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July 30th, 2012

Just When I thought it was safe to reboot BT... @ 03:46 pm

My work machine just suddenly stopped working. I tried to turn it on last night to do some stuff on Vanguard and it simply wouldn't boot. The lights come on, the fans are all working, the lights on the ram sticks were on, but no beep and no boot. Sources say this might be the motherboard.

Oh great internet, what say you?

I just don't want to lose the info I had on my HDD, but I'm really thinking about just building a new machine, especially if it's the motherboard.

Next weekend happens to be Tax Free Weekend for NC, it means I can buy certain computer equipment with no sales tax. So the timing is good at least.
 
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From:shockwave77598
Date:July 30th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Power supply switch on back of computer is off
plug in supply is out
plug in wall is out
circuit breaker/switch on outlet strip is off
cord is busted (I've seen this, it happens)
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From:makovette
Date:July 31st, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
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But Shock, note: "The lights come on, the fans are all working, the lights on the ram sticks were on."

Remove all the cards from the PC and see if it powers up (you should get a beep of some sort). It powers up, one of the cards is the likely culprit. Plug them in one at a time until it bombs.

If it still fails to beep after removing the cards, shut it off and then remove all the memory sticks and see if you get any beeps at all. IF you do, one of the memory sticks has failed.

I think I remember that you have an nVidia SLi dual video card setup. Those are power hungry and can be hard on the power supplies. Swapping out the power supply is the only way someone without knowing how to use a meter can troubleshoot this problem.

If it's still dead at this point, yeah, Mobo or CPU is the likely culprit.


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From:jakkal
Date:July 31st, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
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I literally just got it fixed! The bios needed a reset. I happened to notice that the Mobo has a LCD post thingie on it, and it was stuck on "Locked" when I tried to boot the machine. That lead us to a button on the back of the mobo that lets you reset it.

At least it was easy.
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From:makovette
Date:July 31st, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
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Oh that's happy news and you have an eagle eye!

I forgot: The little coin sized motherboard batteries can cause this behavior as well. They are about done after 2 or 3 years which is about how old your system is iirc.

Mako

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