I found a few... anyway... here is my post.
Ok... where do I begin. I guess we can start when I see an ad in the fry's paper for a new Soyo board and a 2.4 P4 800 FSB chip for like 250 so I think what the hell and buy it as my current box is running a bit slow (1.13 AMD) I purchse the chip and board and come home to install it along with some 2 sticks of DDR 256mb DC ram. I build the PC out of the case with just the power supply (350w), mobo, chip, heatsink/fan, RAM... no video card. System powers up fine, fans spin, LEDS come on... I do a little dance.
Install the video card (9700 all in wonder (AGP))... flip a switch. nothing. no fans, no LEDS, no dance. I grab an older video card (Hercules prophet AGP)... still nothing. Pull the video card... powers up like normal... put it in, nothing.
TRIP 2 TO FRYS: The first thing that comes to my mind is that the AGP slot is bad on the SOYO board. The guy at Fry's bought it and swapped me boards. I go home and find out... same problem.
TRIP 3 TO FRYS: I'm thinking that maybe I have a bad power supply since when I install the video card I may be drawing too much power (yea it's far fetched but we're getting desperate here). I figured my case was a little too small so I buy this big thermaltake case that comes with 7 fans and a 420w PS. Come home... install everything... same results.
TRIP 4 TO FRYS... I go and meet chris the service manager (we're on first name basis after 8 hours of this madness) and I tell him that I don't think this board (the SOYO) and my video card we were using are compatible. We read through the MB manual and it says something about not being able to support 1.6v cards... yada yada yada. I tell him that is probably it and that I'd like to get a new MOBO and a new chip just in case. This time I buy a giga-byte GA-8IK1100 and get a new 2.4 800 FSB chip. Guess what happened when I put in the video card... no dance. I do get an LED that represents 2X_DET meaning that it's seeing my card as a 2x (non supported card). Why is this happening? ATI states my card can run at 3.3, 1.5 and .8 volts. I can't find any jumpers or any switches anywhere.
Please help me out.