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ASRock 970 eXtreme3 won't turn on!

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January 15, 2012 12:19:17 AM

Me and my friend bought a whole new computer (parts I mean) online, my friend knows a lot about compatible components so I asked him to help me with the build, he got me to get these parts:

ASRock 970 eXtreme3
ATI Radeon HD 6870
G.Skill 2x4GB Ripjaws
AMD x6 3.3GHz processor

Using some of the old parts from my old computer:

Antec 300 case Mid-Tower(I presume)
HDD not known
and the same Disk Drive as well

We soon got the parts and were building the computer, as soon as we finished we tested it out, one major issue, the motherboard did not turn on any components nor itself when we pressed the power switch at the front of the case, we assumed it was front panel connector related so we started making sure piece by piece that all the front panel connectors worked, we then thought maybe one of the components wasn't properly connected to the motherboard, so we checked out the CPU, then the RAM then looked at the GPU, we have never built a computer before so it was sort of new to us, we had put in small components such as RAM and GPU's but building a with a whole new motherboard was a different story. So if you have any idea how we can fix this it would be greatly appreciated if you replied.
a c 435 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 11:10:52 AM

Disconnect all the front case connectors from the motherboard. check to be sure the toggle switch on your power supply is in the "on" position; not the red switch (that's for european outlets) but the black toggle. Be sure the 12v atx power supply lead is connected. Be sure your ps lead to the video card is connected. Be sure your 12v 4 or 8 pin lead is connected next to the cpu. Then take a plain flathead screwdriver and move it around the case pin cluster until the system fires up, in case you had the leads in the wrong position.
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January 15, 2012 11:43:26 AM

Tried everything but the flat head screw driver, also I have 2 leads into my cpu power cord, the labels on the motherboard for it say: ATX12V1, this may the problem, let me check into this, if this fails I will come back and hope you have posted how to complete the circuit with the screwdriver safely.
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January 15, 2012 11:50:32 AM

Reading the manual for the PSU to see what was plugged into the slot, then seeing if that was correct with what should have been plugged in.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 11:52:30 AM

The case pin cluster is all low voltage, so moving the screwdriver around until it fires up won't hurt anything. Getting the case leads out of position is a common mistake; I've done that many times. The screwdriver trick is foolproof; at least the fans should spin when you do this.
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January 15, 2012 12:15:39 PM

Thanks, okay so just to double check were is the case pin cluster?
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January 15, 2012 12:17:47 PM

They are the case pins from the front power button, reset switch and the leads to the HDD and Power LED lights right?
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a c 435 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 12:28:48 PM

Yes.
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January 15, 2012 12:29:29 PM

o1die said:
The case pin cluster is all low voltage, so moving the screwdriver around until it fires up won't hurt anything. Getting the case leads out of position is a common mistake; I've done that many times. The screwdriver trick is foolproof; at least the fans should spin when you do this.


Really appreciate the help as well, to explain it in simple terms, the screw driver is completing the necessary circuit to successfully power the mobo on. If this is correct than I think I understand what you are trying to do, I don't really understand how the screw driver can acts as the power on button but I understand what you are trying to get me to do.
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a c 435 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 12:35:31 PM

The screwdriver will short the two pins that control your front case power switch; if everything is connected properly, including a keyboard and video lead to your monitor, you should get a post screen. Only exception is if your board needs a bios flash for a brand new issue cpu, such as the 4100 bulldozer. Otherwise, it should post, so you can set the boot order, enable smartfan, save and exit. Good luck.
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January 15, 2012 12:40:40 PM

o1die said:
The screwdriver will short the two pins that control your front case power switch; if everything is connected properly, including a keyboard and video lead to your monitor, you should get a post screen. Only exception is if your board needs a bios flash for a brand new issue cpu, such as the 4100 bulldozer. Otherwise, it should post, so you can set the boot order, enable smartfan, save and exit. Good luck.


My parents are worried I will get electrocuted is there any way to prove I wont?
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January 15, 2012 12:45:45 PM

You won't. Those pins are all 1.5v, very low voltage. Most screwdrivers are grounded with plastic or rubber on the handle. Relax. I've been building systems for twenty years. Never got shocked doing this. Gotto sign off for awhile. Catch you later.
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January 15, 2012 1:03:08 PM

o1die said:
You won't. Those pins are all 1.5v, very low voltage. Most screwdrivers are grounded with plastic or rubber on the handle. Relax. I've been building systems for twenty years. Never got shocked doing this. Gotto sign off for awhile. Catch you later.


Didn't work, must be a faulty psu or one of the plugs in not in correctly, we are bringing it to an expert tomorrow, my parents are stupid and believe that paying money is better than fixing it yourself, I agree it gets it done faster, but the learning involved in doing it yourself is what building a computer is all about.
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January 15, 2012 1:08:13 PM

We did (in order):

Plug in keyboard.
Plug in Monitor.
Unplug Front Panel Header Connectors.
Plugged the psu cord into the wall and the back of the computer.
Turned on the wall.
Turned on the pc power switch (the 0 1 switch) on the back.

Placed a phillips screwdriver on the pins near the end of the header where the Power and Reset Button connectors should go.

To no avail. Thanks for the help but my family now wants me to bring it to an expert as they believe I have done all I can.
If you can post more I will try to get it done tonight.
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January 15, 2012 11:14:39 PM

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January 15, 2012 11:18:44 PM

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