video signal, and no post beeps. Local computer shop said it was a defective motherboard (worked with new MB). I also read about grounding myself may be the problem, not sure how to do this though. Any ideas on looking for shorts on the motherboard? Not sure what to look for. Anthony Ettinger ph: (408) 656-2473 blog: http://www.chovy.com __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !