this is my first question here, so thank you for your patience if I'm obtuse at times.
I've been using my PC fine for the past three~ months, but today it wouldn't start. What's was happening is as follows:
- When I first tried to start it, the LEDs would flash and the fans would twitch for only a split second, but no powering up.
- Afterwards, trying to start it up wouldn't ellicit any response at all.
- If I turned the PSU off then on again (via the button in its back), then tried to start the PC, I would be back in step 1.
I verified cables and such but everything was fine. At that point I was worried it might be my PSU (Corsair TX650), so I unplugged the GPU and tried to start it. It did start (yay!), but I got beeps so the next step was plugging in the motherboard's onboard graphics. I could get to BIOS with this, so I figured the problem was the GPU itself.
I then thoroughly cleaned the GPU and reapplied some thermal paste to its chip, before trying to start it with the GPU plugged in again, but the problem persisted.
I kept looking for other solutions. I used the jumper on the mobo to reset the CMOS real time clock, but still no luck. I unplugged the GPU but kept it connected to power (like in this question), to verify whether the problem was in the GPU or the PSU. The computer powered on, but not the GPU, and I could get to BIOS. Setting were reset as expected, I changed some things around and let it boot...
...except it didn't. It beeps (single, short beep) in regular intervals, but it does not boot. I don't really know what to do now. The farthest I can get to is BIOS, when the GPU is not plugged in the mobo, but even with onboard graphics I can't get it to boot.
Any help is appreciated; thank you!
EDIT: I will add that the beeps sound a lot like the one it does during POST, under normal circumstances. I also have a mouse with LED lights; after each beep, the mouse LEDs light up briefly; normally, those lights would remain lit. It feels (and I may be totally wrong here) like the PC is going through POST in a loop. In fact, I can access the BIOS at any time during this beeping loop (by pressing del).