|Wow. Thanks for the fast reply! |
I have tried using a brand new 400W PSU. According to the BIOS, (last time I got the chance to look at them, due to the system constantly rebooting) Every rail had sufficient power. The only rail that seemed lacking was the 12v rail, which at the time had 11.33 v according to the BIOS. Every other rail was above its labeled rating, such as 5V at 5.33V etc.
I am going to find and post the PSU that I had bought from bestbuy to check the specs and see if that PSU had a 30 AMP 12V rail.
SIDENOTE: I might I add that when I am able to actually use the BIOS and check out the Hardware Monitoring tab, the 12V rail seems to jump from 11.33 - 11.75 randomly.. Could possibly be the problem?
Yes. I thoroughly cleaned the CPU (which is a Intel Core Duo) and heatsink with alcohol to remove the past thermal paste. I then followed the instructions exactly on artic silvers website for intel core duo processors.
There is no sign of the CPU fan failing at all.
REMOVED ALL PERIPHERAL COMPONENTS. Only thing left in the system is 1 stick of RAM. No PCI devices, SATA HDs, or CD/DVD Drives. Nothing extra....
The current processor temp for the CPU is 40-41 C.
(Just rebooted on me again while logged into the BIOS!)
And now she just keeps looping...
SIDE NOTE: I did notice that the mobo is held down with multiple metallic like screws like you said! The mobo seems to be sitting on top of an additional piece of aluminum of some sort that is being used by the screws. I really hope this is the damn problem. Ive never had to deal with ESD.
STUPID QUESTION: How does one ground a mobo? Or discharge a mobo?
Can you recommend any mobo benchmarking software?
I guess once I am done disassembling this POS and benchmarking gets me no where, I will go ahead and check the capacitors like you said for leakage.
Once again thanks for the tips guys!