[SATLUG] Troubleshooting Time

Kyle Chrisman kyle at kylechrisman.com
Tue Aug 9 22:34:15 CDT 2011

Motherboard maybe shorted out.  Check the solder points on the underside 
of the board and make sure the riser pegs off the chassis are those 
white plastic ones or that they have those little red washer rings.  If 
it looks phantom and everything appears to be in working condition, 
chances are the board is shorting on the case.

If you can't figure it out inside the chassis, pull everything out and 
assemble on the bench where the chassis is no longer part of the equation.

Sometimes the ghost can be the only thing in the assembly that isn't 
supposed to be electrically charged.



On 8/9/11 9:49 PM, Don Wright wrote:
> You could try pulling everything but the CPU and minimal memory. If the
> POST beeps the speaker (for no video or other codes) you know at least
> the mobo and CPU aren't dead. If not, Easter Egg the memory. If still no
> joy, body loot the carcass and dump the remains (in an ecologically
> approved manner, of course.)
> If you get beeps, add back items a little at a time until failure - at
> which point what was added last is the prime suspect.  --Don
> Arthur Hall wrote:
>> A donated PC has the lights come on and the fans spin, but it doesn't POST.  The power supply tester shows all voltages glowing green.  All the connections are solidly seated.  Tried replacing the RAM to no avail.  CMOS battery is good.  Haven't tried replacing the IDE ribbon yet, but I didn't think that would inhibit the POST process.  Any ideas?

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