I recently took apart my new built computer and unfortunatly whilst messing around lost a standoff, now my computer wont boot and i just wanted to ask if i can just use a normal screw in place or does it have to be the usual stand off screw?
Usually there are 8 or 10 or 12 total standoffs, IOW quite a few. Missing one or several normally won't make much difference. In an extreme case your motherboard could be bending due to the weight of the cpu cooler. You have to make sure that isn't happening, and make sure the back of the motherboard isn't touching anything inside of the case that it shouldn't be touching, like the missing standoff.
If you need standoffs, any normal computer store should be able to give you a few. Or you might move around the ones you have. Some places on the motherboard are just sitting there without any load on them and don't really require connection to the case.
i think that might be whats happening as i recently cut a few holes in the case to ease cable managemnt but whilst doing it some of the case bent. ill rearangge the screws and post back if it boots or not
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