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Old 06-22-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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I have a computer I am working on trying to figure out the issue. Here's what it does:

- I press power on, fans start up, computer sounds like it's running but there is no video.
- With the original motherboard (I will explain) there was a constant, steady beeping (eg. *beep* *pause* *beep* *pause* and so on..)


I looked up beep codes for the ASUS A8N5X motherboard but couldn't come up with much. What I did find out was that if it is the video card, then a very different beep sequence would have been heard (but I know it's not the video card as you will see).

I tried testing the memory modules one at a time but that did not make a difference.

Now I came to the conclusion that the motherboard was shot. It seemed to make sense. So I got on eBay and managed to get a replacement motherboard- an A8N-SLI Deluxe (Socket 939). Now the current specs are:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Motherboard: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe (used but apparently works as claimed by eBay seller)
RAM: OCZ DDR400 512MB x 2
Video Card: eVGA 6800GS
PSU: OCZ Stealth 500W (new)


Unfortunately the new mobo made no difference. Still no video but computer otherwise shows all other indications that it has started up. I could not confirm that there was any beeping as the small speaker that goes on the motherboard did not make any sound but I really wasn't sure that it was connected in the right location.

I tried a couple more things as I have another computer with almost the exact same specs:

1) Tried a confirmed working XFX 6600GT video card with the broken computer but it did not make a difference.
2) I tried another confirmed working RAM module in the broken computer but it did not make a difference
3) I tried the 6800GS in a working computer and it was fine so I know the video card is ok.


So my conclusion: The CPU is f***ed! lol.....Is there a way to confirm that the CPU is not working without physically removing it and testing it with another motherboard?

*As a possible side conclusion, I have not been able to make sure that the motherboard I bought off eBay is working. The seller had a good reputation so I trust that the mobo does work but I suppose one can't be too sure.*
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Wow, that's a tough one.

Did the original motherboard and CPU work at one time or is it a new build?

[Trying to think of what else you can try.]
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try unplugging the hard drive or cd drive and starting it up.

It worked for me when my pc would startup and shut off without showing the bios screen
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Wow, that's a tough one.

Did the original motherboard and CPU work at one time or is it a new build?

[Trying to think of what else you can try.]
Ah I forgot to mention. The computer originally stopped working when the PSU failed. That's when it was given to me and I bought a new PSU. It worked for a a while (maybe a month) then it stopped working again as explained above.

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try unplugging the hard drive or cd drive and starting it up.

It worked for me when my pc would startup and shut off without showing the bios screen
I haven't tried that yet but I do know that the HDD works (if that's what you're meaning to test) because I connected it to a working computer to backup some files.
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try starting it without a cpu or maybe the psu stopped working again
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Just for giggles, try a different power supply.
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I think you may be right, the CPU could be toast. I know you probably have done this three times, but if you haven't, double check all your connections including your CPU. Bent pins in the CPU (if it has them) etc.

[Still have my thinking cap on...for what it's worth.]

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AR has a point, just because the power supply is new doesn't mean it is working.
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I will try another PSU tomorrow and let you know how that went!

*Update*

Ok, so I tried another PSU. No luck!
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stupid automerge...I need to BUMP!

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Any chance you could try another CPU?
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