So, I have just finished my build for a desktop, the specs are: ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 2x4gig G.Skill Sniper EVGA GTX 560 i5-2400 CPU corsair 750w pro psu
I live in an old house for starters, I did some testing of the circuits looking for faulty wiring and have been plugging into a nonfaulty outlet with a steady voltage of 118-120V. Everything is in place properly I believe, when it does turn on it displays the BIOS with no problem and begins to install windows no problem, however when the system needs to reboot, it will simply turn off rather than restart. When I try to turn it on again more often than not it will not turn back on. The motherboard is only on when the fans are running and it hasn't displayed any odd debug code. And I have done the short test on the psu, it will turn on more often than a simple boot that way, but is still not guaranteed. Tomorrow I'll be going to test some equipment hopefully since I don't have any extras available at this particular moment in time.
I was just wondering what you guys think the issue might be, personally I'm leaning towards a bad PSU, but I won't know that until I test elsewhere tomorrow! Thanks!
Sounds like it may be a hard drive problem? What sort of hard drive did you get?
7th December 2003
It could be the wiring of the front panel connectors, a pci or ram module not plugged in correctly or a screw shorting the motherboard. Also check your BIOS for any unusual power related settings.
Try resetting the CMOS in case there's something wrong in the BIOS.
I was planning on giving it the once over today and getting a second opinion with the wiring connections on the front panel, it's very possible that this may be the case, mobo does not have any screws under it (I kept extremely close count and did check underneath by listening for it), I will try resetting CMOS while I get a second opinion, also the hard drive is Western Digital 750Gb, spins at whatever the usual speed today is.
And when I say won't turn on, I mean that there is absolutely no power, even when I hit the power button on the mobo.
7th December 2003
You can also try just pressing the power button for more than 3 seconds a couple of times. I had a similar problem once which solved itself after such a treatment.
So far running it this morning has worked, note that I say SO FAR. I checked the system panel on the mobo, and I think I may have gotten the reset plug upside down, reset works now! And I was able to install windows because of it :D I need to get to a class, but I shut it all the way off so that I can install the wireless card (needed the software driver install first), and when I get working on it in about 2 hours, I'll keep you guys posted. I'm wondering if the system was just cranky to be born XD
It seems to be working beautifully! I think it may have been my id10t with the reset plug, if anything else happens I'll revive this. Thank you so much for giving me ideas for what to check!
Getting the front panel power plugs lined up wrong isn't always user error. Some MBs aren't even labeled properly for it.
Anyways, good that you got it running. Too bad so many PC games are running terribly these days, and don't even get me started on all the poor quality ported PC games this year just as far as gameplay goes.
Ok, so, I went to start up the computer this morning, and everything spinned and lighted up, except the debugging LED on the motherboard, then the computer shut itself off. I tried turning it on again, nothing. Unplugged, checked cables, let it sit for a while, tried again, nothing. I've tested the power supply with the entire system minus the motherboard and it works swimmingly. So, I believe I may have gotten a lemon motherboard and need to RMA it :(