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Title: Dead MD
Post by: darrenmason on March 19, 2009, 10:23:18 pm
I had my main lounge MD give up last night on me. It has been working pretty faultlessly probably for over a year and a half.

It was turned off by holding down the power button and then wouldn't turn back on again.

Symptoms are;
-no front light coming on or fans starting up when the power button is pressed
- motherboard (M2NPV-VM) light is coming on

I have already tried a new power supply and checked the power switch connections but I am stuck and what to do next.
What are some ideas for diagnosing this? Ideas?

Title: Re: Dead MD
Post by: colinjones on March 19, 2009, 10:39:48 pm
I would suggest pulling the CMOS battery out and either leaving it for a day to discharge, or most mobos have a jumper that you can make to discharge it instantly. I have seen that happen before on mobos where the CMOS memory for BIOS is either corrupted or not initialised yet...
Title: Re: Dead MD
Post by: abletechnician on March 19, 2009, 10:41:20 pm
If ya got a spare pc play swaptronics...
Title: Re: Dead MD
Post by: donpaul on March 19, 2009, 11:04:21 pm
Your power button is probably stuck. Pull the power plug from the motherboard terminal. If you have a reset button, move that plug over and use the reset button to power on, if no reset button, you'll need to splice in a new button for power or carefully do the screwdriver contact trick.

Good luck, don't fry your MB.
Title: Re: Dead MD
Post by: darrenmason on March 20, 2009, 03:39:12 am
Thanks all.

Colin - will try that. Certainly a conceivable scenario.

Donpaul - I was suspect of the power switch and already tried what you suggested (both with reset switch and temporarily shorting the motherboard pins to simulate the button). both had no effect :(

abletechnician - not too much to swap. The pc only has 1 stick DDR2 RAM and the CPU. Unfortunately, I don't have any other AM2 setups to swap the CPU, will try a RAM swap to see if that helps

Still open to any other things to try....
Title: Re: Dead MD
Post by: donpaul on March 20, 2009, 04:30:17 am
Buy a Dell gx280 from ebay and add a low profile pci-e GeForce 7200. It should run you around $100 and works perfect! Runs UI2 and practically silent.