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I am having problems with my computer and I think its my motherboard. I need to test it but need a bit of information first.

If I just connected the power supply to the motherboard with no cpu/ram/gpu attached and turned it on am I right in thinking that the motherboard would make the error beeps as it can't detect the needed hardware?? Can doing this damaage a motherboard? What about just the motherboard and cpu? It should still try to boot and then beep when it can not? And most importantly if it dosnt give the error beeps does that mean it is dead?

Any help would be much appreciated.
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You can actually troubleshoot by doing that. The lack of beeps I believe is related to the bios, so if there is no cpu installed to execute the POST, I don't think it will do the beeps.
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Originally Posted by futa_demon View Post
I am having problems with my computer and I think its my motherboard. I need to test it but need a bit of information first.

If I just connected the power supply to the motherboard with no cpu/ram/gpu attached and turned it on am I right in thinking that the motherboard would make the error beeps as it can't detect the needed hardware?? Can doing this damaage a motherboard? What about just the motherboard and cpu? It should still try to boot and then beep when it can not? And most importantly if it dosnt give the error beeps does that mean it is dead?

Any help would be much appreciated.
Could you please discribe the problem in your first sentence with specific details so we can better assist you Thanks.
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My graphics card recently died so I bought a new card and a new case. I moved all the parts into the new case and set it up correctly. When I presssed the power button nothing happened. I tried a few things. The only one that produced any type of result was with the 12atx connector on the motherboard.

In the old case it was a 4pin connector. The motherboard always had the option of an 8pin but it was never used. When I changed it to 8pin and press the power button the case fans all start up. So does the gpu fan. The cpu fan start up for a moment and then stops. The computer never tries to boot. No beeps or anything.

As the only difference is the gpu and I know all the other components were working correctely I am at a loss. I tried starting without the gpu to see if it was that but it makes no difference. Nothing at all happens.

I really have no idea where to go from here. I have triple checked all the connections and checked for motherboard shorts. Any help would be much appreciated.
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You will not like this but recommend you remove motherboard and test outside case with bare minimum components connected and see if the fans stay on at least.
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You will not like this but recommend you remove motherboard and test outside case with bare minimum components connected and see if the fans stay on at least.
That was going to be my next course of action. But what exactly do you mean bare minimum? cpu/ram/gpu?
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