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Apr 22, 2008 17:03 as a reply to  @ post 5382084 |  #16

After my last crash a few months back, I just got tired of it...went to the 'dark side' and bought an iMac and haven't looked back.


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Apr 22, 2008 17:23 as a reply to  @ argyle's post |  #17

Graphics card. Had this fault many times on many systems & not all mobos beep when graphics card is out.




  
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Apr 22, 2008 23:07 |  #18

More then likely its onboard video? A bad video card wouldnt cause the machine to automatically turn on as soon as the PSU gets power.


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Apr 23, 2008 04:35 |  #19

U can open the box and clean it with vacuum cleaner.
You also try booting it once without Ram and than with Ram.
You can also try booting it without Hard Disk.
If possible you can try using Ram from some other computer.
You got to do Trail and Run to check which part is defective.
Try with a different SMPS(Power Supply) also.


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Apr 23, 2008 07:18 |  #20

b1gdaddy wrote in post #5383382 (external link)
Graphics card. Had this fault many times on many systems & not all mobos beep when graphics card is out.

sethmo wrote in post #5385367 (external link)
More then likely its onboard video? A bad video card wouldnt cause the machine to automatically turn on as soon as the PSU gets power.

Separate PCI-X Graphics card.. but I assumed that the PSU issue would be more mobo than GC

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U can open the box and clean it with vacuum cleaner.
You also try booting it once without Ram and than with Ram.
You can also try booting it without Hard Disk.
If possible you can try using Ram from some other computer.
You got to do Trail and Run to check which part is defective.
Try with a different SMPS(Power Supply) also.

Thanks. will try all those.


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Apr 23, 2008 08:23 |  #21

Take the PC outside and use an air compressor to blow everything out, especially heat sinks and fans, inside the power supply, etc. Reseat the RAM and maybe even the PCI cards. Then fire 'er up and see what happens.


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Apr 23, 2008 09:25 |  #22

That's why I got a mac. lol


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Apr 23, 2008 09:47 |  #23

Macs aren't immune to hardware failure, you know . . .


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Apr 23, 2008 09:48 |  #24

Before you rule it a motherboard issue, do as others suggested.

Take out all components except graphics card, cpu, and memory.

Plug in your keyboard and mouse and monitor.

that should be the bare essentials you need.

See if it'll boot up, if not, then remove 1 stick of memory and try again.

try moving your memory to another slot.

9/10 problems I've encountered in my 5+ years of computer building have been the result of memory being shot.

However, I did have a PSU go out once that took out my motherboard and cpu. That wasn't fun at all.

Are you familiar with bios settings? You can also try clearing the CMOS to see if that works.

The P5K is a great motherboard. You may also want to invest in a new cpu as well such as the E8400. It appears a lot of software is starting to support multicore so... it might be worth it to upgrade and the wolfdales are freakin' fast.

As for getting a mac... unless it's a powerbook, I'd never get a mac!!! :) but that's just me.


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Apr 23, 2008 09:51 |  #25

shimmishim wrote in post #5387702 (external link)
As for getting a mac... unless it's a powerbook, I'd never get a mac!!! :) but that's just me.

They have these new ones that use Intel chips... Called MacBooks now.  :p


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Apr 23, 2008 09:55 |  #26

Ah yes! That is what I meant. :)

macbook pro!!! :)

Fun little things... you can dual boot XP and OS whatever it's called for mac with the intel based macbooks. pretty sweet actually.

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Apr 23, 2008 10:25 |  #27

shimmishim wrote in post #5387738 (external link)
Ah yes! That is what I meant. :)

macbook pro!!! :)

Fun little things... you can dual boot XP and OS whatever it's called for mac with the intel based macbooks. pretty sweet actually.

Oh, I love it. I regularly run Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris on my MBP. Even XP now and again (though just to update the firmware on my network equipment). And that's all within OS X through VMWare Fusion. :)


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Apr 23, 2008 10:25 |  #28

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Get a mac. ;)

with aperture 2 :)


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Apr 23, 2008 17:20 |  #29

I am with just about everyone else, either its RAM, PSU or Mobo. Do the trial runs to see if it is powering everything up. When unplugging it please make sure to hit the power on button. This will discharge any leftover power in the caps in the PSU. Sometimes the PSU may be stuck in a cycle because of this and one of the gates is not completing.

What are your POST sounds? Do you have any beeps at all?
Remember that you can slowly rule things out if you take the time. I have had everything from bad ram, to cards wanting to be reseated cause systems to completely fail. ALso, when was the last time you reformatted and did a fresh install of XP? Normally this is a good practice once a year if not once every two years. These are just things that I do (coming from a PC technician with close to 10yrs experience).


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