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On the first day of Christmas Santa gave to me/Major hardware failure [solved]

SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
edited December 2013 in Help / Advice Forum
(cross posting from Moe's) I put this computer together last year, and have had almost no problems with it (and those were caused by yours truly). It's going into a restart loop when I try to power it on-- everything spins up, stops, and tries again. I've tried swapping out the PSU for a spare, but the voltage on the spare is lower than on my normal one, and I got the same results. Any suggestions on how to proceed? I'm bringing my old rig out of retirement for the nonce, but I didn't want to spend my winter break deprived of my tank.

edit- no posting of any sort, either. Monitor stays blank too. Though, it did get far enough on the normal PSU that I could log in, but it restarted as I was typing in my password.

mts wrote: »
heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
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  • iRevertiRevert Tactical Martha Stewart Registered User regular
    Can you access BIOS before the reboot kicks in?

    If so can you sit in BIOS for a long time (longer than the reboots would take to kick in?)

  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    Check for bad capacitors. Disconnect everything 1 part at a time till you get post.

    If you remove everything and it still wont post, bad mobo :(

    chrishallett83
  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    iRevert wrote: »
    Can you access BIOS before the reboot kicks in?

    If so can you sit in BIOS for a long time (longer than the reboots would take to kick in?)

    Except for the one time it reached the login screen, it hasn't made it to the BIOS screen. I'm going to go part-by-part later tonight and see if something changes, as per Bendery and a friend's suggestion.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • iRevertiRevert Tactical Martha Stewart Registered User regular
    edited December 2013
    It really honestly sounds like a bad PSU to me, even if it were a boot order issue or a bad HDD it would still at least make it to post.

    Strip the mobo of the GPU(s) and check to make sure the ram is seated, then start looking for popped caps.

    EDIT:

    Also double check the cables are plugged in all the way, this includes the 24pin and 4 pin as well as the actual power cable going into your PSU and the wall.

    iRevert on
    chrishallett83
  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Cable connections were solid when I took it all apart, but we'll find out if that was the case when I start tinkering.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • Bendery It Like BeckhamBendery It Like Beckham Hopeless Registered User regular
    Also, check your motherboard risers against the map it came with, could be shorting to the case.

    Essee
  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Same results as before. Tested it with only the boot drive and the ram, stick by stick. How do I check if the risers are causing the short?

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • illigillig Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    Same results as before. Tested it with only the boot drive and the ram, stick by stick. How do I check if the risers are causing the short?

    Run it outside of the case. Just the mobo, CPU, ram, and psu. Nothing else (like accessories - it will post w/out kbd and mouse, etc)

    Have you checked for any kind of beep code or light code that the mobo may be trying to signal? Sometimes people dont hook up the mobo speaker so they can't hear the beep code.

    Also, I once had a ram slot go bad. So try booting with one stick of ram in each slot one by one...

  • CycloneRangerCycloneRanger Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    Same results as before. Tested it with only the boot drive and the ram, stick by stick. How do I check if the risers are causing the short?
    To be clear, you have the CPU installed as well, right? It won't do anything without the CPU.

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Oh yes, of course, though part of that was laziness; my heatsink is pretty big and remounting it is always ... fun. That's one of the things I did with the ram too, @illig. I'll pop over to the hardware store and grab a couple of small pieces of wood to elevate the motherboard off my desk when they're open.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • iRevertiRevert Tactical Martha Stewart Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    Oh yes, of course, though part of that was laziness; my heatsink is pretty big and remounting it is always ... fun. That's one of the things I did with the ram too, @illig. I'll pop over to the hardware store and grab a couple of small pieces of wood to elevate the motherboard off my desk when they're open.

    you can just use a cardboard box

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    It was the power supply after all. Thanks for the help dudes.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
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