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Ok.

Moved my PC to another room yesertday to make space for Christmas dinner. Moved it back later in the evening and hooked it up. When I go most of it hooked up (neglecting my 360 Wireless Receiver and other unnecessary bits) I tried to switch it on.

Nothing. One of two things would happen:

1. The PC would start for a few seconds, then die. The few seconds wold be 15 seconds, maybe 5 seconds. Point being it was a random amount of time.

Or

2. PC would power up, but the HDD activity LED would get brighter and dimmer and the GPU fans would seemingly speed up, then down ever so slightly.

I had this problem before and oddly the solution was to either clear the CMOS, using my handy button at the back. PITA because I had to set up my BIOS again, but at least it worked. Or, unplug the power supply until all power in the mobo was gone then boot. Both those solutions worked.

About a month and a half ago, the problem randomly stopped. Yesterday, it came backin full force.

So, today I spent my boxing day building my PC onto a cardboard box to test an impossible, but nevertheless, shortcircuit. Nope, building onto the box did NOTHING.

So I switched off another of the PC's in the house and raped the power supply from it. I had to remove the CPU cooler and RAM from that machine first and then got to the PSU.

Took the known, was-just-working PSU to the now buggered PC on the box. Hooked it up, powered on, et viola, no more staggering power. Still no post, no beeps, no display. So, I figured it was the PSU and I promptly got onto the OCZ RMA system. Filed an RMA claim, satisfied I'd discovered the problem.

Hooked the working PSU back up into the working PC. Tried to boot. Nothing. No bost, no speaker beep (it's set to beep as it boots) nothing. No beeps, no display, SOD ALL

So, now I've got two PC's that won't work and I'm pulling my hair out
Edited by Viridian - 12/27/10 at 12:31pm
    
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Oh man that sucks. I feel your pain, I've had trouble with all four of my builds in the past. It was never the power supply though, thankfully.

If the power supply is dead because of the motherboard, then there may be a pretty bad short circuit on the board, or some clever routing of voltage to kill the PSU and the motherboard. Might be wise to try out another motherboard and known working PSU, just to eliminate both.
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Hooboy. The only example I remember that was this bad was when a 386DX40 board a person I knew had gotten - it had a dodgy slot and killed two of his mono video cards before he realized it and got it exchanged.

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There is another PC in the house that is currently working, but my girfriend may kill me if that breaks too.

I don't know if the board is dead, though. If I whip out the RAM I get a missing RAM beep code. Dealing with dead motherboards before has taught me that if it's dead, it's dead. It'll do nothing. And, when I hooked up the working PSU to my PC, it was all out on the box, no possibiltiy for a short.

Least I don't think so
    
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both motherboards are Asus, too
    
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It's entirely possible your bad mobo took your PSU with it. I would treat the dead components as write-offs at this point and start some warranty claims if you can get RMAs.
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Edited by bfe_vern - 12/26/10 at 4:18pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
So I switched off another of the PC's in the house and raped the power supply.
I dont even want to know....


Anyways, did you check the motherboard for maybe scratched tracers?
    
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Where are the tracers?
    
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Look for long thin gold lines on your motherboard. Those are "traces" (not tracers). If any of them appear scratched or broken, you might have a problem.

EDIT: Look at this picture for a close-up.
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