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Whippy

Might have figured out the problem with my PC all along

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I tried plopping my CPU into this other backup MoBo that I have, still no video.  
This board also has onboard video, and I couldn't get any video from that either.  
Tried resetting the CMOS too, no video
Tried my old power supply, no video
Tried the new power supply, no video
Pulled off the CPU and checked it, smeared thermal paste around it to cover it, reseated it, no video
Tried my old Nvidia 8800 GTS, no video
Tried a newer ATI Radeon card, no video
Swapped between 4 sticks of RAM, trying one at a time, no video
I also tried swapping the RAM around in my old board too, and the video cards, no video
No lights come on with my keyboard, which means it isn't even POSTing correctly.

I really think my CPU is just crap now. It's the only thing I haven't changed between  boards. Either that or both boards are bad and/or both video cards are bad, which I find very hard to believe.  So I really am stuck on my laptop now for the moment.

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Added: 6 years ago
 
tannim
6 years ago
could you... try a different monitor?  Just for fun
Whippy
6 years ago
Already tried, I have two. Both got no signal.
FoxWolfie
6 years ago
It would be nice if each of the parts could be tried in a computer that is known to be good. At least you could verify which parts are good that way.  The most common problem is often the power supply, though I wouldn't think a new one would be bad already.  Have you tried plugging the system into a different electrical outlet, or at least verified that other things work in the outlet you were using?
Whippy
6 years ago
I tried plugging an electric razor into the same outlet to make sure I was getting power. The first time I rebuilt the PC with the newer smaller motherboard, it wouldn't turn on at all. I tried my old power supply and it turned on. Then I tried the newer power supply I just bought -_- it turned on. Since then, I figured the issue was with the CPU, as in maybe I got thermal paste where it wasn't supposed to be, although I was careful. Or maybe the CPU isn't sitting in it's socket all the way or something. I removed the CPU and reseated it, cleaning up the heatsink and putting it over the CPU again. After hooking the bare basic power cables up to the PC again and turning it on, everything worked way more consistently now. The power supplies both worked flawlessly, but the same problem : no video, no lights on my keyboard.

I do have an older computer here in my closet though. One that I built back in 2002, my first PC ever ^^. I'll try the power supplies in it and see how it runs.
anonymous27
6 years ago
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
Whippy
6 years ago
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know if you actually read this journal but all those tests and steps I did kinda make it an absolute must to turn off the power to the PC and turn it back on... ^////^
anonymous27
6 years ago
What are you talking about!? You can be installing motherboards and graphics cards and whatnot without messing up your computer even more or electrocuting yourself!
XD
Whippy
6 years ago
I know :P But you asked if I had tried turning my computer off and back on again ^///^
I listed everything I had done with the PC, and turning the computer off was pretty heavily implied hehe.
anonymous27
6 years ago
touché
Whippy
6 years ago
*shrugs* It's okay, I had a good laugh.
anonymous27
6 years ago
XD I'm thinking of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory laughing!
Ketsa
6 years ago
Pardon if you've already mentioned it in a previous journal (I might've forgotten/skipped over it), but what CPU is the old one?

Oh, and because I've made this same mistake at least twice, you have the power supply connected to the 6-pin connector on the video card?
soggymaster
6 years ago
I cannot point at the second sentence enough!  I've done this myself!

If memory serves, you're running an AMD based DDR2 system, correct?  If so, you can drop in a Phenom II 955 as a replacement (and be able to use that chip in an 800 or 900 series chipset based board later on), but make CERTAIN that your board can support it with the proper BIOS update.  If you were running the stock CPU cooler with your old chip, it would be wise to run the CPU cooler that comes with the new processor instead.
Ketsa
6 years ago
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16...   I miss my old Phenom II~ Real shame they discontinued that line.
MichaelJBear
6 years ago
*smile* just wanna ask you a question li'l bro... does a PC coming from Canada would still work with a US keyboard... ?
Whippy
6 years ago
mew? Ah, yeah it should work fine. PC's are very generic. The biggest difference coming from another country is usually the keyboard, but it's very easy to change the what kind of keyboard Windows expects inside Windows itself. It's just a software thing ^^
anonymous27
6 years ago
And you have to make sure voltages are same blah blah for each country
Whippy
6 years ago
That's true
betatest
6 years ago
what are you running for a chip? I've got extra 775's if you need

I'm such a nerd ;.;
KaitoFenikkusu
6 years ago
Okay, now this is going to sound soo weird ... but! ... powering up the mother board without the CPU ~should~ get something - okay, it would be an error from the BIOS system, but your system should boot as far as a bios error basically saying 'hey dipshit, you have no CPU in here ...'

Now, I noticed up here mentioning of moving countries, and since I have no real idea (beyond moving from England to the USofA) I know that I had to change a dip switch on my PSU because the voltage standard was different between countries ... but I have no idea if that hold's true from Canada/USA or wherever - just a thought there since too much/too little power going into the PSU would mean it simply doesn't work ... Although if the fan's spin up when you turn it on then that's obviously not it ... actually do your fans spin up in the PSU, case, graphics card etc etc etc ...  if they don't it could simply be the power switch on your case is broken ...

I'd also start wondering about cables ... because ... well ... you should get a bios screen of some kind with just a bare board ...

If you have a webcam that works with your laptop I'd be more than happy to actually look at this thing since coming up with fixes for this kinda thing is actually fun for me :)

I'll have to go back and look at your older journals to see if you posted the model # of the motherboard you're using
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