I got home from work yesterday and my computer won't boot. No lights on the mobo or anything.
I changed out the powersupply with a working one and it still wouldn't work. I put the powersupply that was in my computer in my old computer that I gave to my sister and it works fine in it.. so I know that its NOT the PSU. I am thinking the motherboard went out or something. I just built the computer in June. The motherboard is a BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX 128M. I don't know what the warranty is on it, but I'm trying to find out.
Does this sound like a mobo issue to you guys? When I hit the power button, nothing happens. The red light that usually stays on the mobo (even when its off) doesn't light up. The fans don't start or anything.
Good thing for you. Newegg is amazing with customer support. If you decide to RMA the board, you can email newegg, and they usually will send a prepaid shipping label, so you don't have to pay for shipping either.
Ok. I got a RMA #... But they tell me to ship it "Freight Prepaid"... How do I do this?
I mean.. when I go to ship it.. and tell them "Freight Prepaid".. they aren't just going to let me ship it for free are they? Surely Biostar would have had me print off a shipping label but I guess not.. Anyone with experience here fill me in please..
Ok. Got the motherboard.. and it works.. but now, the CPU looks dead, along with the harddrive and dvd drive.. And I am not sure about the ram yet. The videocard fan started spinning, but I haven't been able to test to see if it works properly. So I am RMAing the hdd and cpu. Hopefully I can test the ram and videocard soon enough to know what I need to do there. I don't know what happened, but the whole computer took a major blow.. not sure what would cause that. Hope to have it back and running sometime in January.
Also.. the CPU does get hot.. so its getting power. The fan works (of course its plugged into the motheboard.. so doesnt really matter). But the CPu does get hot.. just no signal. No beeps or anything.
Odd.. Just checked again and now the dvd drive works.. it pops open and shut. Wasn't doing that earlier. Don't know how to take that.. but anyway.
Ok.. Now I can also hear my HDD spinning (checked in another pc and didnt work).. this is odd.
Biostar told me no beeps means cpu/mobo.. So its lookin like cpu right now.
Ok. About the dvd drive. It works.. but ONLY when its not plugged into the motherboard. I can have the IDE cable running from the dvd drive to nothing.. and it works.. but as soon as I plug the other side into the mobo, it quits working.
The hd is working.. I hear it going.
The cpu gets hot.. and works as you would think. But I have no true way to test it.
Could I have been sent another bad mobo by Biostar? Its making me want to just say forget it.. and buy a different motherboard board.. maybe a Gigabyte or something. I don't want to spend $100+ though. Ive tried getting it to post with the onboard gfx and also the Radeon 4770 gfx card. Same result.
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Put harddrive in another pc.. its spins up and stuff.. but when its hooked into the computer. The computer doesn't recognize my other Sata drive. Only the IDE drive. When I unhook the hdd (from broke pc).. the computer recognizes the original sata drive. THe crazy thing about this one is that the bios recognizes the original sata drive (never sees the one from broke pc).. but stll Windows doesn't see it.
I am just gonna go ahead and RMA the cpu and hdd. I've already got RMA #s... Just gotta pack em up and ship it off.
You either have a bad IDE cable, incorrect jumper settings, or your BIOS isn't configured right.
The fact that the DVD drive only works when the IDE cable is unplugged, suggests a bad cable. The drive can have power to open and close the tray, but without the IDE cable, it can't transfer data/won't be recognized by windows.
Since you are using SATA and IDE devices, the BIOS needs to be configured to use both.
Remove the board from the case. Place it on a piece of cardboard next to the case. Plug in the PSU, 1 stick of RAM, and power switch. Try booting with only that hardware. If you POST, add the video card. If you're still good, add the hard drive. Keep adding hardware until it stops working. Then you'll know what is causing the problem.