PC won't output to monitor after sound card installation

Recently I was installing a sound card in a PC I had built a while ago, but when I tried to boot, the screen received no signal. To my knowledge I didn't 'shock' any parts, I was wearing non-conductive clothes and was touching the metal case most of the time.

Regardless I broke something and need help finding out what I broke. I've since uninstalled the sound card and tried booting without the GPU, and plugging my monitor directly into the mother board. I've also tried booting a windows CD with and without the gpu, still no signal.

What could I try to diagnose the issue? I don't have access to another PC to test individual parts on, just this one. Only other computer in the household is the Mac which I'm submitting this on.
I would expect the GPU or motherboard to be the broken parts as the GPU was the only part near the sound card.

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

If other parts are important, let me know.
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  1. Skwuruhl said:
    Recently I was installing a sound card in a PC I had built a while ago, but when I tried to boot, the screen received no signal. To my knowledge I didn't 'shock' any parts, I was wearing non-conductive clothes and was touching the metal case most of the time.

    Regardless I broke something and need help finding out what I broke. I've since uninstalled the sound card and tried booting without the GPU, and plugging my monitor directly into the mother board. I've also tried booting a windows CD with and without the gpu, still no signal.

    What could I try to diagnose the issue? I don't have access to another PC to test individual parts on, just this one. Only other computer in the household is the Mac which I'm submitting this on.
    I would expect the GPU or motherboard to be the broken parts as the GPU was the only part near the sound card.

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

    If other parts are important, let me know.


    Did you bump or move a gpu power cable? Also can you try to move the cards to other spots?
  2. gregbattis said:
    Skwuruhl said:
    Recently I was installing a sound card in a PC I had built a while ago, but when I tried to boot, the screen received no signal. To my knowledge I didn't 'shock' any parts, I was wearing non-conductive clothes and was touching the metal case most of the time.

    Regardless I broke something and need help finding out what I broke. I've since uninstalled the sound card and tried booting without the GPU, and plugging my monitor directly into the mother board. I've also tried booting a windows CD with and without the gpu, still no signal.

    What could I try to diagnose the issue? I don't have access to another PC to test individual parts on, just this one. Only other computer in the household is the Mac which I'm submitting this on.
    I would expect the GPU or motherboard to be the broken parts as the GPU was the only part near the sound card.

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

    If other parts are important, let me know.


    Did you bump or move a gpu power cable? Also can you try to move the cards to other spots?


    If I had bumped the power cables for my GPU they'd have been properly reconnected after I tried booting without it. The board also only has one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot
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