So I just built a new computer yesterday and everything was working fine yesterday. I was able to install Windows, updates, etc with no problems at all...all in all a very easy build but today I've run into problems.
Here are my specs:
Gigabyte GA-P45-UD3R mobo
2x2GB DDR2 800 Crucial Ballistix RAM
2x500 GB Seagate 7200.11 hard drives (SATA)
Samsung DVD burner (can't remember model--it's a PATA device though)
E7200 CPU @ 2.53ghz (stock speed)
EVGA 9800GT video card (this is it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130397
Corsair 550W PSU (VX series)
So yesterday I installed WinXP Pro and thus I had to use the SATA drivers on floppy and had an old beige floppy with all 20 some odd pins and everything was working great.
So today I hooked up my old IDE hard drives to my computer and started copying all the data off of them onto my new drives. I feel this might be the first sign of problems. I had to copy about 40GBs of data and when I got to one .MP4 video file I downloaded from iTunes off a podcast I ran into problems copying that file. Basically when it got to that one file my system would run really slow and would kind of lock up for a few seconds and then the mouse and everything seemed to work fine for a few more seconds and this would repeat over and over again. What I ended up doing is trying to shutdown Windows and when that was unsuccessful (I waited about 2 minutes and it still hadn't shut down) I decided it was probably locked up and so I pushed the power button and it turned off. I was able to successfully transfer probably 50 other .MP4 video files with no problem--just this particular file.
Before I started transferring the files I had disconnected my floppy drive from my computer. I have a black case and so I wanted a black floppy drive and so I got one from a friend this afternoon who traded me my beige one for his black one.
After the file transfers were done I turned my computer off and installed the new black floppy drive. After the floppy data cable and power were connected I turned my computer on and after a couple seconds my computer turned off automatically and I saw a little bit of smoke coming off the floppy data cable. This is a brand new cable I got with my MOBO.
So I promptly disconnected the floppy data cable from both my floppy drive and my MOBO as well as the power cable to my floppy. I found out the cable was a little bit melted.
I then tried to turn my computer back on after a couple minutes to see if it would boot up (with floppy disconnected) and it turned on for a couple seconds then turned off and then turned back on again and stayed on after that. However I got no BIOS screen, no boot screen--no video at all--it seems like nothing was happening because there was no activity on the hard drive led, etc. All that was happening was that my fans were spinning.
One other thing to note: after turning on the computer yesterday it took probably 1-2 seconds for the CPU fan to start spinning and this has been happening ever since yesterday. I'm not sure if this is normal with a stock Intel cooler but thought I'd mention it--that seems a little weird to me. Also when rebooting or turning it on it seemed to me a little bit loud--not very but then got very quite (like I could hardly hear any of the fans spinning) after maybe 5-10 seconds.
Thanks in advance for any help you all can be. I really have no idea where to even begin.
So I reset the BIOS (or I think I did). My manual told me to either put a jumper pin on the CLR_CMOS pins or touch the 2 with a metal device like a screwdriver. Since I didn't have a jumper pin handy I used a screw driver.
Before doing this I disconnected everything that wasn't necessary. I then put in my video card again and plugged the computer back in, turned it on and the fans turned on but there was a very high pitched squeal coming from the computer so I just turned it off. I didn't notice if there was anything on the screen.
I'm assuming this means my MOBO is fried and I just need to RMA it?
In a situation like this is it likely/possible anything else was taken out along with the MOBO? I'd really only like to have to RMA this thing once and only have one RMA--I'm not sure if I know anyone that has a compatible system to test all my other hardware out on.