Motherboard has a weird problem

Gigabyte / Ga-p35-ds3l
January 25, 2009 at 09:17:37
Specs: Windows XP, Intel E7300 / 4 x corsair 2GB
For a quick reference point for convenience, this is my motherboard.

The problem I am having with it is it will not start, the LED's on it won't display, etc. I have checked the power supply and that works fine.

Here is the weird part about it though: When I was testing connections I pushed on down on part of my motherboard when plugging them in, strangely all my LED's on my motherboard and all my fans started worked the way they should, but it only happens when I put pressure on a weird spot on the motherboard ( its on the side, no screws really in the area ) so I was curious what your input was on that phenomenon. This is really my first time trying to construct a computer, so just a pre-sorry for asking something that may sound in the realm of noob-ish.

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January 25, 2009 at 09:24:45
you may be dealing with a loose soldering point or an interrupted circuit. BUT you should first try removing the power connector, and with a good flashlight check all the pins inside the board's power connector. maybe on of the pins is bent or curled. then try a second psu. if all that fails, plug it in, turn the psu on, and grab the mobo with antistatic material from the sides then slowly flex it and watch your keyboard LEDs. as you flex the board, you will see the keyboard flash its LEDs when you're in the right position. that can help locate the loose solder or circuit strip. just a shot in the dark really, i'm no professional but I've had it happen to a mobo with a bad power connector. if the LEDs on your keyboard light up when you press around the power connector, definitely check out the pins inside and try another psu. some psu's can be tighter than others even though that issue should not exist. some are slightly larger and go in harder. and viceversa. good luck

I always say it's best to doublecheck.

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January 25, 2009 at 09:50:44
Did you benchtest the board before installing it in the case?

You should ALWAYS test a board to confirm it's good BEFORE you put it in the case, then once it's installed, you should test it again before connecting up any drives or installing any cards. Once you confirm it works inside the case, THEN you can start adding the rest of the hardware.

I suggest you gut the case & start from scratch.

Also, post your PSU specs.

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January 25, 2009 at 12:23:32
Will do, thanks for the advice, and as towards my PSU spec's here is a link to them. The power supply works fortunately, I have tested the power supply already and know it works ( and I have tested with 2 other alternative power supplies of equal or greater watts to confirm this ).

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