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System failure I was recently watching movies/playing games on my computer when it shut off, and stayed off. i tried to turn it back on, but it will not turn on, not even fans, lights, or hdd activity, I did some troubleshooting with the PSU, and that is working fine, but I am lost, what should I do? I have online classes that need to be done, and my homework is on one of the hdd's this has been my setup for a few months now, so I know that the parts are compatible, there have been no probs before. specs: mobo- MSI K9N Neo V3 video- NVidia GeForce 8500 GT 512 mb DDR2 audio-onboard HD sound cpu- AMD Athlon 64X2 2.4 gb ram- 3 gb DDR2 248 pin psu- Thermaltake TR2 RX w/ cable management any ideas or tips are welcome, i press the button to turn on the machine, the fans move about 1/8 of a turn and then nothing

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  • Steve Chase
    Steve Chase Sep 08, 2008

    Unplugged everything from the motherboard, only on/off switch and processor hooked up, still no juice... all the capacitors are in good condition, and i dont see marks where something got too hot and blew, i have seen those before. is there something else i can check, or should i start shopping for a new motherboard? i would rather not spend any more money, things like this can get expensive...

  • Steve Chase
    Steve Chase Sep 09, 2008

    Yeah, I tried that, the other psu I tried also has the 24 +4 motherboard power cables, and I had the same results with the test run, a brief flicker of lights, and then nothing... I even looked at some physical specs online, found a video detailing the parts, and I am still stumped. if you have any other troubleshooting ideas, or know anything about this motherboard series, please let me know.


  • Steve Chase
    Steve Chase Sep 11, 2008

    Checked pretty much everything there is to check. guess i am out a motherboard... this thing worked like a dream for a good 8 months or so, and then just flatlined with no warning... bummer. well I am gonna shart shoppin around for a replacement, let me know if you think of anything that could have possibly happened or any remedies that could be done

    thankyou very much for you help,


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Do any lights come on ... on the motherboard itself... some have lights some don't.
i would suggest it is a hardware failure.... if you have onboard video remove the video card and attempt to boot.... .. unhooking devices will help you to narrow down what the issue is...
also shut off the power and unplug it.... feel the capictors on the motherboard with your fingers... do any feel rounded at the top ?


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  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 08, 2008

    replace the power supply. i do have one additional question. there is also a four pin square connector on the motherboard that requires the same four pin connection from the power supply to be plugged in.

    is that plugged in. if your power supply does not have that connector it is not the correct power supply for the motherboard you are using.


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 09, 2008

    go here for the motherboard manual as well as drivers. in particular check to see that the jumper to reset the bios is in the correct position for operation.



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