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« on: July 07, 2005, 01:53:23 PM »

My mom's machine is showing symptoms of the board or PSU fragging out.  I disconnected everything but the processor and power from the board (all cables, RAM, vid card, etc.) and the story is the same - I plug in the power and flick the switch in the back and the system immediately starts spinning the PSU and processor fan without hitting the switch on the front of the case.  I'm going to end up calling Asus later today to do some troubleshooting, but anyone have any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2005, 04:24:34 PM »

Do you have another PS you can swap out real quick to test it?
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2005, 04:29:31 PM »

Not one that isn't in use. :/
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2005, 09:25:12 PM »

It shouldnt be turning on unless you hit the power button.  Try disconnecting the power button from the mobo (remember where it was plugged in at) and see if it still does it.

If it doesnt repeat that behavior, you have a faulty power button.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2005, 10:53:10 PM »

A faulty power button wouldn't prevent it from POSTing though.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2005, 01:08:39 AM »

Ah, I didnt catch that part.

Yeah, my vote then is either the mobo or psu.  If you dont want to dismantle everything (or have a spare PSU), you can get a PSU tester.  All you do is unplug it from the motherboard, plug it into the tester, and power up the PSU.
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2005, 03:17:52 AM »

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A faulty power button wouldn't prevent it from POSTing though.
Actually it could.  Some motherboards read a constantly depressed power button as a reset.  It won't POST until the button is released.  You might want to look for a short.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2005, 04:18:38 AM »

May as well check it out anyway; it's generally the tiny little things you dont think would matter that cause the problems.  Besides, it should only take one boot-up to test out.
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2005, 01:21:24 PM »

Well, that is that.  I tested the PSU and its good, I removed the power switch and used a known-good one, and still no dice.  I called Asus and we ran a few tests including removing the processor (i.e. only the mobo and PSU) and still no POST.  The board has a 3 year warranty so its going back and they are shippin me a new one.  Next call?  The surge suppressor company....apparently it didn't do its job.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2005, 01:48:18 PM »

a bad mobo could be any number of things, not necessarily power surge related.  Defective capacitor finally giving out, a chance static charge, etc.

Glad to hear it's resolved finally.  That's why I always go with good brand mobo companies (Shuttle, ASUS, Abit, etc)- their support people are very helpful and have no problem processing warranty issues.  Abit took care of my mobo one time free, and it was my fault for doing the bios upgrade wrong (although in my defense, their site wasnt as informative and organized as it is now).
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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2005, 04:36:02 PM »

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Not one that isn't in use. :/


KD, shut down that streaming porn server for 15 goddamned minutes to test. WBS can live without his "live Jenna feed" for that long. slywink
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2005, 05:49:35 PM »

That is probably what it was....just too much draw on the board from Mitch.  That guy is a damned siphon!
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« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2005, 10:27:06 PM »

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That is probably what it was....just too much draw on the board from Mitch.  That guy is a damned siphon!


"Siphon" and "draw" are synonymous with "suck", right? The only thing I'm confused about is that I'm not sure which context your subconsious self is driving at.  :twisted:
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2005, 01:20:42 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2005, 02:01:01 PM »

Keepin' it clean, Mr. Dragon? Very well then.

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