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Main board won't power up

I have an a7s333 main board that will not power up. The atx power supply and power switch are fine. When the atx power is first turned on, when the power switch is pressed the board poweres for a moment, there is an audiable click and it loses power. Nothing will hapen after this unless the atx powere is turned off and on again. I had a quick look and don't see any burnt or swollen capacitors but i have not checked them.

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I would start by removing all of the cards on the mobo, add 1 and reboot, rinse and repeat until you find the bad card, even the ram which I would start with myself, I have had an agp card do this to me.
Like to know where the click is coming from. When you say the power supply is fine, how can you be sure? May fail under a load. Not the only solution to be sure, but a good place to start.

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I triger power switch but dose not work mother board


Check to see if the problem is the Power On switch, or the Power Supply.
Bypass the Power On switch.

http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/GC-LE/P4DL6.cfm

[For the motherboard user manual;
Go to the heading, to the upper right in blue - Links and Resources.
{Don't believe we can use the Ampersand on here. Let's try & }

In the list below it click on - Motherboard Manual
Click on the blue - [ Download ] for the second file listed.
MNL - 0660 (English)
P4DL6 / P4DLR / P4DLR+ ]


The SuperMicro P4DL6 motherboard can use a 20-pin ATX main power cable, OR a 24-pin ATX main power cable.

Suggest you use a Power Supply, that has a 24-pin ATX main power cable.
Why?
A 20-pin ATX main power cable, does NOT provide enough power to the motherboard.

General example of a 20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

[NOTE*
Color of the connectors does NOT matter ]

General example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Note the additional power wires.
3.3 Volts (Orange), 5 Volts (Red) { 2 of them }, and a Ground wire. (Black)

Which type of ATX main power cable are you using? Don't know. You haven't stated it.

For both,....look at the Green wire. This is the Soft Power On wire.
(Abbreviated as PS_ON)
A jumper wire is used to jump from the Green wire, to ANY Black wire.
ALL Black wires are Ground wires.

Go to the link with the 24-pin ATX main power cable, in it.
Look at the photo to the far right. See the Green wire?
See all the Black wires?

The preferred jumper wire is a paper clip, straightened out, then bent into a U-shape. The middle of the U is wrapped a few times, with black plastic electrical tape. This taped area is for your fingers, and thumb to hold onto.

Turn the U over. Taped middle is up. There are now two 'legs'.
These legs go down into the socket holes, of the Green wire, and ANY Black wire.

One 'leg' down into the socket hole of the Green wire, the other 'leg' down into a socket hole with ANY Black wire.
The 'leg' of the jumper wire, goes down RIGHT NEXT TO the wire already in the socket hole.

The 'leg' has to go down into the socket hole, (Next to the wire already in the socket hole), pretty far.
It has to go past the insulation of the wire, and touch a metal terminal, that is on the end of the wire.

Look at the middle photo. Here you can see the metal terminals, in the socket holes.

Again, Power Supply plugged into power. ATX main power cable plugged into the motherboard, just like the photo to the far right.
The jumper wire makes a contact of no more than 2 seconds.

(Stick the jumper wire down in the socket holes, no more than 2 seconds, then pull it out.
The ATX power on switch is a Momentary Contact Switch )

Power supply comes on? You have a bad Power On switch,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

Power supply does NOT come on? You have a bad Power Supply.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 01, 2012 | SuperMicro SUPER DL6 (P4DL6) Motherboard

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My computer will not turn on and i was told something is wrong with the motherboard. How do i fix this?


Your computer, Dell Dimension E521 Desktop PC, will not turn on, and someone told you the problem is the motherboard?

Unless you stated to this entity, that you spotted leaking Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard, how can they assume this?

I believe you should check whether the problem is the Power On switch, or the Power Supply.

1) The Power On switch is located inside the plastic Power On button. It is an ATX power on switch. (The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch )

This is an example of an ATX power on switch, that I have found fits many desktop computers,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

The test to perform bypasses the Power On switch. It does NOT involve the Power On switch itself, however.

Bypassing the Power On switch turns the computer (Power Supply) on?
Problem is the Power On switch.

Bypassing the Power On switch does NOT turn the computer (Power Supply) on?
The problem is the Power Supply.

A) Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
I would then lay the computer on it's side, on a towel, on the table, computer case opening UP.
Watch the cables attached to the computer.

This is so you can access the components inside of the computer more easily. This will become apparent in a moment.
Now follow Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside the computer.

(Have to restate) Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, (For ANY reason), be SURE to touch the metal frame again upon your return.

Now you are safe, and the computer is safe. Let's begin;

Inside your computer there is a power cable coming from the Power Supply, that plugs into the motherboard. This power cable I'm referring to is the 24-pin ATX main power cable.

This is an example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Female connector on motherboard shown in the Left photo.
Power cable connector shown in the middle photo.

The photo to the right shows the ATX main power cable plugged into the motherboard.
This is how it needs to be for the test. It also shows the color of the various wires going into it.
We only need to be concerned with Two wires.

The Green wire, and ANY Black wire.

The Green wire is the Soft Power On wire. It is also abbreviated as PS_ON.
ANY Black wire you see is a Ground wire.

A jumper wire is used to BRIEFLY connect the Green wire, to ANY Black wire.
(Again, the Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch)

The jumper wire preferred to use is a paper clip. The paper clip is straightened out, then bent into a U-shape.
Look at the U-shape upside down. The top/middle is wrapped a few times with black plastic electrical tape. This is for your fingers, and thumb to hold onto.

The 'legs' of the U-shape go down into the Back of the ATX main power cable's connector.
(I shortened 24-pin ATX main power cable to ATX main power cable)

Look at the photo to the right. See how the Green wire goes down into a squarish socket hole?
Look at the photo in the middle. See the metal tube shapes at the Front of the connector?
Brass looking, slightly square?

These are metal terminals. There is a metal terminal for every wire, going down into the ATX main power cable connector.

The 'leg' of the U-shape jumper wire goes down into the Back of the connector (ATX main power cable connector), RIGHT NEXT TO the existing wire that is in the socket hole.

It has to go down into the squarish socket hole far enough, to pass by the insulation of the wire, and Touch the metal terminal.

Example:
One leg of the U-shape goes down into the socket hole of the Green wire, right next to the Green wire, and touches the metal terminal.

The other leg of the U-shape goes down into a socket hole, with ANY Black wire, and touches the metal terminal pin.

The leg MUST touch the metal terminal pin.

The contact made is brief. No more than 2 seconds. (1001,..1002)

Shock warning. None.
The Soft Power On wire (Green wire) has 5 Volts DC going through it.
In comparison two D cell flashlight batteries produce 3 Volts DC.

HOWEVER, there may be a spark, as both legs of the U-shape jumper wire touch their respective metal terminals. Warning you in advance.

You are also holding onto the black plastic electrical tape. (One wrap of black plastic electrical tape will insulate you from 600 Volts DC)

IF, the jumper wire turns the computer on, (Power Supply actually), the problem is a bad Power On switch.

IF, the jumper wire does Not turn the computer on, the problem is a bad Power Supply.

The Power Supply used in a Dell Dimension E521 Desktop PC, is an ATX (Form Factor) power supply.

The form factor ATX for a Power Supply refers to the size, and shape of the Power Supply's case, and the power cables provided with the Power Supply.

The size, and shape of the ATX power supply case is approximately 6 inches Wide (Width), 5-1/2 inches Long (Length), and 3-1/2 inches Tall. (Height)

With the power cables offered with today's offering of ATX power supply's, there is no need to be concerned if the ATX power supply in question, has the needed power cables.

ATX power supply's sold now, have the correct power cables you'll need, and the correct amount of power cables.

This is just one example of an ATX power supply that will work,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1389575&CatId=1078

Scroll down to the bold heading - Detailed Features
Look at the chart under the subheading - Connectors

Note the first connector shown. This is a 20-pin plus a 4-pin main power cable.
Both power cables are used for your 24-pin ATX main power cable connector, on your motherboard.

This gives a little more information on a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20plus4

Note the photo to the right. This particular motherboard has a 20-pin ATX main power cable connector. It does not require the additional 4-pin power cable.
Yours does.

Do Not confuse the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, with the 4-pin power cable that comes with a 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable.

The 4-pin power cable you need is in the harness of wires, for the 20 + 4-pin ATX main power cable.

There WILL be a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, however. This is an example of a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

(Color of the connectors for any power cable, does Not matter. They can be any color)

Dell Support > Dimension E521 Desktop PC > Service Manual,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/index.htm

In the list click on - Technical Overview
Now click on - System Board Components

22 is where the 24-pin ATX main power cable plugs in.

(NOTE*
The 24-pin ATX main power cable connector, and the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable connector, have a Lock on the side. The plastic rectangle on the side of the connector/s.
This Lock has a hook on the bottom end. The end that faces the motherboard.
The hook goes over a Tab on the female connector, on the motherboard.

The Lock acts like a see-saw on a playground. The top of the Lock is squeezed in. This action brings the hooked end away, from the Tab on the motherboard female connector.
Then the power cable CONNECTOR is wiggled, and removed from the female motherboard connector.

{ ONLY use the Connector when removing it. DO NOT pull on the wires)

2 points to where the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs in.
That's it for the Power Supply power cables.

1 points to where the Processor Fan plugs into.
5 and 6, point to where the Data cables from the SATA harddrive, and SATA optical drives, plug into.
(This is if the Dimension E521 has SATA optical drives, and not IDE { PATA} optical drives)

[ The SATA data cable connector has 7 contact pins in it. It is the shorter connector.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins in it. It is the longer connector.

IF, the SATA harddrive has a provision for using a SATA power cable, AND a 4-pin Peripheral power cable (Mislabeled as Molex), ONLY use just the SATA power cable. Otherwise the SATA harddrive will burn out. Sometimes not right away, but eventually it does ]

Going back to the main page for the Service Manual, click on -
Removing and Installing Parts.

Removing the Computer Cover is listed, as well as Power Supply.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 03, 2011 | Dell Dimension E521 PC Desktop

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My power went out and when it came back on the computer would not come on


eMachines uses low quality hardware components inside their computers. This is the way they can sell them at budget prices.

One main hardware component is the low quality power supply they use.
A generic power supply made by Bestec. (A generic power supply manufacturer)

(PSU. Power Supply Unit. The type of PSU used is a SMPS.
Switched-Mode Power Supply,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply )

Low quality;
A) Electrolytic Capacitors (Radial Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor)
B) Rectifier Bridge
C) MOSFET/s
D) Wiring is too small in gauge
to name a few of the components.

However IMHO it is also best to check out the Power On switch.
There is a simple test to see whether the problem is a faulty Power On switch, or a faulty Power Supply.

The test involves bypassing the Power On switch. The Power On switch is not involved in this test.
A jumper wire is used on the Soft Power On wire, [ PS-ON ], and a Ground wire in the ATX main power cable connector.

If you bypass, and the Power Supply comes on you have a bad Power On switch.
If the Power Supply does Not come on you have a bad Power Supply.
If you would like to know more in detail on how to perform this simple test, simply post so in a Comment.

The Power Supply used is just a common ATX version.
ATX refers to the Form Factor of the power supply.
Regular size ATX form factor is approximately 6 inches Wide, 5-1/2 inches Long, and 3-1/2 inches Tall. (Height)

There are also differences in the pinout of the ATX main power cable.
Yours may have 20-pins, or 24-pins.
Power Supply's sold now take this into consideration.
Their ATX main power cable can be used as a 20-pin, or a 24-pin version.

[ General example of a 20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

Example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Your motherboard may also require an additional power cable, commonly referred to as a P4 power cable, or P4 ATX 12V power cable, or just ATX 12V.
The actual name is 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

If you would like help in finding an inexpensive reliable Power Supply, please post in a Comment.
I will need to know what Model Number of eMachine you have. It's on the back next to the Windows product key, or up on the side of the computer tower.

If you need anything explained that I have stated here, please let me know in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 21, 2011 | E-Machines Bestec ATX-300-12E Rev. D 300w...

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My dell dccy will not power on. It was working fine and was powered off but will not power back on. I have checked the power cord. I have opened the case and reseated all connectors. Pushing the power on...


Yes, it's called bypassing the Power On switch. Has nothing to do with the switch itself, or it's wires.

You use a jumper wire on the 20 or 24-pin ATX main power cable's connector.
Touch the jumper wire from the Green wire (Soft Power On) to ANY Black wire. (Ground)
(Soft Power On is abbreviated as PS_ON)

If the Power Supply comes on, the problem is the Power On switch.
If the Power Supply does Not come on, the problem is the Power Supply.

1) 20-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

2) 24-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Look at the photos of the ATX main power cable plugged into the motherboard.
Where the wires go down into the connector is the Back of the connector.

This is where the jumper wire goes down into.

The jumper wire goes down into the socket hole, in the Back of the connector, RIGHT NEXT to the wire IN the socket hole.
The jumper wire has to go pretty far down in the socket hole.

[ATX power cable plugged into the motherboard, Power Supply plugged into power ]

At the end of every wire in the ATX main power cable's connector, is a metal terminal.

A Female Molex Crimp Terminal connector,

http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/336134982/molex_female_crimp_terminal_connector/showimage.html

[You can click on the Zoom In icon { + } at the top to enlarge the view]

The jumper wire Must touch that metal terminal.
The jumper wire is made from a straightened out paper clip, bent into a U shape.
The middle of the U is wrapped a few times with Black plastic electrical tape.
This where your fingers hold onto the jumper wire.

(One wrap of Black plastic electrical tape is good for 600 Volts DC)

One 'leg' of the U shaped jumper wire goes down into the socket hole with a Green wire.
The other 'leg' of the U shaped jumper wire goes down into ANY socket hole with a Black wire.
(ALL Black wires are Ground wires)

The contact period made is no longer than 2 seconds.

The Voltage is 5 Volts DC.
Two flashlight batteries produce 3 Volts DC.

This is one generic ATX power on switch that I have found fits many computers,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

NOTE*

WATCH IT when buying an aftermarket Power Supply for your computer, if it needs one.
For a time period Dell was strictly a Proprietary computer manufacturer.
Dell wanted THEIR parts used in THEIR computers only.

They had the motherboard manufacturer switch the pins around in the ATX main power cable connector, on the motherboard.
They also had the Power Supply manufacturer switch the power cables around in the Power Supply.

This means if you plug an ATX main power cable, from an aftermarket Power Supply, into one of these proprietary Dell motherboards, you WILL fry out the motherboard!

Can also fry out the Processor, Ram Memory, and Harddrive. (Plus a graphics card if you have one installed)

CHECK the color code of the aftermarket Power Supply's ATX main power cable, to the color code of the Dell power supply.

See that the color code of the wires matches the socket holes in the connector.

Have further questions regarding this, post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 29, 2010 | Dell Computers & Internet

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I have a dell dimention 5100 it was working fine this morning. But now i can turn it on.


Suggest you bypass the Power On switch with a jumper wire used on the Soft Power On of the Power Supply.

If the Power Supply comes on, you have a bad Power On switch.

If the Power Supply does Not come on, you have a bad Power Supply.

The Power On switch is located inside the plastic Power On button.
This is one generic Power On switch that I have found fits many computers,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

The jumper wire is used on the 24-pin ATX main power cable.
This is an example of a 24-pin ATX main power cable, and it's connector,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

Dell Support > Dimension 5100 > Technical Overview > System Board Components,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5100/en/sm/techov1.htm#wp1058472

The 24-pin ATX main power cable is plugged into the motherboard, as shown in the photo to the right, on the Playtool link.

The jumper wire is used to make a Momentary (Brief) contact, with the green wire, and ANY Black wire.

The Green wire is the Soft Power On wire.
ANY Black wire is a Ground wire.

There is a correct procedure for doing this.
The safety risk is very minimal.
The Soft Power On voltage is 5 Volts DC.
Two D cell batteries produce 3 Volts DC.

An insulated wire should be used. You may wish to wear a glove on the hand that connects the jumper wire, just for an added feeling of safety.

Should you wish to know the correct procedure, simply state so in a Comment. Believe upper right of your page.

Jun 24, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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The on-off button will not turn the computer on. I shut it off last night using the "shut down" software sequence, clicking two sequential "shut down" icons and waiting for the machine to power off. What...


Yeah I have seen switches fail a few times, its rare though, trace the wire back to your motherboard and disconnect the lead, then short the pins. If it comes on replace the switch, if it doesnt reset the bios via a the jumper and try again, disconnect the long ATX cable from the mother board and all power connectors from peripheral devices and on the Long ATX connector that was connected to the motherboard you will see a green wire, connect your mains to the power supply and short the green wire on the ATX connector with the black wire next to it, the power supply should fire up, if it doesnt try a new power lead and outlet, if it still does not fire up its your powersupply. If however you power supply does power up you should reconnect everything and try your power switch and shorting power switch pins on motherboard again, if the power supply does not come on then yor motherboard should be replaced.

Jun 22, 2010 | Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop

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Main board won't power up


You may need to reset your processor and heatsink. Sometimes the thermal gel between the processor and the hearsink will evaporate over time and cause this problem. Try appling more thermal grease, reseat the processor.heatsink and try again, (When you do this, also clear your BIOS setting by using the Clear BIOS jumper and remove the CMOS battery for 3 to 5 minutes. Replace all prior to restart.) Good Luck.

Feb 02, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Jumper settings for an AMD 550 mhz K6-2 chip.


If you still have your manual, see page 19. Set CPU External bus frequency (100MHz) as shown & CPU to bus use 5.5x = 550MHz.
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You can download the manual here:
http://www.fic.com.tw/support/download.aspx?dl=motherboard%2fmanual%2fsocket7%2fva-503%2b%2fva-503%2ba4sh.zip&title=va-503%2ba4sh.zip&info=manual
There seem to be more setting after going over the manual.
Any of these power supplies will work with the FIC board. All come with the 20-pin ATX main power. Some come with 24-pin power connector that you just do not use.
As far as finding a power switch for an ATX power supply try looking to a Good Will store. Most places have old PC parts for sale cheep. or try here: http://www.trianglecables.com/atxcaspusbut.html
http://www.directron.com/switchat.html

Good luck skivvynine!
Hope you find all this helpful.
Mike

Dec 17, 2008 | FIC VA 503A Motherboard

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I have an old e machine 500 (origional operating system was windows 98). I am replacing the ATX switching power supply , 230 wat, model lp6100a. My problem is connecting it. I know all the connectors...


The old AT power supply that these old computers uses has two six pin socket connectors and these are different to the ATX connector.
You cannot buy these power supply now, most likely you might find one/computer in a junk shop.
If you have electronic knowledge you might be able to cut off the connectors from the old power supply and connect it to the ATX power supply and modify the ATX power supply so you can switch on the power to the old computer. The old AT power supply uses a mains power switch whereas the ATX uses low voltage to turn on the power supply.
Good luck & have fun.

Nov 29, 2008 | Powmax 400 Watt ATX Switching Power Supply...

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