Mind sharing some signs of a incorrect assembly when you assemble a computer? For example, I once forgotten to connect the EATX12V (8 pin) and the fans start and stopped. I am sure there are more, it should make it simpler to troubleshoot/pin point errors more quickly:
- if there's a short circuit, what do I see/hear (I saw somewhere ticking sounds?). This can be caused by screws on back of motherboard? Also curious, is the MB lost after a short?
- what if the power supply is lacking?
- If I see no video output, what can be the cause?
A standoff installed in the wrong place can cause a short and prevent the system from booting.
What will be considered a standoff placed in the wrong position? If I have a spare standoff which I screwed to an unused slot does that count?
That would be a perfect example of placed in the wrong position - you should only use as many standoffs as you have mounting holes on your motherboard, extras are just that - extra. If the extra is under the motherboard somewhere, that is very bad.
Also I read abit about shorts and static: If I dont have an antistatic bag, where is the best place I can put my hardware? What are some good/bad places?
Bad places would be any conductive material (aluminum foil, mylar), cling type plastic wrap
Good places would include the original packaging, other computer hardware packaging, a shoe box or perhaps a cigar box. My preference is old computer hardware boxes (if I don't have the original packaging)