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Urgent tech support: 3 mobos, two graphics cards, two PSUs, same prb

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May 12, 2012 9:08:22 PM

This is my second ever system build and I've exhausted my know how. This is urgent because I'm building the computer for a family member while I'm visiting and I have to leave tomorrow evening.

Problem: No power when I hit the power button.

Yesterdays setup:

Biostar H61MGC mobo
Rosewill Hive 550 psu
Radeon 6870

When I plug everything in and hit power, nothing happens.

I've tried the power switch plug on every possible location for it (even though I'm almost certain I had it right the first time).

Paperclip trick powers everything up, however.

I had a spare trash mobo sitting around (it has dram problems...refuses to boot)...Asus p8p67. Plugging everything into this one and pressing power powers everything on -- until I plug both 6 pin connectors into the GPU. It's fine on the first one, but seems to "short out" when I plug the 2nd one in.

Based on that, I deduced that the problem is most likely the PSU or Mobo, with an off chance it's the GPU.

Today went to the store and purchased 3 new components:

Gigabyte H61-S2H
Corsair CS600 PSU
EVGA GTX 570

Hooked everything up outside of the case this time (well, the basics: cpu, gpu, ram). Plugged in the power switch. Plugged in the 6 pin connectors to the GPU. Used the same power supply as original (rosewill hive) since I planned to return the components I bought that I didn't need, and I thought the mobo was the most likely culprit. Pressed power, everything started up (didn't plug it into a display at this point). Turned it off, installed it in the case, installed all the other components (optical drive, hdd, the front usb, firewire, etc connectors). Screwed it into the mobo, plugged it into the monitor, hit power...nothing. Did not power up.

Tried new PSU, exact same problem.

Tried paperclip trick on both PSUs and everything starts spinning just fine.

I'm at a loss and don't know what to try next.

My *only* guess is that there is something seriously wrong with the original PSU, and when I tried to turn it on, it fried the on/off component of the mobo. But I'm wary about rushing out to return this mobo and get a new one without determining what exactly the problem is.

Any help would be appreciated.

Edit 1: The second setup will not power up outside the case anymore.
May 12, 2012 9:10:45 PM

Did you install the motherboard correctly? Using the standoffs? If you shorted the mobo against the case, it won't boot.
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May 12, 2012 9:13:14 PM

+1 to gary1, seems like the most likely problem
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May 12, 2012 9:14:35 PM

gary1 said:
Did you install the motherboard correctly? Using the standoffs? If you shorted the mobo against the case, it won't boot.


Thought of that as well, but it won't power up outside of the case the same way I had it hooked up initially (when it would start up outside the case)
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May 12, 2012 9:19:47 PM

How many sticks of memory do you have? Seems like it's been the constant throughout your trials. Also, is the 4/8 pin cpu power cable in?
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May 12, 2012 9:22:57 PM

gary1 said:
How many sticks of memory do you have? Seems like it's been the constant throughout your trials. Also, is the 4/8 pin cpu power cable in?


4 pin is in. Only one stick plugged in. Had two sticks plugged in when it powered on outside the box before.
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May 12, 2012 9:23:17 PM

Seems like:
RAM
The power switch cable is flawed, since a paperclip works fine.
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May 12, 2012 9:23:52 PM

So no boot with 1 stick, but boots with 2? Plug each of them in and try each slot.
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May 12, 2012 9:26:32 PM

gary1 said:
So no boot with 1 stick, but boots with 2? Plug each of them in and try each slot.


Sorry I was unclear. No boot with one or two now. No power at all unless I do the paperclip trick.
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May 12, 2012 9:28:31 PM

obsama1 said:
Seems like:
RAM
The power switch cable is flawed, since a paperclip works fine.


Would ram completely keep everything from powering up?
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May 12, 2012 9:29:42 PM

Definitely sounds like a power supply issue. But getting 2 bad power supplies, that is pretty rare.
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May 12, 2012 9:36:20 PM

Granted they are rosewill power supplies which is at the bottom of the food chain for quality along with diablo power supplies.
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May 12, 2012 9:37:43 PM

mightymaxio said:
Granted they are rosewill power supplies which is at the bottom of the food chain for quality along with diablo power supplies.


Second one was corsair.

gary1 said:
Definitely sounds like a power supply issue. But getting 2 bad power supplies, that is pretty rare.


It can't be just a power supply issue though can it? If the power supplies work with a paper clip, shouldn't they, at the very least, power stuff on to the paper clip level when I plug in the connector and hit power?
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May 12, 2012 9:43:19 PM

If you have to do the paper clip trick and it still doesn't turn on it sounds like the motherboards got shorted
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May 12, 2012 9:47:15 PM

mightymaxio said:
If you have to do the paper clip trick and it still doesn't turn on it sounds like the motherboards got shorted


It does turn on with the paper clip trick. It doesn't turn on any other way though.
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May 12, 2012 10:21:20 PM

Have you tried shorting the power pins on the MB to switch on? (ie don't plug in the power switch, instead short the 2 pins with a flatblade screwdriver). Could be a bad cable for the switch thats only occasionally making contact.
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May 13, 2012 12:06:05 AM

Mark_F said:
Have you tried shorting the power pins on the MB to switch on? (ie don't plug in the power switch, instead short the 2 pins with a flatblade screwdriver). Could be a bad cable for the switch thats only occasionally making contact.


Yep, no go unfortunately.
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May 13, 2012 3:36:40 AM

Solved. Major pebkac.

New problem though: gtx 570 won't give me any display. All was working fine and I stepped away to let windows load the setup files. Came back to no display.

Tried dvi instead of hdmi and no go. Machine still posts (gives me that first beep) and everything (including gpu fan) spins up. But no display. Monitor insists no input. Tried a diff monitor too. Tried reseating ram.

Keyboard, mouse, fans, LEDs etc power on just fine. Dead gpu?
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