Possible motherboard issue

January 12, 2011 at 13:13:18
Specs: Windows 7, C2D E4500/ Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800 2GB
Hey Guys,

I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L LGA775 motherboard in my desktop. My apartment has frequent power outages and this last one proved to be costly. My computer wouldn't turn on anymore.

I tried unplugging the PSU, clearing the CMOS, reseating the memory, checking the cables, etc with no luck.

Is there an LED indicator on this motherboard to let you know that it's getting any power? I never noticed when it was working and can't seem to find one.

I ended up RMAing my PSU (because it was only a month old) and was just sent a new one.

My question is: Is it safe to plug in this power supply to see if the motherboard is the problem? I don't know if it could short out the PSU or something.

I just want to try and find the cause of the problem. I am thinking that the power surge killed both the PSU and the motherboard but I just want to be sure.

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January 12, 2011 at 13:48:55
It's safe. Just install it and see if it powers up. If it doesn't, the mobo may have been damaged too.

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January 12, 2011 at 14:25:20
Thanks for the quick reply, grasshopper. I'm gonna try it tonight and hope it will power up, but if not then it's probably the motherboard.

Hopefully the CPU and memory are still OK.

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January 12, 2011 at 14:28:54
It's most likely the psu. I have a lot of outages where I live too and it's cost me more than one psu already. Good luck.

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