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Cannot get new Motherboard to boot up in Normal Mode

Issue: Computer was working fine, shut it down for the night, went to turn it on, NOTHING, no lights, no beeps, nothing at all.
No power surges (everything else in the power strip works just fine) Tried plugging computer directly into the wall socket, still NOTHING.

Replaced Power Supply - reconnected everything to the new power supply - still NOTHING.

Disconnected all devices from the motherboard accept the Monitor, keyboard, fans, power switch, RAM and power supply - Nothing

Replaced Motherboard - connected only fans, monitor, keyboard, RAM and power supply - Fans started right up. Nothing else NO BIOS No Manufacturers Logo - NOTHING

Moved the Boot jumper to pins 2&3 and started the computer NOTHING but the fans

Moved the boot jumper back to pins 1&2 and started again - still nothing but the fans kicking on.(no big surprise)

Pulled the battery off for about 30 seconds or so. Put the battery back in and tried to start it again - still NOTHING more than the fans kicking on.

Pulled the battery off started the computer, again the fans kicked on, but nothing else. Replaced the battery - started up agian - same results.

Removed the Heatsink and CPU unit, noticed some of the Pins were bent, tried to straighten them out a little bit - very carefully mind you, could not get them all straight. Cleaned off the CPU and found an exact match for it online and replaced it.

Put in new CPU, reattached the Heatsink and turned the computer on in Normal mode - again only the fans kick on.

Pulled the RAM - computer beeped 3 times - the fans still started just fine but again nothing more. Upgraded the RAM from 512 to 1Gig (using 1 stick)

The Fans work just fine, the power supply appears to work just fine. The green indicator light on the Motherboard comes on.

Plugged all the devices to the motherboard and tried to start it up, hoping for something different... no luck. Still not doing anything.

Tried putting the Boot jumper on pins 2&3 again and FINALLY got the BIOS Setup screen. Checked all the settings. All the settings appear to be correct except for the Date & Time, fixed those and saved changes, got a message on screen to power off computer and put jumber back into Normal mode. So I did just that and put the jumper back on pins 1&2 and started the computer again - Still NOTHING more than the Fans coming on (the hard drive appears to be clicking a little... for about 10 seconds or so then stops). If I put a disk in the CD drive, it will light up for a little bit like it is trying to work, but then it just stops. NOTHING appears on the Monitor. Monitor light stays Amber, even when just turning the computer on. (The monitor does work, because I connect to other computers and it showed the BIOS Setup page)

Tried putting my XP installation disk in, powered down the computer and restarted it. The CD light flashes so I think the CD is trying to start, but nothing on the display. No Manufacturers Logo, No Boot from CD option, NOTHING.

Thinking the HDD may be DOA, I pulled a HDD from another XP machine, that boots just fine, I have and connected it, tried to boot it and again the computer powers up, fans start, the HDD clicks for a few seconds and NOTHING more the monitor stays off (power light on monitor appears amber).

Tried different ribbons to connect the HDD (one that works for sure) to the Motherboard in the Primary IDE slot. And it still will not boot to the HDD.

What am I missing?

Computer: Gateway 3200S Desktop
OS XP Home
Motherboard: Gateway Nimitz2/Seabreeze Motherboard D845GVSR
CPU: Intel Celeron D330 2.66GHZ 533MHZ 256KB Socket 478
Power Supply: Antec 350 Watt
RAM - 1 GB DDR400 (PC3200)
HDD: Maxor 20Gig
Alternate HDD: Westren Digital 80 Gig

I'm at a wall here, I can't think of anything else to try. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Creative172 Jun 22, 2009


    If I got a Static shock wouldn't that make the Motherboard completely unbootable? It wouldn't boot into Configuration mode either? The reason I ask this is because I can get it to boot into Configuration mode it's just when I move the boot jumper back to Normal mode it doesn't do anything but the fans. If I"m wrong in assuming this, please let me know. I have a limited window that I can return the motherboard.

  • Mohammad Sarfraj Khan
    Mohammad Sarfraj Khan Dec 29, 2011

    Get a VGA card and put it into ur PCI slot and try to put on... and let me know if there is any progress...Do remember to put the monitor cable in VGA card after installing VGA card.



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What u may have done is wwhen u were installing the new board, gave a static shock to the system...that will cause only the fans to come on and nothing more...this is a bad problem bc u cannot fix it...if u figure out something else is wrong, and it gets fixed, let me know

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