Help! PC dead!

Self built / Asus k8n mobo
April 18, 2009 at 11:30:52
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2.4Ghz 2.00GB
One day last week I shut down my PC as normal in the afternoon. In the evening, when I went to start it up again, it was dead.

The fans spin, the CD and DVD lights come on (and I can open and close the drawer) and there are power LED's showing on the motherboard. However, the monitor shows "no signal" and goes back into standby mode and there are no beeps from the motherboard.

On reading through previous posts I have checked all connections to the hard drives, CD/DVD drives, tried a different hard drive, removed and reseated the RAM, changed keyboards and checked all connections to the back of the tower, reset the CMOS and bought and fitted a new power supply. All to no avail and now I am stumped.

I suppose it could be a dead CPU but am reluctant to buy something I can't afford "just in case".

I'd be grateful if anyone could suggest anything else I may have overlooked?

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April 18, 2009 at 13:22:15
Try removing the ram and see if you get beeps when you turn it on. If you do, put it back in and disconnect the monitor and try again.

Looking for beeps.....if no beeps then it is the cpu or the board.

Computers work on error codes so to test it you need to create a known error.

Not saying you missed something , but I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have forgotten to plug in the 4 pin on a p4.......LOL

If you have any recyclers (computers) in your area you can pick up a new board for just a few (under 10.00) bucks.

At the place where I do volunteer work we have never charged anyone for a computer matter what it is.

Bet you have a few refurbishers in your area as well.

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April 18, 2009 at 13:28:55
The power supply is what dies most often. Don't be misled by the fact that you see 'some' signs of power. It could be the motherboard or something else, but it's usually best to try swapping out the power supply first.

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