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#1 3DPrintedWaffles

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 06:11 PM

I've been sitting on this non functioning computer for months, but now I have a purpose for it and want to get it running again. The tale of adventure and exploration follows below.

Motherboard: ASUS m5A97 LE R2.0 

CPU: AMD FX-4130 Zambezi Quad-Core 3.8 GHz AM3+ (Noticed a few bent pins, got em back pretty straight.)
(Also have a AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition for testing, currently installed)

PSU: EVGA 500W 80 Plus

RAM: 2x G.Skill 4GB DDR3 PC3-12800 
(Also have 2x G.Skill 2GB DDR 3 for testing)

1600MHz Ripjaws Graphics card: Radeon HD5750
(Also have an AX5450 1GBK3-SH for testing)

HDD: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM
(Multiple others available for testing)

So here's the deal.

This dastardly device delivers no video to the screen, and not even any beeps from the MB speaker. About 6 months ago I tried fixing this thing. I took an educated guess (had a good PSU to test with) that the motherboard was the problem and got a new one of the same model. It did not solve the problem, so I've since sold it, but I'm willing to consider that it may be likely that I made a mistake in installing it because at this point I think I've ruled out just about everything else.

Yesterday I took another crack at it and currently have it together bare-bones. MB, PSU, CPU, CPU fan, 1 stick RAM (sometimes), and a MB speaker.

With everything installed, I get no video to the screen *and* no sound from the MB speaker. 

 

I'm just about ready to give up on it except...

What's driving me **nuts** is that yesterday, for a brief moment, I got BIOS on screen, and it was glorious.

 

It was after my first try removing the MB battery and reinstalling it 20 minutes later. It was barebones + video card at the time. I shut down and added the second stick of RAM, and I haven't seen BIOS since.

 

Obviously I've tried going back to single (and 0) stick with all 4 sticks I have available. The battery trick doesn't appear to be accomplishing anything anymore.

In bare-bones mode I get fans spinning up and green MB light on but no sound from the MB speaker.

Does the flicker of life yesterday indicate that this is something reparable? Is it time to come to grips with the fact that it may be toast? If it is toast my sense of morbid curiosity wants to diagnose the cause of death. 

Thanks for reading. I appreciate any thoughts you may have on the matter.

Cheers,

3DPrintedWaffles


Edited by hamluis, 09 September 2017 - 06:21 PM.
Moved from Crashes/BSODs to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:27 PM

Maybe it's salvageable, maybe it's not.

 

Have you tried assembling the system on a non-conductive mat and testing it there?
That would be (IMO) the first step here.  That way you remove the case from the equation - and you have a lot more room to move around checking things.

 

Beyond that, I'd suggest posting over in the Internal Hardware forums for more expert advice:    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/7/internal-hardware/ 


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 06:44 PM

Maybe it's salvageable, maybe it's not.

 

Have you tried assembling the system on a non-conductive mat and testing it there?
That would be (IMO) the first step here.  That way you remove the case from the equation - and you have a lot more room to move around checking things.

 

Beyond that, I'd suggest posting over in the Internal Hardware forums for more expert advice:    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/7/internal-hardware/ 

Yes I've tried it on cardboard with minimal components but still getting the same results - fans spin but no beeps, no video (when plugged in). I've only recently put it back in the case as a hail mary attempt to luck into some kind of progress. 

 

Isn't that where this is posted?  I thought I was in Internal Hardware.  Is there anywhere else I might want to cross post to get more feedback on this?  It's been disappointingly quiet so far...

 

Thanks for reading and sending your thoughts.  I appreciate your time =)



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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:19 PM

I'm sorry, it's my mistake - this is posted in Internal Hardware.

It was originally posted in the BSOD forum - and I got notified of it there.
I didn't check when I replied to it - as a moderator had already moved it.

 

I'll continue to respond if I think of anything/see anything - but I'm not a hardware expert (and this seems like it needs one!)
Good luck!


Edited by usasma, 10 September 2017 - 07:20 PM.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:53 PM

I'm sorry, it's my mistake - this is posted in Internal Hardware.

It was originally posted in the BSOD forum - and I got notified of it there.
I didn't check when I replied to it - as a moderator had already moved it.

 

I'll continue to respond if I think of anything/see anything - but I'm not a hardware expert (and this seems like it needs one!)
Good luck!

Ahh gotcha.  Thanks for responding =) Should I repost it as a fresh post in hardware?  Maybe some notification's didn't go out because it didn't start there...

 

I'm just over here pullin my hair out.  I need some advice from some smart, knowledgable folks.  Any tips for how I can get this in front of as many eyeballs as possible?

 

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:08 PM

I don't think it would hurt to repost - might get some more traffic

As a rule the forum doesn't like double posts, but this may be an exception.

Good luck!


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:23 PM

Maybe it's salvageable, maybe it's not.

 

Have you tried assembling the system on a non-conductive mat and testing it there?
That would be (IMO) the first step here.  That way you remove the case from the equation - and you have a lot more room to move around checking things.

 

Beyond that, I'd suggest posting over in the Internal Hardware forums for more expert advice:    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/7/internal-hardware/ 

I'm gonna check with an admin and see if I can get away with reposting this.  In the mean time I made a video that might help someone catch something I've missed.  Please watch it if you can =)

 

https://youtu.be/4uozB9HCAcI



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:37 PM

I've created a video in case that may help someone spot something I may have missed.  Check it out :)

 

https://youtu.be/4uozB9HCAcI



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Posted 11 September 2017 - 08:26 PM

Me I would just pickup a matching board swap in your chip & ram, if you can't find new Ebay may turn one up for cheap.


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