Hey! I'm new to the forums. A friend referred me here because he thought that you guys could help me out
Now heres the problem, 1st specs
A8AE-LE Motherboard <-- go to HP's website and type out SR1710NX for full description of the PC if you want
2GB DDR400 RAM (2x1GB Dual Channel)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
1 SATA HD and 1 IDE HD, IDE is hooked up as 1st Slave and SATA as 3rd Master. SATA is primary and thats how I have it set up. thats not the problem :P
Realtek AC97 Onboard Audio
400W PSU Antec
Running off of Windows XP and Windows Vista Dual Boot (cant stand vista without XP too
I am running on onboard video right now because of this issue
A while back for some reason my motherboard refused to start up one day... so I decided to clean a few things like the CPU and GPU heatsinks (EVGA Geforce 7900 GT). air sprayed them out and cleaned the fans, no problems there. Now when I went to put the video card back in I accidentally hit off one of those black caps. I put it in and of course it wouldn't run. I thought the video card was broke... and the warranty wasn't valid anymore so I tossed it. I put on onboard video and the PC is running okay on it but for some reason now... If I shut off the PC for an overnight shutdown... it takes several power on/offs for the PC to even hit the boot screen again. I figured it was the motherboard so I decided to just leave it on for now on and overnight I'll just leave it in a power saving mode.
Now one of my friends sent me his ATi Radeon X1300 Pro, its PCI-Express and it doesn't require a PCI-Express power cord O_o. I shut down my PC, put the card in and turned it on... PC wouldn't boot no matter how many times I tried turning it off and on like usual... I thought maybe if I flashed the bios it might help it. I was running off of Rev 3.13 which I heard was horrible so I updated it to 3.14... no help but my PC is running cooler lol. Now my problem is this... I thought it was a motherboard problem and I would need to replace the motherboard... but I saw on another forum a guy with the same problem as me but they are telling him that it is his PSU and for him to get a new one.
<-- I posted on this thread too to see their insight of the issue.
Now I just want to know if its a PSU issue or a Motherboard issue. I've reseated everything in the case, checked all wires and everything is plugged in all the way. It just really perplexes me and I'm lost. If you have any ideas that would be nice to share. Thanks for reading this long one too XD
EDIT: sorry I also wanted to explain that the motherboard problem was happening before the 7900 GT broke