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No boot no video

By bpiatek ·
I am rebuilding my PC. Replaced old motherboard with new identical one. replaced video card and harddrive.

At one point I had video and was booting to a cd. Now I have nothing after formating harddrive.

Lights are on for motherboard but keyboard, mouse and monitor do not seem to be on.

Only thing I have not replace is Pwr Supply. How can I check to make sure it is supplying proper voltage. I haave already removed all non-essential pwred components.

I have a multi-meter and not afraid to use it

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Replace your PSU

by Jacky Howe In reply to No boot no video

When investing in a new motherboard I like to replace the PSU as the old one could be on it's way out and replacing the PSU could save the new motherboard from being damaged.

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Replace Pwr supply - now what

by bpiatek In reply to Replace your PSU

I replaced the pwr supply. When I first turn computer on the keyboard and mouse momemtarily turn on then they go out and nothing.

Could something not be grounded correctly? I cannot imagine what but it acts like that kind-of problem know?

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See if this will help

by Jacky Howe In reply to Replace Pwr supply - now ...

First thing to try is loosening the Screws that hold the Motherboard to the Case. They will only need a full turn. Reconnect the Power and turn it on. If it powers up shut it down and retighten the screws. They only need to be firm. Also check for loose screws under the motherboard. Check the power outlet that you are connected to by plugging in something else and turning it on.

Faulty Fans, Dust and Grime build up on the Heatsink restricting air flow. I would give the inside of the case a blowout with compressed air. When blowing air through the fans make sure that you physically stop them from spinning, as they may generate power and **** something up. Then remove the Heatsink, giving it a thorough clean and reseat the CPU applying new CPU grease. If the Fans spin freely when you give them a spin they are probably OK. If there is resistance replace them.

Clean the golden edge of each memory stick with a soft rubber, remembering not to touch the golden edge of the memory stick. Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC.

Also check Capacitors around the CPU for swelling or bulging.

Note: A damaged or insufficiently charged internal battery can corrupt CMOS or BIOS settings.

If it doesn't startup:

Carefully remove everything from the Motherboard. Remove the Motherboard and put it on an anti-static mat on a bench. Remove the Power Supply. Remove the Heatsink and give it a good clean. Remove the CPU and reseat it. Reinstall the Heatsink remembering to use CPU grease. Clean the golden edge of each memory stick with a soft rubber, remembering not to touch the golden edges. Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC between checks. Connect a hard drive. If you have access to a PCI Video Card use it.

Reinsert the 20-24 pin power connector to the Motherboard. Connect a Keyboard and Mouse. Connect the Monitor. Connect the Power to the Power Supply. You can use a flat blade Screwdriver to short the Power pins on the Motherboard if you haven't got a spare switch. Turn it on and see what happens. If it stars up add one Device at a time to test.
Also check the power outlet that you are connected to by plugging in something else and turning it on.

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Power Supply Tester

by Kingbackwards In reply to No boot no video

You can use the multimeter but you'll need to know all the pinouts.
This should do the trick: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/anchor/atx-psu-pinouts.gif

Or get a Power Supply Tester cheap one for under $10 or a decent one for ~$20. With it you can "fake" a power on, and be able to test the actual output voltage. Because some power supplies wont power on unless they have some kind of load present making it harder to get live results with a multimeter.

Here is one with a digital read out:
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=power+supply+tester&cid=1524379307725350783&sa=title#p

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