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At the end of my wits with this computer!

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Anonymous
September 3, 2005 10:08:53 PM

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I have Gigabyte DSP2 P4 mobo (GA-8KHXP) with Intel 875P chip and 3ghz
processor on CPU 478 Socket.
At this point, the only thing my computer can do is to turn on and spin all
its fans and hard drives, and light its neon lights. That's it. I don't here
any beeps, the screen remains black and there's no traditional sounds
indicating booting process. The RAM LED light is on. To turn the computer
off I would have to push the On button and hold it for about 8 seconds On
one occasion, when I waited for a bout 5 minutes while the drives and fans
span with no apparent purpose, the machine started booting all of a sudden.
The computer then worked normally (I was even able to reboot it without any
adverse consequences) till I turned it off for the night.
Next day the 'puter was completely dead. I pushed the front button couple of
times, suddenly everything span up and kept on spinning for about a minute
before completely turning itself off. After that, everything would spin up
for about 2 seconds when I pressed the button and then die off. The RAM Led
however stays ON. Again, as in the case with everything spinning, I would
have to push the ON button and hold it for 8 seconds to turn the RAM LED
off. After which, if I push the ON button again I would have the same 2
second spin.
Yesterday, suspecting that the CPU might have gotten loose somehow, I
removed the cooling sink, reinserted the CPU into the socket, put a new
thermal tape on the CPU. After installing the cooling sink and the fan, I
turned the 'puter on and it successfully booted. I installed some software
rebooted a few times and worked for a few hours. I thought my troubles were
over. Alas, next morning when I turned the computer on I got greeted with
the old "spinning" story. I turned the computer of and was about to toss it
out of the window in frustration when I suddenly decided to turn it on one
more time, which resulted in a beep and apparent attempt to boot. The screen
lit up for half second and went blank again. I was about to take the largest
wrench from my garage and do this evil computer in when I remembered that it
cost me $1600 and decided to write this message on my laptop instead.
Any ideas, folks? I would appreciate any input. Thanks a lot in advance.

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September 3, 2005 10:08:54 PM

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/Skysi/ said:

> I have Gigabyte DSP2 P4 mobo (GA-8KHXP) with Intel 875P chip and 3ghz
> processor on CPU 478 Socket.
> At this point, the only thing my computer can do is to turn on and spin all
> its fans and hard drives, and light its neon lights. That's it. I don't here
> any beeps, the screen remains black and there's no traditional sounds
> indicating booting process. The RAM LED light is on. To turn the computer
> off I would have to push the On button and hold it for about 8 seconds On
> one occasion, when I waited for a bout 5 minutes while the drives and fans
> span with no apparent purpose, the machine started booting all of a sudden.
> The computer then worked normally (I was even able to reboot it without any
> adverse consequences) till I turned it off for the night.
> Next day the 'puter was completely dead. I pushed the front button couple of
> times, suddenly everything span up and kept on spinning for about a minute
> before completely turning itself off. After that, everything would spin up
> for about 2 seconds when I pressed the button and then die off. The RAM Led
> however stays ON. Again, as in the case with everything spinning, I would
> have to push the ON button and hold it for 8 seconds to turn the RAM LED
> off. After which, if I push the ON button again I would have the same 2
> second spin.
> Yesterday, suspecting that the CPU might have gotten loose somehow, I
> removed the cooling sink, reinserted the CPU into the socket, put a new
> thermal tape on the CPU. After installing the cooling sink and the fan, I
> turned the 'puter on and it successfully booted. I installed some software
> rebooted a few times and worked for a few hours. I thought my troubles were
> over. Alas, next morning when I turned the computer on I got greeted with
> the old "spinning" story. I turned the computer of and was about to toss it
> out of the window in frustration when I suddenly decided to turn it on one
> more time, which resulted in a beep and apparent attempt to boot. The screen
> lit up for half second and went blank again. I was about to take the largest
> wrench from my garage and do this evil computer in when I remembered that it
> cost me $1600 and decided to write this message on my laptop instead.
> Any ideas, folks? I would appreciate any input.

It is not inconceivable that a portion of the power supply is dying. Test
another.

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Anonymous
September 4, 2005 4:21:38 AM

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dev, I did and you were right. It was the PS. Thanks for the advice.
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