Is my motherboard bad?

January 11, 2006 at 13:37:30
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition V, 192MB

I Put together a new system. After putting it together, the fans run and the lights are on but it doesn't do anything else. Does anyone know what could be wrong?

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January 11, 2006 at 13:59:13

it could be a lot of different things, but you're not gonna get an answer if you don't provide any info.

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January 11, 2006 at 14:29:41

What info do you need? I try and tell you.

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January 11, 2006 at 14:33:18

Is it a prebuilt or did you build it from scratch? If you built it, why did you put, "System Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard"?

How about listing your complete system specs? motherboard, CPU, RAM, video card, power supply, etc...make/model for each

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January 11, 2006 at 16:08:55

When I had a previous problem, it was with my HP PC. I am now working on a system I am puting together myself. It has a biostar P4M80-M4 mobo with an Intel celron 340 processor. It has 256MB ram. 250W power supply. If there is any more info you need please let me know.

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January 11, 2006 at 17:14:10

You didn't fully answer my questions, but this would be the 1st thing I'd look into:

"250W power supply"

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January 11, 2006 at 17:35:36

I tried the mobo with everything in it on a pc with 350w power supply, same results as 250w power supply. video is built into mobo.
What other info do you need?

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January 12, 2006 at 04:32:21

If you have a video card trying putting that in. Does the harddrive spin when you turn it on?


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January 12, 2006 at 05:55:00

at this time I'm just trying to get to post and maybe the bios screen. It seems I can't even get that far. Just fans and lights, thats all I get.

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January 12, 2006 at 07:10:14

Try reseating the ram and/or using only one stick.

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January 12, 2006 at 07:43:16

I only have one stick of ram (256MB), and I have reseated it many times.

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January 12, 2006 at 10:41:14

Are you sure your front panel switches (on/off)are connected to the right headers on your motherboard? With the correct polarity. Consult your MB owners manuel.

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January 12, 2006 at 14:29:47

I'm not sure of anything. All I know is that nothing happens. I'm about to throw the thing in the trash.

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January 12, 2006 at 18:53:02

hey man u got to be patient .if u r not sure of anything than try out few steps that can help you.but before this you need to tell me that r u sure of all the fixtures you have made on your mobo??

if not than first use a good psu(350w)than seat your ram in the slot next to the processor.properly fix the connections and than try starting your machine(withou any expansion cards).

reply if it works

good luck

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January 13, 2006 at 10:52:29

There is a post below yours "New system wont boot-like dead". Read that!

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January 20, 2006 at 08:12:20

It's good to know a few things:

"Bad" motherboards are rare, unless they went bad from mis handling, electrical shorts (in the case) or electrostatic discharge.

Is it possible that you bent a pin(s) on the CPU? Are you SURE that the CPU cooler is installed correctly?

(Modern CPU's, with their very small surface, take just seconds to overhead with no sink properly installed.)

Are you SURE you have the proper kind of RAM, and that it is good? Do you have another computer that you can "try" the RAM in?

Carefully check the "manual" to be sure there are no CPU/RAM voltage or speed jumpers to set.

I would DEFINATELY try "resetting" the bios. Refer to the manual, there may be a jumper. If not, what ALWAYS works, is to remove the "coin" battery for a period of time, to be sure, wait 15 min or so. Do this with power OFF.

Also, hook this up as follows:

On a SAFE TABLE, NOT in the case, hook up ONLY

The power supply, motherboard


and the keyboard.

THAT'S IT, nothing else.

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January 27, 2006 at 12:51:55

I ended up returning the cpu and exchanging it for another one. I did get it to work briefly before the exchange, but I think I burned up the cpu. Therefore the exchange. I'll try to keep you updated as to what happens when I get the replacement cpu.

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February 6, 2006 at 13:55:49

I got a new cpu and put the system together and now it's up and running.

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