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No Boot on 1600sc

Hi, I stripped down all the component parts from a Dell PowerEdge 1600sc Server to clean them before reinstating the server. On plugging in, the LED motherboard light (labelled D2, between the power connector and the front panel connector) lights green (continuous) but there is no other activity, no boot, no beeps, no post, no front panel lights, nothing. I connected only the system HD (IDE), inserted memory (2x 512Mb) and single processor (single processor system only), fans, front panel connector, mouse, keyboard and monitor. All other hardware not connected until I was sure the system would boot. Note: the first 2x time on powering up, the fans came on and then the system powered down by itself after 5 seconds. But now nothing happens. Any suggestions? Ric

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Re: No Boot on 1600sc

The easy answer is: Did you ensure the CPU fan connector is attached to the PROPER motherboard CPU fan power pins? The 2nd easy answer is: Are you sure your CPU is properly placed inside the socket? Could it be tilted slightly up on one side? The more complicated 3rd answer is: I've seen people use the spray can of AIR, which, believe it or not causes a moisture problem AND can overly cool a component. Although the motherboard looks fine, it won't boot or power on until the part(s) rewarm to room temperature or the moisture dissipates. This is how I solve this problem. I remove the motherboard or open it completely up to clean it with 80psi of compressed air. (remove all components) If it had previously been cleaned with a can of AIR, I let it sit for half an hour. When putting the parts back together (leave the HD, the CD, the floppy disconnected), (oh...ensure your front panel connectors are properly on the correct motherboard pins too.) 1)take extra caution with both the video card and the memory chip slots!! Inspect the video card gold edge and video card slot for a few strands of carpet fiber or DUST bunnies wedged or attached to the card/slot (which causes the computer to not power ON) 2) Inspect the memory sticks and memory slots in the same manner. (I had to see it with a magnifying glass, to see the problem) Once back together, if it boots, I'm done. If it didn't boot, I replace the power supply. If that didn't solve it, I reposition or change the RAM memory. Attention to detail is the key to success. ZT3000 "Beta tester of "0"s and "1's"

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