Also have a dead box [ WAS: Re: OT: dead box ]

Frank Shute frank at
Tue Mar 23 10:38:25 UTC 2010

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 02:05:49AM -0500, Corey John Bukolt wrote:
> On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 11:23:34 +0000 (06:23 CDT) Chris Whitehouse wrote:
> > When you press the power button does the cpu fan or the power supply fan 
> > spin for a moment then stop? That's a sign that something on or plugged 
> > in to the motherboard has blown. Unplug things and test again.
> > 
> > Chris
> Just a few days ago, I was helping a friend build a system (with all
> brand new components, I might add) and we had this very problem.  After
> sticking in the CPU and RAM and hooking up and turning on the PSU, the
> green LED on the motherboard turns on.  However, the second the power
> button is pressed, everything flashes for a second, then turns back off.
> The green LED on the motherboard also remains on.  The only way to get
> it to flash again is to turn off the PSU, wait, then turn it back on.
> We tried re-seating everything, to no avail.
> Reading this thread, someone else mentioned beep codes and that if there
> were none, it's most likely a fried motherboard.    
> Can anyone else confirm this?

Did you have a monitor attached? Anything posted to the screen?

My nephew had similar symptoms and it was because his heatsink on his
CPU wasn't seated properly.

The system would boot like yours but then die. He managed to catch on
the screen a message like "CPU temp exceeded" which clued him in.

BTW, your "Reply to:" is different from your "From:" which is




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