New Computer Problems

By Wheezcellbert
Jan 11, 2008
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  1. I just bought a new computer Ive got everything hooked up except the front panel header with the power button and all that. I just cant seem to get it into the right order for the computer to start. It says that it should go as follows in the slots.

    . . . .
    . . . . .

    +MSG- +PW-
    +HD- -RES+ NC

    The MSG takes up the 1-2 slots PW 3-4 HD 5-6 RES 7-8 and then one open connector. I have M61P-S3 motherboard and if anyone has had the same problems but figured it out to let me know please.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    attached Pin layout

    Attached Files:

  3. Wheezcellbert

    Wheezcellbert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well now I get the computer to turn on for a split second and then it just doesnt do anything and everything goes cold. The only thing it will do after that is making a humming noise from the power supply indicating that it is on and working.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    So now it's the reverse - start removing things again

    To start a computer you do not need:

    Keyboard (although does help)
    Mouse
    Any external USB
    Any plug in PCI devices
    Video card (if you have onboard video too)
    Case fan
    Internal USB connectors
    CD/DVD Drive (from M/b end)
    Hard Drive (from M/b end)
    Floppy
    Extra Ram (just put the minimum required)

    You can also:

    reset the bios
    Reseat the power plug(s)
    Check case posts are aligned correctly (umm maybe M/b out here)
    Bench test outside case
    Replace power supply
    And redo the CPU and heatsink

    Reply back when that's done !

    By the way, did the diagram I suplied help (you can reply straight away with that info)
  5. Wheezcellbert

    Wheezcellbert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The Diagram helped. The only problem is Ive done all of what you listed three times now and I still get the same result. I'm pretty sure I got a bad motherboard or something in there just isn't working right. Is there anyway of testing the motherboard to make sure that it isn't corrupted or anything like that.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you have Bench test outside of the case, with everything out (I'm not saing it all again !)
    Then it does sound like motherboard

    Take it to a computer repair shop to get a second opinion.
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Before you do anything drastic, have you tried booting the thing with all the front panel connections off? I have seen these symptoms from both a jammed reset button and the reset button connected to the power connection.
  8. Wheezcellbert

    Wheezcellbert Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The problem has been solved, sort of... Bad motherboard now I get to wait another two weeks until new egg sends me a new one.
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