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So, let me preface this by saying I'm a computer noob.

I built a computer about a month ago using parts that I cannibalized from an old computer, and some new parts that were inexpensive. Assembly went fine and my new-ish computer was up and running. It was at this point where I believe I messed up.

I was basically experimenting with my computer, messing with the clock speed in the bios and whatnot. Unfortunately, the motherboard I bought, which was a ECS k8m800-m2, didn't have many options as far as oc-ing is concerned. This is when I had the bright idea to flash the bios, thinking that an updated version might have more options. In addition I didn't save the old bios, definitely not a smart move.

After I flashed the bios weird things would happen to my computer i.e. the usb ports would stop working, sound would be choppy, and the computer seemed to run generally slower. I didn't think too much of it, and kept using it as-is for the past month.

Last night I was bored and decided that I should try to fix the problem by flashing the bios again. I did, but my computer would not boot to windows. I went into the bios and fixed the problem (an issue of assigning the right HD to boot from.) While in the bios, I couldn't help adjusting the clock speed, so I did, from 200 to 215.

When I restarted my computer it started to hang on the loading screen. I tried hitting <del> so that I could enter the bios, but it was frozen. This is where I get really stupid. I knew that I needed to clear CMOS and undo the speed adjustment, but instead of turning the computer of using the power button on the front of the case, I flipped the switch to the PSU.

I cleared CMOS, plugged everything back in, and tried restarting the computer, but nothing happened. I checked all the connections and tried again. Again, nothing happened. I switched out the PSU thinking that I had possibly killed mine, but it still wouldn't work. I'm not sure how i killed my comp, or if i can even what's wrong with it. If any of you can help a poor drunken reprobate with this problem I'll be indebted to you.

Any suggestions?

I have a:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.2GHz Socket 754
ECS k8m800-m2 mobo
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333
Radeon 9800pro
2 x old Maxtor IDE HD's, 120GB and 200GB
An old NEC DVD drive.

If there's anything else you need to know about my system, please ask.
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post #2 of 8
Could you please provide us with your system specs?
It could be your compy is dead because of static...it's possible, however unlikely that you could have built up a static charge and ruined one of the main components. Try switching out parts and see what happens...not entirely sure what to tell you without system specs.
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post #3 of 8
Alrighty, lets see what more we can try. How about, unplug the computer, press the power button, remove the CMOS battery, and attach the BIOS clear jumper. Remove the RAM and video card. Let it sit overnight, and then reassemble and try again.
Also, please fill in your system specs under User CP.
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post #4 of 8
I think a simple CMOS clear is your best bet.
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post #5 of 8
I actually had something like this happen to me a few weeks ago. My computer mysteriously wouldn't turn on. I didn't do anything to it, no OC, no new hardware, and no BIOS adjustments, she just wouldn't turn on. I switched out the PSU and worked again. The next day, I got to turn my PC on again, same story, wouldn't turn on. So, you can imagine, I am losing it at this point. I tried everything, and finally, in a fit of rage and desperation, I started slamming the power button furiously, and then, it turned on 0.o.
So, all I can figure is I had a bad contact between my MB and the powerswitch. I was so obsessed with looking for a big problem that I didn't think to try and jump the power leads on the MB. Oh well, you live, you learn.
The motto is, try some simple things, since you just opened up and reset the CMOS, see if you might have accidently jerked on the wires leading to the momentary switch that turns your PC on. Good luck!
GibbyGano
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So, let me preface this by saying I'm a computer noob.

I built a computer about a month ago using parts that I cannibalized from an old computer, and some new parts that were inexpensive. Assembly went fine and my new-ish computer was up and running. It was at this point where I believe I messed up.

I was basically experimenting with my computer, messing with the clock speed in the bios and whatnot. Unfortunately, the motherboard I bought, which was a ECS k8m800-m2, didn't have many options as far as oc-ing is concerned. This is when I had the bright idea to flash the bios, thinking that an updated version might have more options. In addition I didn't save the old bios, definitely not a smart move.

After I flashed the bios weird things would happen to my computer i.e. the usb ports would stop working, sound would be choppy, and the computer seemed to run generally slower. I didn't think too much of it, and kept using it as-is for the past month.

Last night I was bored and decided that I should try to fix the problem by flashing the bios again. I did, but my computer would not boot to windows. I went into the bios and fixed the problem (an issue of assigning the right HD to boot from.) While in the bios, I couldn't help adjusting the clock speed, so I did, from 200 to 215.

When I restarted my computer it started to hang on the loading screen. I tried hitting <del> so that I could enter the bios, but it was frozen. This is where I get really stupid. I knew that I needed to clear CMOS and undo the speed adjustment, but instead of turning the computer of using the power button on the front of the case, I flipped the switch to the PSU.

I cleared CMOS, plugged everything back in, and tried restarting the computer, but nothing happened. I checked all the connections and tried again. Again, nothing happened. I switched out the PSU thinking that I had possibly killed mine, but it still wouldn't work. I'm not sure how i killed my comp, or if i can even what's wrong with it. If any of you can help a poor drunken reprobate with this problem I'll be indebted to you.

Any suggestions?

I have a:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.2GHz Socket 754
ECS k8m800-m2 mobo
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333
Radeon 9800pro
2 x old Maxtor IDE HD's, 120GB and 200GB
An old NEC DVD drive.

If there's anything else you need to know about my system, please ask.
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i3 530 H55-USB3 GTX 260 G.Skill Ripjaw 2x4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 750GB Samsung DVD-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 23" Acer X233Hbid 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G15 OCZ ModXStream-Pro 500w Custom Lian Li PC-71 G9 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #7 of 8
turn the PSU on. make sure the mobo and stuff is still powered off, and jump the cmos reset again. and try pressing the power button w/ it jumped, maybe. if it goes on, turn 'er back off, remove the jumper(or put it back to it's idle position) and put everything else back and it "should" boot up.
post #8 of 8
Do you have a spare PS to swap in. Only once this happened to me and the on/off switch on the PS crapped out!

Please, Do Not Dubble Post.
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