[techtalk] Re: techtalk digest, Vol 1 #275 - 10 msgs

Anthony Russello arussello at quickclic.net
Wed Nov 29 12:04:58 EST 2000

You said that the computer won't power down using the power switch, and
that when you plug it back in, it just starts up, again no power switch,
try using a different power supply and see if that works before oyu go
buyinga new motherboard.

> I purchased an Asus P2B-DS motherboard 13 months ago (with a 12 month
> warranty) for $413, and built a nice dual-processor system. It has been
> working fine for the past year, and I haven't had to do any work on it.
> Last shutdown everything was normal. Now when I power on, it won't POST
> (it never even gets to the point of showing anything on the screen) and
> it's only one month out of warranty (ugh... this is a consumer's
> nightmare!!!!). Strangely, my computer won't shut down when I press the
> power switch, so I have to unplug it. When I plug it back in I also don't
> have to press the power switch: it just powers up (but still won't POST)
> by itself. Now the really strange part: if I clear the CMOS (by shorting
> the two solder points as outlined in the owners manual), then plug the
> machine back in, it doesn't power up automatically. So I press the switch
> to power up, it doesn't POST, won't power down, ad infinitum...
> To figure out what the problem is, I removed the hard drives. I also
> removed the extra cards (i.e. sound, NIC, etc...). Basically all that is
> in the case is the power supply, video card, motherboard, RAM, and
> processors. I tested the video card, RAM and processors in another
> machine. I tested the power supply with a volt meter, and tested the
> switch with an ohm meter. The problem has to be on the motherboard!
> I contacted my vendor, but they won't do anything because the board is out
> of warranty. Any suggestions? Anyone know if I can get this repaired? I
> really cannot afford to buy another board (poor starving student, blah
> blah blah).
> Thanks,
> Eric R. Turner

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