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I have a used Asus P5KPL-CM. running the following components

E8400 core2duo
either an Nvidia 9500gt or 8800gts (512mb)
several sets of different DDR2 800mhz ram I've tried.

I have a Corsair 650w TX psu (brand new). I attach the cpu fan cable, the videocard (9500 needs no extra 6pin 12v, the 8800gts does), insert the ram in the A slot (tried it once in B...but manual says A. I've tried several brands, some of which I know for a fact are good ram sticks) Hook up the monitor to the videocard (also tried it once with the onboard VGA).
Hook up the large mobo power cable from the PSU, hook up the small 4 pin one as well.
Throw the powerswitch cable from the case onto the proper pins so I can start the board up.
Plug everything in.

With the Corsair power supply, the green power light on the mobo blinks at me in what seems to be a random number of short blinks between a single long blink. It's not the same number of fast/short blinks. System does not power on, fans to do not spin. No post. Also, does not get hot.

However, thinking the blinking light was due to bad CPU pins bent or psu DoA, I rechecked the cpu (it's fine), reset the CMOS and pulled out an Ultra Xfinity psu I had laying around that I know works.

with the Ultra Xfinity psu
Green power light on the mobo does not blink, it stays steady. Awesome!....but........in the region I pointed out on the following image, the underside (and it seeps through the board so the top is hot too) gets REALLY hot. I might be imagining it, but I THINK I smell bad smells too. (you know..the smell you DON'T want to have from electronics.....)


Can you guys think of what is malfunctioning?
Mobo shot?

Am I missing any connections? (I don't think I am, this will be my third build. My first build ran for 4 years and is still strong (for sale!!!) and my current build is problem free for 1 month so far.







Edited by S31Ender - 12/24/10 at 5:33am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core I5 760 Asus P7P55D-E LX EVGA GTX 470 FTW 4GB Corsair Vengeance 4x4gb 1600C9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 SSD 256GB Asus DRW-24B1ST Corsair H80 Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Asus VW246H Samsung SyncMaster 906BW Logitech G19 Corsair CMPSU-850TX 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Antec Twelve Hundred Logitech G9-X Steelseries QcK Logitech Z4 
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