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my pc turns on for a quarter second and shuts off

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December 6, 2013 12:08:45 PM

ok so far what ive done is replace the motherboard as the old one was fried, then the new one appeared to be a dud then i got the same board as a replacement. ive tried changing the power supply to the one im using in my current pc so the power supply is good.
compontents are
radeon hd 3870
amd phenom ii x4 965
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-M5A97-R2-0-SATA-Motherboard/...

and a 600w psu. any suggestions

edit: also ive changed my cpu to my old amd phenom ii 6 something. cant remember the number and it still did the same thing

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December 6, 2013 12:12:36 PM

An immediate shutoff like that suggests a short. Is the mobo mounted on standoffs OR raised bumps, and has a standoff under it only where there is a mounting hole? Check for foreign objects (e.g. a loose screw) trapped under the board.
Disconnect all your drives and fans, and see what happens. If the system stays on, one of them may have a short in it.
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December 6, 2013 12:20:07 PM

Onus said:
An immediate shutoff like that suggests a short. Is the mobo mounted on standoffs OR raised bumps, and has a standoff under it only where there is a mounting hole? Check for foreign objects (e.g. a loose screw) trapped under the board.
Disconnect all your drives and fans, and see what happens. If the system stays on, one of them may have a short in it.


thanks ill try those, my motherboard is raised slightly on standoffs
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December 6, 2013 12:59:00 PM

I had a case, that for the life of me I couldn't find the short on it, but it was the case itself. Soon as I moved it to a cardboard box/wood board (breadboarding) everything worked right, soon as I mounted it, PFFT! Have you tried disconnecting everything, lay the Mobo on it's cardboard box, plug in the CPU, 1 stick of RAM, GPU, then run case power switch to the board. Now attach all the power leads from the PSU, and turn it on. Does it work to BIOS now? If not then Mobo/CPU/RAM/PSU/GPU is culprit. If so, then try with second stick of RAM, still work? If so then unplug the power and GPU, seat in case, plug in GPU and power and see if works. If it shorts now then the case has a fault somewhere.

If it failed during breadboard, do you get any beeps? If not lets force a beep, remove the GPU, does it beep now? If not this tells us there is probably a problem with the MOBO. Unplug the power cord from wall, wait 10 min, then remove the battery for BIOS. Wait 10 more minutes plug in battery then power cord, does it beep now (that the GPU is missing?) If not then the board is dead, the PSU is underpowering or the CPU/RAM is getting in the way and causing a short / fault the board.
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December 8, 2013 4:56:28 PM

Tom Tancredi said:
I had a case, that for the life of me I couldn't find the short on it, but it was the case itself. Soon as I moved it to a cardboard box/wood board (breadboarding) everything worked right, soon as I mounted it, PFFT! Have you tried disconnecting everything, lay the Mobo on it's cardboard box, plug in the CPU, 1 stick of RAM, GPU, then run case power switch to the board. Now attach all the power leads from the PSU, and turn it on. Does it work to BIOS now? If not then Mobo/CPU/RAM/PSU/GPU is culprit. If so, then try with second stick of RAM, still work? If so then unplug the power and GPU, seat in case, plug in GPU and power and see if works. If it shorts now then the case has a fault somewhere.

If it failed during breadboard, do you get any beeps? If not lets force a beep, remove the GPU, does it beep now? If not this tells us there is probably a problem with the MOBO. Unplug the power cord from wall, wait 10 min, then remove the battery for BIOS. Wait 10 more minutes plug in battery then power cord, does it beep now (that the GPU is missing?) If not then the board is dead, the PSU is underpowering or the CPU/RAM is getting in the way and causing a short / fault the board.


ok i did all of that and put the battery back in and plugged it into the wall and did not hear a beep with the graphics card out, but the pc turned on and the fans stayed spinning, when i plugged the graphics card back up it went back to turning on for a split second, when i unplugged it and left it in the motherboard, the fans spun again when i pressed the power button including the graphics card fan. any ideas? also should i take out my 670 thats in my other pc and try it in this motherboard?
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December 8, 2013 5:48:24 PM

What is the brand and model of the "600W" PSU?
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December 8, 2013 5:56:22 PM

Onus said:
What is the brand and model of the "600W" PSU?


its a OCZ mod x steam-pro.
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December 8, 2013 6:33:41 PM

Hmmm, that should be ok.
Disconnect everything not needed to POST, such as all hard drives. See if it posts. If it does, one of the items you disconnected may have the short.
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December 8, 2013 6:40:39 PM

Onus said:
Hmmm, that should be ok.
Disconnect everything not needed to POST, such as all hard drives. See if it posts. If it does, one of the items you disconnected may have the short.


ive taken the motherboard out of the case and layed it on the motherboards box it came it, i have the cpu and the cpu cooler and one stick of ram. the pouwer supply is hooked to the 8 pin cpu connector and the large motherboard one(idk how many) and it turns on and runs and all the fans spin. when i set the graphics card in the motherboard and plug it up to the power supply the fans do a quarter turn and stop like it gets power for a split second and stops. when i unplug the graphics card but leave it in the motherboard all fans spin again including the one on the graphics card
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December 8, 2013 6:53:52 PM

Are you certain you are plugging a PCIe power cable, and not an 8-pin CPU cable, into the graphics card? If so, it looks like the graphics card is bad; perhaps a blown VRM.
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December 8, 2013 6:57:03 PM

Onus said:
Are you certain you are plugging a PCIe power cable, and not an 8-pin CPU cable, into the graphics card? If so, it looks like the graphics card is bad; perhaps a blown VRM.


yes im using a PCIe 6 pin. would it be a good idea to take my 670 out of my pc im on now and plug it into the motherboard and see if it works?
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December 8, 2013 8:21:00 PM

That might not be a bad idea. If it works, it tells you fairly certainly the other graphics card is bad.
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December 8, 2013 11:07:34 PM

I figured it out. It was the cable i had hookijg the gpu to the power supply. Some kind of issue there but its working now thanks guys
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December 9, 2013 7:30:42 AM

Excellent. Perhaps a mislabeled EPS power cable...
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