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No beep, no POST, no bios, no display; is my CPU or motherboard dead?

In my stock HP i3 motherboard, I cannot get it to boot. Everything is powered up fine; the fans spin, the DVD drive works and the Hard Drive works. There are no beeps. I've tried everything from resetting CMOS to using a different PSU but it's the same result.

It could be a CPU problem. However, when I removed the heatsink from the CPU, it was tightly fitted.

Before I go out and buy a new mobo, I want to know, does this seem like a dead mobo or a dead CPU?
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  1. It does have the syptoms of a dead motherboard, yes. And motherboards go alot more than processors do. Are you sure its not just your video cable? Do you have an external card? Or are you using onboard.
  2. Nitro192 said:
    It does have the syptoms of a dead motherboard, yes. And motherboards go alot more than processors do. Are you sure its not just your video cable? Do you have an external card? Or are you using onboard.

    Onboard. The main problem may just be that the BIOS is dead.

    So the BIOS not working means that it is indeed a motherboard problem right?

    If so, I'll just try to buy a new mobo.
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    Yeah its most likely the chipset which is in fact built directly into the motherboard. Replace the board and it'll fix it. I had a board go on me and thats basically exactly what happened to me.

    Just careful switching the CPU over, the pins on the back are extremely fragile and bend very easily.
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