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Hey guys,
I have an Intel D945GCLF2D Chipset with the atom N330 processor seen here, with this ram, and 4 Hard drives, it is running Windows Home Server Vail Preview.
I disasembled it because I wanted to transfer it to another case, and now it won't start. I should mention it is also connected to a different power supply than before. When I turn on the power supply the motherboard's activity light turns on, and when I hit the power button on the computer the light blinks, but the power supply/processor fan does not start up. I do not have the other power supply I used to test if that is the problem, but either way, would there be any way for me to recover my data (Extremely important!) from the array windows home server had created?
Thanks,
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I would disconnect every connection from the power supply, then take the 20/24 pin plug in one hand and then get a paper clip...Short between the green and any black wire, then plug the PSU back in and power it on and see if it spins up.

This will test your PSU...

Warning:
Disconnect PSU from wall before jumping the connection

Do not let the paper clip touch your metal case

Turn it back off before pulling it out

If the fans spin on the PSU, that is an indication that the PSU is good.

The best way to test is with an actual PSU tester it will test all connection and let you know if the proper voltages are coming from where they should be.

The cost about $20 for a digial LCD one. I have seen PSUs turn on and then only have 1 bad 5 or 12v connection.

In that case it would be time for a new PSU.

If you are not getting power I would also check your wiring for any shorts that may have been caused when setting up your rig in the new case.

Molex connectors are often cheaply crimped inside cases and on cheaper PSUs and one of the plugs can come loose and be sticking out just enough to short out on a component or case.

Start by removing all non essential items...
(I have found in life doing this will help NO MATTER WHAT)

Disconnect vid card if its not onboard
Remove all but one HDD
Remove all but 1 RAM heck you can even remove all ram, just to see if the Motherboard errors out
Clear the CMOS on the Motherboard
Make sure the 4 pins EPS power connector is connected. (if required)

Good luck
Edited by NitroNarcosis - 4/26/11 at 7:56am
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Its probably the power supply I had the same problem with these boards and power supplies in a rosewell case. Try another power supply.
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Originally Posted by NitroNarcosis View Post
I would disconnect every connection from the power supply, then take the 20/24 pin plug in one hand and then get a paper clip...Short between the green and any black wire, then plug the PSU back in and power it on and see if it spins up.

This will test your PSU...

Warning:
Disconnect PSU from wall before jumping the connection

Do not let the paper clip touch your metal case

Turn it back off before pulling it out

If the fans spin on the PSU, that is an indication that the PSU is good.

The best way to test is with an actual PSU tester it will test all connection and let you know if the proper voltages are coming from where they should be.

The cost about $20 for a digial LCD one. I have seen PSUs turn on and then only have 1 bad 5 or 12v connection.

In that case it would be time for a new PSU.

If you are not getting power I would also check your wiring for any shorts that may have been caused when setting up your rig in the new case.

Molex connectors are often cheaply crimped inside cases and on cheaper PSUs and one of the plugs can come loose and be sticking out just enough to short out on a component or case.

Start by removing all non essential items...
(I have found in life doing this will help NO MATTER WHAT)

Disconnect vid card if its not onboard
Remove all but one HDD
Remove all but 1 RAM heck you can even remove all ram, just to see if the Motherboard errors out
Clear the CMOS on the Motherboard
Make sure the 4 pins EPS power connector is connected. (if required)

Good luck
Update:
Did the paperclip thing, PSU turned on. Plugged in power supply to mobo with only 1 HD connected and mobo sitting on a notebook, and it turned on. Will update hopefully one more time once I reseat the mobo in the case...
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While you have the mobo on your notebook, plug in only the monitor and see what is showing up.

Doing this is keeping power consumption extremely low. If the computer boots with only these few components, the power supply wattage is probably to low. Plug everything back in when you started and see if you recreate the problem. PSUs will advertise peak wattages when their RMS wattage is considerably lower (usually 50% or more of the peak). So then the remedy is a higher wattage PSU

If the computer is not POSTing with a good power supply, it usually comes down to the CPU or mobo. Most likely there was a static shock that took out either your mobo or the highly sensitive CPU. The CPU can still get damaged from static whether you remove it from the socket or not. The traces and components in the mobo dwarf the microscopic connections inside a CPU. 1000v is sufficient to kill the CPU when humans don't feel a shock until around 2000v.

There are still other things to check:

Did you remove the CPU? Check for bent pins closely, or if you can, under a microscope.

Check all hardware power connection pins for damage or bent pins.
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Just for anyone that reads up on this thread:
I ended up reseating my motherboard and it worked fine. Must have been making contact with the metal of the case somewhere.
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