Power on problem

By jtman
Dec 12, 2004
  1. My computer worked fine for about a year. Its an AMD athlon XP 2000 with an MSI mobo. One day about a year ago I tried using the included overclocking utility that came with the mobo. my computer froze and then powered down never to work again. When i power the system on the fans turn for about a second then it turns off. I sent the CPU in for warranty thinking maybe I had blown the processor.
    I put the new one in the mobo and powered on only to have it turn off a second or two later. I removed the vid card and the ram and stll get the same result. I am at a loss of what to do. I put it all in my closet and just used my old k6-2 500mhz computer. Now I am getting a new mobo for xmas and I want to get this thing running again. Do you think a new mobo will solve my problem? should i invest in a new power supply? Thanks in advance for your help

  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Did you ever try clearing the CMOS? Your bus speed or multiplier might be set too high. There was also a bad batch of capacitors that went into motherboards a few years ago. MSI seemed to be the hardest hit. Theres a chance that when you overclocked that you burned out a cap. that was already about to fail. The bad ones tend to swell and burst.
  3. jtman

    jtman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I cant say i know too much about Mobos. I have another question. Would using a new processor in the burnt mobo could I have damaged the new one? I took it all apart and the thermal tape on the heatsink looked untouched. the processor looks brand new still. I just hope when i get the new mobo itll stay on when i hit the power. Thanks again for your reply

  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    The thermal pad should have a square smashed in the center of it from the processor core. If not, the processor is probably toast unless your mobo has a thermal protection feature that shut down the computer before damage was done. Maybe thats why its not booting.
  5. jtman

    jtman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If my processor is toast and i try it in the new Mobo will it kill the mobo? Can a loacal computer shop test the processor for me? I cant afford to kill any more parts
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    Im not dure if there is a device for testing processors other than what the manufacturers use. You can call around.
  7. jtman

    jtman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, Im typing this message using the new Mobo. I hooked eveyrthing up and it all turned on and everything. It so nice to be running 1.6ghz vs 500 mhz =D
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