I have an issue slightly similar to this one posted here, http://superuser.com/questions/127016/troubleshooting-monitor-never-turns-on-system-fans-running-dvd-rom-does-not-op
My configuration is as follows:
- EPOX 9NPA+ Ultra motherboard
- AMD Athlon 64 CPU
- Corsair 2 x 1GB PC3200 DDR RAM
- 1 DVD RW drive and 1 CD ROM Drive
- SATA 250 GB Hard drive
- 400W Power supply
- EVGA 256MB graphics card
I have had this configuration for about four years. Last month, I started having issues in starting the machine. It wouldn't start when I press the ON button in the front of the case. So I used to pull out the power cord and plug it back in and then switch on in the front, and it used to work fine. And then one fine day, when I plugged in the power cord at the back, even without switching on the power-on button at the front, I saw that the fan at the back was running. So I opened the system. Then I could see that all the fans inside were running.
I replaced the power supply. No luck there. Then I replaced the CMOS battery. Again nothing improved. When I turn on the machine, I get a short beep. Even when I removed all the cards and memory, I still get one short beep. The beep code doesn't change whether there are memory sticks/graphic card in the board.
Any idea how to proceed on this? Anything else could be checked? I want to confirm if this is a motherboard failure, before proceeding to replace it.