Ok I'm throwing together a ****ty computer for my mother and when I initially put it together I didn't have a heatsink or fan. But, I wasn't attempting anything other than making sure the power came on. It came on all right and then immediatly shut off. I found out that the processor and motherboard I have are not smart enough to shut down the computer before it damages itself. I sure do love bad hardware. So I bought another CPU and put it in. Heatsink / fan. Hit the power button and I get no post test, manual says I should get a beep. Screen goes dark, because Im using a KVM, keyboard and mouse get power, tested without the KVM, the fans spin, lights come on. I also tested the monitor on the computer without using the KVM. Its a mach speed MSNV-939 with a AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8 ghz 128kb 1000 mhz fsb socket 939.and my question is simply: did I blow the motherboard as well? Or the actual CPU socket? I'm 100% confused and have never seen or replicated this problem with my own hardware. I also have no parts to play with.