|Started out buying an HP (a8ae-le Mobo) and, thinking I was smart, buying a discrete GPU (x1900xt 512) and 2GB Patriot DDR400 to complete the package back in Sept '06. Ran flawless if still slow for '06 due to the single core athlon xp 2400+.|
Anyways, I went away for work over the summer this year and when I came back in late Aug I started havinging intermittent problems with it not being able to post. I would gut the innards, clean everything, reassemble, and all would work.
A month or so ago I noticed that, for no apparent reason, the power in the house would randomly go off mid-morning causing my computer to run into the unable to post problem. The first time this happened I did as before; gutted, cleaned, and all was well. However, the second time it happened... well, my beloved hasn't worked for about 3 weeks now.
What happens is everything is receiving power - HDD hums, chassis fans run, cpu fans on, PSU runs, LEDs on - fans usually run hard for 1 to 2 seconds on boot up, but they keep chugging with no monitor signal and no apparent signs of it even getting to load bios.
I finally ordered a new Mobo, CPU, and RAM (M4A785TD-M - ATHLON II X4 630 - 2GB GSKILL DDR3 1333), it arrived 2 and a half hours ago and wouldn't you know it, all the same as before. Lights on Mobo, fans whirring, HDD humming.
The only other 2 components it could possibly be would be, afaik, the PSU (BFG 650w)or the HDD (Seagate Barricuda 250GB 7200 SATA 1 yr old).
HDD was fine except for a rootkit that I contracted in Sept, but I got it taken care of. PSU is 2 years old and it's run completely flawless.
I would attempt to reinstall windows, but cant even get into bios.
The 2 other computers in the house is this, my mothers laptop, and a 6 year old compaq that doesn't have SATA connectors. So attempting to test either component is a no go.
Since I know it will come up, I've taken my computer apart so many times that I have either lost or cant remember which connectors go to enable the onboard sound for warning messages. So, there are no beeps.
Any advice is appreciated, especially, if I don't have to shell out for a new PSU or HDD which I believe to be good.