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IBM Aptiva E3N Motherboard Problem


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#1 calebO5

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 03:48 PM

I just found an ibm aptiva e3n that is complete but without any of the packaging or extra things. I opened it up and found that it was very dusty and disorganized. So I organized all of the components in it but when I plugged it in it didn't boot up or display anything so I went back in and decided to change a few settings on the motherboard and I did but I also had t unplug the cables for the front to unscrew the motherboard completely and when I did put everything back into it I found that it wouldn't power on at all anymore. How can I fix this and what were the default settings for all of the motherboard settings?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:08 PM

I think something may have happened when you were unscrewing the MB. If by settings you mean your BIOS settings removing the CMOS battery, if removable, and holding down the power button for 30 seconds will set the settings back to default. Remove the power cord when you do this and also ground yourself on some bare metal before removing the battery.

 

Edit: Is there a 4 digit model number on the back of the computer?


Edited by JohnC_21, 24 January 2018 - 04:29 PM.


#3 mightywiz

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:16 PM

http://aptivasupport.com/aptiva.html

 

maybe you can find some help here.



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 07:32 AM

I mean like the power button connector on the front of the case because I took out the motherboard and messed around with some stuff on it and now the power button won't work. Before it was working just fine but no display was coming out



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Posted 25 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

we still need the model number, it should be on a white sticker that you can see when you open the sliding door on the front.

 

All Aptivas come with a small tag affixed to the tower/case that identifies
both the model and serial number of the unit. Even if the PC is not running
you can get this information from this tag.
 

id_tag.gif

IBM locates this tag in different locations on different models.


Edited by mightywiz, 25 January 2018 - 02:23 PM.


#6 DavisMcCarn

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 03:09 PM

It's on page 109 of this manual; but JP3 is for the power button:

http://greyghost.mooo.com/pccbbs/aptiva/20l2222.pdf

You do realize that puppy is 20+ years old, don't you?


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#7 calebO5

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:48 PM

I think something may have happened when you were unscrewing the MB. If by settings you mean your BIOS settings removing the CMOS battery, if removable, and holding down the power button for 30 seconds will set the settings back to default. Remove the power cord when you do this and also ground yourself on some bare metal before removing the battery.

 

Edit: Is there a 4 digit model number on the back of the computer?

I did change the battery on the mb but the power button won't work at all, no lights come one and no activity comes up. Now it doesn't work how can I fix this also?



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Posted 29 January 2018 - 02:56 PM

Also I cannot figure out what caused this. I did change some switches but now I change them back it still wont work.




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