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October 5, 2011 11:12:35 AM

Hey everyone, I hope you can help me :) 

I have an old (2 year old) Alienware Area-51 i7 920, 6gb ram, gtx260 1.8gb, 2 Hdds (750+1TB), asus Mobo and Asus sound card 5.1.

Over the weekend I fell asleep in the evening with my PC just playing a TV show. In the morning, it was dead.

What I did:

Unplug and then plug, and try, nothing.
Tried removing all parts and cleaning, and trial and error with what to replace whilst checking if system worked. Nothing seemed to help.
Did the remove the battery thing on the Mobo, no help.

Strange things:
Mobo has power and reset light lit up
Case fans and lights spin for half a second and lights flash but then die.
Tried friends PSU from almost identical system (mine is 750w PSU, his was 650W), nothing happens apart from PSU fan almost starts to spin (like a jolt)
Tried my video card in my friends PC (both gtx 260) and didn't want to even recognise it.

I have a feeling either Mobo died, issue with PSU (yet why does friends not work either?) or video card died and is causing issues.

Require anything let me know, currently at work though.

Thanks!

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October 5, 2011 12:36:31 PM

levenstein said:
Hey everyone, I hope you can help me :) 

I have an old (2 year old) Alienware Area-51 i7 920, 6gb ram, gtx260 1.8gb, 2 Hdds (750+1TB), asus Mobo and Asus sound card 5.1.

Over the weekend I fell asleep in the evening with my PC just playing a TV show. In the morning, it was dead.

What I did:

Unplug and then plug, and try, nothing.
Tried removing all parts and cleaning, and trial and error with what to replace whilst checking if system worked. Nothing seemed to help.
Did the remove the battery thing on the Mobo, no help.

Strange things:
Mobo has power and reset light lit up
Case fans and lights spin for half a second and lights flash but then die.
Tried friends PSU from almost identical system (mine is 750w PSU, his was 650W), nothing happens apart from PSU fan almost starts to spin (like a jolt)
Tried my video card in my friends PC (both gtx 260) and didn't want to even recognise it.

I have a feeling either Mobo died, issue with PSU (yet why does friends not work either?) or video card died and is causing issues.

Require anything let me know, currently at work though.

Thanks!

Does his video card work in your PC? If not, I say you are looking at a dead Motherboard... :cry: 
October 5, 2011 12:41:00 PM

Don't know, didn't want to possibly fry it :p 

Going to try an older card tomorrow from a friend.
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October 5, 2011 7:02:05 PM

Any other suggestions?
October 5, 2011 7:38:23 PM

Exactly same thing happened with a 1 month old Asus P8P67 Pro mobo, I RMAed it, and after analysis they told me the mobo was dead. (Got a P8Z68 Deluxe after that)

Considering ur GTX 260 didn't even get recognized it, I think the vga is dead too.
October 5, 2011 7:45:42 PM

And what about PSU? That doesnt spin but provides certain amount of power to mobo to provide lights.

Starting to think I may as well just buy a new pc :( 
!