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How Can I tell if this Motherboard is Dead?

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July 18, 2005 11:44:58 PM

Hi Everyone. This is my first post here. I have used Tom's Hardware a lot over the years so I am hoping someone here in the community may be able to help me.

I have a PC which has been working without any issues for about 2 years now. The motherboard is an ASUS P4T533-C running an Intel 3.0 GHZ Pentium Processor.

This morning my wife indicated to me that the computer was hung. I figured it was nothing more than a Windows issue and told her I would look into it. However, when I got to the computer it was not giving signal to the monitor and would not reboot. Meaning if you powered it down , the power would come back to it through the power supply but it will not even POST. No beep codes or anything. So I took the case off and started looking for obvious things like loose cables, etc. Found no problems, so I began to reseat the memory, test and alternative video card, try to boot from CD etc. Again no POST, I dont even get to BIOS for instance. I am afraid that the motherboard has either gone bad, although it's receiving power and the light on the board is illuminated. Or maybe the processor? I even put another hard drive in, although I figured without even getting to post that wouldn't be the issue. Sure enough that wasnt the problem either.

Before I start spending money on trial and error replacement parts does anyone have any suggestions of how I can get to root cause of the problem?

PS, no power outages, etc. The rest of the computers in the house are working fine.

Thanks in advance.


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July 19, 2005 12:47:10 AM

First thing to do is to remove all pci cards.
A dead nic, sound or modem card would give the same result.
July 19, 2005 2:03:05 AM

This almost sounds identical to my problem with the same P4T533-C motherboard, except my system would occationally boot. Once booted the system was rock sold stable. I did replace the motherboard. That appears to be my problem.

Not sure if your problem is the motherboard. You can try re-setting the CMOS by removing the battery, remove the jumper for the CMOS, put back jumper, and put back battery. (In the manual). See if this does anything. I was lucky to have another CPU to test with (GA-8IHXP using the same CPU). This eliminated the CPU as the problem. I found a ok price of my motherboard on ebay, but I am always weary with buy motherboards on ebay. Make sure you check for highly rated sellers.

Good luck,

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July 19, 2005 3:48:10 PM

Read the FAQs on the motherboard forum, and try some of that stuff.

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March 21, 2010 12:41:42 PM

hi guys i have a similar problem i have 2 mobos. one powers up but no post and the other one doesnt power up, no post or display but has an led light lit up.