I read through all the threads I could find on the board. I followed the instructions in detail on checking all the separate components but the machine just doesn't boot up.
Here are the symptoms:
- the motherboard comes on, the fans all whir, but there is no post beep. I know that it's not a speaker issue because I tried running cpu without the fan and the system beeps to warn that the cpu is overheating. Once I reseated the fan, the system just whirs.
-- I tried booting up without any memory sticks, nothing.
-- I tried booting up without the video card, same issue.
-- I looked at the way the mobo is seated and tried powering without it, same issue.
The system worked in this configuration for three years. I opened it to fix a fan and I had to remove the cpu fan to do it. When I did, the cpu came out of the mobo along with the fan (it was stuck to the cpu fan). If something cracked, how do I know if it was the cput that got damaged vs. the mobo?