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Hey everyone!

So I was just minding my own business, playing some Warcraft and listening to music when all of a sudden my rig shut down unprompted. I was stunned and waited a few seconds, and my machine rebooted. However, after rebooting, I cannot get any video from my GPU, and none of my USB ports are working. The fans and hard drives are spinning, though. My ASUS mobo has the two LED digits on board for a debug code, but nothing shows up. The "Start" and "Reset" buttons on the mobo still glow, so I'm not sure if it's a motherboard issue? Anyway, I'm unable to even see a BIOS screen, and even if I could I couldn't maneuver through it.

If anyone has even the tiniest clue as to why I can't get anything working, please let me know.

Build:
ASUS Maximus-IV Gene-Z
Intel 2500k
Corsair H50 cooler
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
ASUS DX Sound Card

Thank you so much!

EDIT:

Upon further inspection, it appears that the CPU LED is lighting up on the motherboard. I'm not sure if this means the CPU died or what... I will try re-seating tomorrow.

For now, I've tried unplugging everything but GPU/RAM/CPU to no avail. I've tried the CMOS reset switch on the motherboard, no dice.

I'm not getting any sort of beeps for POST feedback, and I'm getting no indication on the built-in LED's on the board, other than the CPU LED by the PSU plug being lit up. That doesn't really tell me much though. Does that mean the whole board needs to be replaced? Just the CPU?
Edited by Radiopools - 8/1/13 at 10:53pm
post #2 of 7
From my perspective, here are the two things that ran through my mind:

1. Power supply might have bugged out causing damage to the board. Check every power chord connection from your PSU to all components.
2. Try removing the graphics card and plug the monitor to the integrated port. This is to eliminate any video card related issues.

Try doing these and see how it goes.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Appreciate the feedback Beast!

I don't have time/light to check all of the connections at the moment, but I tried plugging the monitor into the mobo directly and I got the same result. The monitor knows it's plugged into something, but it's not getting a signal so it goes to sleep.
post #4 of 7
USB ports not working might just be because Asus boards by default are set to USB partial initialization. If you have a different PSu I would try that, if not try a different GPU or with the GPU removed and using the iGPU
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Appreciate the feedback Beast!

I don't have time/light to check all of the connections at the moment, but I tried plugging the monitor into the mobo directly and I got the same result. The monitor knows it's plugged into something, but it's not getting a signal so it goes to sleep.

Did you remove the video card before you plugged the monitor to the motherboard? When a video card is plugged in the motherboard socket automatically disables. Also you can try removing the ram, cleaning the copper bit with an eraser and blow dust off the DDR3 slot and place them back in, do this with the video card as well. It's a long shot but worth a try, my best guess is the buggy power supply so if you have an extra one, try replacing your current one with that one and see how it goes.

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I'm pretty sure, although not 100%, but the CPU LED being on means it is working? receiving signal?

I've had this problem many times in the past and it's sadly been a different issue each time. From a bad PSU, to a bad GPU.

USB ports going unresponsive is indicative of a Motherboard fault. Although I am taking my experience with AMD boards into account, as I have never owned an Intel based system.

Check the back panel I/O cover for any of those little clips or pins and make sure none of them are touching any of the USB ports or otherwise. Had a build at school where he could get power to everything, but no video, turns out whoever put his back I/O cover on bent out those clips and they had gotten themselves stuck inside a USB port, shorting out, causing the system to malfunction. Soon as it was fixed, board fired right up, video and everything.
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I've tried taking out the GPU completely and using the iGPU - no dice.

I removed the back I/O panel, nothing there anymore to be shorting anything out.

In the motherboard book, it says that the QLED lights are supposed to light up when there is a problem with that section. I wish I had a second CPU and PSU to use, but I don't. Guess I'll be hitting up Microcenter for a new PSU.

And maybe this will help: my mobo has a 4-pin connection for the CPU power supply. My current PSU has an 8-pin connection and a 4-pin connection. I have been using the 8 pin connection with a 4-pin extension cable to reach the top of the motherboard. I tried taking that out and using the "natural" 4-pin cable from my PSU and plugging that back in, and it's still doing the same thing. So I'm not sure why the power supply would power the mobo, but both CPU Power cables would be dead?
Edited by Radiopools - 8/2/13 at 6:39am
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