Blue Screen O' Death

March 3, 2009 at 15:50:52
Specs: Windows 7
I need help figuring out if my MB died.
I came home from work to find my PC on
the Blue Screen of Death.
Although this has happen before it does
not happen often.
I pushed the button to reset my machine
and it turned of.
I pushed the power button to turn it back
on.
First of all there is nothing on the screen
it is not even coming out of power save
mode so no video output.
Everything sounded fine (fans, HD,
Power, ect) except there is no beep from
the MB that i would usually hear.
Also the disk drive keeps making noises
like its trying to read a disk.
I thought my video card crashed so I tried
to replace it but that did not help.
My next thought is that my Memory might
have died?

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#1
March 3, 2009 at 15:57:52
Did you try opening the CD drive to see if you left a disk inside?

Check the monitor on a different computer or try a different monitor on that one. If no go the most likely problem is the power supply.

If you have a spare compatible PSU try swapping that first.


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#2
March 3, 2009 at 16:00:29
Remove the RAM and turn the system on. You should get a constant beep. If you do, your motherboard is ok. Now turn off/unplug and put the RAM back in. If you have more than 1 stick, cycle each stick (put one of the sticks in, plug in and turn on; if it doesn't work, unplug and take that stick out and put the other in).

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#3
March 3, 2009 at 16:06:16
Ok I have tried all of these ideas...
There is no disk in the drive.
My monitor works fine with my laptops.
I have also tried taking out the memory and switching them
around.
The scary part is that it does not make any beep when taking both
out... That is bad aye?

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#4
March 3, 2009 at 16:08:20
Ok my monitor works fine with my laptops..
There is no CD in the drive.
I tired the memory idea and there is no annoying beep...
I also heard you should try that with the video card...
There was no beep with that either.
This is not good news for my MB aye?

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#5
March 3, 2009 at 16:28:44
Did you try a spare compatible power supply as suggested in #1?

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#6
March 3, 2009 at 16:56:10
No I dont have a spare around I would have to get one...
Would it matter though if I know all the fans and drives are all receiving power?

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#7
March 3, 2009 at 16:58:47
It could. There may not be enough power to initialize all of the components.

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#8
March 3, 2009 at 17:14:11
No I dont have a spare around I would have to get one...
Would it matter though if I know all the fans and drives are all receiving power?

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#9
March 3, 2009 at 17:23:54
Read my last reply #7.

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#10
March 3, 2009 at 20:35:04
Ok yeah I will try and find a replacement power supply and try that
first.

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#11
March 4, 2009 at 13:38:24
Try unplugging everything inside except the MB. That way you know that your MB is getting enough power. Unplug the RAM and see if you get the beep then. Make sure your speaker is plugged in, also!

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#12
March 4, 2009 at 15:03:21
So today after work I picked up a power supply. Here is what I
have tried and learned:

New power supply + new video card + memory plugged in =
Nothing

Than I tried the same set up with just having each memory in slot
one at a time = nothing and no beeps

My last test I followed the directions in response 11.
I had nothing plugged into the MB and had no beeps.


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#13
March 4, 2009 at 15:13:08
Did you also disconnect all external hardware? Try booting with minimal hardware.

MBoard, power supply, CPU/HS/fan, 1 stick of RAM, video card, keyboard, monitor. Disconnect EVERYTHING else. No drives, no additional cards, no case wiring, no bracket wiring, no card readers, etc. To start the system momentarily short the two pins that normally connect to the power switch.

If no go then you may have a dead CPU of motherboard. I am assuming the RAM is good. You could try a different stick to be sure.


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#14
March 4, 2009 at 15:49:06
Before you decide that the MBoard is dead, you could try removing the HS/F for the cpu, clean off the old thermal paste, apply new thermal paste, and then reattach the HS/F.

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#15
March 4, 2009 at 19:58:53
I have tried starting with very minimal connected...
I am wondering if you could better explain

-- "To start the system momentarily short the two pins that
normally connect to the power switch"


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#16
March 5, 2009 at 04:41:16
Part of my suggestion was to disconnect all case wiring. Once you do that you can't start the system with the power button on the case as there is no connection. So, you just touch a flat blade screwdriver to the two pins that the power switch used to be connected to. That phase of my suggestions is not really necessary if the thought scares you. It is just that you want to eliminate any outside possibilities for your current problem. The front case wiring is probably not an issue if it had been working in the past. The real issue is to remove all drives and external hardware. card readers are one source of trouble that needs to be disconnected.

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#17
March 5, 2009 at 06:23:50
Ok yeah I understand now..
It is starting and doing the same thing.
My front wiring has never not worked and I have been using the power and reset button through out this whole project so I did not think it would be an issue.
Last night I also disassembled everything and looked at my HS/F and everything seemed to be connected fine I do not have any extra thermal paste but from what I could see it seemed to be doing alright.
I than put everything back together and tried tried starting it with all the scenarios again.
I also tried resetting the CMOS using the jumper. I have never done this before and I am not even sure this would help. I followed the directions in my ASUS manual but it also didnt seem to help.

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#18
March 5, 2009 at 06:33:32
So then, do you get any video at all? If so, tap del when first starting the computer. That should get you into the BIOS screens. Look for a listing called PC Health. Open that screen and watch the temperatures.

A couple of things could be happening. First, the CPU could be overheating and the computer is shutting down because of that. Or the computer may THINK it is overheating if the shutdown temperature setting is too low.

You can also monitor the voltages in that area. There are 3 different rails in the power supply that are supposed to produce 12V, 5V, and 3.3V. If those voltage reading are way off from those values then the power supply may be failing.

Of course, none of the above is of any value if you can't see anything on the screens.


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#19
March 5, 2009 at 07:12:34
Yeah I cannot see anything so that is so no of that is even possible unfortunately.

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