Is processor bad

February 3, 2011 at 13:59:50
Specs: Windows xp, AMD 64 3200+
I was given a computer that would not power up. The power light just blinks ever few seconds and the power supply fan don't even come on. By mistake I powered up the unit without the processor in the socket and found that the supply fan comes on the power light stays on and the cooling fans run. Out of curiosity I held the power button down for several seconds and sure enough it powered off like normal. As soon as I inserted the processor back in the unit it will not power up. Oh, and the monitor is not receiving a signal. Obviously the motherboard does some basic processing that controls the power supply. My question is, does this mean that my motherboard is ok and that the processor is bad or not necessarily?

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#1
February 3, 2011 at 20:34:05
There is a greater chance that the power supply is bad or even the motherboard than the CPU, but it is always possible. Did/can you get any history on what the problem(s) was(were), or even how the computer was used. Home or office? Was it ever modified or overclocked. Also it may be important to know the make and model number, or if it is not a major manufacturer, what all of the main components are (make and models). Knowing if it is onboard video or a separate video card will also be very helpful.
Can you borrow a power supply from another system or from a friend who may have parts or an older computer they are not currently using. If you do, this will be a big help in evaluating the problem. If you can, does this help anything?
Post back anything else you can think of or find out.

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#2
February 4, 2011 at 06:10:52
This is no great machine. It is an e-machine from Best Buy. It was bought about 4-5 years ago for use in an office. It has had light to moderate use running Q-books and some net surfing. It had not been opened up till about a year and a half ago when the hard drive crashed. The owner bought a new computer during that time so it has not been used much since the drive was replaced. It is a T6216 with a AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor. I did try another power supply with the same results. The graphics processor is an intergrated envidia Geforce 6100.

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#3
February 4, 2011 at 08:52:42
whats the motherboard make and model?

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February 4, 2011 at 11:43:48
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#5
March 1, 2011 at 10:12:15
I am still hoping for some advice or suggestions, thanks!

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#6
March 1, 2011 at 16:43:00
I am still trying to understand why the processor was removed if there was not apparent reason. If there was not prior problem and you were not planning to replace/upgrade it, you should have left the CPU and heatsink attached to the motherboard and used a compressed air can to blow out any dust. Being that the CPU was removed, there could have been a problem with a bent pin/contact (not sure what AMD is using here) during removal or reinserting. There could have been damage when you powered up the MB without the CPU in place (contact MSI for advice on this). If you did not properly remove the old thermal compound and properly apply new thermal compound, the CPU would only power up for a few moments and possibly shut down due to internal heat quickly building up.
For further investigation, try booting with the hard drive removed, if everything else is OK, then it will be able to boot to the BIOS set up.
Also try booting up without the memory installed, it will give you a beep tone or warning led flashing on your MB.

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