|I've read some of the other threads that seem related to my issue, but haven't been able to figure it out yet.|
I have a very special case, though, so I thought posting in my own thread would be worthwhile, since probably a lot of things can potentially be ruled out due to the nature of my case:
About 16months ago, I built the following PC:
- GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3
- SAPPHIRE 100256HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
- Crucial CT64M225 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Also have a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green SATA Drive
- CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2
- LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model
- 2 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) [=4 total sticks] 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
- LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
I recently decided to upgrade to the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition, and also got a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (was previously using a stock heat sink w/ the X4 965)... This is where the trouble begins (I'll err on the side of more detail, in case it matters/helps).
To swap the CPUs, I unlatched the old heatsink/fan, and noticed it was sticking quite a bit (I probably was a little sloppy w/ the thermal compound on the original build)... I didn't want to yank it out, so I tried to gently tug on it and twist it a little... still didn't come off... so I applied a little more force, and unfortunately, the processor came out without being unlatched (I only mention this because there is probably a - hopefully small - probability that it has something to do w/ the issue, below)! It all looked fine upon inspection, though, so I figured no harm was done (again, I wasn't yanking the thing with full force, but the 'suction' of the thermal compound kept the heat sink attached).
Next, I installed the new CPU and new heat sink... I plugged everything back in as it was (several USB devices: I didn't want Windows to think they were new, etc- was hoping to just drop in the new CPU, and start up just like nothing had happened), and started it up. It loaded up the BIOS graphic (the one with "333" for Gigabyte), but wouldn't go beyond that... I tried hitting DEL, F9, etc (input options listed in a key at the bottom; can't remember them exactly), but at best, this would make the BIOS screen flash to black, then reload after a second, but still just stay stuck there- sometimes it did nothing at all.
After some reading (on my laptop), I learned that it was likely I needed to update my BIOS for the new X6 CPU, so I figured "no big deal, I'll just swap back the old CPU, start up windows, and go get the new BIOS so I can put the new CPU back AGAIN, and get it working." I took off the new heat sink, installed the old heat sink bracket, etc, put the old/original CPU back in, latched it closed, installed the old heat sink and plugged the CPU fan in. When I turned it on, this time it was even worse- I got absolutely NO monitor signal. The power turned on, all fans turned on, and I believe I heard the whizzing of the hard drive, and also both DVD drives would open (though, they'd immediately close themselves), but no BIOS or anything... just a steady blinking red activity light, about once per second. Also, strangely, I could not hold the power button for 3 secs to force shut down... I had to actually flip the power supply switch in the back! I've tried taking out the mobo battery and putting it back in; I've tried unplugging the power supply, hitting the power button a few times, and then plugging it back in and turning it on; I tried taking out two of my RAM sticks and switching their places, and a couple other things, and nothing has worked so far.
Any ideas what might be going on? Note that this should be the EXACT same system (since I swapped back in the old CPU) that I ran for over a year with no problems...
Thanks in advance for any help- I really appreciate you guys helping out the less-enlightened.