So, this is a rather odd story. I began having random shutdowns a few months ago. When I attempted to restart my computer, the system would attempt to start up, but it couldn't. I noticed the LED on my CPU's heatsink was not lighting up, so I disconnected and reconnected the 24 pin PSU/Mobo connector. Restart then worked but my clock had been reset to 1/1/2009.
I kept having this problem of shutdowns, and I would have to perform the reconnect maybe 10+ times before a start up worked. The frequency of shutdowns would increase and would occur at random times (idle at night, midway through a Word doc, gaming).
I decided to test the PSU and used a Corsair TX750v2. I installed the PSU, tried to restart my system, and my system booted. Oddly enough, it couldn't read from my HDD (let's call this HDD1). It showed up in my Boot menu and everything (WD500 etc etc). This was running Win7, 64bit.
I thought 'Great, I ruined my HDD1 somehow'. So, I switched to a HDD I used back in 2009 (lets call this HDD2). Boot-up worked (Win Vista, 32bit).
Weird. So I purchased a brand-new HDD (WD Caviar Black 500GB; let's call this HDD3). I attempted to boot-up from a Win 7 64 bit Profession DVD, and my system couldn't read the DVD (Error: insert a CD/DVD into drive etc etc). I tried again (boot priority 1- HDD, boot priority 2- CD/DVD). My system bypassed boot priority 1, tried 2 and failed.
So, I tried HDD2 again thinking my SATA ports were bad. HDD2 worked again.
What. the. hell..... What is my Mobo doing? I'm about to leave my home for 2-3 weeks, so I guess I'll RMA my mobo. Does anyone know what is going on or have any suggestions?
I start medical school in August, so I have to get this resolved within a month.