When I turn on my computer, it doesn't boot. It does not even give the single "beep" that it usually does while starting. It does not show the BIOS start screen, it does not start reading from the drives. All fans drives spin up, but nothing happens. I can't tell what might be wrong.
What I've done so far:
My motherboard had a case of bad capacitors, so I've just had them professionally replaced. The service included thorough testing, so I am pretty sure the work was done properly. The motherboard was also very well packaged, so shipping it back to me probably also didn't break anything.
I have assembled the computer again (cleaned the cpu & cooler, carefully applied paste, mounted cooler, added GPU card, tv tuner card, sata card, connected the power cables, and attached 2x CD-RW drives and 3x SATA disks.
Images (click to zoom):
Just the motherboard:
Fully assembled in the computer:
I discovered that the 350W PSU was faulty -- at least, the fan didn't spin. I opened the PSU and found that the fan does not spin freely when turned by hand; it seems to be softly braked by dust. I guess a replacement is needed! For now, I've taken a spare 300W PSU from the backup computer, but the computer still can't boot.
I have tried removing and re-seating the extension cards, the motherboard power cables, and the RAM sticks. No luck.
2nd try: As David recommends, I have now removed all components so that only the power supply and CPU is present, not even RAM. At power on, there are no beeps at all.
I then added the graphics card to see if there is any output, but again, nothing at all. I don't have a normal external monitor but instead a video projector connected via HDMI, and it doesn't receive any signal from the computer.
Adding either one of the two 1GB RAM sticks in either slot (4 possible combinations) also didn't get the machine to boot, or even to beep.
I also removed the battery for half an hour to reset the CMOS, then tested this again. No luck, but I know the reset worked because the setting "reboot after power failure" (or whatever it's really called) is no longer turned on.
In summary (so far) it looks as if either the repaired motherboard or the CPU is faulty, because there's no system beep even when minimally assembled.
What more can I do to find the problem?
What I haven't done yet:
I can't easily replace the motherboard because it's a special BTX board. I do have a similar "Intel Core 2 Duo" CPU in the backup computer, but swapping them out is a big hassle (cooling paste, etc!) that I'd like to avoid for as long as possible. I don't know the exact speeds of the 2 CPU's, but I guess either one will do the job.
I can't try running the machine outside the case because the cooler is mounted through screw holes in the motherboard and directly on the case, so the cooler would then only softly rest on top of the CPU -- too risky for me.