My computer suddenly died (with a very small pop that may just have been the speakers) while using an HTC Vive (although I don't think it was the Vive's fault). I attempted to restart it, and nothing happened, except a solid red warning(?) light (that I don't remember seeing before) appeared next to the CPU (more details on that later). I proceeded to debug every single component, including trying every singe ram stick individually, using different ram ports. I also ran an old GPU I had (GTX 670) in the computer, which didn't fix the issue. I also tried replacing the power supply, as well as removing all the hard drives, including the boot drive. The only component I couldn't check against was the CPU, since I don't have any other that are compatible. I did however, verify that there are no bent pins or visible defects on the CPU.
Before this incident, my computer has been happily working largely without concern for about 2 months. I did notice the CPU ran a little hotter than I would have liked, but within limit. I also will note that I have not been straining it to intensely. I ran a couple of stress tests when I first bought it (using prime95), and rendered some things (using full CPU power for about an hour)
Here is the location of the light on the motherboard:
Note the light appears when the CPU is properly fitted. Removing the CPU doesn't change the behavior
I'm trying to figure out which component is bust. Is it the CPU the Motherboard, or did I miss something else? Even if its not related, I'd also like to know what that light means.
The details of my system are:
- Motherboard: Asus X-99 A II
- CPU: Intel i7-6850k
- GPU: EVGA (Nvidia) GTX 1080, SC (the second lowest EVGA 1080)
- RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB 2400 DDR4 (x4)
- Boot Drive: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III
- CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
- Power Supply: EVGA 850 Watt Gold Super Nova