Problems starting PC after building.

By Frostyr0d
Apr 20, 2006
  1. hello,

    i just built my first pc today, and i *think* i have put in all cables right.. but when i press the start button, the fans go for like 0,02 seconds and then everything shuts down
    anyone know what can be the problem?
  2. Coolmatt

    Coolmatt TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Describe more about your computer (Tech specs).
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    As coolmatt says, give us your full system specs please.

    Couple of quick questions:

    1. Did you use the "riser pins" under your motherboard to separate it from your case?
    2. Do you have two connections to your motherboard from the power supply? The 20 (24) pin connection plus the additional 4 pin connection?
  4. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    did you plug in all the leds right?
  5. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    most likely it's something simple like the mobo is shorting to the case. Check the stand-offs are installed correctly and you use any supplied insulting washers.
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    I hate it when I have those. Telling me I am fat and ugly. Bloody insulting washers. Grrrr. ;)
  7. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Oh man I'm just tired, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :haha:
    And another thing about those "insulating" washers, they don't even keep anything clean!

    Cheers DonN
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    plastic standoffs are best.

    some old schoolers argue that metal stand offs help ground the board.

    others argue that an inadvertant ground will short it.

    personally I side with plastic to avoid shorts.
  9. Coolmatt

    Coolmatt TS Rookie Posts: 66

    I was going to say that as well, try checking that.
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