Hey guys, it's either been years since I've posted here or this is my first post, I can't remember. Hoping you can help with a unique problem I haven't been able to solve.
I built a computer 3.5 years ago with a friend and it has treated me amazingly over the years. I had set up a backup hard drive (which may have been USB 3.0, but was 2.0 compatible) and got frustrated with having the unit humming and flashing lights near my desk. It took up space. So I eventually took apart its enclosure and set it up with my given available cables, and then suddenly the computer flipped out. I didn't unplug any cables, I had turned off the power source before doing this, and I even unplugged the drive but the computer continued to have this problem. It worked amazingly (just as well as when we built it) right up until this moment. Now that I've given a background...
The Problem: The computer tower will start up for a few seconds. This could be from 3 seconds to maybe even a minute or two. However it always abruptly powers off before the two minute mark. I toyed around with some wire configurations, etc. and found that if I unplugged the cable that powers the CPU, the computer will "run" indefinitely (and by "run" I mean it will have power, run all the lights and fans, but the monitors will remain off). I bought a power supply and it showed up today, it's an upgrade from the previous one so I was excited. I installed everything as efficiently as possible and yet it still shows the same problem. Even if I switch the power cable to the CPU to the extra one, or load either into the other spot, it won't stay powered (however it does provide visuals). It still seems that the computer will run indefinitely if I leave the CPU cable unplugged.
My Computer Specs: (Copied from my profile)
- Operating System
- Antivirus Software
Microsoft Security Essentials
Intel Core i7-940
DDR3 6x 1gb
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 72K SATA
- Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE
M-Audio Fast Track (through USB)
- Power Supply
Raidmax Smilodon ATX-612WBP