Posted 18 January 2009 - 05:09 AM
I need some advice on where to go next with this system. I have a GIGABYTE GA-M55plus-S3G motherboard with an AMD AM2 cpu which has quit booting. At the time the system died I was using the overclocking utility that came with the motherboard which runs inside windows. The utility would normally allow my 2.0 GHZ chip to run at 2.4 GHZ. Well I made the mistake of boosting it to 2.4 GHZ and then later switched to a different user account and again tried to use the utility to overclock. This time when I activated the utility it indicated the system was running at 2.8 GHZ and as soon as I thought to myself "Huh that's interesting." The system went to a blank screen and it's been dead ever since. It looks like I accidentally OC'ed to twice the acceptable range.
I tried turning it off and back on and the fans spin up and lights come on but that's it, nothing on screen and no POST beeps. I tried clearing the CMOS and again same result. At this point I am pretty sure I fried something but I am not sure what. So is there anything I am missing, any other suggestions? And if not what should I replace first? I thought it would be the CPU but I understand CPU failure is rare and I would think I would at least get a POST beep indication if it were the CPU. So now I am thinking it is likely the motherboard. Is there any way to know for sure?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.