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March 19, 2011 9:21:26 PM

Hello all,

As of a week ago, my home PC refuses to boot. As in, it doesn't even POST - the fans turn on, the motherboard power indicator turns on, but nothing else. No display, no POST, no nothing.

Over the course of the last week, I have:
-Replaced the PSU with a working corsair 750TX with no change
-Replaced the graphics card with a known working card with no change
-Tested the HDD by putting it in another machine, it booted fine
-Used multiple monitors to no avail

This leaves me to believe that it is either the motherboard, CPU, or memory that is dead. In one of my past PC's that had bad memory, it at least gave me a beep code telling me that it had bad memory, so that makes me think that's not the issue.

From your vast amount of experience, Tom's hardware community, would you say that this is a problem with my motherboard or CPU? Would the PC even behave this way if it was a CPU problem? Would taking out the CMOS battery for a minute to reset the BIOS do anything?

Thanks for your time.
March 19, 2011 11:52:09 PM

Sytrus said:
Hello all,

As of a week ago, my home PC refuses to boot. As in, it doesn't even POST - the fans turn on, the motherboard power indicator turns on, but nothing else. No display, no POST, no nothing.

Over the course of the last week, I have:
-Replaced the PSU with a working corsair 750TX with no change
-Replaced the graphics card with a known working card with no change
-Tested the HDD by putting it in another machine, it booted fine
-Used multiple monitors to no avail

This leaves me to believe that it is either the motherboard, CPU, or memory that is dead. In one of my past PC's that had bad memory, it at least gave me a beep code telling me that it had bad memory, so that makes me think that's not the issue.

From your vast amount of experience, Tom's hardware community, would you say that this is a problem with my motherboard or CPU? Would the PC even behave this way if it was a CPU problem? Would taking out the CMOS battery for a minute to reset the BIOS do anything?

Thanks for your time.


We might have a similar problem. But you might what to tell us what motherboard you are using lol.
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March 20, 2011 12:19:37 AM

The model of the MOBO shouldn't matter unless it's a known problem with just this model, but it's a MSI MS-7380 with an E8500 CPU.
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March 20, 2011 12:37:51 AM

Sytrus said:
The model of the MOBO shouldn't matter unless it's a known problem with just this model, but it's a MSI MS-7380 with an E8500 CPU.


Just wanted to see if we had a similar problem
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