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July 18, 2014 6:34:58 PM

So it's my first time building a PC and it was all pretty straight forward. I connected everything and turned it on to see if it was working. It was; the case fans, PSU fan and the front panel LEDs. Then I cleaned up all the wires using zip ties. I didn't bother testing it again so I started to put in the side panels. I had to use a lot of force for the panel to go into place yet it still bulged out a bit when I screwed it because of all the cables I zip tied on that side. Then when I tried turning it on, only the front panel LEDs turned on. The case fans and PSU fans did not run. Sometimes the front panel LED doesn't even turn out of the numerous times I attempted to turn it on. So are the cables damaged because of all the squeezing and compression or something wrong with motherboard?

I undid all the zip ties and replugged everything still the same result.

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July 18, 2014 7:09:48 PM

I suggest starting by resetting your CMOS clock, see where you get then
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July 19, 2014 12:43:10 AM

C12Friedman said:
I suggest starting by resetting your CMOS clock, see where you get then


I'm a newbie so what is the "CMOS clock"?
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July 19, 2014 12:52:17 AM

The CMOS clock is the part of BIOS that keeps the system time but by resetting it, you'll reset the BIOS also (the real goal here). Some motherboards feature a reset CMOS button in the back or on the motherboard (mostly enthusiast boards), others have a jumper you can move on the motherboard (with computer off and unplugged from wall) for a few seconds but, IMO, the easiest way (the "dirty" way) is to unplug the computer from the wall then remove the watch type battery from the motherboard (note orientation) for about 10 seconds and put it back in. Plug the computer back in, turn it on, it should prompt you to BIOS to set the system clock, that's good, it means it worked.
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July 19, 2014 6:44:30 PM

C12Friedman said:
The CMOS clock is the part of BIOS that keeps the system time but by resetting it, you'll reset the BIOS also (the real goal here). Some motherboards feature a reset CMOS button in the back or on the motherboard (mostly enthusiast boards), others have a jumper you can move on the motherboard (with computer off and unplugged from wall) for a few seconds but, IMO, the easiest way (the "dirty" way) is to unplug the computer from the wall then remove the watch type battery from the motherboard (note orientation) for about 10 seconds and put it back in. Plug the computer back in, turn it on, it should prompt you to BIOS to set the system clock, that's good, it means it worked.


Woah, I did it the easy way and it seemed to work. Thank you!!!

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