I have an Asus Essentio M51AD desktop computer. I was trying to install something in the PCIe x1 slot, but in the process I must have broken something (or multiple things). My chassis fan connector suddenly isn't working anymore. I have a H81M-E motherboard (https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/H81ME/overview/).
Here's what happened:
I installed the PCIe x1 extension card, booted up, everything was working fine. From there, I didn't touch anything except two USB 2.0 connectors and AAFP (front panel audio) connectors. All I did was plug/unplug them. I tried to boot up again, and found that one of my two fans (the chassis one) was not spinning like it usually did on boot up. Additionally, I was presented with only a black screen, with a command prompt dash ("-"). I couldn't type or input anything, or even get into BIOS.
I found that it was not the fan that was broken, but the connector (I connected the fan to the CPU connector, and it worked fine). I have also heard that some computers will not boot up if both fans are not running. Could this be the case for me, or is something else broken?
I have tried resetting my BIOS by removing the battery and power cord for 10 minutes. Is there anything else that I can do to try to fix the broken Chassis connector? I've also looked into splitters for my one good connector (specifically this one from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OFP6QW), could this potentially solve my problem so that I can at least boot up again?