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Motherboard Problem PSU is functional but motherboard is not work

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I don't mean to sound stupid, but how do you know the PSU is functional if the motherboard wont fire up? The power supply has to have a load on it before it will test positive. You could disconnect everything from the PSU and put a large 10k resistor in place of the power connection to simulate a load. Does the mobo have an LED Activity light when it is connected? Have you previously worked on this computer? Is the mobo properly grounded? Have you looked for any signs of a resistor or other electrical component having failed?. There can be numerous reasons why you are having problems. I would need a more detailed explanation of the events leading up to the problem and a better description of the equipment and the environment.

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What type of motherboard do you have?? Brand and model. After you find it out search the web for a manual. Then open up your pc check the cables which go from PSU to Motherboard and check if they are connected properly (See on manual the correct positions ) :D . Hope i helped

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