My computer had been acting a little odd, so I repaired XP using the reinstall/repair method. Everything was fine until I plugged in a video camera today and got a BSOD. When I tried to restart, the computer refused to boot. There was an electrical smell, and the fan on the video card was spinning faster than ever, so I removed the card. Still no luck. The led for the hd is on steadily, but I can't hear the hd spin, and the fans don't start right up, need a push. Has the motherboard fried?
Additonal note: there is also no signal to the monitor, either from the card when it was in, or the motherboard direct video out. I disconnected everything but the cpu and the monitor, and still no signal. Also the chipset and cpu don't seem to be getting warm, and I can't turn off except by unplugging (tho button does work for turn on). Okay, even tho no one here seems to have an opinion, I am pretty sure that all means motherboard so I'm off to order a new one.
Here's the system:
CPU AMD|A64 X2 5000+
MB GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H
MEM 2Gx2|GSK F2-6400CL5D-4
+1 for the psu to be the candidate for your problems. Fans not spinning up obviously means no power (case fans) - have you tried swapping the connector they are attached to ? I presume they are connected to a molex ??
As for the no heat build up in the chipset and cpu - this would indicate that the PSU is not supplying enough power on the associated rail. Do you have access to a spare PSU ? this way you could test the mobo / cpu without having to actually buy anything additonal
I have a Corsair VX450W, couple of years old. The fans do spin if I give them a shove. But I can't even boot to bios, nothing happens at all. I have a backup computer, and guess I will pull the psu (which is the Antec 350 that came with the case), and try it. Ugh.