Moving components to new case

Dell Dimension 4600 desktop
March 2, 2010 at 17:27:04
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a new wooden case with hopes of transfering all of my computer's components. After hours of work, when I flipped it on the fans and hard drive powered up, but nothing happened. There was nothing on the monitor nor did it even come out of stand by.

First, I tried another monitor to make certain that wasn't it. Next, I replaced the video card and that wasn't it.

I just ordered another, identical, cpu off of ebay hoping that it will solve my problem, but in the mean time does anyone have any other suggestions?

Also, what are the symptoms of a "fried" mother board. I just had this thing running shortly before the transfer, so I guess I could have ruined anything. I did, however, just a grounding wrist strap and only handled the edges of the components. I'm just afraid I may have damaged something. Any advise on how to test different components would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


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March 2, 2010 at 18:06:53
I suspect that some standoff is touching some lan (circuit board wire) or component.

Put the board back in the old case and try it.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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March 2, 2010 at 18:17:51
Well, I pretty much dismantled the old case after I got every thing out so thats not happening. How else can I remedy this possible issue?


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March 3, 2010 at 13:07:26
You can try to power it up without a case. Set it on some plain paper. It is usually considered static safe and non-conductive. Put at least the p/s and the mb on and connect monitor and maybe keyboard. Power up with paperclip.

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March 9, 2010 at 11:18:25
Well, I tried that and still nothing. I just ordered a new CPU to see if that my be the issue, but I don't know if there is anything else to try before it gets here.

Also, from what I had gathered, if the new CPU doesn't fix my issue, it basically means it's the motherboard correct?

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