PC starts but doesnt boot

May 5, 2009 at 10:36:48
Specs: Windows XP Home
My PC case was beat up and I decided it's
time for a new case so I bought the
CoolerMaster 932 HAF, I've put all the
hardware in the new case and now I cant boot
up. I've had this problem before with the old
case but taking out the BIOS battery usually
fixed this issue.

The strange thing is that I dont get the BEEP
before booting up, I've ditched the new speaker
and took out the old one from the old case,
plugged it in and still nothing... Not even when
I have taken out RAM or GPU, which usually
returned 2 beeps within a short span of time
but it's not happening now. I've checked and
rechecked the cables at least 5 time's, even
tried putting all the hardware back in the old
case with no results.... cleaning RAM and
GPU connectors didn't do anything either.

The first thing that could have been the issue
is a weak PSU (old PSU from my first Dell PC
I bought, 4-5 years old) since the new case
has more and bigger fans than the old one did,
so I ordered a new more powerful PSU but it
was DOA so I RMA'd it and it just got
approved, the new one should be here this
week. So I tried running a basic setup that
was running in the old case, didnt plug in the
new fans and tried running it, still the same...

Any idea's on what is toasted? Im guessing its
the MOBO but im not sure that's why im
asking, any input will be apricated.

Best Regards Ka C.

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May 5, 2009 at 11:06:27
After reading the 'POST troubleshooting steps' I've concluded
that I've done all of them except 'Disconnect and reconnect
the CPU' and 'Power cycle the computer', I'm going to try to
reconnect the hardware and power cycle the computer right
now. I don't feel like removing the CPU will do any good as I don't think it's the fault and I have no thermal compound at
home. I have a feeling that my MOBO is toasted :(

Best Regards Ka C.

//edit: Tried power cycling and it didn't work... Any suggestion's before i order new mobo?

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May 5, 2009 at 20:04:14
Disconnect all the drives and pull all the cards, including the RAM and video card (if there is one). If you still don't get any beeps, you have narrowed it down to the motherboard or power supply.

Are you sure that all the motherboard standoffs are in the right place (where there are holes)?

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May 6, 2009 at 07:24:55
Just checked the standoffs and i had a few that didn't match
up with the holes on mobo, gonna take out the extra ones and
will let you know when i'm done, thanks for input aegis1!

//edit: Well I've took the extra ones out of the new case but that didnt change anything... still no boot...

Just for sakes, I've put the mobo in the old case and it started right away, first try.

How weird is that? You think the reason for that might be too many mobo standoffs?

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May 6, 2009 at 11:11:27
Too many standoffs should not cause a problem.

Did you check very closely to make sure that there isn't a standoff where there isn't a hole in the motherboard?

The only other thing I can think of is the poer supply in the new box.

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May 6, 2009 at 11:39:20
It shouldn't but it looks like it was...

I've got all the hardware back in the old beat up case and
everything is working like it was before the case switch,
the only reason I see for this are the incorrectly placed
standoff's in the new case since I tried running the old setup
without the fans from new case (3 x 230mm + 1 x 140mm)
and it didn't even POST, but as soon as I returned the setup
to its original setup (aka old case) it was working...

That kinda sucked for a few days but it finally pushed me over
the line and I've bought parts for a new rig, so Im going to
leave the olddie as it is only gonna take out the DVD and 2
out of 3 hdd's and install ubuntu or gOS until I get my hands
on a another win XP.

Old rig:
Intel Pentium 4 Prescot HT, 3000 MHz (15 x 200) Intel
Springdale i865PE
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G v4
2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM) (G.SKiLL)
ATI Radeon 9600SE (RV350) 128mb
WDC WD1001FALS-00J7B1 (931 GB, IDE)
MAXTOR STM3320620A (320 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-
Maxtor 6Y160M0 (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black
Aluminum Bezel
and a loudest CPU cooler ever, by coolermaster.

New rig:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W
Dual-Core BX80571E7400
ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 LGA 775 VIA PT880
2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM) (G.SKiLL)
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
BFG Tech GS-550 550W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.8 SLI
Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
SAPPHIRE 100228L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel
ATX Full Tower

Got the PSU GPU and case here and cant wait till I get the
reaming stuff monday since UPS doesnt deliver on weekends...

Anyway thanks for the input aegis1, I'll make sure the
standoff's are as they're suppose to be when I'll be building
the new rig, will post the results as soon as im done.

Again thank you aegis1!

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May 6, 2009 at 18:47:55
"Too many standoffs should not cause a problem."

That was a pretty stupid statement and not what I really meant to say. If there are too many, that means that there must be some where there isn't a hole in the motherboard. That's sure gonna cause a problem, because something on the motherboard is gonna get shorted. :-)

Anyway, good luck KamCH!

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