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FIC P4M 915G/PD1 system fails to Power Up

FIC P4M 915G/PD1 Intel P4 FSB533 HT ATI PCIE Display Adapter usual array of drives Musketeer Fan/Power Controller ? [hey... it came with the machine] Motherboard been running for about 2-3 years without problem. For convenience, I've always had the Windows Power Options set for "No Saving", i.e. leave everything on all the time. My conscience was **** by recent news reports of the combined carbon footprint of PC users who leave their machines running all the time. I went into Power Options and set the Display to go off after 2-hours and the system to "sleep" after 5-hours. Some days later I went to "wake-up" my machine but no joy! THE SYMPTOMS ARE: Hit the "Power On" button and all the fans fire-up, front-panel leds & lamps come on but as soon as I release the button it dies again. If I hold the power button on, power oscillates on, off, on, off continuously at about 1 - 2Hz. I HAVE TRIED: 1. clearing CMOS - no effect 2. removing all hardware a piece at a time - no effect 3. restored hardware but removed CPU - in this configuration the power supply starts normally from a single push of the power button? Likewise, switches off correctly after 4-second press/hold of power button. 4. replaced CPU with previously unused (i.e. out-of-the-box) Intel P4 and I'm back to the original symptoms... won't power-up from single button press and oscillates if button pressed & held. 5. Retained new CPU and removed Musketeer Power/Fan controller - no effect Finally, I don't get any beeps at all in any of the above mentioned configurations and I see no sign of bulging capacitors, pcb deformation or excessive heating anywhere on the board. QUESTION: At this point my guess best guess is a dodgy motherboard but if so, then how did this happen? Apart from overclocking [not possible with my system anyway] changing sotfware settings shouldn't lead to hardware failure! QUESTION: Could it be the PSU? Since it starts/stops OK without the CPU installed, is this really a possibility? QUESTION: is there anything else to try? Many thanks

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  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2008

    Hi Rich, I have exactly the same problem and ive changed power supply, case cleaned it all out etc etc etc. I have also been on the very good forums and they all seem to agree that this problem is the motherboard being dead. Ok thats fine but the other problem is i can not find another one of these boards ANYWHERE so thats the next problem because if you have to use a different board then you have to repair the windows installation instead of just straight swap.

    Good luck! if i get any more news ill keep you posted



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You should always try a new power supply if possible. After all, it is one of the most likely components to fail - it's got moving parts (one or more fans), just like your hard drive (spinning platters), one of the other most likely parts to die.

That said, in this instance it probably is the mobo. FIC made great motherboards, but they got out of the business so you won't find the same one anywhere. If you have to replace it, you may be able to get out of a Windows reinstall by getting a motherboard with the same chipset, which looks like a 915/G, though any 915 based board might do. You may still need to do a repair install, but in many cases the same chipset allows you to boot and then just load all the new different drivers for the new board.

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