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Guess what problem I have? Not a computer one!

RNEMESiS42RNEMESiS42 Registered User regular
edited June 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So, I'm usually pretty savvy when it comes to computer repair, but recently my computer has been stumping me. At first it would have trouble booting up. It would say "Incorrect Boot Device" at startup. I could usually remedy this with a restart and it would be good for days. Eventually it just wouldn't boot, no matter what tinkering I did in bios. So, I reinstalled windows on my OS drive, and everything was great. Until I restarted. Same problem. After a while, it just stopped doing anything at all...no POST...nothing...wouldn't turn on. The board still gets power and the green LED on it turns on, but nothing else happens. No fans, nothing.

Now, I live in a really old house. REALLY old. The circuit breaker and wiring is this house is really wack. When too many things are running, the circuit breaker trips. For a while, whenever the microwave in the kitchen was turned on, it's switch a breaker and I'd lose power in my room and the kitchen. Even though my computer is hooked up to a surge protector, my outlets are just two prongs, and the power used to trip several times a week. I was worried about it messing up my computer. (since then, I've been thinking about investing in something like this)

Anyway, I stripped down my computer to just the motherboard, and I'm going to troubleshoot from the ground up, starting with if my power button is bad or not. But first, I physically inspected the motherboard for damage, and everything looked fine, until I looked at the back. There appears to be tiny rust colored spots, that may be shorting out my board. Are these corrosion, burns, what? I want to figure out if the board is screwed based on the visual inspection, before I start singling everything out one by one...

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my apartment looks upside down from there
water spirals the wrong way out the sink
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    EdgieEdgie TampaRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Really long shot, I can't think of anything else, but have you checked for faulty capacitors?

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    RNEMESiS42RNEMESiS42 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    That was the first thing...none are loose, bulgy, leaky, or burnt.

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    my apartment looks upside down from there
    water spirals the wrong way out the sink
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    PirateJonPirateJon Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Looks like discolorations in the coating, not problems with the traces. Shouldnt' be the casue of your problem.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Yeah it looks like it might just be a relatively old board, I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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    RNEMESiS42RNEMESiS42 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    All right, that's good to know...it's not that old though. I guess I'll start troubleshooting from the ground up, then.

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    my apartment looks upside down from there
    water spirals the wrong way out the sink
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    X5X5 Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Possibly hosed rom bios?

    snag ur mobo manual and see how to reset your rom Bios.

    Typically involves moving a jumper and or popping ur cmos battery out during the process.

    If all capacitors are fine (sounds like they are) i'm leaning towards hosed rom bios

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    .kbf?.kbf? Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Try running a chkdsk /f.

    edit: rereading your post, the whole no fans thing probably rules out the HD. Think X5 hit the nail on the head

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    JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    if there is no post at all the mobo is probably dead. Its weird that the computer wont even turn on though.

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